January Letter

A pdf version of this with pictures is also in this panel.



All Saints Rectory, M40 1LR

The Eve of the Epiphany 2024

Happy New Year

It was lovely to see so many of you and some so often over the Christmas period. I hope you were able to steer clear of the various bugs going around. Sadly, I wasn’t and am still shaking one off.

I thought the church looked absolutely lovely this year, beautiful in its restraint.

Thanks to Janet, Linda, Pam and Olive for their skill and dedication.

The last five months of last year were shockers for me, but I’m glad to say that most of the loose ends after the burglaries in the late summer are tied up, the new doors and windows in, and next week I get my car back from the repair shop.

Have your say: Worship

The PCC meets for the first time in 2024 on 16th January. There is a very full agenda as we try to maintain what we have and look at ways for growth and development.

One of the fixed agenda items is worship. We will be looking, again, at how we can improve what we do at the 10.00 am Parish Sung Eucharist, and how we can offer different forms of worship in the week, or even at the weekend, for those families who have commitments elsewhere on Sundays – it is 2024, after all – and those who would welcome something less formal which could include some teaching reflection and even silence. What would you (singular or plural, individual or family) like?

· Sundays: Have a part, ‘on stage’ or ‘behind the scenes’
We have already a small pool of people who read, and lead intercessions. This is open to any who would like to have a go.
From time to time some of our younger members don a cotta and carry the processional torches at the start and end of the service. Again, this is open to all. We have someone to carry the cross, but there is room for others. Could you carry the Gospel Book in and out?
Would you like to learn how to set up the altar table and tidy it away and assist the priest at the altar? It may sound daunting but no more so than hesitating before getting into a swimming pool that seems a bit cold, but which is find once you’re in. The only rule of thumb to remember is to move in slow motion: that way any mistakes are harder to see!
This is from last Easter:

· Music
Would you like to learn how to operate the organ? It looks a bit intimidating, but it’s really easy to select and play the pre-recorded tracks. The same applies to other pieces played through the PA through the tablet.
Have you some musical skills you would like to share or even show off? Voice? Instrument?
The dedicated cause for our EASYFUNDRAISING is the development of a church/community music programme to feed into and be fed by our worship. We’ve not had a choir for some time. Please scroll down to the message from Janet and Rose about how to help this, if you are not already involved.

Visits

If you would like me to come and visit, please let me know, and I will be glad to.

Hospitality

· Sunday refreshments
Thanks to COVID, for obvious reasons we suspended refreshments after the service, and sadly these have not been restored. I miss them (is it only me?) and the opportunity to meet in a more relaxed way and with more time to chat than the procession through the narthex out at the end of the service allows.

· Parish Lunches
We have had one or two of these in the last couple of years. However, before COVID they were regular, usually on the second Sunday of the month. For smaller numbers, up to about 15, the Rectory works quite well (where most of the food for the lunches in church was prepared anyway).

My prayer is that once more we can extend the hospitality of the Eucharist into other forms which help to build us up as God’s family in this place. It’s not compulsory, of course, and we all have different temperaments. (Believe it or not, I am quite shy, and very introverted, but somehow I was called by God to a very public life, and have learnt to balance these apparent opposites!)

If you have some queries or ideas about any of these things, or anything at all, have a word with a Church Warden, or any other member of the PCC. Look out for freshened up notices if you don’t know who they are. For now, here are the names:

Olive (Church Warden) Linda (Church Warden) Janet C (Treasurer) Rose (Gift Aid Secretary) Pam, Catherine, Nicola and Aled.

There are two Sundays before the next PCC meeting. Have your say; don’t be shy.

I will write with an update after the next PCC meeting

With all good wishes and every blessing for 2024

Fr Andrew



HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.

THANK YOU FOR ACHIEVING £895.99 WITH YOUR ONLINE BUYING.

IF YOU’RE NOT ALREADY REGISTERED DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE JOINING EASYFUNDRAISING IN YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, THEN YOU CAN BUY IN THE JANUARY SALES KNOWING THAT YOU ARE ALSO HELPING ALL SAINTS AND ITS FREE TO USE.

EASYFUNDRAISING UP TO THE END OF DECEMBER 2023

***DONATIONS EARNED IN 2023 AMOUNTED TO £354.56 WITH 43 SUPPORTERS

CAN WE REACH £1000 BY EASTER?, LETS GIVE IT A GO!!!!

If you use the internet to buy goods, please join easyfundraising and earn donations when you make purchases online for All Saints. It doesn’t cost you anything to use, only takes a minute to register, then when you purchase items online and the company is part of the scheme they will donate a % of the value to us.

For those already involved, please continue to buy via the scheme, encourage your friends and family to register and use easyfundraising to help All Saints, even if you don’t purchase yourself via the internet it doesn’t mean you can’t promote our cause, you can still ask those you know that do to join us in receiving donations from their purchases.

If you would like to know more, need help to register, you can ask either myself or Rose when next at church, or email me direct at [email protected] and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

These funds will be used in the development of a church and community music programme.

Thank you again, and happy shopping to everyone!!!

Janet and Rose.



All Saints Newton Heath
0161 219 1807

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