Visit from Norrkoping – September 2016

We were really pleased to welcome a group from our link parish of S:t Olofs in Norrkoping, Sweden from the 15th to 18th September.

 

At our Sunday morning service we heard about the work of ASCEND and the similar work happening in Norrkoping. After the service we had a fantastic roast lunch thanks to Bob and Jean followed by a sing-a-long.

 

We hope our friends had a smooth journey home and hope to see them again very soon.

Services and Events in September 2016

We have another busy September this year with a Table Top Sale, visitors from our link parish in Norrköping, Sweden and celebrating the marriage of two members of our congregation.

Table Top and Car Boot Sale

Saturday 17th September – 10.30am – 12.30pm

Our next Table Top Sale raising funds for our Missions. 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 (if available) is only £5, speak to Jo or contact the church office for details.

Cake Stall

Cake Stall

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Table Top Sale

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Service with visitors from Norrköping, Sweden

Sunday 15th September at 10:00am

Please come along to this service to meet our friends from our link parish of  S:t Olofs in Norrköping, Sweden.

This will be one of our regular Breakfast Services and will start with a shared breakfast of toast, pastries and fruit at 10am.

The service will be followed by a traditional British Sunday Lunch, please sign up if you’d like tom stay for lunch s we know how many to cater for.

Marriage Service for James and Anne

Sunday 25th September at 10:30am

On Sunday 25th September James Muriithi and Anne will be getting married – the wedding will take place in the normal Sunday morning service.  It is lovely to marry two members of our congregation in our Holy Communion service.  The marriage will take place and then they will receive Holy Communion together along with all of us.  Please make a note of this date in your diary and be there to pray for them as they begin their married life.  The service will, however, start at 10.30am to allow a little extra time to be ready.    Everyone is invited to the celebratory lunch!

Service of Admission to Holy Communion – 17th July 2016

We had a wonderful service on Sunday. Five of our children were admitted to Holy Communion for the first time in All Saints’ history. The children were fantastic leading our readings and prayers. In the sermon they asked each other questions and showed how much they have learnt about Jesus and the church.
After the service, there was some time to enjoy the summer weather and play some outdoor games.
And finally our bring and share lunch, with all the usual gorgeous food.
We are really blessed to have such fantastic children in our congregation.

Civic Service Photos – 17th April 2016

Today we hosted the Civic Service for Councillor Eric Bishop, Chair of Three Rivers District Council
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We were joined by mayors and council chairs from across Hertfordshire and north London.
We welcomed the Bethesda Church Choir who sang to us in Romanian.
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We had a talk about Sikhism from Dr Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal
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And a Jewish prayer in song from Clive Sofaer.
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We also heard from Christine Wyard about the great work of ASCEND.
Finally, we enjoyed signing from the fantastic South Oxhey Children’s Choir.
Thank you to everyone who attended and made it a true celebration of our community.

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Civic Service on Sunday 17th April

Civic Service

Sunday 17th April at 2pm

This year Three Rivers District Council civic service is to be held here at All Saints’ Church. This annual service brings together the Councillors, Mayors and Chairs from all over Hertfordshire.

The Chair of Three Rivers District Council, Eric Bishop, has asked that the service this year should be a celebration of the rich diversity in our district and it will include a huge variety of people from many different cultures and faiths. There will be a song of atonement from a Jewish representative, a Sikh will talk to us about his faith, a hymn will be sung by the Romanian choir (the church that uses our building), the South Oxhey Children’s Choir will sing and there may also be contributions from a member of the Krishna Temple and a mosque. It will be a great joy to worship together with people from so many different backgrounds.

You are invited to join us at this service – please come along and share in the rich diversity we have in our local communities.

Holy Week and Easter 2016

Holy Week and Easter 2016

Palm Sunday – Holy Communion

Palm Crosses

Palm Crosses

Sunday 20th March – 10.00am

Our traditional Palm Sunday Service where we celebrate Christ’s entry into Jerusalem before starting his final week of ministry. Service starts with a palm cross parade and includes a dramatic reading of the Passion.

Maundy Thursday – Holy Communion

Thursday 24th March – 7.30pm

Maundy Thursday is one of the most holy days of the Christian year. It is when we remember Christ’s promise to us, it is the moment when Jesus gave us the Eucharist as our main act of worship and it is the service when he washed the feet of his disciples and set us the example of how to live as Christians.

Good Friday Services

Friday 25th March – 11am (United Service in South Oxhey Precinct)

Friday 25th March – 2.30pm (Service at All Saints’ Church)

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Please join us as we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us as he suffered on the cross to save our sins. Good Friday is also one of the holiest days in our calendar and it is important that as Christians we all observe it seriously.

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There is no Easter without Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.

