Steve Writes . . . Why is it easier to jump off a cliff backwards than to talk to my friends about God?

So begins an article on a brilliant website www.thykingdomcome.global which helps us to take part in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Thy Kingdom Come is a special time of prayer between Ascension Day, 25th May, and Pentecost, 4th June. It’s the initiative of our Archbishop Justin Welby. He’s inviting us and all Christians across churches and countries to pray specifically for people we know to become Christians.

At All Saints’ we’ll be offering special opportunities to pray for friends and family to discover a living faith in Jesus (see the weekly notice sheet in May). There are great resources for individuals, churches and families at the website mentioned above.

We’re not alone in struggling to talk about our faith to our friends – indeed Archbishop Justin recently spoke about his difficulty speaking about his faith when at university. He relates how a mission was being planned at his university and how there was someone he was wanting to ask to come along. He explained, “I was terrified, absolutely terrified, and I prayed for him every day but I couldn’t quite get up the nerve to ask him to one of the talks.” The mission started and he still hadn’t asked him. He described feeling like a complete failure because he hadn’t had the courage to invite his friend to one of the events. But God had been at work and his prayers were answered in the strangest way.

During the week of the mission he was in the library when the friend he had planned to invite came up to him. Welby recalls, “He said, “Oh Hi, Justin… I hear there’s some kind of Christian thing going on this week in the university.” and I said, “Yep, yes there is.” He said, ‘Is there any chance I could be allowed to go to it?’ And I said, ‘Yes… you can come with me if you like!’ He said, ‘Oh, can you spare the time?’ I said, ‘Yes.’

The friend went along and through that mission he found Christ and is still walking with Him today. According to the Archbishop, “The Holy Spirit is the one who opens ears and warms hearts, not us.”

No need to wait until 25th May to start praying for friends or family to come to know Jesus, but watch out for what All Saints’ is doing for ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

Yours in Christ,

Steve

Home Group Meetings in May

New members are always most welcome at all Home Groups – please ring the numbers listed below for more details.

Day and Dates Time Place Contact Subject
Monday 8th & 22nd 7.45pm 28 The Pines 240 532 Revelation
Tuesday 9th & 23rd 2.30pm 2 Leamington Gate 615 009 Ephesians
Wednesday 3rd, 17th & 31st 7.45pm 2 Leamington Gate 615 009 Book by Judy Hirst
Thursday 11th & 25th 8.00pm 10B Coxwell Street 242 753 TBA

Prayer Calendar for May

Please continue to pray for the life and work of our parishes

Mon 1st Mission of the Month—Christian Aid.
Tues 2nd Home Groups restarting.
Wed 3rd Lynn Treneary in South Sudan in the current situation.
Thurs 4th Psalms Course this afternoon.
Fri 5th Flower Guild decorating the Church this morning.
Sat 6th All who are ill, recently bereaved or in any other kind of need.
Sun 7th Saints Alive with Baptism.
Mon 8th Bell ringers practicing each Monday evening.
Tues 9th Our witness to friends and neighbours.
Wed 10th Preparations for the forthcoming General Election.
Thurs 11th Open the Book at the Infant and Junior Schools this morning.
Fri 12th Wardens, Vergers and Welcomers, Intercessors and Readers.
Sat 13th Men’s Group. United Service tomorrow at Baptist Church.
Sun 14th Christian Aid week starts. Cake Sale at All Saints’.
Mon 15th Christian Aid house-to-house collection starts.
Tues 16th Christian Aid Street Collection and Coffee Morning.
Wed 17th Our search for a Director of Music.
Thurs 18th For all who help run our Churches.
Fri 19th Magazine preparation this weekend.
Sat 20th Earth & Faith Plant Stall. Christian Aid Concert at All Saints’.
Sun 21st Family bringing child for Baptism this morning.
Mon 22nd The work of the Mustard Seed and Seekers Light.
Tues 23rd Steve, Graham, Helen, Barbara, Dick, John, Max & Paul.
Wed 24th Community activities in Faringdon and Little Coxwell.
Thurs 25th Open the Book this morning. Ascension Day service this evening.
Fri 26th Allsorts this morning.
Sat 27th For all involved in children’s and youth work at the Church.
Sun 28th Rogation Service at St Mary’s. Messy Church this afternoon.
Mon 29th For all on holiday today.
Tues 30th Volunteers and helpers for The Wave.
Wed 31st Young people taking exams at this time.

Mission of the Month for May – Christian Aid

Christian Aid Week 14th-20th May

Christian Aid Week this year will be from the 14th to 20th May. Our theme will be “Refugees all around the World”.Christian Aid Week started 60 years ago to support the work that Christian Aid was doing with refugees in Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War. The situation then seemed every bit as challenging as the refugee crisis now.

Christian Aid week remains a massive movement of people today, uniting 20,000 churches to demonstrate Jesus’ justice. Today 65 million people across the globe have fled their homes because of disasters and conflict and do not have a safe place to call home.

