Worship Review Group Recommendations

As Steve explained on Sunday 4th February, the PCC decided that after Easter we should stop having our current 6.30pm Sunday evening services. We and Steve realise that this has caused some disquiet and are sorry for any hurt or misunderstanding caused.

The PCC decision was based on proposals put forward by the Worship Review Group, a sub-committee of the PCC, which was set up in the autumn and met on a number occasions to consider our current patterns of worship. This group was made up of six PCC members and three others, representing a cross section of All Saints’, and included the three of us.

As a church, our agreed aim is ‘connecting people with Jesus, sharing his love in our everyday lives’. This means connecting our own church family with Jesus, as well as looking outwards to the wider community. Uppermost in our minds was to ensure that communion remains available every Sunday and there will be no change to the 8.00am service. The 10.30am service will also remain in its current form, with a small change to the pattern of baptisms.

Stopping the 6.30pm service in its current format will give us the space and time to pray and discern the way forward, as we take seriously God’s calling to reach out to the wider community. The existing Lead Academy group will report back to the PCC at the May meeting with draft proposals for the future. In the meantime, as we actively seek God’s will, prayer must be at the heart of this discernment and so from May onwards, the monthly prayer meeting will be moved from Wednesdays to the first Sunday evening of each month.

Please do not hesitate to talk to any of us if you have any further questions or concerns.

Katie Foot, Jim McGowan and Helen Wilson

Morning for (would-be) preachers

Putting Faces on the Words:
preaching which touches the imagination

The Revd David Day, former Principal of St John’s College Durham, and author of Embodying the Word leads a morning to encourage preachers on Saturday 17th March at the Barber Rooms. Coffee will be served from 9.15am for a start at 9.30am, and the morning will conclude at 12.30pm.

All preachers (of all denominations) and those interested in preaching are very welcome.

If you’d like to come, it would help us if you were able to confirm in advance so we have some idea of numbers, please contact the administrator

Revision of the All Saints’ Electoral Roll

The Church Electoral Roll will be revised by the PCC, beginning on Sunday 18th March 2018 and ending on Saturday 31st March 2018.

After the Revision, a copy of the Roll will be exhibited for not less than 14 days on, or near to, the main door of the Church for inspection.

Under the Church Representation Rules any persons are entitled to have their names entered on the roll if they:
(i)     are baptised and aged 16 or over;
(ii)    have signed a form of application for enrolment;
and either
(iii)             are members of the Church of England or of any Church in communion with the Church of England being resident in the parish or (not being resident in the parish) having habitually attended public worship in the parish during the six months prior to the application for enrolment;
(iv)   are members in good standing of a Church (not in communion with the Church of England) which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity declaring themselves also to be members of the Church of England and having habitually attended public worship in the parish during  the period of six months prior to enrolment.

If you are not on the Electoral Roll at the moment you can apply by filling in an application form and returning it to the Electoral Roll Officer, Julia Burn. The forms will be in All Saints’ from Sunday 18th February.

For more information please contact Julia Burn: 240 670

Good news of a Curate

I was delighted to announce recently that Paul Walker will be joining us as our curate from next July. Paul is training for ordination at Trinity College Bristol. He is married to Sheree and they have two daughters Charlotte (6) and Harriet (4) and are expecting another baby early this month.

Paul sends us this message: ‘Sheree, Charlotte, Harriet and I are very excited about coming to Faringdon and Little Coxwell next summer. We’re currently living in Bristol while I train at Trinity College and we expect another small member of our family to arrive very shortly!

‘Life has changed quite a bit over the last few years, and we’re learning to trust Jesus more as we see him at work in and through our lives and the lives of those we meet. We look forward to joining in with the things God is doing with and through you as well, and pray that you’d be blessed as you join in where you see him at work!

‘Lastly—and most importantly, please pray that as a family we’d remain close to Jesus and continue to seek him in all we do throughout this period of change. We will be praying that very much for you as well. Every blessing, Paul’.

So as we thank God for his call to them to come to Faringdon and Little Coxwell, please be praying from hereon for the Walker family as they prepare to come and join us.

Steve Bellamy

News from All Saints’ PCC

The parents of our Sunday Special and Pathfinder children met together in the Barber Rooms one Friday in September. They enjoyed a meal, a quiz and an interview with the Vicar. They were asked how All Saints’ can best help them and their children. Following on from this we now have a Bible Study evening for young parents and lots of new ideas for the children’s groups on Sundays.

Parents and children will again be able to enjoy a Messy Nativity on Thursday 21st December (4.00-6.00pm), just after they break up from school. We hope that the crafts, food and Nativity they enjoy together will get their Christmas holiday off to a very happy start. The Christingle service will be at Epiphany on 7th January, when we celebrate the coming of the Wise Men. Information on all the Christmas services and activities will be detailed on a card to be handed out in December.

The first of the Church Prayer meetings was also extremely well attended, and more chairs needed to accommodate everyone. We discussed and prayed in small groups, and together, and found the evening and the handouts very helpful. It was good to get a full picture of all that goes on in our church and community and be able to pray about it together. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 1st November.

Our new Church Administrator, Margaret Townsend, started on 2nd October, and her office in the Barber Rooms is almost ready for her. Thanks are due to the newly formed Fabric Group, who has driven this, and many other necessary jobs forward.

