What's On 2019
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.”
Coffee Mornings - now on second Saturdays from 10 - 11.30 am.
Next on Saturday 14th November when the Sudbury Community Wardens will be around to give advice and information. There will be Christmas decorations and gifts for sale plus cakes, bric a brac and books as well as tea and coffee.
This Autumn the Quiz, held on Saturday 23rd November. made a profit of £410 for church hall improvements.
Annual Church Parish Meeting
The business meeting of the church took place on Sunday 14th April.
The PCC members for this year are
Janet Airey (newly elected)
Robert Fish (Secretary)
Sue Gilbert (newly elected– was co-opted in 2018)
Malcolm Offord (warden)
Jane Penson (warden)
Amanda Reavell (Treasurer & Deanery Synod rep)
Sarah Smith (Vice-chair & Deanery Synod rep)
Copies of the accounts and the reports of our activities over the past year are available in church.
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 Sunday 1st December, when anyone who would be eating alone but would prefer to eat a home cooked meal in company in the Church Hall. The four courses will cost £8.00. There will be traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. 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 Christmas.
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