Ali and I have had a brilliant year: moving to Lindfield, becoming first-time parents and making new friends in a wonderful community.
In terms of ministry, this year has got better and better, and the youth ministry continues to thrive. Numbers are strong - we started the term with a gathering of 69 young people for a pool party - and God is gradually bringing to us more leaders to help with the work.
For the younger group (11-14s) we are continuing with our usual programmes, meeting on Sunday mornings for teaching at Pathfinders, and Thursday evenings for outreach. The team decided to change the name of Thursdays to ‘Engage’ to give it greater association and continuity with ‘Encrypt,’ to communicate that we are one and part of the same youth work.
Our Friday Encrypt programme now includes food at 6.30pm followed by small group discipleship. Helping our teenagers grow in their knowledge and love of God through small groups is one of our major focuses and by sandwiching it between food and social time we hope to encourage more to take part! Thanks to all who pray for us regularly. Please pray that we can continue to find the right people to minister to our young people, and that the numbers attending would translate into stories of those coming to faith in Jesus.
Pastor to Under-30s.
We are really excited to be holding another Alpha course.
Have you seen the Bear Grylls video? It asks: “Have you got questions about life? Try Alpha.”
We will be meeting at 8.00pm on each Tuesday starting 11 October until 6 December. We will be providing a light supper, followed by a presentation and then discussion time in small groups.
Please look out for the invitation cards at the back of church and use these to invite those who would benefit from this amazing opportunity to learn more about Christianity and to ask all those difficult questions in a safe, loving and supportive environment. Or maybe you would like to come?
If you have any questions about our new course please do ask any of the clergy, staff team, Lindsay Norris or me.
Please contact the church office to sign up to attend our new course –we are looking forward to welcoming you on 11 October!
TODAY, Sunday 11 September, has been designated Ability Sunday by the Christian charity Prospects, when churches throughout the UK are encouraged to celebrate God’s love for all His people, especially those with learning disabilities. Churches from many denominations focus on reaching out to this important disabled group in their community, and many services include active involvement in praise, bible readings and drama. This is what Prospects (part of the Livability Group) have particularly in mind for this Sunday.
Our own group, Prospects Tiger Club, has 18 members and we meet on the second Monday each month. Every member, apart from one, lives outside Haywards Heath and it is quite a challenge to provide transport to get them to the Club, which prohibits us from attendance at All Saints on Sundays. A number of Club members do attend churches in their own locations, but Prospects Tiger Club’s main focus is on bible teaching and fellowship in the Tiger Lounge where they can be assured of God’s love for them and they can share their love for God through Jesus’ Gospel. At our meeting tomorrow we will focus on themes suggested by Prospects for Ability Sunday including 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 ‘One body of many parts, all equally important.’ Prayers for this vulnerable group would be much appreciated – thank you.
Prospects Tiger Club Leader
Where were you on Wednesday 4 September 1996?
Quite a number of us (myself included) were in All Saints for the Institution and Induction of James Clarke as vicar of Lindfield.
Lindsay Urwin, the then Bishop of Horsham, led the service, and instituted James, asking him if he would perform a number of duties as vicar. After the description of each duty, the bishop asked James if he would "do these things gladly and willingly". Many, many people will be able to testify to the way in which James has indeed performed his duties both gladly and willingly over the 20 years since that day.
He is a care-full man. He is also a prayer-full man. In answer to the bishop's questions, James replied, "I will do so, the Lord being my helper". The Lord has indeed been his helper, and honoured James' desire to follow Jesus and bring others to know and love him more. James has taken everything - the joys and the sorrows of his role - to God in prayer, so on this 20th anniversary of his induction, let us join together in prayers of thanks to God for our vicar, friend and brother. Let's also give thanks for the unstinting support of James' wife, Chris, over these years, and for sharing him with us, freeing him to serve us gladly, willingly and prayerfully.
On Sundays in AUGUST: 7, 14, 21 and 28
8.00AM Holy Communion
A said service according to the Book of Common Prayer
Note: This is on all four Sundays of August, rather than just the first and third
10.00AM Combined Morning Service
A service combining elements of the regular 9.30 and 11.15 services
Note: Communion is on 14 and 28 August. There are no children’s groups or crèche at this service
FROM 3.30PM Ice-Cream Sunday!
