Weekly Notices for 29th November – 5th December

This weekly notices sheet is also being emailed to all members of the All Saints’ email database. If you would like to be added to this database please email allsaintsinfo55@gmail.com

We have returned to having a Pew Sheet, which will be emailed to our database so that everyone can keep up to date with the notices.  Any notices to be included in the Pew Sheet should be emailed to Karen in the church office.

Face Coverings – must now be worn in church. Please bring one with you.

Live Streaming of Services – Live streaming of the Sunday and Wednesday Eucharist services and some Morning Prayer services will continue to be available on the All Saints’ Facebook page.

Faith Online – Telephone 01689 495014 to listen to extracts from the Sunday Services by choosing from the six options available (i.e  Lord’s Prayer, Gospel Reading, Psalm, Anthem, Hymn, Sermon).

Church Office – if you need to attend the Church Office, please note that this is by appointment only.  Please telephone Karen beforehand.

 Sunday Coffee by Zoom at 11.15 a.m – Until we are able to have coffee after Church face to face, we will be having an open get together by Zoom.  Please contact the church office or one of the churchwardens if you would like the meeting ID and password.

If you would like to contribute to our fund for natural disasters – generated from coffee money, you can make a bank transfer to 60-16-03 14123924 marked “Coffee money”.  We have used up the money we had collected supporting coronavirus so even small gifts would be welcomed.

Giving to the Church – As we are not able to attend services at the moment, you are encouraged to support the parish by making a donation.  One-off donations can be made via our website www.allsaintsorpington.org.uk.  There is a “Donate now” link in the right hand column on the front page of the site.  Regular donations can be given through the stewardship scheme.

Please contact David Laker (01689 834820, david.laker@outlook.com) for details.

Home Communion – If you have been unable to attend church services and would like to receive Holy Communion, the Vicar and Lay Ministers will be able to bring the sacrament to you. Please phone the Church Office (01689 832031) to request a visit.

Magazine  please send your articles for the magazine to Gill at gill.sinclair@outlook.com

Any church member in need of help should please contact John Pentlow on j.pentlow@btinternet.com John will try to co-ordinate help for you.

 New prayer requests should be sent to the church office on allsaintsorpington@gmail.com

In Need of our Prayers
we pray for

All those affected by the Coronavirus: those who are afflicted, those who are isolated and those who are bereaved.

 We continue to pray for people helping those in need: for all charity workers, for the Foodbank team and the PRUH chaplaincy team. We pray for all key workers in the various professions who have continued working in very stressful circumstances. We also pray for those who are seeking employment.

 Please pray for the schools linked to All Saints: Sunny Kids Pre-school, Perry Hall and Blenheim Primary schools, Harris Academy, Bromley Beacon Academy and St Olave’s CoE Grammar School.  For the staff, the pupils and their families.

 In the Anglican Cycle of prayer – Pray for the Lusitanian Church (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury), The Rt Revd Jorge Pina Cabral – Bishop of the Lusitanian Church

 In the Diocesan Cycle of prayer –  Pray for Rochester deanery, The Rev Dr Helen Burn, Area Dean; Mr Rob Mills, Lay Chair

we also pray for
(those in bold have been recently added)

Jean Barbour, David Blackman, Gayle & Ellis Brooks, Freddie,
Caprice Chislett, Pat Cutter, Sheila Danson, Emily Dixon,
Fiona and Cliff Earl, Jean Fribence, Brenda Gooding,
Katie H,  Ralph Ingram,
Brian and Julia Jeffery, Lisa Kent, Carol King, May Lammas,
Liz Litton,
Kath Misselbrook, Vivien Nicholas,
Dennis & Elsie Page, Heather Parker, Noah Russell, Jenny Scrivener, Andy Skinner, Mary Stumpf, Ron White,
John Williams, Roma Wright, Rachel, Scott

Those who have died recently – may they rest in peace and rise in glory

Linda Ferreira, Cosette Huntington-Thresher and Christine Norris

Anniversaries of the deaths of loved ones

William Hall, Florence Evans, Harold Jelley, Alun & Joyce Jones,
Robert Brown, Nancy Brown, Charles & Helen Burch, Ellen & Alfred Perkins,
Lilian Morphew, Stanley & Hilda Curtis


Vicar’s Thought for the Day –  When we receive the Holy Spirit in word or sacrament, the Spirit of God does to us internally what Christ did for us externally.

