What's On 2021
Swifts at All Saints?
We’ve been gifted a high-quality colony swift nest box (with 4 compartments) and have received Archdeacon’s Permission to install it. We’ve also acquired a call box which will play a recording of swifts calling, to attract the swifts, when they arrive in early summer, to a potential new home. Swifts are wonderful birds which travel vast distances but can struggle to find suitable nesting places when they get here.
Our box has been installed in time for this year’s arrivals and that we’ll enjoy the sight of them swooping into a new home on our tower.
Update on the restoration work
9th April 2021 It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We give thanks for his life of devoted public service and his unstinting support for the Queen. Due to Covid restrictions we could open a Book of Condolence for him, but you are invited to leave condolences electronically via the Royal Family website. They also request that, rather than leaving any floral tributes, you might like to make a small donation to one of the many charitable causes that Prince Philip supported such as conservation, the well being and development of young people and support for the armed forces.
Holy Communion services are being held in church on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 10 am with strict Covid precautions and spacing.
A Morning Praise service is also held in church at 10 am on the third Sunday of the month as well as the Zoom service for those who cannot come to the building.
Our All Age and Morning Praise services continue on Zoom on 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays.
Both St. Andrew's and St. Gregory's, our sister churches in our group, have virtual worship which All Saints' is invited to join on other Sundays.
Annual Parish Church Meeting (APCM) 2021
11.15 a m in All Saints' Church Sunday, May 23rd
The PCC members elected for 2020/2021 on Sunday 25th October 2020 were
Nicki Dixon (newly elected warden)
Robert Fish ( re-elected)
Jane Jowitt ((newly elected– was co-opted in 2019)
Jane Penson (warden)
Amanda Reavell (Treasurer & re-elected Deanery Synod rep)
Sarah Smith (re-elected Deanery Synod rep)
Their nominal year term will run until the next Annual Parish Church Meeting - usually in April.
Re-opening the building.
The restoration of the windows has been completed and the building will be cleaned and decorated for Christmas.
The church was open on Christmas Eve for the first time since lockdown between 4 - 6 pm for viewing the Christmas decorations, crib scenes and prayer.
There was a service of Holy Communion on Christmas day at 10 am with Covid safe spacing. The building has also been in use for services from Mothering Sunday
Church hall improvements
The installation of the new heating in the Church Hall was completed; the entrance hall given a new floor eliminating the threshold sill for easier wheelchair access. The hall floor was restored, sanded and polished and the redecoration of walls and paintwork is underway.
Zoom services are streamed at 10am on the weeks that there is no service in the Church. Contact Robert for an invitation to join us.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
We are sharing online worship with our sister churches of Sudbury, St.Gregory's and St. Andrew's, Great Cornard. Please check their websites for up to date information on this.
On Sundays there is also the opportunity to join in worship in the diocese digitally- see our diocesan homepage www.cofesuffolk.org for details.
You can also receive encouragement from the Bishops by joining them for Morning Prayer via Facebook on www.facebook.com/BIshopsCofEsuffolk/ Mon-Fri at 8.30 am.
Here is a prayer you may like to use during this crisis
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up those who are brought low that we might find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen
Another prayer for reflection comes from Arabella, aged 8: Dear God, Thank you for our health. Hard times will come and go. We will battle Covid19 and we will not let it interrupt our life. Some have been taken away but no one is to take the blame. You gave us our lives and we need to make the most of them. We also need to treat them with pride and pleasure. We shall be thankful for many things.
Saving our Windows
To the left, the scaffolding around the window in the North aisle where the work on the mullions and stonework surrounding the window was proceeding.
On the right, the rebuilding of the chancel walls by our beautiful stained glass window has been completed. The scaffolding has been removed and the areas of new mortar which has bonded the flints back in place shows pale against the untouched areas. The coloured glass is away for cleaning and restoration before being replaced
Save Our Windows Appeal
To meet the conditions of our Lottery Grant, Marie, our Heritage Activities Officer, had planned a series of activities and events that were going to take place over the coming weeks and months. They would have presented a great opportunity to involve the local community in the preservation and repair of All Saints' church, a major landmark in our part of the town.