The PCC, at their last meeting, spent some time discussing the Deanery Mission Action Plan (MAP). This is a five year programme, and aims to look at where we are now, what progress we have made, and set goals for the future.

Next year, 2018, sees 100 years since the end of World War 1, and the town is planning to celebrate this with a number of events. All Saints’ will join in with this by staging a Flower Festival during the August Bank Holiday weekend. We also hope to ring the bells and serve teas to those visiting the flower festival.

Finally, a reminder to put Friday 8th December in your diary for the Town Nativity in the Market Square at 6.00pm.

All Saints’ Men’s Group

After our first successful year of meeting together, we look forward to welcoming men and their friends to our new schedule of breakfasts and social activities. From September 2017 to July 2018, the theme of our breakfast talks is ‘Growing in Discipleship’, and we will focus on a different aspect each month.


Saturday 14th October 2017 – 8.00-9.30 a.m.

Men’s Breakfast in the Barber Rooms (bacon butties, tea and coffee) with a short talk and small group discussion on “Growing in love”.


Friday 20th October 2017  –  7.00 -10.00 p.m.

Pub Games, Real Ale and Curry Night in the Barber Rooms. (£3 per person). To help with the catering, please let us know in advance if you are coming.

For more information, to receive a copy of the new schedule or to book a place on the October social, please contact:
Pete Southerden or John Coleman via the Contact page

All Saintstide

If you wish to make a donation towards the cost of the lilies, please put your contribution in a sealed envelope with your name on the front before giving it to me. If you wish to make a dedication, please also write the names clearly.

Many thanks.

Jeni (240 912)

Thank you!

THANK YOU! To all who: played their part administratively, culinarily, or artistically (wittingly or not!), or by purchasing a ticket and attending; the “Super Sibilant Supper” on 1st September.

We raised £550 which was added to other contributions and presented to Lynn Treneary on 10th September. It was a fun evening that was enjoyed by all – even my guests who were Shanghaied into the entertainment.

May God bless Lynn and her work. Thank you again,

Max Young

Thank you – All Saints’


As the song goes ‘We’ve been together for forty years and it don’t seem a day too long’! Well it was 40-years in January and I then decided it was time to retire from the post that I took on, together with Colin Bessant, in January 1977. For four years previously I had been assistant to former organists.

This was for the Induction Service of the Revd Jack Whittaker, who came to Faringdon along with Joan and their three boys, followed in time by Roger Hoare, Andrew Bailey, Charles Draper and now Steve Bellamy.

April 23rd – St. George’s Day – Civic Service – my retirement. What a day to go out on a high with!

We had a wonderful service filled with worship, praise, singing, music and words. The service led by Steve was attended by the Town Mayor, Mike Wise, together with the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of the County, together with Town Councillors and many representatives from activities and groups within the town. As Steve said “We were thanking people for offering their gifts and skills to support the community”.

After the music group and choir had sung the Anthem, ‘I will dwell in His secret place’, a presentation was made to myself, and the Church Choir all wearing a red rose given by Petra, joined me on the dais together with Steve and the Churchwardens.

Andrew Bailey happened to be in Faringdon that weekend and he was asked to say a few works regarding my work with the Celia Walker Trust and service to the church.

A bouquet of pink roses and lilies was presented by Jim McGowan; the glass bowl originally presented after 25-years had been re-engraved with the years 1977 – 2017 and the number 40. on the reverse side, presented by Katie Foot.

The Vicar then presented a cheque for the British Heart Foundation and a card, signed by himself and the Wardens, together with a message from Luke Williams, (then Head Coach of Swindon Town Football Club) ‘Congratulations on an amazing achievement’.

As well as these gifts I received a posy of garden flowers and later a silver framed photograph of the members of the choir, around the Organ Consul with me at the “controls”, taken after the Civic Service.

At the end of the service, I played the choir out to Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’. This was followed by a cake cutting ceremony in the Barber Rooms with a cake made by Denise.

I also received many good wishes and cards from church members and some further afield, and wish to share some of these comments with you:

‘You have had monumental pleasure from playing the organ for many years, it has been a big part of your life’.

‘Thank you for the years I have been in the choir, going to other churches to sing, including St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle’.

‘Many many thanks for your 40 years of faithful service, we will miss you’.

The card signed by all the members of the Choir, on the front – Thank you dear Joy! – with a picture of an organ pipe at the side – how appropriate.

‘Thank you for the music’.

‘You’ve done a great job’.

‘I was there when you took up the role of Organist at All. Saints’. I have appreciated all you have given to the worship in the church which is considerable. Your gifts have blessed many people including me’;

‘We thank you for your faithful and generous service to All Saints’. You have been unstinting in your giving and we thank God for you’.

‘Keep playing and singing whilst enjoying your retirement, open all the stops and have fun’.

At the end of the presentation, I said I had given my thanks to so many people in January, but asked everyone to take away with them words from Psalm 111: Praise the Lord. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; in the company of the upright, in the congregation both past and present. Great are the works of the Lord and his praise endures for ever.

This is the word of the Lord – THANKS BE TO GOD

Joy Blake