The other thing that’s been really exciting has been planning with Jenny Green to begin a Friday Fellowship; this will run weekly from 5th of October to Christmas, 10:30 a.m.-1p.m. at All Saints, with a break at the end of October for half term. It would be great to see you there if you can make it and spend time getting to know one another. Our plan for Friday Fellowship is pretty simple and we hope it will be effective.
- The Church will be open from 10:30 till 1 for anyone to come and drop in for tea and coffee, and a chat.
- There will also be an act of worship (which will vary in style each week) at 11:15 for half an hour.
- All are then invited to stay for a shared lunch at 12 o’clock.
- We’re also arranging for a pay as you feel supermarket to help out any one who can make use of it.
The Spooner Trust has generously given £1000 towards renewing All Saints kitchen. The kitchen has served us well since it was re-furbished over 20 years ago, but is now showing its age. We plan to get new worktops, taps, shelves, fronts, and a new floor surface.
Bradford Diocesan Council for Social Aid has given a further £3000 towards June Hopkinson’s work as Children and Families worker for the four churches of the AMOS cluster.
Santander gave us £4982 towards the IT work that James Clayton does with job-seekers and benefits claimants.
Jobsearch and IT at All Saints Landmark Centre. Marsh Christian Trust have given us £300 with the possibility of more next year.
Brenda Hitchen was church warden at All Saints during the time she worshipped her from 1993-98, whilst she was warden at the Hanover flats over the road. Her daughter Joanne was baptised and confirmed at All Saints, and her husband Bob was the local police constable, who in his spare time sometimes cut the Church grass, and also repaired the vestry roof, before the family moved to Flamborough. Brenda and Bob returned to Bradford in recent times; she died on 3rd September.
Molly Braithwaite worshiped at St Oswald’s between 2002 and 2011. She lived on Northdale Crescent before moving to Springfield Nursing Home, was a regular at Wednesday lunch club and in younger years had served in the Land Army. She died on 4th September.
On 31st October, there will be a party in St Oswald’s with a Faith supper. It’s Hallowe’en, when lots of people are scaring themselves with masks and grisly images. In the Bible we are called ‘children of the light’, and encouraged to reflect the qualities and values of Jesus. So this party will be light and fun, and will include a quiz. ‘Faith’ supper means bringing along your food, trusting that others will bring theirs and we can all share. And please invite others too.
Themes this month
Harvest Festival At Harvest on Sunday 7th October please bring items of food, tinned, packets, fresh food too. It all goes to individuals and families we know in the community. Let me know of anyone who would value such a parcel. At All Saints we again welcome the school children to sing and share.
All Saints day is celebrated on the nearest Sunday to the actual date, 1st November; in 2018 that is 4th November. The saints are not only the Biblical Saints, Peter, John, James, Andrew or St Francis, but all those who have walked the way of Christ before us, and who have inspired us by their Christ-like example. Who is your faith hero, the one who most want to meet in Heaven?
‘Inclusion’ is the theme for Sunday 14th October when we remember the West End at St Oswald’s and Landmark at All Saints. These centres are the outworking of a faith that seeks to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give to the thirsty, visit the sick and call on those in prison. Many human needs are being met through our churches during the week, and it’s good to hear and pray and thank God.
Bradford Festival Choral Society
On Saturday 6th October, Tom Leech, the Musical Director of BFCS, will lead a workshop at All Saints, leading to a performance of the Fauré Requiem. They will also be exploring Ivor Gurney’s The Trumpet, an elegiac setting of Edward Thomas’ poetry and a response to the loss and trauma of the First World War, which the composer experienced first-hand in the trenches.
We provide refreshments, including an evening meal, so if anyone can assist Margaret Blackwell and the team if serving food and drinks during the afternoon and at tea-time, please talk to Margaret