Last Sunday we said thank you to Steve Norris for the six and a half years he has served as our Church Manager. He and Lindsay aren't going anywhere, of course, but we will miss Steve very much in the church office. With the retirement of the omnicompetent Peter Candy (our Premises and Estates Officer) at the end of February there is both a need and an opportunity to reorganise ourselves in the church office for our next chapter.
I am very grateful that Sarah Hagger (now Church Manager) will be increasing her hours and widening her responsibilities, including administering DBS applications as our Lead Recruiter. But I am also delighted that Sarah's new role will give opportunity for her to use her pastoral gifts more in the life of the church family.
For some time Hugh Bourne has been responsible for our day-to-day tech and communications and he is going to add to those an operational oversight to what we do, tying the pastoral ministry and office ministry closer together and making sure we work as well as we can. Hugh is a gifted pastor and preacher and we don't want to take him away from these duties, of course. Please pray for him and give thanks for our terrific team in the church office (Sarah, Maria, Mandy and wonderful volunteers) as we try this new arrangement.
Finally, we will now be advertising for a Facilities Manager to oversee our buildings and buildings-related administration. If you know someone who might be suitable do give them a gentle nudge! All this is spiritual work and we need people 'full of the Spirit and wisdom' (Acts 6:3).
Facilities Manager role
For more information about this exciting role, please visit our website at www.allsaintslindfield.org/vacancies
Please pass on to those who you think may be interested in such a role. Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 13 May. If you'd like an informal conversation about this role, please speak with Hugh Bourne.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday we will be welcoming 120 children into All Saints Church for our holiday club. Please pray for Janine Bending, our Children's Pastor and the fantastic team of church members that will be putting it on. Pray for all the conversations with the children and their families, for children to respond to the gospel talks, for fun and for safety. Please note, the church building will look a bit different from Monday (11th) as the pirate props are all set up, but rest assured it will all be cleared away and ready for our Easter events later in the week.
Also, for those of you who use the church carpark, please note that it will be closed to cars from 9.00pm this Sunday 10th until Wednesday 13th at 4.00pm inclusive.
As many of the staff team are involved in helping with the Holiday Club, please bear with us if there is no-one available to answer your phone call or contact with the church office over those few days. Steve Nichols
Easter Lily Collection: final call
The Lily collection will be closing on Wednesday evening to allow the flower team to prepare the dedication list in memory of our loved ones. We will decorate the church at Easter with the Lilies and will place a dedication list in the Memorial Chapel. We have set up a link on Churchsuite to make a donation. You will find the link in My Giving. Click on the drop-down menu from General Giving to find Easter Lilies.
After making the donation please could you send an email with the name of your loved one to firstname.lastname@example.org Envelopes will also be available in the porch to make a donation but we do encourage you if possible to use the online link. Please post your completed form in the envelope along with your donation through the Tiger letterbox. Thank you. The Flower Team
14 April Maundy Thursday
7.30 pm Combined churches Communion service at United Reformed Church
15 April Good Friday
10.00am Good Friday service – come and hear the Good Friday story, make an Easter garden and have hot cross buns
12noon Reflective service focused on The Cross *
17 April Easter Sunday
8.00am Spoken service from the Book of Common Prayer
9.30am Easter celebration for all ages
11.15am Traditional Easter service *
6.00pm Lively and informal Easter celebration *
If you’re not able to be with us in person, then you can watch these services * live-streamed on our YouTube channel: www.allsaintslindfield.org
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
On Sunday 24 April at 10.45am in church, we will be holding our short Annual Meeting of Parishioners to elect our churchwardens. On Monday 25 April at 8.00pm, we will hold our annual meeting (APCM) in the church and on Zoom. Those already on the Electoral Roll are eligible to vote at these meetings. If you would like to stand for election to the church council (PCC) please collect a form from the Church Office. Steve Nichols
A service of Thanksgiving for Malcolm will take place on Tuesday 19 April at 2.00pm in All Saints, following a family-only cremation in the morning. Pauline, Helen and Julie extend a warm welcome to the church family to join them in giving thanks to God for Malcolm's life, and to stay on for refreshments in the Tiger Lounge afterwards.
Can you help with Bentswood Hub?
The Bentswood Hub is run with the support of the Bentswood Community Partnership and they are looking for more volunteer drivers to collect leftover fresh food from four supermarkets between 9.00pm and 10.00pm. The need is great and the food is given away the following day to anyone needing it. The Hub is looking for volunteers with estate or hatchback cars, to either do one night a week or be on a reserve list. Two members of All Saints already help with this, so you could find out more from an actual volunteer or have a word with Sarah Hagger in the church office on 482405.
Women's Weekend Away payment due!
