At 10.45am in All Saints on Sunday we will be holding our short Annual Meeting of Parishioners to appoint our churchwardens for the year ahead. I am enormously grateful to Katie Spensley and Laurence Trigwell for their tremendous hard work and careful leadership over the last year (and more!) and look forward to saying a proper 'thank you' to them on Sunday. Laurence will be hanging up his churchwarden's boots for a well-earned rest, but I am delighted that Katie is willing to serve another year. I am also very pleased that Kevin Hargin, who currently serves on the PCC, is willing to stand as churchwarden. Please pray for them and their families.
At 8.00pm on Monday 25 April we will hold our Annual Parochial Church Meeting in All Saints and on Zoom. Zoom details, our agenda and the Annual Report for 2021 are available on the church website at: www.allsaintslindfield.org/apcm there are also a few paper copies of the report still available in the church porch. As mentioned last week, if you would like to stand for the church council please pick up a nomination form from the Church Office. If you would like to ask a question at the meeting, please pass it on to Sarah Hagger in the Church Office by 5.00 m today, Friday. Hopefully this will allow a little time to prepare a helpful answer.
Monthly prayer meeting
Our whole church prayer meeting will be on Wednesday 27 April at 8.00pm in the church building.
Do come from 7.45pm if you'd like a hot drink (bring a cup!). It would be great if you can join us as we sing, hear God's word, and pray together.
If you'd like to join via Zoom, you can do so with these details: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85772080510?pwd=aUc0c0MzUDRxbUdZZ09KTVJVZktVZz09
Meeting ID: 857 7208 0510
Churchwardens’ Discretionary Fund
You may be aware we have a Churchwardens’ Discretionary Fund which is available to provide short-term financial help to members of our church family who are in need. We are aware that with increased costs of living at present there may well people who would benefit.
Thanks to kind donations from our church family we are in a position to offer donations, so if you are struggling or need any assistance at this time please don’t hesitate to contact us in confidence. Please do approach one of the Churchwardens or any of the clergy or pastoral team. Katie Spensley
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 .
A new course for new (or refreshing) Christians is starting this term. Discipleship Explored is a course, led by Bob and Janet Harrison on Zoom, helping you learn what it looks like to follow Jesus today. This eight-session journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians is ideal for believers at any stage of the Christian life. It features brand-new documentary-style films and inspiring real-life stories from around the world, Bible studies and weekly reading plans.
For more information, please contact Bob and Janet:
Mobile: 07710 356037
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.
We are 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.
Thank you to all who have given generously to the OM appeal. In recent weeks OM have assisted more than 100,000 refugees; helping with food, transport and temporary shelter. Safe spaces have been set up at busy border crossings with Poland, including comfortable trailers to care for vulnerable women and children. These are a lifeline for families that have endured long and stressful journeys. Permission was granted to set up a circus tent on the border between Ukraine and Moldova to serve those standing in the long queues for immigration. This provides a place to eat, drink, rest and recharge mobile phones.
Please continue to pray for this work, particularly for OM workers actually in Ukraine as they face many risks each time they leave their homes.
If you would like to have a copy of OM’s latest report please contact Ron Goodenough (01444 417002 or email@example.com).
Donations to the OM appeal can be make on-line (https://www.uk.om.org/appeal/ukraine-in-crisis) or by putting your gift in an envelope marked ‘Ukraine’ and placing in the offertory.
BEYOND ALL SAINTS
Concert in Cuckfield
Jane Haughton will be featuring in a concert tomorrow, Saturday 23 April at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield at 7.00pm.
You are warmly invited to the recital we are giving to raise funds for the Lovey Foundation. This is a Sussex based charity that enables children in Ghana to go to school by providing uniforms and school equipment. It will be a lovely programme hooked on Schumann's Song Cycle Frauenliebe und Leben (Women's lives and love as well as Broadway classics. Something for everyone we hope). Admission is free but we hope to raise lots of funds through generous donations. More information at https://www.loveyfoundation.org/
Lion of Judah concert
Local Christian Band Lion of Judah are performing at King’s Church Burgess Hill on Friday 13 May.
“In light of our Big Church Day Out mainstage and illuminate slots this year, we are excited to put on a local show to help us prepare and get in the groove for what’s to come. We would be ever so grateful to see your faces in attendance! £5 a ticket bulk discounts are available for youth groups”. Matt, Josh, Isaac, Dave & Adam” https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lion-of-judah-live-at-the-kings-church-mid-sussex-tickets-318933597977
MISSION Mission Partner Focus: Lucy with YWAM in Thanet
In June our new team member, Ashley (USA) will arrive in the UK. She will do some further training at YWAM Holmsted Manor, before moving to Thanet in September.
So many of the people we were praying with, pre-COVID, were shielding. In the last three months we have been able to reconnect in person, praying for our area. We are also meeting in person for prayer breakfasts, ministers and praying and ministering with the wider church across the area.
We really want to minister to and bless our local church leaders with a ministry day/retreat. This is a burden that we are carrying and connecting with Epiphany music to try to bring this (and other creative ministries) about.
After two years of waiting, our women’s project, Gather, is up and running. We are in the middle of training our first cohort of volunteers. We will have a team of nine to start with for our soft launch of the drop-in on Friday 6 May. Our hope is that all our guests will get a sense of hope, joy or encouragement. We have had a really good response from local agencies and can't wait to see who our guests will be!
We would love to further develop outreach at the local festivals (Regatta Week) and (Folk Week). Next summer we would love to have outreach teams staying in local churches and reaching out during these festivals! Please pray that all the connections and possibilities become clear!
On a personal note: We will be joining the All Saints group at Big Church Day Out!
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.
Please continue to pray for Chris – David and Fay Jones' son-in-law.
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