Weekly Email – Easter 6
‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.’
Jesus gets to the core of what he’s been talking about with this description of love, and how we are drawn into closer communion if we do what he commands. This is not a warm and cosy love, but one which can cost a life. As we know, such love, and such friendship, is rare. Confronted with it, perhaps we might reflect on how we overuse the word ‘love’.
Richard Leonard SJ suggests that we ‘stop saying that we love things, animals, ideas or organisations that cannot love us back. Human beings can only truly love other human beings. Jesus did not die for an ideology or an institution. He was put to death because of his uncompromising love for all humanity. If we find ourselves saying that we love our pets, house, car, job, our ideology, even our church more than we love other human beings, then we’re in trouble.’
Walsingham Devotion & Monthly Requiem
Tomorrow our monthly Walsingham Devotion, in the form of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary with intercessions, will be offered at 1130 before the noon Mass.
Tomorrow week our monthly Requiem Mass will be celebrated: please let Fr Michael have names of those you’d like remembered at that Mass.
Links for Sunday
The link for the Propers for Easter 5 is at the top of this email.
And click here for the YouTube live stream.
From the Churchwardens:
The Collation and Induction of our new vicar, Fr Peter Anthony, will take place at 7.00pm on Thursday 20 May 2021 after Evening Prayer and before Benediction. In view of the current regulations to protect us from coronavirus the number of people able to attend in person will be severely limited due to social distancing requirements. There will, of course, be no reception or gathering afterwards either. The service will be live streamed. If you would like to be considered for an allocated seat please fill in a paper return slip, available in church, to one of the Churchwardens or the Verger by Ascension Day. Alternatively, you may write to or email the Parish Office indicating you would wish to attend, should sufficient space remain available. In accordance with the duties laid down for churchwardens we will make the final allocations when all requests have been received.
Annual Reports for 2020 and Annual Meetings 2021
The various reports from the PCC, All Saints Foundation, the Choir & Music Trust and All Saints Club have now been completed – you can view here. If you would like a paper copy, then please speak to one of the Churchwardens.
The Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Trinity Sunday 30th May 2020 in the church at about 12.15 pm immediately after the Sung Mass. The meetings will be held in the same form as last October. The statutory notices of these meetings are displayed in church. The meetings will appoint the churchwardens for the ensuing year and a third of the elected lay members of the PCC. The full agendas, minutes of last year’s meetings and the report on the Electoral Roll will be published with the weekly email on 21st May.
The notice concerning the revision of the electoral roll has been displayed in church since Sunday 18th April. A small number who have started to attend All Saints after the first lockdown but before the second lockdown in November, and therefore satisfy the requirement to have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months, have joined the roll. The revised roll will be displayed in Church from this Sunday.
The flowers on Sunday have been given in remembrance of Patrick and Margaret Spencer, whose anniversaries fall at this time. With love and prayers for all at All Saints from the Spencer and Howson families.
If you would like to make a donation for flowers, please contact Shawn on 07988 287 663 or firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Chris Self.
Prisoners and captives
Nazanin Zhagari-Ratcliffe, Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, Nasrin Sotoudeh Maira Shabhaz
Rohingya Christians in Pakistan and Karen Christians in Burma
David Fettke, Joan Cooper, Vallery Tchukov, Sara Vice, Katherine Lee, Lorna Smith, Beth Klausing, Hilary Porter, Bruce Ross-Smith, Benjamin Woolf, James Shrimpton, Tony Rodger, Rachel Pereira, Fr Michael Gudgeon, Chris and Carole Radley, Fr Harry Hodgetts, Rosemary Orr, Andrew Rodger, Martin Berka, Barbara Schiefer, Sybil Priestnall, John Mather, Joan Anna SLG, Phil Gibbs, Poppy Harris, Sheila Wood, Jennifer Spreckley, Sue Yesnick, Beverley Ward, Elizabeth Lyon, Rosina Sargon Eskrya, Fr Charles Cloughen, Malcolm Brown
Those known to us recently departed
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Thomas Shultz OHC Pr, Tom and Jean Boddey, Ashur Sargon Eskrya, Michael Bordeaux Pr, Benita Bray, Betty Dove, Diane Roberts, Sheila Whittle Pr, Claire Dittmar
Anniversaries of death
9th – Marygdd Snowden, Martin Cooper
10th – Gertrude Thorpe
11th – Barbara Watson, George Corbett, N.P. Williams Pr, Ellen Markey
12th – John Finnie
13th – Edith Cooke, Douglas Laing
14th – Patrick & Margaret Spencer
15th – Elsie Rybczk, Winifred Beavan, Muriel Burling, John Carter
Supporting All Saints
Parish Giving Scheme
You can set up a regular donation to All Saints here.
We use the Parish Giving Scheme, which allows contributions to be anonymous and deals with Gift Aid, saving our office a lot of time. You can read about how the scheme works here.
Donations for general church purposes
To give by BACS please use the following details, advising the Administrator to collect Gift Aid:
PCC All Saints (Charity no. 1132895)
Sort Code 60-09-15
Parish Legacy Policy
We are always delighted to hear from anyone who wants to support us with a donation. Our PCC Legacy Policy encourages people to leave bequests specifically to one of our two related charities to be used for purposes of lasting value (rather than day to day costs):
All Saints Choir & Music Trust (Charity # 802994)
or The All Saints Foundation (Charity # 273390).