All Saints' Friern Barnet

122 Oakleigh Road North, London N20 9EZ, 020 8445 8388

19th July 2014

Reading in church
Pat Pletikosa is always looking for volunteers to read the lessons each Sunday.  If you would like to volunteer, please email Pat: patpletikosa@hotmail.co.uk

John and Ann Deutsch’s Golden Wedding Anniversary
John Deutsch has asked me to pass on the following:
“Fifty years ago, on July 25th 1964, Ann Bucknall and John Deutsch got married at St. Pancras Town Hall Register Office. We intend to celebrate this auspicious anniversary by having a disorganised party at All Saints’ Church on Sunday July 27th. It will start with the after service coffee at about 11.30, and will continue with an informal buffet lunch at about 12.30. It will end when it ends!
Depending on the weather, we shall either be on the grass behind the church or in the small hall. If you like, please come along to the 10am service as well.
We would like as many as possible of our friends to come along. This includes anyone who attends or used to attend All Saints’, and also anyone with whom Ann has acted or sung over the years. (If you are in touch with any of the performers, please pass this invitation on to them).
Please let us know if you would like to stay for lunch ( jpadeutsch@btinternet.com ) or 02084451927).
Please don’t bring us any gifts. It would be better to make a donation to the church, or to your favourite charity.”

Garden Safari, this Sunday!

This popular event will take place again on 20th July, starting at 12.30 with lunch at Janet Sodring’s garden and then moving onto three other gardens throughout the parish, followed by a Sundays at Seven concert at church. Please speak to Janet Sodring for more details and tickets.

The day also will have a scarecrow competition! As most people will not have access to straw for the scarecrows, we suggest cardboard cut-outs which can then be painted, covered in fabric or decorated in any other way, mounted on a stake or bamboo pole that can be stuck into the ground. The winner will be announced at the last garden, the vicarage.

Garden Safari 3

Garden Safari, this Sunday 12th July

This popular event will take place again on 20th July, starting at 12.30 with lunch at Janet Sodring’s garden and then moving onto three other gardens throughout the parish, followed by a Sundays at Seven concert at church.  Please speak to Janet Sodring for more details and tickets.

The day also will have a scarecrow competition! As most people will not have access to straw for the scarecrows, we suggest cardboard cut-outs which can then be painted, covered in fabric or decorated in any other way, mounted on a stake or bamboo pole that can be stuck into the ground.  The winner will be announced at the last garden, the vicarage.

The Last Laugh – this Saturday at All Saints

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The Last Laugh, Edd Turner’s latest play, is about the life and poetry of Wilfred Owen. It is part of our All Saints’ Remembers programme, and will be performed in the church hall on Saturday 12th July 4.00pm and 7.30pm and costs £8. Edd describes it as a play with motets and it features a full choir. Based on his previous plays, it is certainly worth seeing! Tickets from the office – 020 8445 8388.

Growing All Saints’: join the conversation…

These are exciting times for All Saints’, as we look to the future, seeing how we might grow our church and serve our neighbourhood better.

All Saints’ is currently exploring how we might best do this. As part of this, we are putting together our action plan for the next five years (which the Church calls the Mission Action Plan). This plan looks at practical and realistic things that we can do to grow our church, and reach out into our community. This plan should belong to us all, and so we hope as many of you as possible will join in the conversation.

On 13th July we hope that you might come along after the 10am service and explore these questions in small groups in a relaxed atmosphere over a ploughman’s lunch.

We will be thinking about three areas:

•          How might we grow spiritually, becoming better disciples, and more joyful in our faith?

•          How might we grow numerically, and open All Saints’ to new members?

•          How might we best reach out and serve our young people and children?

We would like to include our children and young people, and listen to what they might like to see the future of our church looking like. There will be one table just for them on the day.

Helping to Run All Saints

Everyone probably knows that the PCC is the body that discusses all the major issues arising All Saints’: we elect the PCC each year at the Annual Parochial Meeting.  However, there are a number of more informal committees that arrange many of the day to day things that happen in the parish.  Membership of these committees isn’t limited to PCC members, and if you would like to join any committee, or have any skills that you think may be helpful, then speak to either Fr Gregory or Churchwardens Steph Williamson or David Lane. 
The committees and what they do:

Communications Committee, which co-ordinate external and internal communication, including with the press and the publication of Milestones.  This committee tends to meet infrequently, but there is lots of scope to help with its tasks;

Finance Committee, which meets on an occasional basis and aims to provide assistance to Iain Taylor in running our finances;

Fundraising and Events Committee, which co-ordinates fund raising and social events.  It is always looking for ideas for events, and people to run them;

Outward Committee, which is in charge of charitable giving and Christian Aid.  The Outward Committee has just been restarted and will meet only when required;

Precincts Committee, which looks after the maintenance of our buildings and grounds.  It has also set up a Development Committee, to look at the ways we can develop our site in the future, and is about to begin looking at health and safety on our site;

Stewardship Committee, which looks at how we can develop the regular giving to the church, and how best to harness all of the time and abilities that our church members have.

It would be really good to have a wide base of membership on these committees – we are all part of All Saints’, and the more we spread the load, the easier it becomes.