This is a group of people from the congregation, co-ordinated by Mike Biddick, who meet every 2 months or so, to discuss maintenance issues at the church (ranging from small jobs like fitting draught excluders to doors, lagging pipes and clearing gutters to organising new heaters, chairs and toy cupboard). They action necessary work, gain permission from the Diocese if necessary, carry out a variety of jobs themselves, and arrange trades to do others. They also organise ‘Spring Cleans’ of the church from time to time.
If you have practical skills and would like to help out, please contact Mike on 07817 494 481
We are always looking for volunteers to join our small team who clean the church brass on a Wednesday morning (approx once a month). For more information please contact Lottie Clarke.
Enthusiastic arrangers take turns to create beautiful displays on a weekly basis at the church (except during Advent and Lent). The group is always grateful for any spare greenery you may have in your garden. If you would like to contribute to the arrangements in this way, or if you are interested in flower arranging (no real previous experience necessary) and would like more information about this group, please Contact Nicky Taskis
Refreshments after the Sunday Parish Eucharist
Refreshments are provided following the 10.30am Parish Eucharist, by a team of volunteers on the coffee rota. Having a cup of tea/coffee after the service has finished gives people the opportunity to chat, get to know one-another and to find out more about the church if new to the area.
The rota is organised by Monica, and if you would like to join this group of volunteers please do get in contact with her by email Monica.
Stewarding at the Parish Eucharist
With such a busy Parish Eucharist, the role of the stewards is a very important one. They greet people when they arrive at the church, assemble the books and paperwork necessary for the service, guide people to their seats, advise people on facilities such as Sunday School, Crèche etc. They are all volunteers and the rota (which includes some 12 noon baptisms) is organised on a monthly basis by Carolyn Biddick. If you would like to volunteer to join this group, please contact Carolyn for more information.
This group of volunteers from the All Saints’ congregation help organise and co-ordinate social events/activities at All Saints’ Church eg Harvest Brunch, All Saints’ Day celebration, Carol Service, Lent Lunch and the Parish Picnic.
If you would like to get involved please contact Nichola Hammerton
This quarterly ‘Parish’ magazine, covering both All Saints’ and St Mary’s, has been produced for over ten years and reflects the liberal and inclusive approach of the parish.
Back in 2009 the magazine was rebranded ‘Parish’, benefiting from a drastic makeover, both in appearance and content. It is now produced in colour, has a dedicated cover page, and its pages and articles are interspersed with professional and attractive illustrations.
Content-wise, every quarterly issue centres on a specific theme, usually linked to the Christian calendar. Advent inspired the November issue (“Waiting at important times in our lives”), while Lent was addressed in the February issue (“Identity, self- denial and temptation”). The features mean to engage, identifying real and contemporary issues. They aim to keep Christian beliefs accessible by interpreting their meaning for our daily lives.
Parish related events, past and future, continue to be discussed in the section ‘Parish and Community’. The section ‘Something for Everyone’ describes the many groups that meet regularly in the Parish.
Silvia Macchia (Editor), Lee Barnes (Design) and Chris Townsend (Design) now manage the magazine and it is distributed through the two churches, and can also be downloaded from the Home page on the church website.
If you would like to join the editorial team, or if you have any comments on the magazine, please email Silvia.
Pastoral Care Team
Pastoral Care at All Saints’ – every Sunday, a member of the Pastoral Care Team is at the church before the start of the 10.30 am main Parish Eucharist, and two representatives are on duty at the end of the service. They may be identified by the green rosettes they wear.
If you are new to our church or would like to know more about the church, please introduce yourself to them. If you know of anyone who lives in our parish and who would benefit from our support, for example hospital or home visits, shopping, small household jobs etc please let them know. Alternatively you may contact Clemancy Gordon-Martin
All Saints’ Church is surrounded by its own garden, which is a great asset to us and the wider community, and in part thanks to our partnership with Parkgate Estates. Although some of the work is contracted out, we still rely on volunteers to help and this is co-ordinated by Chris Slemeck and Faith Sutherland. We welcome any offers of help with gardening, and/or donation of plants.