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  • Thank you all for your prayers and support for the ordination service 2 weeks ago. It was a very blessed and joyful event and one I can honestly say was, for me, full of encounters. It was a wonderful blessing to meet and welcome so many of you in the Cathedral before the service. Thank you for maki... [read more]
  • Rev. Graeme's ordination:  It was so lovely to see some of you again at Graeme's ordination service last Sunday and for me to be back in clericals again exactly a year after I left you to go to France.  It was especially important to both myself and Graeme for me to be there for the occasion and to ... [read more]
  • Sunday July 2nd was a special day in the life of our church, when Graeme was ordained as a deacon at Winchester Cathedral. A coach went from the church, leaving early enough to get us to Winchester in good time so that we were able to take the short stroll to the cathedral, and be among t... [read more]
  • After Graeme's last service on June 18th, we held a buffet lunch in the centre, and a presentation was made to Graeme and Steph as they leave to take up the post of curate at Totton, after Graeme's ordination at Winchester on July 2nd. We will miss them at All Saints, as they have bee... [read more]
  •  NYAKATARE HEALTH CENTRE  As part of our commitment to our partnership in Uganda we support their Health Centre at Nyakatare. No establishment can function to the best of its abilities without adequate staffing and Nyakatare Health Centre is no exception! It’s categorised in Uganda as HC III in a ... [read more]
  • What a wonderful result.  126 boxes ready for collection.    Many boxes were handed in completed, which was lovely, but several other people had spent time collecting things which would go in the boxes, and they had been very generous.  So Monday 14th saw a great team of people packing all sorts of ... [read more]
  • A seventh visit to Kinkiizi Diocese - the same but different! My seventh visit over, I’ve again been reflecting on my experience. Although many of the activities are the same each time, inevitably some things are different and this latest visit was no exception! Never before has someone contr... [read more]
  • If the vestments fit??? Jo and Siobhan after the service on Sept 25th....the vicar let them try on his vestments for size. Do we have a new vicar in the making? Maybe a 'job share'!!!
  • Hi everyone hope you had a great summer break. We thought it might be fun to have some Nursery Rhyme themed activities this term. We have bought some new carpets over the summer, a ball pool and a pirate water trough so more fun to be had! Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday. Weds 7th... [read more]
  • Well, well, well. C'est la vie. Mom arrived on Thursday 7th July and I thought she'd be popping off again after two days but not this time. I was told that this time she was here for good. YIPPEE! Looks like some normal family life is to be resumed after 12 years. So we had some quality time t... [read more]
  • Messy Church for August will be a swim and Barbecue On Wednesday 10th August at St Ives Primary School at 3.30pm A swim followed by a BBQ tea provided. Please let the Parish Office or Sara Watt know if you are coming
  • Jude's last service was a lovely occasion. Although we were all sorry to see Jude go, the church was full for this service, which was followed by a presentation to her in the Church Hall, and then a lunch enjoyed by all. We shall miss her but wish her and John lots of good wishes for their new lif... [read more]
  • The hall is ready to receive the 57 people who came to a Tea Party to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Everyone who came thoroughly enjoyed it, and after tea, were led in some community songs by our musical director Gill.
  • At the Family Service in April we were joined by the Beavers who were celebrating 30 years since the Beavers were established. They presented an explanation of what the Beavers are all about, and paraded their flag, which was also brought forward for a blessing. Beavers are the youngest of the Sc... [read more]
  • https://soundcloud.com/user-439388727/adventurers-at-hospital-radio-bedsidehospital radio bedside An Evening at Hospital Radio Bedside. As many of you may know, I present a radio programme every other Sunday evening from 8:30-10:30. On Hospital Radio Bedside (hospitalradiobedside.co.uk) essentia... [read more]
  • The Minstead Training Trust is seeking to establish a dialogue with all Churches in the region with a view to promoting the charity, enable referrals, seek volunteers, to support churches in their own mission with vulnerable people and where appropriate to set up mission partnerships. For further... [read more]
  • As always, Christmas was a very busy time at All Saints, with many services of all kinds, trying to appeal to all our different tastes for different forms of worship. The flower ladies excelled themselves, and the church looked splendid for christmas, and the musicians... [read more]
  •   December's Messy Church saw us remembering all sorts of people from the bible who appear in Jesus' family tree. We made little Adam & Eve figures, Noah's Ark, a burning bush to remember Moses, a whale for Jonah, ladders for Jacob, a crown for ... [read more]
  • Saturday November 28th saw us madly making and decorating gingerbread ready for the Advent Gingerbread Service the following day. A lot of the gingerbread had been pre made and cut into shapes of all the nativity figures, so that the children (and adults!) could decorate them. But the children al... [read more]
  • Georgina was so thrilled to be making candles at Messy Church, that she took it into school for her reception class 'show and tell'. She was apparently very excited for other children to see it and spoke about Messy Church with glee!