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Easter Day – Holy Communion

Sunday 27th March – 10.00am

Pascal Candle

Pascal Candle

Come and join the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection . The service will start outside – beside Oxhey Chapel – with the lighting of the Pascal Candle from a fire. The lit candle will then be carried into the church symbolising the light of Christ coming into the world.

This will be an All Age service.

Our Easter Service will be followed by:

Decorated Egg Competition: Once again we will be holding a decorated egg competition so get those creative juices flowing. Decorate a hard-boiled egg and bring it along on Easter Day and you could win an Easter egg.

Easter Scavanger Hunt: After the service, the children can let off some energy and join the hunt for some sweet treats.

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Easter Monday Pilgrimage to St. Albans Abbey

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Walk – Depart All Saints’ at 9am

Picnic – Meet in the Abbey Gardens from 1pm

Service – St Albans Abbey at 3pm (parade into Abbey from 2pm)

Each year a group of us have joined in the Easter Monday Pilgrimage to St. Albans →. We have always had a wonderful time! We go into the Abbey and join over a thousand other people for a tremendous service. Come along and share in the joy of the risen Lord!

Some of us will walk to the Abbey (an 11 mile walk). We are planning to leave All Saints’ at 9am, getting to St Albans for around 1pm. If the full 11 miles is too much, you can meet us at Bricket Wood Station (parking available) at around 11:30 for the final 4 miles or just meet us outside the Abbey for a picnic before the service (picnic may be moved inside the Abbey depending on the weather).

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Ash Wednesday and Lent 2016

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Lent is a very important time in the Christian calendar as we journey towards the Cross and Resurrection. It is also a time of penitence and our Lenten journey begins on 10th February at the Ash Wednesday Service of Holy Communion.

It is important that we observe Lent and the Ash Wednesday service is the best way to start.  It is a beautiful service – please make every effort to be there.

Lent Course

Lent is a time of study, prayer and reflection. If you would like to join in some form of study and discussion during Lent then join us for one of our Lent Groups.

This year, the course will be based on the musical movie ‘Les Miserables’ and our courses will meet weekly between Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday. We are joining together with all the other churches in South Oxhey and there are a variety of daytime and evening courses as you prefer. A sign up list with the available times will be in our foyer after our Sunday morning service.

Everyone is welcome. We all need to learn more about our faith and to grow together in Christ – please consider joining us for this Lent course.

Children and Communion

In September, we began our investigations on whether to admit children to communion before confirmation and held a Breakfast Service on the topic of baptism in December. For the next two Sundays we will be holding services devoted to looking in depth at the subject of Holy Communion and children.

Sunday 10th January at 10am

Guest speakers from St. Matthew’s Church, Oxhey.

St. Matthew’s admitted children to communion several years ago and adults and children from the congregation will tell us of their experiences of the process and what it has meant to them. They will also answer any questions you may have on the subject. Please think carefully about any questions you may like to ask them.

Sunday 17th January at 9:30am

Breakfast service: Looking together at Holy Communion

There will be plenty of opportunity for everyone to discuss the subject of children and communion and to put forward their views. Hopefully there will be a PCC member on each table who will record those views which can be reported back at the next PCC meeting.

In February the PCC will be discussing and voting on whether we go ahead with admitting our children to Holy Communion. This is a very important decision for all of us. Please make both these services a priority. Whatever your thoughts and feelings you need to be heard!

Christmas Services 2015

Advent and Christmas Services 2015

Breakfast Service

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Sunday 20th December: 9:30am

Our next Breakfast Service will be on Sunday 20th December. Take it easy and let us supply your breakfast.

As part of our process of exploration prior to making a decision about whether we would like to admit children to receive Communion before confirmation, this Breakfast Service will be an opportunity to discuss together and think in some depth about Baptism and Confirmation.  Please come along to this service because it is important that we are all involved in the final decision.

As usual we will all share breakfast together at 9:30am followed by Holy Communion with activities for all the family.

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Lessons and Carols in Oxhey Chapel

Sunday 20th December at 4pm

This Service will be held in in Oxhey Chapel (may be transferred to main church in the event of very cold weather).

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.

Carol Service

Carol Service

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Christingle Service

Thursday 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.

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Candle Lit Midnight Mass

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Thursday 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 Family Communion

Friday 25th December at 10am

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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Ricky’s Ordination Weekend

We’ve had a great weekend celebrating our Curate Ricky Turner on his ordination as a priest.

On Saturday we had a sunny and warm (maybe a bit too hot!) afternoon at St Alban’s Abbey for the ordination service.

Then on Sunday morning Ricky lead our Holy Communion Service for the first time and we had a great sermon from our guest preacher Sue Allen, a good friend of Ricky. At the end of the service we had the customary present opening.

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And finally we ended with a wonderful Bring and Share lunch to wrap up a wonderful weekend.