Sunday 18th August – Thank you to the Rev’d Chris Kitchener who is taking our services.
The Choir are enjoying a well-earned rest from Sunday duties during August. However, they are preparing for the two main Sunday services at Rochester Cathedral on Sunday 25 August. All are welcome to come and support them.
Kingfishers – will now be at the back of the church with activities and games for the summer. Please join us when you can.
FR Rob’s Induction at Boxford, Tuesday 20th August – Please meet in the car park at 4 pm. The coach will leave at 4.15 pm sharp.
Church Spring Cleaning, Thursday 22nd August – Come and help us spring clean the church from 9.45 am. Tea and biscuits provided.
The Michael Project, Wednesday 28th August – Helen and Dave Hobbs, the leaders of the Michael Project in Zimbabwe, will be visiting All Saints’ on Wednesday 28 August. They will talk to us following the Midweek Eucharist, around 10.30 am. All are welcome.
September Surprises, Sunday 15th September, 12 noon – A ‘bring and share’ lunch followed by entertainment. All welcome. Further details are on the noticeboard. Please see Lesley and Kath in the hall during coffee on a Sunday or contact Lesley (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01689 836392).
The Serving Team – is depleted in number, and it has become increasingly difficult to provide servers to cover all the services. If you think you might be interested in joining the team, please speak to Malcolm or Vanessa Dixon, either in person or on 01689 851767.
Student Evangelism Ministry – From September, John Hussey will be spending a year volunteering with the charity Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) in Norwich where he will be helping to build up the Christian university students in their faith and personal evangelism. If you would like to support John in this new ministry, either through prayer or financially, then please speak to him after the service or contact him on 07955545636 or at email@example.com
Congregation Nominated Charities – If you have a worthwhile charity you would like the church to donate to, out of its budget for this purpose, could you please put your nomination in an envelope and leave with the church office. If you have any literature about the charity, that would be very helpful. Local charities are preferred but not essential.
Bible Reading Notes – Mary Hart will no longer be taking responsibility for ordering and distributing notes on behalf of All Saints after this December. If you can help by taking on this simple task. please speak to Mary (823718).
Art Exhibition – The net proceeds from the art exhibition last month were £3,657. Many thanks to all those who worked for such a successful event. Not only did it raise funds, but it drew many people into the church who had never visited it. Further prints may be purchased via the website.
Food Bank – Stocks have been depleted by the school meal packs – the most urgent needs are: squash, vegetables (especially tinned carrots), cooking sauce, custard, rice pudding, shampoo and washing detergent. Thank you.
FR Rob has been Appointed Rector of the Box River Benefice in Suffolk –
The Right Revd Martin Seeley, the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, says he “is delighted to announce that the next Rector of the Box River Benefice will be The Revd Robert Parker-McGee SR.”
Fr Rob will be licensed to his new post on 20th August 2019.
Rob says; “It has been a privilege to serve All Saints’ Orpington during this period. It is no secret that this has been a tough one for All Saints’, as we have had to deal with some difficult issues from the past. We have also had to do this on significantly reduced clerical staffing levels compared to just two years ago. I am really grateful to the wonderful support and kindness of the majority of the congregation and we can all be very proud of how far All Saints’ has moved forward. Following the diocese’s lead, we have dealt with historical issues appropriately and effectively, young people have become more central to our thinking, All Saints is a more visible presence in the town, we have begun to enhance our musical provision, numbers have increased and we have put things in place that have helped deepen our corporate prayer-life. Nonetheless, I have come to realise God called me here to do a job that, although essential, I and many others had not expected. It is now time for someone new to begin leading All Saints’ who can continue building upon the solid foundations that we have put in place.
All Saints’ will have some very difficult decisions to make over the coming months as it looks to appoint a new Vicar and ensure that that person receives the backing and support they deserve in order to continue to move this church forward.
The family and I are very much looking forward to the next stage in our journey with God as we prepare to move to Suffolk and take up ministry in an exciting multi-parish benefice of rural communities, beautiful historic churches and countryside closer to home.
I wish you all the very best of luck and I thank the many people who have been so supportive during my time here. You will all be in my prayers over these coming months, please pray for me and my family too.”