December will be a busy month at All Saints’. The Advent Carol service will be held on Sunday 1st December at 6.30 pm. This is a beautiful service “from darkness to light” with music and readings for the season of Advent – do come and join us.
The Community Carol service will be held on Tuesday 10th December at 7 pm. This service celebrates all the public and voluntary work in our community within a carol service. The service will be attended by the Mayor of Bromley and the collection will be given to the Mayor’s charities, Bromley Latch and Careplus. There will be some seasonal music from the children of Blenheim School as well as the church choir. Everyone is very welcome to this service which will last about 60 minutes and be followed by seasonal refreshments in the church hall.
The Toy service is on Sunday 15th December at 9.30 am. This is a parade service and everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for an under five child These will be given to the Petts Wood playgroup for children with special needs in time for Christmas.
The Traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols is on Sunday 22nd December at 6.30 pm, with readings telling the Christmas story and carols sung by the choir and the congregation. The collection will be given to Crisis, a charity working with the homeless. There will be mulled wine and mince pies in the hall following this service.
On Christmas Eve, 24th December, our Christingle service will be at 4 pm. Everyone is invited – especially all children – to this service, where the children from the Kingfishers group (with help) will form a Nativity tableau. Every child will receive a Christingle (come along and find out if you don’t know what a Christingle is) and there will be a collection in aid of the Children Society. The moment when the Christingles are lit in a darkened church and all the children sing “Away in a Manger” is a moving start to the Christmas celebrations.
The Christmas services continue with Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm on Christmas Eve, preceded by carols sung by the choir from 11 pm – so come early. The Parish Eucharist service on Christmas Day will be at 9.30 am – please note that there will not be a said Holy Communion service this year.
Some pictures from the Toy Service led by the Rev’d David Darling. We are grateful for all the donated toys which are going to the Petts Wood Play Group for children with physical disabilities, developmental delay, behavioural and social problems.
It was a joy to present the Guiding,Scouting, Heaven and Kingfishers leaders with certificates and to thank them and everyone else who took part in delivering the All Saints’ Christmas cards this year.
Quiz night – November 2019
Youth Service October 2019
Rochester Cathedral August 2019
On 25th August the All Saints’ choir sang both the services at Rochester Cathedral during Dean Hole Festival Weekend. The music consisted of In splendoribus sanctorum (Nicholas Wibberley) as the Motet for the Eucharist and How beautiful upon the mountains (John Stainer) at Evensong.
Farewell to The Rev’d Fr Rob Parker McGee
Fr Rob and his family left All Saints in July 2019 to take up a post as Vicar of the Benefice of Boxford in Suffolk. All saints’ would like to thank Rob for his time with us and wish him and his family every success and happiness in his new position.
Rob’s final Sunday was on Sunday July 7th. John Pentlow gave a very thoughtful speech thanking Fr Rob, and Malcolm Dixon presented Fr Rob with our gifts which included a card incorporating photographs of the Church and recent special events. Fr Rob was very pleased with his gifts and thanked everyone for their generosity. Of course, we were not only saying goodbye to our vicar, but also to his lovely family. Duncan Hellicar presented Sarah with a beautiful flower arrangement and she was given a bottle of her favourite wine.
Cross Cultural Carnival July 2019
Youth Service – January