Weekly Notices – 5th – 11th April 2020

This weekly notices and news 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

Coronavirus Update – Public Worship has been suspended indefinitely by the Church of England and the building is closed until further notice. Please see Facebook and the website for ideas for prayer, worship and study at this difficult time.

While public worship is suspended weekly notices will include the “In need of our prayers” as well as the “anniversaries” section from the pew sheet.

New Vicar – The Corona Virus has had an unfortunate effect on the induction of The Revd. George Rogers and indeed his move to Orpington. Because The Church of England has instructed that all churches be closed, we are unable to hold George’s Induction and Installation in May. All removal companies have ceased operating and so George and Dr Yun Lee Too are not even able to move into the vicarage. They are both extremely disappointed as they were looking forward, so much, to joining us all in Orpington. They were planning to go to Canada where Yun Lee’s parents live and this too has had to be cancelled. New dates for everything will be made once we and George are able to do so. God Bless them both, and keep them safe and well. Please hold them in your prayers

Foodbank – The foodbank is extremely low on UHT milk and toilet rolls, so these are the priority for donation (if you can find any!).  All stocks are low so any other items on the regular list will be received as a blessing.  As they can’t collect items in church at present, if you are going out to shop in a supermarket, you are encouraged to use the collection point there for your donations.  The foodbank has arranged weekly pick-ups from all the supermarkets.  If you wish to donate directly to the warehouse, these are the instructions from the Project Manager: ‘We are open on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays, 8am – 12noon.  As we adhere to the social distancing guidelines, when dropping off donations at the warehouse, we ask you to make us aware you are there, but leave your donation just inside the door for us to collect upon your departure.  At the moment we are not recording individual donations unless you have expressed a specific desire to be notified.  If this is the case, can you please leave a note with the food so it can be recorded for your information.

If you are unable to donate food or other items at present, please consider donating financially.  Advice on how to do this is on the website here: https://bromleyborough.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/.

In Need of our Prayers
(those in bold have been recently added)

All those affected by the Coronavirus, staff working in hospitals and people helping those in need, including the Foodbank team trying to ensure provisions are available to vulnerable families

Jane Bradstreet, Pat Cutter, Malcolm Dixon, Jean Fribence, Jean Giles,
Brenda Gooding, Katie H, Pauline Hill, Ralph Ingram, Carol Jeffery, Carol King,
Chris Kitchener, Jeff Lovell, Pam Mercer, Ruth Pooley, Jenny Scrivener, Ron White,
John Williams, Roma Wright, Lauren

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


Anniversaries of the deaths of loved ones

Alec & Kathleen Davies, Kenneth Dickerson, Ellen Williams, Ernest & Violet Tyrrell,
Peter Hedges, Philip Cutter, Leslie Robinson, Violet & Thomas Bee, Hilda Twinn,
Frederick & Elizabeth Sentence, Margaret (Peggy) Brown, Arthur Hopkins

A few of us are still using the ‘Our Prayer’ booklets to pray daily for All Saints’. If you would like to join this, please let us know. We can send you the text by email.


This is issue number two of our weekly news from All Saints’.

Here is a poem, by the Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donahue.  It was read earlier this week by Fergal Keane on the Today Programme on Radio 4:

‘This is the time to be slow.
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try as best as you can
Not to let the wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good,
And you will find your feet again
On fresh pastures of promise,
For the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.’

This photo, taken by Jean Reeve, is of daffodils and tulips in her garden and the only snail that she likes!



Would you like to submit a favourite photo for next week — perhaps flowers in your garden or a landscape for a holiday?

 Jean tells us that The National Theatre are streaming some of their shows online every Thursday evening at 7 pm.  As they will probably prove popular, they will also be available for the following seven days, until the next show is broadcast.  These are free to access, either through their website or Youtube channel, but they would be thankful for any contributions.  Future performances are Jane Eyre on Thursday 9 April, and Twelfth Night on 16 April.

Families: Has your child drawn a rainbow picture for their window?  Or perhaps they’ve been busy painting, gluing or creating something, maybe even a palm cross for Palm Sunday this weekend.  If so, would you like to take a photo of their artwork to be included in next week’s issue?  Email to Vanessa or Gill, please (see below).

Please send in brief news or other contributions for next week’s issue to vanessa.m.dixon@btinternet.com and gillsinclair@outlook.com

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

New prayer requests should be sent to the church office on allsaintsorpington@gmail.com
How are you doing? Please let us know.
Our very best wishes and prayers for you all!

Gill and Vanessa