Ride or Stride for our Heritage

Suffolk Historic Churches Ride and Stride took place on Saturday 8th September this year.
Suffolk has around 500 historic medieval churches and our towns and villages.  Sudbury alone has 12 churches and chapels although not all with medieval origins. 9 of these will be ready to validate sponsor forms for any cyclist or walker taking part in this fundraising event.  Jenny has the sponsor forms and a long list of churches to visit. To register for this year’s event and start collecting sponsors on your form or just for more information, telephone Jenny on 378924 .

Quiz Evening
Our quiz and ploughman’s supper evenings was on 13th October in the Church Hall.  It  followed the popular format of general knowledge  alternating with subject rounds.

Cream Teas
Saturday 18th August: the Cream Teas  in the garden at 98, Melford Road were enjoyed in a warm but cloudy  afternoon, making over £250 for the Restoration and Development fund.

Opening the church 
The church was opened for coffee for a trial period from Friday 8th June then on Monday and Friday mornings from 8.20 – 9.45 am and Wednesday afternoons from 2.45 – 4 pm until mid July.  The building will be staffed by two or more volunteers who will make coffee and tea for anyone who drops in.  Everyone who called in was made welcome  for a drink, a chat or to look around the beautiful, old building.  The tower was not open at these times.

Open Church Day 
Saturday 7th July 2018 was our annual “open church” for the community to come in and look at the work in progress to make our medieval building more comfortable for worship and its intended daily use for passers by. The tower was open to climb to see the view over Sudbury. There were people who talked to anyone who came in about the work of our church in the neighbourhood and ways that anyone can become involved. It could be by anything, from bringing their children for baptism to helping weed the churchyard. The  light lunches in the form of soup and rolls and  afternoon cream teas in the hall proved popular.  The refreshments, stalls and the tower realised just over £700 for the Restoration and Development Fund, despite competition from the Football World Cup, Wimbledon and Le Tour de France.

Day of Prayer
The church will be open for prayer on Saturday 23rd June from 9am until 4 pm for prayer. The following day will be the Annual Gift Day. Traditionally it coincided with our Patronal Festival, All Saints’ Day. In 2017 we moved Gift Day to Easter, so we combined praising God for the raising of Jesus with the opportunity to respond to His love with our loving giving. This year it has been delayed so we can use the new diocese method of giving, called the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). In future we will return to the latter pattern.

Annual Parish Church Meeting
Sunday 22nd April
The Parochial Church Council elections were held after the main morning service at the combined Parish Meetings. Churchwardens elected are Dr. Malcolm Offord and Mrs Jane Penson. Two new members were elected to the PCC. Mrs Katrina Dalgleish and Mrs Nicki Dixon. Mr. Robert Fish, Mrs Elizabeth Wiles, Mr. Tony Rowe and Mrs Sarah Smith are continuing to serve until the end of their terms. There is one unfilled vacancy. Mr. Graham Naylor and Mrs Amanda Reavell are continuing as representatives on the Deanery Synod.

The Kitchen
The kitchen is now fully equipped and in use. The final appliances were fixed and plumbed in on Friday 3rd November. Coffee and tea are now served in china mugs in the North Aisle after main services.