All Saints' Church in Sudbury secures National Lottery support
All Saints' Church in Sudbury has been awarded more than £150k from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore and repair its main stained glass window and a side window.
Thanks to National Lottery players, the grant will mean the large East window, created in 1882, will be fully repaired and one of the windows on the North side of the building will be worked on to bring it up to the standard of the others it sits alongside.
The £153k grant will also fund a Heritage Activity Officer who will oversee community engagement projects including workshops for adults and schoolchildren, the revision of the church guidebook and history talks.
A team of volunteers will be recruited to help oversee community events from the start of the project in spring next year to its conclusion, scheduled for November 2020.
Churchwarden and Reader at All Saints', Dr Malcolm Offord said: “the restoration and community projects will be something the whole area can be proud of.
The stained glass in the window is in an extremely poor state of repair and we are incredibly grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for recognising the importance of both the window and the building as a whole as part of this area.
The various projects and events we are planning around the restoration work will involve the whole community both looking at the history of All Saints and looking to the future with a beautifully restored window.”
Rev’d Canon Jane Lloyd returns
Jane conferred honorary title of Canon See pictures.
Coffee Mornings - are suspended during the pandemic
Restoration and Development
The six items currently being worked on by the PCC concerning the buildings are:
(1) secondary double glaze all main hall windows.
(2) modify the sound system so the computer and amplifiers are all in a movable cabinet at the front of church. This will also allow some of the microphones at the front to be directly plugged in rather than be radio microphones.
These have now been completed
(Clear, costed plans for what to do)
(3) repair east window & external east wall; grant from the Lottery fund applied for and approved. See first article.
(4) apply to remove the panelling from the inside of the south wall; paint the north wall;
(5) repair hole in the floor of the central aisle (where the blue rug is)
(6) construction of a disabled toilet and small meeting room within the church hall - work completed- July 2019
The next lunch will be on the first Sunday after restrictions are lifted, when anyone who would be eating alone but would prefer to eat a home cooked meal in company will be welcomed in the Church Hall. The four courses will cost £6.00. There will be simple Sunday lunch with a choice of three fruit juices, three main dishes and three deserts. The small profit helps to maintain the hall which has a listed frontage. To reserve a place or buy a ticket a full week in advance, contact Virginia on 01787 374003, please.
“Parish Prayers” are usually after coffee following the 10 am service on the third Sunday in the month, in the side chapel. It is a good time to pray about the changes we are putting into action. If you would like to join us that would be great as we believe prayer is needed to support every facet of life in our parish. If you can’t attend but would like a specific prayer offered to our Lord just let Malcolm know and it will be offered there on your behalf.
Please contact Jane Lloyd for details if would like to come. The next subject for our groups will be decided after lockdown is lifted.
The kitchen is now fully equipped and in use. Coffee and tea are now served in china mugs in the North Aisle after main services and the shortened benches have been arranged as seating near the serving table.
An informal service of Morning Prayer is held every Friday morning from 9.30 am until 10 am. This takes place in the church.
Church Hall Hire
Our hall, which has good kitchen facilities, is available for parties or meetings and there is a smaller hall at the back which could be used for smaller functions. The main hall is available at £15 an hour which goes to the Hall Fund. There is no music or bar licence and insurance is the responsibility of the hirer. The main hall can hold up to 100 people: the small hall holds about 20. Contact Mr. Robert Fish for further details.
The church will not be left open when there is not a service or other activity until further notice. The key holders are usually able to let visitors in upon request. Their names and telephone numbers at the bottom of the contacts page just above the map.
Our link Missionaries
The family have settled back in the UK and are continuing their work from home.
If you would like a written copy of the notes or a CD of any sermon please contact Robert