  • The morning of Monday November 16th saw a dedicated group working hard to fill and pack christmas boxes for the charity Samaritans Purse. After nearly 20 years of supporting this charity, this was the first year we did not have the support of Joan Peterson, who had been wonderfully genero... [read more]
  • This painting of the Last Supper has been given to the Church by Gill, as a thank you for all the support given to her as the link ambassador for the deanery of Kinkizii in Uganda. It has been painted on a fabric made from the inside bark of the fig tree.
  • Messy Church enjoyed a swim party at the first school, followed by a barbecue, where parents and children enjoyed a lovely afternoon, and were blessed with perfect weather. Messy Church starts again on September 9th.
  • Our summer fair was a great success, and was visited by Bishop Dan from our linked diocese in Uganda, who was staying with Gill for the weekend.
  • On Sunday May 17th we were privileged to have Bishop Johnathon join us for our All age service at 10am. We decided to make it a service of Holy Communion, and the bishop invited all the children at the service to gather round the altar while he prepared the communion, so that they could see what ... [read more]
  • Our theme this month was the story of David and Goliath, and how a young shepherd boy was able to defeat the fiercest soldier of the Phillistine Army, a man whom the rest of the Israelite army were all frightened of.  We watched a video clip of the story, and then the children talked about how trust... [read more]
  • On Saturday a group of 4 of us went to support Jude when she gave her second talk on Centering prayer at Worth Matravers. After a lovely drive through the Dorset countryside we were greeted with coffee and biscuits. Jude did her second talk on Centering prayer and inner awakening. A contemplative pr... [read more]
  • On Fire Conference 2015 I would like to tell you my experiences of my first visit to the On Fire Conference, with Jude & 5 others of our congregation. The rest of our group had all attended before so I’d had some feedback from them but still felt a bit nervous. The On Fire Mission ... [read more]
  • On Saturday April 25th Jude was delivering a Centering Prayer workshop at Worth Matravers, for a group of people from three churches in that area. A small group of us joined her to take part in the workshop. The workshop went very well and the group were very receptive, and a second workshop i... [read more]
  •           Did Humpty Dumpty fall off the wall, or was he pushed?Several suspects, all in costume. Was it Old King Cole, his employer, Jack Beanstalk, his neighbour, The King of Hearts who had allowed him to umpire the Embers Test Match, or the Queen of Hearts, who wanted to chop everyone's head off... [read more]
  • Come in and take the time to look at our Easter garden. Created by the flower ladies with help from some of the children, it formed part of our easter service as the stone was rolled away to reveal the empty tomb.
  • The recent Christchurch Deanery Craft Afternoon resulted in 2 virtually identical stoles being made in celebration of the Centenary of Christianity in Kinkiizi. One stole is a gift for clergy in Kinkiizi and the other is for our Deanery. Both will travel to Kinkiizi for the ‘Centenary Sunday’ on May... [read more]
  • Bonjour, bonjour.   Madame Bosie ici.   As you can see, I'm attempting the lingo.   Well, Pa and I have settled down very well and Pa is so laid back he's almost horizontal.   I'm so pleased and look forward to Mom coming to live here  and experiencing the same. Dad is really spoiling me ... [read more]
  • The All Saints Parish Church Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 21st December was very well attended creating a wonderful, positive atmosphere throughout the Church. The story of the birth of baby Jesus was read beautifully inbetween carol singing by the congregation and the excellent solo perform... [read more]
  • The children, staff and parents were invited to All Saints for their Christmas Carol Service again this year, and everyone enjoyed the childrens' contribution, and also that of the after school choir.
  • The Christingle Service on Sunday was a very enjoyable festive event presented by Graham with Rev Jude participating as an orange so the children could add the ribbon and the seasons to create a real live Christingle making the whole event very interactive and fun for everyone. Here are a few photos... [read more]
  • OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 2014   Monday 10th of November saw a team of 11 people in the church packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Boxes that will go from here to the warehouse in Christchurch, and from there to children in need somewhere in Eastern Europe. Children who have lost one ... [read more]
  • Margaret Brooks has been celebrating reaching the wonderful age of 99 years!  On Sunday we all helped her to celebrate with cake and wine, and sang Happy Birthday to her.  Here's to next year!!