During Christian Aid Week we are holding the following events:

  • Sunday 14th May   Cake Sale after the 10.30am service at All Saints’
  • Tuesday 16th May  Street Collection from 9.00 to 11.00am in Faringdon and Coffee Morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Barber Rooms
  • Saturday 20th May “Instruments & Voices” Concert from 7.00pm at All Saints’
  •  All week from 14th to 20th May – House-to-House Collection, with an alternative “Delivery Only” option for this year.

We would welcome your support whether it is through baking, volunteering or buying a cake, a cup of coffee or a ticket to the concert.

If you would like any further information with regards to Christian Aid, how you can help or details of any of the events, please contact Julie Campbell on 242 589

Meetings for Prayer in May

All Saints’ seeks to have an active and regular prayer ministry with a number of informal meetings during the month to which all are very welcome.

Tuesday 2nd 2.00-3.00pm Julian Meeting (18 Eastfield Court)
Tuesday 2nd 7.15-8.15pm Mission for Faringdon (Barber Rooms)
Thursday 4th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 5th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Tuesday 9th 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (Call 244 905 for venue)
Thursday 11th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 12th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Wednesday 17th 10.30-11.30am Prayer for CMS (8 Coach Lane)
Thursday 18th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 19th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Friday 19th 8.00pm Prayer for the World (Call 240 509 for venue)
Tuesday 23rd 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (Call 244 905 for venue)
Thursday 25th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 26th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)

Mission for Faringdon (1st Tuesday evening): 241 975

Julian Meeting (Tuesday afternoon): 241 039

Julian Meeting (Tuesday evening): 244 905

CMS Prayer Group (3rd Wednesday morning): 243 388

Parish Prayers (Friday am) and Prayer for the World (Friday pm): 240 509

Missions News May 2017

News from Church Mission Society 

News from the Church Mission Society

We have just heard that Lynn Treneary has been welcomed into the church and the college on Easter Sunday as a Lay Reader. Our congratulations have been sent to her and our prayer support as she extends her work in South Sudan.

You will have read on the notice board in the Barber Rooms about the continued fighting in South Sudan. It has also been on the BBC News and in the newspapers. Now there is a drought in East Africa to add to the problems. We can only pray for the mercy of God and for guidance to the church to know how to help bring those who are fighting together – to make peace.

CMS is also working with those in camps in the Middle East, where there are almost 5 million refugees from Syria. The conditions are not good and many have lost all hope, so much so, that, according to the papers many are committing suicide. One Lebanese couple living in the UK felt that God was calling them to return to Lebanon and help these people. They did not know how they could help and prayed for God to show them what He wanted them to do. They felt that God said to them,

“One day I will have you stand in front of my throne and I will ask you: ‘I was marginalised, and what did you do, I had nothing, I had no school, I was a child stranger, what did you do?

This couple set up a school for 80 children in the camp from ages 3-15 years. CMS is providing their living costs as they carry out this work.

Other couples are doing a similar work in the refugee camps in Iraq, Jordan and Egypt. For safety reasons they  cannot be named or written about,  and some have to be careful how they witness to their Christian faith. But, along with their setting up schools or health centres, they work to bring hope to those who have none, and to show them that they are loved by God and they are not alone.

It costs £36 a day to support these brave couples and make their work possible. Will you pray for them. We cannot support every request we receive, but pray to know if this is your call. Any gifts can be sent to Church Mission Society, Watlington Road, Oxford, OX4 6BZ

Date for your diary

The Revd Colin Smith, from CMS will be preaching on 11th June at the 10.30am service at All Saints’. This will be followed by a Bring-&- Share lunch with him in the Barber Rooms and a chance to talk further.

Members of our congregation meet every third Wednesday of the month at 10.30am at 8 Coach Lane to pray together for Lynn and CMS. Do join us any time, Jesus called us to pray together as well as individually. We look forward to more taking up the call to pray.

Joan Plumptre

The Revd Elizabeth Tyndall

27th June 1930 —13th April 2017

Elizabeth and her late husband, Nick Tyndall, came to live permanently in Faringdon in 1992 after they retired. Elizabeth had been in full-time ministry as a Parish Deacon in Feltham.

On Saturday 16th April 1994 at St Helen’s Church, Abingdon, she was Ordained and Licensed as priest to serve in the Vale of the White Horse. For Elizabeth this was indeed a ‘crowning moment’ and she was one of the first Anglican women priests. It was not the idea of being equal with men that made her rejoice, but rather she felt that women also have a vital role to play in God’s ministry. As a Non-Stipendiary Minister she soon became involved in church life – taking services in All Saints’ and also throughout the Vale. She was the first woman priest to preside at Eaton Hastings and Buscot and was a great help in putting together their first Deanery Review. Members of the church at Coleshill remember her with great affection.

When a group, which focused on contemplative worship and led by Father Leo of the Blessed Hugh, came to an end, Elizabeth re-formed another based on the style of Julian of Norwich.  A thriving Group continued for a number of years and continues today. Elizabeth was also a Committee Member of the National Julian Meetings and valued the experience of silent retreats and often led them.

