March 2017: Children's Area Open
We're very pleased to announce that our brand new children's area is now open. Created with money awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund, it's fully carpeted and has padded seats, with lots of cupboards under the seats to store the toys and art materials. It's really lovely that at last our children have a safe, comfortable space to play in during services.
The Bishop’s Annual Harvest Appeal
This year the Bishop’s Annual Harvest Appeal charity is ‘Life-giving water’ - supporting Water-Aid and bringing clean, safe water to rural communities in Madagascar.
For some in these rural situations, it is particularly dire – fewer than 1 in 5 families have access to safe water, and fewer than 1 in 10 have access to toilets. Without a safe water supply people often suffer diarrhoeal disease and, sadly, it is not unusual for a child to die.
A supply of clean, safe water will bring a transformed life, more crops can be grown for the family and some sold to bring an income, and children, relieved from the arduous daily task of collecting water, can attend school, gain a good education, and so discover new opportunities for their future. We hope you will join us in support of the charity. See the new Charity Notice Board for more details.
Monday 19th September 2016
Living God's Love
In the St Albans diocese we are renewing and refreshing ‘Living God’s Love’. To celebrate and encourage Mission in our community we attended a special deanery event with the Bishop of St Albans.
We looked at examples of Mission and giving thanks to God; Worshipping together and encouraging each other; and Renewing and inspiring fresh vision for growth.
As a church we will be renewing our Mission Action Plan for 2017. We would love to hear your views on our church. What would you like to see more of? What is important to you as a member of our church? How could we reach out to the community more, particularly the young? How could we be a more welcoming church? Please share your thoughts with the P.C.C. over coffee in church and let us know if you would like to be involved in any way – no matter how small – in coming up with our plan.
Appointment of New Ministers
We are delighted to announce the appointment of a married couple, the Revd Jacqueline Curtis and the Revd Peter Turnbull to minister within the Chellington Team Ministry of which All Saints Turvey is part. Jacqueline is to be Priest-in-Charge (Team Rector Designate) and Peter is to be Associate Priest (Team Vicar Designate).
Jacqueline and Peter are currently Team Rector and Team Vicar respectively in the Crosslacon Team Ministry in the Diocese of Carlisle. They both trained for the ministry at Salisbury and Wells Theological College. Prior to ordination Jacqueline worked as a counter clerk for the Post Office, then as a Youth Minister in Ireland. Peter worked as a houseparent caring for children with disabilities, and then as a director of a language school.
Bishop Alan will license Jacqueline and Peter as our Priest-in-Charge and Associate Priest on Wednesday 12th October at 7.30pm. We look forward to welcoming them to All Saints Turvey.
The Turvey Village Party (in aid of FAST) was held on 25th June in the grounds of Holmwood House.
Despite monsoon rain early on in the proceedings, the sun soon came out and it was a beautiful afternoon of fun, games, food, friendship, music and morris dancing. A great time was had by all, and we're very pleased to announce that the party raised £2,300!
Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to prepare beforehand, on the day and to clear up afterwards. It's wonderful to know how much generosity and talent there is in our village.
Have a look at the Village Party photo gallery to
see what went on, and if you've got any photos you think we could add, please let Jane know (we need parents' permission to use photos of children).
Laurence, Emma and Nicole Nichols Cook were confirmed at St Owen's church, Bromham, on Tuesday 14th June. They are all regular members of our church choir and are also bell ringers. Please pray for them as they take the next steps in their Christian faith.
All Saints Church Secures Investment from National Lottery Players
We are very pleased to announce that All Saints Church has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to carry out urgent roof repairs and fund projects aimed at developing closer links between the church and the local community. For more information see our Heritage Lottery Fund page, and the Heritage Lottery Fund's news article "Good news for East of England churches!"
We started the new round of coffee mornings for the year with a very enjoyable January coffee morning which raised £147.50 towards church funds. A big thank you to Jo Francis and Kevin who stepped in to hold their first coffee morning at very short notice and to those who attended and supported it.
Christmas Bazaar and Market
A huge thank you to everyone who had a stall, gave items to sell, and who came on the day to buy – the
final profit total is £2131.26. Well done everyone, an increase on last year! A special thank you to Jacqui Darrington who manages our biggest fundraiser with such skill!