Full payment for the women's weekend away is now due. If you click on this link and scroll down you will find the payment details to remind you. Thank you very much. Not long now! The weekend away team
Service of Thanksgiving
Our service of thanksgiving will be held on Sunday 24 April at 3.00pm in the church, followed by light refreshments in the Tiger lounge.
If you have been bereaved, recently or sometime ago, please join us at this special service to remember and give thanks to God for the life of dear ones who have died. Family groups and friends are welcome.
Please book in on ChurchSuite using this link: Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration (24-Apr-2022) · ChurchSuite Events
or via the church office on 482405 to help us manage our refreshments.
Daytime bereavement support group
A small support group of six weekly sessions will start on Wednesday 4 May, in the Stable building at 10.00–11.30am. If you have been bereaved and feel ready to gently explore the bereavement journey alongside other bereaved people, then this course may be helpful. The sixth and final session is optional. The course is not suitable for people very recently bereaved and in individual counselling. To book telephone the church office on 482405 or or via the church website with this link: Bereavement Course (Wednesdays) (04-May-2022) · ChurchSuite Events .
We ae inviting all those who are new to All Saints to a welcome tea on Sunday 15 May. If you would like an invitation please contact Sarah Hagger in the church office on 482405.
Seasons of Change: Carol’s story
This month we bring you a new contribution to our Seasons of Change series. Carol is married to Robin, and they have three grown up boys. Having recently retired from a teaching career, she’s been reflecting on the changes she’s experienced and the things God has been teaching her. Do read it, even if it is a long time until you can think about retiring or it is a long time since! Or why not send it to someone to whom it might be relevant. One of the purposes of this series is to help the Body of Christ understand and love one another better through different seasons. You can find it by following this link: File.aspx (allsaintslindfield.org)
BEYOND ALL SAINTS
Lindfield annual village spring clean
Come along and help tidy up areas of our village. Bring your own gloves, but all other necessary items will be provided. More details in Lindfield Life magazine.
Report to the King Edward Hall at 9.30am on Saturday 9 April.
Ukraine latest from the Bible Society
This Bible Society video is telling how the Bible Society is providing both physical and spiritual help to the people and lives are being saved. Andrew Nunn
MISSION Mission Partner Focus: Ian and Anne-Marie Prescott
Ian and Anne-Marie with OMF International based in Lindfield, developing OMF’s ministry among Vietnamese diaspora internationally (Vietnamese living outside of Vietnam) (part time) and seconded to Global Connections as Catalysts for Diaspora Ministry (part time).
For work on a tract about God’s unconditional love in both Vietnamese and Japanese, for Japanese Christians to use with the many Vietnamese coming to Japan. We are working with colleagues in Japan, using an existing tract available in Vietnam. Pray God would use this to encourage Japanese Christians to share the love they have experienced with the ‘strangers’ in their midst
For a visit to Germany to encourage the OMFer working with the Vietnamese in the Berlin area, 12-16 May
Ian then continues to the South of Germany to meet with the OMF Beyond Borders steering group, 17-20 May
For God to raise up workers for both Japan and Taiwan to serve among the Vietnamese. In both countries there are large numbers of diaspora Vietnamese
Continue to pray for Ian as chairman of the search committee for a new General Director for OMF. Pray for God’s direction to the person of his choice for this important role.
Give thanks for
Travel opening up internationally. This has allowed a number of conferences postponed since 2020 to go ahead. Ian will be speaking at one in Thailand in July. Ian and Anne-Marie will both participate in two others in October
Give thanks for the Christians among the people God has brought to this country, particularly thinking of those from Hong Kong who have arrived in the last year
For visas for colleagues already working in Vietnam or hoping to do so in the coming months
Michael (our son) and his wife Noelle as they expect their first child in mid-September. They now live in Birmingham, Alabama.
Cross Mission prayer meeting
Please join us for an hour in the Tiger lounge to pray for Mohan and Moses and the Cross Mission Ministry in India. Sunday 10 April at 4.30pm.
PRAYER Prayer for our community and nation
Please join us on Saturday mornings, 8.45am to 9.30am at Lindfield Evangelical Church.
Praying for the church family
Please continue to hold in your prayers those known to you who may be especially in need of God's comfort at this time and especially for:
Rita and Cliff Hollebon
Please pray for Rita who is unwell
Lu and Roger Seymour
Please continue to pray for Lu's rehabilitation
Al and Sarah Paxton Please continue to pray for Al.
Though there has been some marginal improvement in Chris' condition, he is still very weak, so please continue to pray for Chris and his family.
PARISH REGISTER FOR MARCH
James Robert Diggins (18th)
Jennifer Denyer (28th)
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