Harvest Appeal 2020

Our Harvest Sunday will be on Sunday 4th October but it will be a little different this year!  There will be a live service in the church which will be live-streamed but there will no collection of food.

Thanks to your generosity last year we have enough money to keep the food store stocked and we are, therefore, asking everyone to give to our missions for this year.  Because of the pandemic restrictions we have not been able to hold our usual events to raise money for our missions and it would be wonderful if everyone gave as much as they can afford to enable us to continue to support these great causes – ASCEND, Herts and Essex Air Ambulance and Solar Aid which provides solar powered equipment such as lights to some of the poorest regions in the world.

If you would like to donate please click on the link below which has been set up specifically for our Harvest Appeal
https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/allsaintsharvest2020

Important information as we return to public worship

We will be holding our first service of Holy Communion in church at 10:30am on Sunday 23rd August.  If you are planning to attend please contact Canon Pam Wise as we have a limit on numbers due to social distancing.

Before you attend, please carefully read the following:

  • We are asking people not to arrive early
  • You will be asked to use hand sanitiser as you enter the building
  • You must bring a face covering – which must be worn whilst in the building
  • You are welcome to bring your own bottle of water but there will be no refreshments available
  • When you arrive you will be seated according to social distancing regulations – only members of one household will sit together
  • There are arrows on the floor to guide you through the one way flow

It is really good to be back together to worship and for many of us this will be the first Holy Communion we have received for over 5 months – it is quite a milestone.  It is our first service following the regulations and it will, undoubtedly, feel a bit strange to start with but we will iron out any little issues as the weeks progress. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

If you are not able to attend the service, you will still be able to watch the live stream on Facebook Live as usual.

Our buidling will continue to be closed during the week except for pre-booked groups. If you would like someone to pray with you or simply time in quiet prayer please contact Canon Pam Wise.

Update – June 2020

Sadly our building is closed but we are still very active. If you would like someone to pray with you or simply time in quiet prayer please contact Canon Pam Wise. Don’t forget we have a live streamed service every Sunday at 10:30am. We also have a zoomed short act of worship each Thursday at 10:30am – please contact Pam if you would like to join us.

Visit our Contact Us page for all our email adresses and phone numbers.

Giving / Donating

We receive no external funding and rely on your donations as well as money from fundraising and hall hire to cover our costs. While the church building is closed, we are faced with a significant shortfall in our income. It may be several months before our letting’s income returns in full. We are also losing income we would normally get through the collection plate on Thursday and Sunday services and the closure of the Hatch. As such, our income is currently £3000 per month less than normal.

The PCC continues to meet virtually and we have recently taken some very difficult decisions to reduce our costs. However, many of these continue, including insurance, regular servicing, maintenance and utility bills (although we are seeing some savings with lower use of the building).

The quickest and easiest way to give while the church building is closed is to donate through the JustGiving website by clicking on the button below.

If you are a tax payer, please gift aid your donation by selecting “Yes, add gift aid” when prompted and completing your details on the JustGiving website.

If you are able to make a regular donation, please visit our Giving page for details on how you can set up a monthly Direct Debit.

Thanks you

Holy Week and Easter 2020

Holy Week and Easter may be different this year, but we will providing regular live stream prayers and services all through the week. Whilst church buildings may be closed, we can still pray and worship together from our own homes and with the worldwide Christian community.

All services will be live streamed on Facebook Live or the Live page of this website. If you miss them live, they will be available to watch after the live stream finishes.

Daily Prayer – Live Stream

Monday to Friday at 12noon

Liz will be bringing a short daily prayer live stream from her home each day this week at 12noon. Pray with us at this dfficult time as we travel together through this Holy Week and look towards Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Maundy Thursday – Live Stream

Thursday 9th April – 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 when he washed the feet of his disciples and set us the example of how to live as Christians.

Good Friday – Live Stream

Friday 10th April – 2.45pm
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Please join us virtually as we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made as he suffered on the cross for us.

Good Friday is also one of the holiest days in our calendar and it is important that as Christians we all observe it seriously.

There is no Easter without Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.

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Easter Day – Live Stream

Sunday 12th April – 10.30am

Pascal Candle

Pascal Candle

Come and join our virtual celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and the light of Christ coming into the world.

While we may be separated at this time, we can join together across the parish to worship the risen Lord and look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.

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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

Mission Total 2019 and Missions for 2020

We raised £1,948.87 for our Missions in 2019 which were:

Admiral Nurses from Dementia UK Dementia UK →

Hope UK Hope UK →.

And our own Mission: ASCEND →

Our Missions for 2020 are:

Solar Aid

SolarAid is an international charity that combats poverty and climate change, by providing access to solar lights in some of the most remote regions of Malawi and Zambia through their social enterprise, SunnyMoney.

598 million people in Africa have no access to electricity and without this families have no clean source of light, leaving them to rely on expensive and dangerous alternatives such as homemade kerosene lamps. However, with a solar light, everything changes. The lamps are safe, clean and affordable, and give off hours of light in the evening so families can earn, learn and feel safe after dark. Just one lamp can transform the fortunes of an entire family.

Sunnymoney Solar Aid believe that universal access to renewable energy is the best way to alleviate poverty. And the best way to ensure universal access to energy is by building local, sustainable businesses. In 2008 they set up a social enterprise who are one of the main sellers of solar lights in Africa. They travel to remote rural communities educating people about the benefits of solar lights, instilling trust and creating demand in a new and unfamiliar technology – which builds the foundations for a sustainable solar market and a lasting energy legacy.

Registered Charity No: 1115960

For more information, check out the website: https://solar-aid.org/

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance aim is to save lives, reduce or prevent disability, or suffering from critical illness and injury, by delivering a first class pre-hospital emergency medical service to the people of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.

With no access to National Lottery funding and limited support from Government, the Air Ambulance relies upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire to remain operational and keep saving lives. Their actions are guided by their values – passionate in going the extra mile, professional in treating everyone as they would wish to be treated, innovative in driving forward best clinical practice, trustworthy in working openly and honestly and dedicated because they care about the cause, their patients and each other.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (1108989). Registered company in England and Wales (05397840).

For more information, check out the website https://www.ehaat.org/..

 

ASCEND

ASCEND is our very own Mission working right in the heart of our community. They’re all about moving people forward, challenging their perceived barriers to education and training; providing people with more choice and control over their lives. Thanks to ASCEND, many local people now have the confidence, self-esteem and skills to find a route to employment, some for the first time in their lives. ASCEND also works with young people aged 16 to 25 and has set up the Dig Deep Allotment Project with Farming for All CIC and Step Up with Herts Mind Network.

For more information, check out the website for ASCEND →

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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.