All Saints’ Advent Calendar – to help while we wait in expectation during Advent we have created our own Advent Calendar – a different picture associated with Advent and Christmas will be posted each day on the fence in Bark Hart Road during Advent beginning today – the 1st Sunday in Advent. Do pass by and have a look.  The pictures will also be posted on the website and Facebook daily.

Advent Book Study and Discussion – “Walking Backwards to Christmas” provides a refreshing perspective on the Nativity story first encountered in school and church Nativity plays. Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell takes the reader back into the real meaning of the childhood story simply by telling it backwards; from where we are now, to where we need to be to really understand its truth and deeper purpose. Depending on the government’s guidance, we will meet on these days and times on Zoom:  Tuesdays 1, 8, 15 & 22 December from 6-7pm. The book can be purchased in shops, Amazon or for kindle/tablet. Please notify the Church Office if you would like to partake.

The Zoom details are:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83827425827?pwd=ZzBkeGJvR3JhUjlpZ1pTZ1dnYk9zZz09
Meeting ID: 838 2742 5827, Passcode: 904706

Creating more space for prayer – In “My Utmost for His Highest” Oswald Chambers asserts that, “to say that ‘prayer changes things’ is not as close to the truth as saying, ‘Prayer changes me and then I change things’”. Beginning this Advent, we will bring back Contemplative prayer which will meet every Saturday of the month at 9.30 in the Old Church. We will begin Saturday 5 December. The prayers offered on 1st and 3rd Saturdays find their roots in the Benedictine tradition, which informed the Diocesan “Life Together” initiative (which was paused during the lockdown in March 2020). The 2nd, 4th & 5th Saturdays will be “30 minutes of prayer”—freeform yet focused in fellowship. There is no need to say anything, just come and be present to God and each other. For more information, please contact me, Pam Mercer, Abi Hiscock or Vanessa Dixon.

Richard Rayner Prints – would make lovely Christmas gifts and are now available to buy via the church website.

Church Mission Society:  This year it was not practical to collect the CMS boxes after Lent because of the pandemic. Thank you for those boxes that were returned, which have now been processed. May I suggest that any remaining boxes be retained, in the hope that we are able to collect them in for counting in 2021. Alternatively, you may leave a cheque for this year, which can be left at the Church office marked for the attention of Richard Newson.

Young Saints – will now be meeting via Zoom. If you would like to join them, please contact Catherine King (836066).

Churchyard Group – will be continuing throughout lockdown.  If you would like some exercise and socially-distanced gardening, the group meets in Newells Meadow at 10 am on Thursdays.

Foodbank – The current items of need are: jellies, instant whip, sponge puddings and shaving gel.  Items can still be left at church during private prayer sessions.

Foodbank Christmas Donations – must be dated after 26 December and must be in our Foodbank boxes by this Wednesday to ensure these reach the families in good time.  The items they are particularly short on are: Family-sized Christmas and Chocolate puddings, gravy and pickles.  Thank you for your continued support, especially at this time of year.


During lockdown a news and notices newsletter was produced each week. Previous newsletters can be found below
20th-26th September
13th-19th September
6th – 12th September
30th August – 5th September
23rd – 29th August
16th-22nd August
9th-15th August
2nd-9th August
26th July-1st August
19th-25th July
12th-18th July
5th July-11th July
28th June – 5th July
21st-27th June
14th June-20th June
7th June-13th June
31st May-6th June
24th-30th May
17th-23rd May
10th-16th May
3rd-9th May
26th April-2nd May
19th-25th April
12th-18th April
5th-11th April
29th March-4th April