Elizabeth will always be remembered as a calm, wise and well-loved friend, whose advice and support were always available. Having taken a problem to discuss with her meant there was a way forward after all.  She and Nick ran a welcoming home, with invitations to join them for coffee or a meal or simply to call in for a chat. Family gatherings or holidays were action-packed and always involved board games and, on one occasion, they even hired a horse-drawn caravan as transport!

When Nick died, in 2006, Elizabeth already had dementia; a Pilgrim Friends Society Nursing Home (Framland) in Wantage was chosen for her. Their care and compassion were no less than outstanding, a true Christian witness.  Indeed, they loved her and even quite recently one member of staff was able to make Elizabeth laugh.  It is good to know that Elizabeth still retained her sense of humour.

She is survived by their children, Simon, Sally, Rebecca and Daniel.

Joan Whittaker and Janet Deane

APCM 2017

All Saints’ Annual Parochial Church Meeting

All Saints’ APCM was held after the 10.30am service on Sunday 2nd April.  At the APCM the officers are elected for the coming year, the Annual Accounts are accepted and the reports from the previous year are presented.

The following people were elected:
Church Wardens:               Katie Foot and Jim McGowan
Assistant Warden:             Andrew Sargent
Deanery Synod Representatives – to serve from 2017 to 2020:
Peter Foot, John Seedell, Margaret Starr,
David Wilson
PCC Members – to serve 2017 to 2020:
John Coleman, Kate Crebbin, Joanne Raybone,
Wendy Tynan

PCC members already serving are:
Until 2018:                  David Barber, Jon Chamberlain, Geoff Edgington
Until 2019:                  Kate Butcher, Julie Campbell, Elaine Cox,
John Hignett, Ibby Southerden, Peter Southerden
Invited to attend:       Bruce Garfield  (Buildings Consultations)

Our Licensed Lay Ministers also serve on PCC:
Graham Scott-Brown and Helen Wilson

The bi-monthly PCC meetings are chaired by the Vicar

Independent Examiner:       Gill Garrard was appointed

A short meeting of the above members took place after the formal meeting and the following were appointed:
Honorary Treasurer:            Dave Wilson
Secretary:                              Beryl Begg

In his summary of the Annual Accounts, the Treasurer, Dave Wilson, said we are recovering well from the building of the Barber Rooms in that the loans are now paid, the Parish Share of £63,248 was paid in full, we made donations to Missions and Charities which were over 10% of our income, and with improvements in the value of investments in the Stock Market we are now in a good financial position.

However, we should not be complacent as in the coming year we face an increase in the Parish Share, Quinquennial repairs to the Church, and the need for a new heating boiler before next winter.  Dave asked everyone to carefully consider their giving, and maybe continue with pledges made to the Barber Rooms, which would enable us to deal with the maintenance of the Church and outreach to our town.

In his report to the meeting, the Vicar the Revd Steve Bellamy, thanked everyone for the warm welcome he and Wendy had received on their arrival. Thanks were also expressed to all those who help with the running and outreach at All Saints’, particularly Joy Blake, who is to retire after 40 years dedicated to the music at our Church.

Steve urged us to look forward to where God is leading us, and to identify His mission for us. This may mean changes that we will need to dig deep to fund, and work hard to fulfil, but by being committed, prayerful and open to the Holy Spirit we can achieve great things together, as we witness to the people around us.

Joy Blake’s Retirement

At the Civic Service on Sunday 23rd April, Joy Blake was presented with a crystal bowl by the Church Wardens to mark her retirement after 40 years as Organist and Choirmaster.

There was full congregation of Church members and many civic dignitaries to thank her for all she has so willingly offered to God and his people at All Saints’ over the years.

We all wish Joy all the best in her retirement

THE WAVE IS BACK FOR 2017!

The Wave Holiday Club, run by Churches Together in Faringdon, is back after the success of 2016. This year the Holiday Club children will be part of The King’s Club, based on Ephesians 6:10-20. We are going to have lots of fun with this brilliant theme. The week is fun, fast moving and exciting. Throughout the week the children will experience a range of activities including outdoor games, singing, drama, art & craft, music and cooking.

The Wave relies on all the wonderful people of Faringdon to run and we are looking for volunteers for numerous roles. This year we are looking for helpers to accompany the children to activities, budding crafty people to run a workshop, musicians for the Fire Bug band and much more! If you want to help but have children who are too young to come, don’t worry, we have a small crèche especially for helper’s pre-school children.

The week runs from Tuesday 25th July – Friday 28th July (9.15-11.45am) and Sat 29th July (Time TBC) at Faringdon Junior School and is open to all primary-aged children from any local school (Reception to Year 6 during current academic year 2016/17) and is free of charge.

Email: faringdonwave@gmail.com for any questions, queries or to offer your help. (DBS checks will be required for some roles.) Alternatively have a chat to one of the Planning Team: Simon Couzens, Adrian Wells, Lee Redyhoff, Peter Foot, Rita Rylance, Steve Bellamy, Becks Reade or Deb Pickford.