The congregation will be sad to hear of the passing of Ann Hunt, who faithfully attended the 8.00am services here. Ann passed away on 18 July and the funeral will be held here at All Saints next Monday 25 July at 2.00pm. Do please be praying for her daughter Lynne and wider family.
Church office hours over summer
During the school summer holidays, office staff will be taking some annual leave, so the Tiger office will be open from 9.00am – 11.30am Monday to Friday during the school summer holidays (25 July – 31 August inclusive), if you want to visit the office outside of these hours, best to ring first. Sarah Hagger
For four Mondays in August (1, 8, 15, 22), 9.00am – 12noon, we're hoping to run a pop-up cafe in the Tiger lounge. Part of this will be some English language lessons for our Ukrainian friends, but we'd love to invite anyone who's around, of any age and stage, to pop in for a cuppa and a catch up.
If you'd like to come along and help, please fill in this form: https://allsaintslindfield.churchsuite.com/forms/jfu3xwwa
What should it feel like to be a Christian? Does prayer actually make a difference? Does the Christian faith have anything to do with my workplace? Why don't I enjoy reading the Bible?
This autumn you are invited to explore questions about the Christian faith that you always wanted to ask, but perhaps never felt able to. We'll select one question to explore together each week over a meal. If you have a question, please do add it to the mix. Either fill out a paper form on Sunday, or follow the link below and submit your question online, anonymously if you wish: https://allsaintslindfield.churchsuite.com/forms/kqxyi2aeWe'll meet on Tuesdays in September. Further details, including start date and how to join will he published in the new few weeks.
Finance – mid-year update
At the 2022 mid-year stage we can give thanks to God that the church finances remain in a strong and healthy position. The key points to note are:
Income – forecast to be 7% ahead of budget for the year. This is due to the wonderful response to the 2022 Stewardship “Partnership” season and also the number of new regular donors over the last 12 months.
Expenditure – forecast to be in line with budget for the year. This is after several changes to staffing levels and costs during the year that were not provided for in the original budget.
Overall this means that a surplus of £13,000 is currently expected for 2022, compared to the original budget which showed a deficit of £44,000.
In addition, there are a number of large capital items for which financial provision will need to be found in the future – these include the Tiger roof/windows (estimated – £500,000), Tiger Hall heating/insulation (estimated – £110,000) and the renewal of the church organ (estimated – £60,000). Given the careful management of church finances in previous years and also the significant value of legacies received over the past two years, the church has large funds available to commence these projects but it is nonetheless likely that specific appeals will be made/fundraising events held to enable all of the work to be completed.
If you would like to start making regular donations to All Saints details can be found on the church website.
Please do not hesitate to contact me (email: email@example.com phone: 07714 226700) should you require further information about any financial matter. Rob Kingdom, Treasurer
The PCC met on Monday evening. In addition to receiving our regular committee reports, the PCC was updated on our progress in reviewing our own response to the recommendations of the independent safeguarding charity, '31:8' to Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon. This is a lengthy piece of work in which we are committed to seeing what we can learn from the terrible experience of abuse committed at an evangelical Anglican church in southwest London.
The PCC also received monthly updates on: (1) the repair/rebuilding of the church organ (see more below); (2) the progress of preparatory work for the repair of the Tiger building.
In light of the Aspire Project and the desire to use our buildings more to serve the village and community with the gospel, the PCC discussed principles of hire appropriate to our convictions and responsibilities and authorised our Facilities Manager, Ash Bence to move ahead with this.
John Phillips was elected to fill the PCC vacancy left at our recent annual church meeting; PCC member Sam Griffiths joined our Fabric Committee. The PCC approved a list of people to help distribute communion in future now that we have returned to bread and wine. Steve Nichols
Are you an Organ Donor?
You may be aware that the planned 25-year lifespan of the internal digital processors, the amplifiers and the speaker systems of our wonderful church organ is now up. An electronic organ, it is still running on Windows 95 and is beginning to fail. A small group led by Alan Carter is investigating the cost of refurbishing and rebuilding the organ later this year - likely to be £50-60,000. In addition to our ongoing expenses, the PCC and Finance Committee are aware of the significant cost of the Tiger project facing us by 2026 (some £500,000) and would like to preserve as much of our legacy fund as possible for this. Therefore, if you would like to make a special gift towards the cost of the church organ it would be a huge help and very gratefully received. You can do this in a number of ways:
1. By online banking, marking your payment "Church Organ". The church bank details are as follows:
Parochial Church Council All Saints Church Lindfield
Sort code: 20-49-76
Account number: 20623474
2. By cheque, made payable to "PCC All Saints Church Lindfield" and sent to the church office with the reference "Church Organ" marked for the attention of the Treasurer.