  • Two new members were enrolled into the Mothers Union during the service on Sunday. Both Gill and Yvette were happy to pose with Jude as they received their badges. Mothers' Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the ... [read more]
  •   On 19th October All Saints really enjoyed seeing the talents of some of the children and members with a display of art.  The children enjoyed the competition which was organised by Steph Dixon our Children's Worker, who encouraged us all to show off our talents! Some people in the congreg... [read more]
  • Many of you will know that we lost little Joan Peterson in September. I heard the news when I returned from holiday in France and I was devastated. You see, Joan was a very special lady to me and I was particularly fond of her. When it was announced that the new priest (me) would be a woman Joan ... [read more]
  • Ruth and Theresa pictured at their recent confirmation Service in Southampton
  • Carried on a Wave of Prayer…… As chair of the Kinkiizi Action Group for Christchurch Deanery it has been my privilege to visit Kinkiizi Diocese Uganda again. Kinkiizi is our Deanery linked overseas partner and strong ties have developed over a number of years. The distance betw... [read more]
  • The church was open from 8am to 8pm, many people came to see a very moving exhibition of local families memorabilia, as well as 5 prayer stations around the church. Many of the comments also reflected how people felt about the moving experience of t... [read more]
  • All Saints Junior choir has been enjoying rehearsals now for several weeks.  Now we have reached the end of term we will have a break and restart on Friday 5th September from 6pm. If you would like to come and join us to have some fun singing and practising songs for the 3rd Sunday morning "Come and... [read more]
  • During Holy Week  we had a chance to visit the prayer labyrinth, designed to help us reflect on Christ's suffering as he journeyed towards the cross and the events of Easter. It helped us also to think and pray about our own lives, and about the people who are suffering in the world today. 1.... [read more]
  • I received this letter from the team, and thought it might be interesting for you to read:- Dear Mrs Hilary Cooper Thank you for your involvement in Operation Christmas Child in 2013. Globally we sent almost 10 million shoeboxes to children living in some of the toughest parts of the world, sh... [read more]
  •   Little Henry Dickinson has celebrated his  christening at All Saints, and posed for photographs with his sister Amelia.
  • Now on Wednesdays  @ 3.30pm (not the 2nd wednesday of the month as it would conflict with Messy Church)   TIME OUT FOR QUIET MEDITATION & REFLECTION FOR THOSE OF ALL FAITHS AND NONE. COME & JOIN US.  
  • BORED? LONELY? WANT TO MEET NEW FRIENDS? Come along to our coffee mornings on Thursdays in the Church Centre to meet new people and make new friends. 10.30am to 12.00pm We look forward to seeing your there.
  • Our bible study groups meet on Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening @ 2.00pm and 7.30pm. For more details please contact Rev Judy and if you would like to set up your own home bible study group then this would be very welcome.
  • Nutkins meets on Wednesday mornings in the Church Centre. For further details contact Lisa Hover Tel: 07403 386688
  • Scouts and guides are both part of one of  the worlds largest youth organisations, and are also  registered charities. Both organisations give young people opportunities they might not necessarily receive and welcome both boys and girls from any walk of life. The principles  are simple: to develo... [read more]
  • Our Messy Church Group is held on the second Wednesday each month from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. This is a busy and lively group where lots of constructive and relevant crafts are provided for the children to create, learn about Jesus and meet other children. This group also meets with Revd Judy Morton i... [read more]
  • All Saints Flower Guild We have a small group of ladies from the church who meet at the church centre at 10.30am on the second Monday in the month, except January and July. Barbara Davies is our leader who sets us a subject to illustrate in flowers and help is given at all stages. We have coff... [read more]
  • We will be making all sorts items for various events and charties all new members always welcome. We are always looking for handicraft donations so if you have any spare wool or cotton then we would be very grateful. Pat Woodcock Tel: 01425 480921
  • Is run to support local families in need. No area is immune to household economic problems and the need for people not to feel belittled by seeking help is fundamental to the cause. In the 6 months that the foodbank has been open, we at All Saints have donated very nearly 500 kilos of food. Wh... [read more]
  • Mothers Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christrian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. The orgainsation aims to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and ca... [read more]
  • We are looking for more people to join the All Saints Church Choir Singing is known to be very good for keeping the brain active and happy, so why not consider coming along! New members are always welcome; no audition is required. Anyone can join, from aged 8 upwards. We practice Fridays 6.30p... [read more]
  • Making a difference together for 25 years This November, Will Aid will again offer the opportunity for people to make a quality basic Will with a local participating solicitor in return for a donation (e.g. £90.00 for a single will) to good causes. Over 25 years, Will Aid solicitors and their cl... [read more]
  • David Winter reflects on 70 years of the miracle of streptomycin. Exactly 70 years ago this month researchers isolated for the first time the antibiotic drug streptomycin. Within a few years it was in widespread use as the first effective treatment for tuberculosis, which in my childhood was both... [read more]
  • Our first meeting after the summer break was very well attended and our President Mrs Barbara Hookway welcomed us all back and greeted three visitors who had joined for the evening. The evening started with a quiz, just for fun, before introducing our speakers for the evening Geoff and Cherrie Whitt... [read more]
  • Recently returned from Crete, Vera Riddell felt moved to record her thoughts about her surroundings in this inspiring prose: The garden, bathed in golden light, slopes gently down from the sheltered terrace where we sit. Rosemary and lavender spill out over low stone walls and pebbled pathways th... [read more]
  • Another Kinkiizi Challenge! Team: Gill Tybjerg, Gwynne Kynaston and Bethan Davies This is a comment made by people in Kinkiizi that has been said to me many times now, having been there again for my third visit. Each time I have been struck by how generous, friendly and hospitable the people in ... [read more]
  • When I heard that my daughter Micaela had Down's Syndrome just minutes after her being born, my whole world  came crashing down. Sitting in that hospital bed, looking at my husband's downcast face when only moments earlier he had shed tears of joy, I felt like we had been robbed. One moment he was h... [read more]
 
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