Update on contacts and streaming worship

Sadly because of the importance of social distancing we will be unable to hold public services until further notice. We will, however, be maintaining regular worship which anyone can access. If you would like to join us for a short Mothering Sunday service tomorrow at 10:30am just go to allsaintsoxhey.org.uk/live or like our Facebook Page to join us on Facebook Live. We will be streaming a service every Sunday at this time for as long as necessary. Please join us!

Each day we will also stream a short time of prayer – check our Live page for times or to watch the most recent session. If you need help at any other time do not hesitate to ring the Revd. Pam Wise on 020 8421 5949 or the Revd. Liz Guest on 020 3270 0091.

Please stay well!

UPDATE (23/03/2020): The church building will be closed during this time (previous version of this post mentioned opening for two hours a day, three days per week – this will now not happen)

Coronavirus Update – 17th March 2020

I have attached a letter that I received today from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York advising us that all services are to be put on hold until further notice. I am sure that this will not come as a great surprise and I am also sure that it is the right thing to do. It is, however, very sad and we will notify you if there any changes in the advice. We we will also let you know if we think it is both possible and desirable to find a way of sharing worship on line. Not meeting together does not mean not praying together – we can pray for and with each other from a distance. I think we need to be creative to keep our shared spiritual lives alive!

It is also very important that we maintain contact with each other by whatever means is most suitable, phone, skype, Facebook, emails…and make sure that the most vulnerable are okay physically, mentally and spiritually. Liz and I will visit people in their homes as long they and we are well. Let me or Liz know if you know of anyone that needs a visit or help – don’t forget we have the food store if anyone is desperate.

I think it may be necessary for some of us to meet together for a short AGM so that we can, at least, elect our PCC and Church Wardens. I will be in contact about this soon.

I have just found this prayer written by Revd. Dr. Ellen Clark-King from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco – reminding us that every person on earth is sharing the same experiences and feelings at this difficult time. Perhaps we can think that we will all say this prayer at some time today.

Holy God,
who created us for and from love,
in this time of social distancing
hold us close in your arms.
Comfort those who are afraid,
enliven those who are bored,
give courage to those who are distressed,
and warm those who feel the cold touch of loneliness.
Breathe in, with and through us
as we walk through uncertainty into a new future
knowing that you are with us now and await us there.
In the name of Christ the Beloved we pray.
Amen.

We are in this together and and God is in it with us!

Keep well

Pam

Archbishops Letter dated 17th March 2020

Christmas Services 2019

ASCEND Carol Service

Tuesday 10th December at 12:30pm
Come and join us for a joyful celebration of Christmas at the ASCEND carol service on Tuesday 10th December at 12.30pm.
Hear the Christmas story in poems, readings and traditional carols. A wonderful way to find the Christmas spirit.
All are welcome but we would love to see clients, volunteers and staff – past and present sharing with us in this joyous occasion.

Lessons and Carols in Oxhey Chapel

Sunday 22nd December at 4pm
This service is held in the beautiful Oxhey Chapel where people have been worshipping and singing carols for over 400 years.
Traditional Bible readings interspersed with your favourite carols. This service is followed with mince pies, tea and coffee in the main church. Wrap up warm as there is no heating!
This service is particularly suitable for families.
(The service may be transferred to main church in the event of very cold weather).

 

Christingle Service

Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24th December) at 4 pm

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This beautiful service is especially for the little ones – it is their opportunity to learn about the real meaning of Christmas. They will sing sing traditional carols to the light of their candles and be able to take part in a nativity play.
We especially welcome children but all ages can really enjoy this lovely moment before Christmas. Come along and bring a neighbour!
This service is particularly suitable for families and young children.

Candle Lit Midnight Mass
(with Holy Communion)

Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24th December) at 11:30pm
Come and celebrate at this traditional service as we wait by the manger for the birth of Jesus on Christmas morning.
A candle lit service of Holy Communion with traditional carols.

 

Christmas Day All Age Communion

Christmas Day (Wednesday 25th December) at 10.15am
Come and welcome the birth of Jesus at our Christmas morning family service with traditional carols. Please bring along and show us one of the presents you have received.
This service is particularly suitable for families.

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Confirmation 2019

This morning we welcomed Bishop Richard to confirm Laura, Rachael, Nadia, Allen, Khare, Russell and Cassandra. It was great to see the church full for this special service.

The service was followed by a bring and share lunch with a fantastic spread of tasty food.

Please keep those who were confirmed today in your prayers as they move on to the next stage in their Christian faith.

This November at All Saints

Join us at All Saints’ this November for our last two fundraisers – a Table Top Sale (Saturday 9th) and Christmas Fayre (Saturday 23rd) and two special services – our annual Service of Remembrance (Sunday 10th) and Confirmation Service (Sunday 17th).

Christmas Table Top Sale

Saturday 9th November 2019 – 10:30am – 12:30pm

Our Christmas Table Top Sale raising funds for our Missions and the church.

Admission is free and there will be plenty of items for sale to suit everyone including gifts, cards, plants, toys, books, DVDs etc. There will be loads of present ideas for all your family to get your Christmas shopping off to a great start.

Table-hire is only £5, speak to Jo or contact the church office for details.
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Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 10th November at 10:15am

Our annual service of remembrance with laying of the wreaths and two minutes silence.

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Confirmation Service

Sunday 17th November at 10:15am

This will be a very special Sunday morning service. We are pleased to be welcoming Bishop Richard, the Bishop of Bedford, to All Saints who will be confirming our candidates for this year.

The candidates are Laura, Rachael, Nadia, Allen, Khare, Russell and Cassandra. Please keep them all in your prayers.

All our welcome to join us for this important event in their Christian journey which will be followed by a celebratory lunch.

Christmas Fayre

Saturday 23rd November 2019 – 10:30am – 12:30pm

Our annual Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 23rd November full of pantomime fun (Oh yes it is!).

We will have present ideas on our craft and bric-a-brac stalls, lots of fun games to play including a fabulous raffle. We will also have cakes and refreshments (It’s behind you!).

All money raised will go towards our Missions for the year, so please come along and support our final fundraising event of the year.

 

 

Events for September 2019

Table Top Sale

Saturday 7th September 2019 – 10:30am – 12:30pm

 

Our next Table Top Sale raising funds for our Missions and the church.

Admission is free and there will be plenty of items for sale to suit everyone including gifts, cards, plants, toys, books, DVDs etc.

Table-hire is only £5, speak to Jo or contact the church office for details.
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Afternoon Cream Tea and Oxhey Chapel Open Day

Saturday 14th September 2019 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Come along and discover the oldest building in the area and then enjoy a refreshing afternoon tea.

The 400 year old Oxhey Chapel will be open for the afternoon, a fantastic opportunity to see inside this historic and beautiful building.

During your visit, we will have scones, cakes and drinks to refresh you as well as jam and crafts for sale.

 

Inclusive Church

We are pleased to announce that All Saints’ church is now a member of Inclusive Church.

Inclusive Church is a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared vision:

“We believe in inclusive Church – church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”

For more information, visit the Inclusive Church website: www.inclusive-church.org