3. Via the "giving" tab on the church website, clicking on "Donate with churchsuite" and then selecting "Church Organ" from the dropdown list of available funds.
If you have any questions about donating towards this project please contact the Church Treasurer, Rob Kingdom, either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (07714 226700). If you would like to know anything more about the project, please contact Alan Carter.
It is hoped that after the organ work is finished, we might hold a fund-raising concert or two to offset some of the cost and to launch a new chapter in concerts and events. Steve Nichols
Tiger@Ten August Dates
Our lively community of people over 65 will meet again in church on August 9 with Nigel doing Thought For The Day. On 23 August we have a model railway theme and special guests back by popular demand! Bring along a friend interested in the amazing engineering of precision model train building by local craftsmen. Thought for the Day on a steam train theme too!
Save the Date Fellowship Lunch
We'd love to spend more time getting to know each other better at the 11.15am congregation. After the 11.15am service on Sunday 14 August, we will be having an informal Fellowship lunch. It will be a lovely chance to celebrate the summer and enjoy being together. Sign-up sheets will be available on Sunday and on the church website. Contributions of puddings needed! Any offers to help or queries contact Carrie Britton 07902 285436.
A date for you diaries – our first Men United breakfast following the summer break will be on Saturday Sept 10. Once again, we will meet in the church for coffee/tea and pastries. Our time together will Include an interview with Bob Harrison. Booking will be nearer the time through the church booking system, look out for information in ASN. Steve Hagger
SAVE THE DATE:Youth weekends away
Engage: 27-29 January 2023, Encrypt: 24-26 February 2023. More info in September.
As usual, if you have any questions, do please drop me an email email@example.com or message me on 07866 487535.
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Family Support Work food donation box
As a church we support FSW – a Christian Sussex based charity helping families to overcome their difficulties and prevent crisis. As families are getting ready for the long school holidays, the need for food is growing and the charity are asking for support with donations to their food bank.
We have food donation box just inside the porch at church. If you would like to donate non-perishable food items, please leave them in the box and items will be collected regularly. The charity is happy to take any non-perishable, in-date, items but is particularly in need of: cleaning products, washing powder, baking ingredients (or packet cake mix), tinned pasta and jam/other spreads.
If you would like to know more about FSW and how you can support the charity in other ways, please speak to Vic Donougher or Victoria Hersey – we really do appreciate all your help.
All Saints News
During the summer holiday period we will continue to send out the weekly ASN email newsletter, slightly reduced in content. This week will be the last printed ASN until September.
BEYOND ALL SAINTS Bentswood Larder
Desperately needs more volunteer drivers to collect leftover fresh food from local supermarkets because they currently have three different routes daily, seven days a week, now that more of the local supermarkets have come on board.
The collection times for the food are either between 12noon and 2.00pm or between 8.30–9.30pm, depending upon which supermarket is involved. The food then needs to be dropped off at the Bentswood Larder in America Lane where there is someone to help unload it and put it away.
The need for this free food is becoming more and more crucial – both the local GP practices and The Trussell Trust’s Food Bank are now referring people to the Bentswood Larder for food.
If a regular weekly commitment is tricky, they are also looking for reserve drivers, to cover illness, holidays etc.
If you think you could help or would like more information, please contact Sarah Hagger in the church office. A number of church members already help with this initiative and could tell you more about what’s involved.
MISSION Mission Partner Focus: Diocese of South Rwenzori and Kagando Hospital, Uganda
South Rwenzori Diocese Give thanks as Bishop Baluku reports that the church is growing every day and church planting is ongoing. Most of the new congregations are led by lay people who have no formal training Pray
• For the seven students who began their training in theological colleges in May, asking God to bless them and to fit them for future ministry
• That the newly established churches will be built on a firm foundation
• for resources to meet the needs of the diocese in these difficult times.
Kagando Hospital Give thanks that the hospital continues to be a place of healing for both patients and staff – and that it is adapting to the loss of senior medical staff who have been redeployed by the government to other hospitals Pray
• for the senior medical staff who have been moved to other hospitals – that they will have opportunity to share knowledge and values learnt at Kagando
• for remaining staff who have the opportunity to assume new responsibilities – that they will grow into these responsibilities Give thanks for progress being made in the fund-raising to complete the major on-going project to bring a reliable supply of clean water to both hospital and community Pray
• for the Board Members and Trustees of the Kagando Hydro Power Project as they oversee this work and that several grant proposals under review will be successful. Ropeholder Sarah Beeston
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:
Al and Sarah Paxton Please continue to pray for Al.
Suffering from a bad back.
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