An afternoon of activities, worship and fun for children and families!
3.30pm Drinks, snacks and craft
4.00pm Lively, interactive service
4.45pm Ice-cream factory to-go
6.30PM for 7.00PM Cornerstone
A relaxed and informal service of Sunday worship and Bible teaching
Includes communion on Sunday 21
Coffee and cake served from 6.30pm
SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
8.00am Holy Communion
9.30am Holy Communion
for 6.30pm Cornerstone
‘A vision for the future’ is an expression we often hear. Fortunately for us this is something the parishioners of All Saints Lindfield had 100 years ago.
In the summer of 1916, the battle of the Somme had begun and life must have been very bleak, but when the pub next door to the church came up for sale they decided to buy it to use for church meetings. The princely sum of £700 being raised by public donation.
They put their trust in God that there was a future after the war, and we can thank God for his provision.
It is fitting that we should celebrate this foresight and the beautiful building - the Tiger - that we have inherited and is so greatly used today!
So on Saturday 1 October we are planning some activities to mark this event.
nDisplay of your photographic memories of the people of All Saints
It would be a great opportunity to update the history booklet: The Tale of the Tiger, could you help with this?
If you have any photos to share or you can help on the day please speak to Mandy Fisk or the Tiger office.
Two weekends ago a choir of 70 people performed to more than 100 family and friends at All Saints Church - the culmination of our Lindfield Gospel Singing Day! The event was held as a means of blessing our local community with the benefits of corporate singing, promoting All Saints in the village, as well as providing a gentle outreach opportunity. Our workshop leader for the day was Karen Gibson, one of the UK’s top gospel conductors, who will be conducting the first Gospel Prom at the Albert Hall on Tuesday 19 July.
Feedback from the participants of the day was overwhelmingly positive from those in the church and community. Here are some of the comments:
I came to the day tired, exhausted and feeling stressed and left feeling joyful, elated and relaxed. It was good for the soul!
It was an absolutely fantastic day. I have never sung so much in one day before. And I never thought we could sound that good after one day.
We counted 11,000 steps on my Fitbit and I did have a little cry at one point when I started listening to the words so it was definitely a mind, body and spirit day!
Charismatic, uplifting, challenging and huge fun!
We are looking into the possibility of running similar days in 2017, so if you missed out this time - watch this space!
I love flowers and it is a joy to arrange them in the Church. It never ceases to amaze me when I see the vast array of beautiful flowers that God has created. There are such a variety of shapes and colours, many having a wonderful perfume. This was very apparent if you visited the recent Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers.
What an honour it is to serve our God and our Church using the beautiful flowers that He has created to enhance our worship at All Saints.
We are blessed at All Saints to have an enthusiastic and talented flower team who really enjoy arranging the flowers in the Church. We decorate the chapels throughout the year and the whole Church at the Easter, Harvest Festival and Christmas. Like me, they are only too happy to serve in this way and I would really like to take this opportunity to thank them for all for their hard work and dedication, especially Barbara Hoy who organises the festivals.
If you would like to join our flower team I would love to hear from you. It is not a huge commitment and we welcome anyone regardless of their experience.
Thank you very much if you participated in the Ashdown Forest Walk. Almost £5,000 was raised for Family Support Work, and donations are still coming!
Workers and volunteers recently took 12 families for a weekend away at Dalesdown Christian Conference Centre near Horsham. The venue is purpose built, a place where children can play and parents can relax. Outside, there is ample space for football and running around; plus mini-golf, an adventure trail, BBQ area and separate sports hall.
One parent said "My girls have slept in their own beds for the first time in three years! They felt safe here and I was able to go off and talk to other parents while they played happily." A father said "It's been so good to have other Dads to speak to, and also to speak to the staff about things."
MU caravans - FSW is fortunate to have access to two Mother's Union caravans, in Winchelsea and Selsey. FSW families who could otherwise not afford a holiday are able to use the caravans at no cost, they only have to pay for their travel and food, but sometimes FSW can assist with this.
FSW charity shop is now at 26 Cornfield Road, Eastbourne 10am-4.00pm Tuesday - Saturday.
Please place items you wish to donate in the box under the pigeon holes.
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