PCC Notes


PCC Notes

August 2016

The PCC was delighted with the success of the Open Gardens weekend at the beginning of July.  The event attracted a wide amount of interest, so those opening their gardens welcomed many people from within and outside the village.  Open Gardens also raised a significant amount for church funds.  Many thanks to everyone involved in preparing and participating in the weekend.

In June, All Saints’ church welcomed the school choir, under the directorship of music teacher Sarah Hein, to rehearse and then perform a wonderfully varied and perfectly executed concert to their parents. As well as whole choir items, some instrumental soloists also performed and smaller groups of musicians. Summer drinks served at the interval made the event successful socially as well as musically. Well done to all those pupils from the school who performed with such assurance and enjoyment.

All Saints’ church is delighted to welcome groups who would like to use the church building for an occasion. Please contact our Rector Silke, or any member of the PCC, if you would like to make enquiries.

The organ in church is to be restored and cleaned, starting in September.  Please consider our appeal to ‘Sponsor a pipe’ to return our organ to its former glory.  Details can be found in this magazine, in church and from Silke, or any PCC member.  The organ is appreciated by many people in the village who come to All Saints’ church; please consider making a contribution to ensure it continues to enhance services which touch the lives of many people.

The PCC were very sorry to hear of the death of Cherry Fann.  Her contribution to life at All Saints’, and the whole village, will be fondly and gratefully remembered. We extend our condolences to her husband Mike and his family.

If you would like to find out more about the PCC, please look at the notice board in the coffee area in church.

Finally, please continue to keep Silke, the PCC and all our church in your prayers during our period of conciliation.

Mary Henley


July 2016

Our new PCC met for their first business meeting of the year towards the end of May. The PCC were pleased to hear that the church is now advertising for the job of Parish Administrator – by the time you read this article we hope to be interviewing for the post.

The PCC were looking forward to welcoming members of other churches to the Taizé service on the final Sunday of May.  It was agreed that although a little early, it would be a good opportunity to theme refreshments and fellowship after the service as a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

All Saints Church has much to look forward to in July: Open Gardens on the weekend of July 2nd/3rd; an evening river cruise aboard the Kentish Lady; a Friends of All Saints BBQ.

We are most grateful to all the organisers of these events who have been working extremely hard to make them a success, and to give an enjoyable time to others.

If you have a pet, do make a diary note of our Pet blessing service on August 7th at 10 o’clock.

Finally, please continue to keep Silke, the PCC and all our church in your prayers during our period of conciliation.

Mary Henley


March 2016

At the January meeting of the PCC our churchwarden brought to everyone’s attention the need to tackle various repair jobs around the church, so the PCC agreed to form a working party morning in February to help out and get everything done.

On March 13th, congregations from the 8.00am and 10.00am services will be meeting to enjoy breakfast in church, kindly organised and cooked by our Social Events committee.

With an early Lent fast approaching, the PCC were impressed to hear of the courses offered by the worship team: ‘Colour your life’ on Friday mornings and ‘Finding a voice’ on Wednesday evenings. There will also be a full week of services and meditations during Holy Week – please look elsewhere in the magazine for full details, or of course the website.

Our Mission and Ministry committee is organising a visit on April 9th to the National Gallery to look at 15th century art, led by expert Christopher Herbert, former Bishop of St Albans. Please contact the Rectory for further details if you would like to join us.

The PCC was delighted to hear of plans to hold an Open Gardens weekend on July 2nd and 3rd. Please make a diary note if you might be interested in participating.

Mary Henley, Secretary