Here is your round up of the latest news from our church and beyond. Please read on to find out more.
Sunday 30 May
8.00am Holy Communion
9.15am Morning Worship*
10.30am Thanksgiving and Commemoration Service*
3.00pm Children and family service
6.00pm Evening Service* * You can watch these services live-streamed - www.allsaintslindfield.org/live
or by phoning the church office on 01444 482405. If you are not wishing to take part in this service please book one of our other Sunday services.
Our new vicar!
Dear church family
We are delighted to inform you that interviews went really well last week. We had three wise, humble and servant hearted candidates. After hours of prayer, discussion and information gathering over many weeks we are pleased to tell you that we have offered the post to the person we feel had the best fit for our church, and they have accepted.
We remain indebted to God for his faithful provision to us and we are both thrilled and humbled. Please be patient as we navigate the necessary clearances with the Diocese and work with his home church before we can make announcements.
Please can you pray for:
The other two Godly candidates – thanks for their thoughtful application and willingness to serve God, that they would know His peace and His will for their lives
Fruitful working out of God's plan for us, led by our new incumbent
Processes (DBS and other formalities) to go smoothly
Our new incumbent and family as they start to plan for a move and all that entails
Us as a church family to support and love them
Practical aspects – timings, vicarage as their new home, school places
With love in Him Laurence and KatieAll Saints Churchwardens.
Our love and congratulations to Chris, Ali, Samuel and Theo Steynor on the safe arrival of Josie Joy born on 24 May weighing 8lb 4oz, mother and baby doing well.
Zechariah - Restoring God's People
From Sunday 6 June we'll begin a new teaching series at our morning services from the book of Zechariah. This book is a series of visions set around the time that God's Old Testament people return from exile to begin rebuilding Jerusalem. As we emerge from lockdown, there's a sense in which we are being rebuilt and restored and we long for God's help for that to be shaped by him.
Please watch the overview video, linked below to help you get up to speed with what is quite a complex book with some interesting visions! https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/zechariah/
Family Support Work Stall at Lindfield Charity Yard Sale
As part of the charity yard sale happening around the village on Sunday 6 June, Victoria and Vic are having an FSW stand at 1 The Wilderness from 1.00–5.00pm. The FSW stand will be selling good quality second-hand goods including children’s toys, household items and sports equipment. They also have a cake stall. All in aid of FSW (Family Support Work) – which supports families in crisis across Sussex. It would be lovely to see some supportive faces. Thank you.
For those who sing
This year we have all deeply missed the experience of singing together in worship, and I am exploring how this Autumn we might launch a set of new, rejuvenated singing and choir ministries to serve the worship at All Saints.
I would love your help to explore what might be possible, and so we're holding a short conference on Saturday 26 June from 8.45am –11.00am, in the church, for anyone who may be interested in singing for contemporary or classical worship as part of a choir or singing group. You can visit allsaintslindfield.org/music for more information. At sign up there is an option to 'Register Interest' if you would like to join the discussion but are unable to make the day. This invite is particularly for those who have a passion for singing but, for whatever reason, don't feel the right opportunity has been available so far. Come join us! Chris Steynor, Associate Minister for Music
We are holding our first in-person welcome tea for over a year on Sunday 4 July in the afternoon in the Tiger lounge. These welcome teas give people who are new to All Saints a chance to hear more about us and to meet a few members as well as the clergy. If you have started visiting All Saints in the last few months at in-person church services, or watched our services online – we would love the opportunity to get to know you a little better and to share something of what All Saints is all about. If you would like to be invited, please get in touch with the church office (01444 482405) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sarah Hagger
Sign up to Serve: All Saints Kids need you
Can you help? We need a variety of people across the groups from doing very practical things like setting up, to those who can sit and chat to children and parents. Can you provide 1-2-1 support for a child during the 9.30am Sunday morning service, or play games at the after-school club on a Tuesday?
Would it be helpful for you to join a short course to help you process your experience of loss, grief and bereavement? At All Saints we now have an excellent course of six sessions called: The Bereavement Journey – for small groups of people. Using videos and discussions, together with our facilitators (who are not counsellors) we can help each other process our experiences. They will be on Wednesday mornings, 10.00 am to 11.45am, starting on Wednesday 9 June. A third course will start on Monday mornings from Monday 14 June. Sign up by following this link: https://allsaintslindfield.churchsuite.com/events/7cfpdm1u
or phoning the office 01444 482405. Carrie Britton
Virtual Climate Café
The All Saints Caring for God's Creation group would like to invite you to join a Fairer World Lindfield Virtual Climate Café on Monday 7 June at 8.00pm. Peter Desmond, from our All Saints community, will be speaking on the 'Circular Economy – the solution to climate breakdown?' The event is free and you can register ahead at eventbrite by following this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/is-the-circular-economy-a-solution-to-climate-breakdown-tickets-152246682927
The evening is set to be a really interesting one with much upon which we can ponder and feel inspired. Sarah Newnham
MISSION Mission Partner Focus: Tearfund
Please give thanks for
Tearfund’s partners working tirelessly to help Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan and Lebanon, as well as people in desperate need within Syria itself; give thanks for the literacy programme being run for Syrian refugee children
Churches around the world who are helping their communities adapt to and tackle climate change including the Anglican Church of Southern Africa which has declared a climate emergency and is scaling up its use of renewable energy
The water, sanitation and hygiene work that Tearfund has been doing in the Democratic Republic of Congo including handwashing stations, rainwater harvesting and storage tanks in many healthcare centres.
Please pray for
Children in Afghanistan who are suffering from malnutrition resulting in very poor health in the under-fives; pray that Tearfund’s local partners can continue to teach villagers in remote areas about nutrition and hygiene
At a time when UK aid has been cut back, that Tearfund’s local partner in Yemen are able to provide people with food baskets, trauma support and clean water
Alok Sharma MP and his team in the coming months as they prepare for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, which the UK is hosting in November in Glasgow
The People’s Vaccine Alliance, of which Tearfund is a member, as they push governments to make COVID-19 vaccines available to poor countries; Tearfund is also working with its network of churches to educate communities around the importance and safety of the vaccines.
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:
Lu and Roger Seymour
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