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RWC15logoA Service of Celebration of Rugby

All Hallows will be holding a Service of Celebration of Rugby on the eve of the first match of the Rugby World Cup 2015.  This event takes place on Thursday 17th September at 6.15pm.  The Bishop of Stepney, the Right Revd Adrian Newman will be attending the service and there will be music from the All Hallows Choir and choirs from local schools.

All Hallows church is literally a stones throw away from Twickenham Stadium.  This service brings together the local community and those involved in the tournament.

Space is limited. If you want to guarantee a seat, please click on the link below:

https://eventbrite.com/event/17689940087/

 

Open house logo2015Open House London 2015

All Hallows will be opening it’s doors to the public on Saturday 20th September as part of the Open House London Weekend.  The church will be open from 1.00pm to 5.00pm for anyone to come along and learn more about this beautiful Sir Christopher Wren church, to see the famous sword rests, wonderful wood carvings and to have a welcome cup of tea and some cake at the cake stall which will be run in aid of Shooting Star Chase.

Please click on the link below for more information from Open House:

http://events.londonopenhouse.org/building/3000

 

casserole ccLunch Club

Lunch Club runs on the last Wednesday of each month (apart from December).  The club has been running now for many years and has grown in patronage over time.  A two-course meal plus tea or coffee is on offer for a suggested donation of £3.50.  The lunch is aimed mainly at retired people, but all are welcome to come along and share food and fellowship.  Lunch is served at 12.30pm.

The next Lunch Club takes place on Wednesday 30th September 2015.

NOTE FOR DIARY:

xmas lunch ccLunch Club on Wednesday 25th November will be the Christmas Special.  This will be a 3 course meal with wine and all the Christmas Trimmings.  The cost of this will be £5.00.  Please can you let us know if you want to come along by contacting the Parish Office 020 8241 2345 parishadmin@allhallowstwick.org.uk

 

talent 1All Hallows Talent Show

As many in our community know, the Friends of All Hallows is soon to be set up and their launch event will be a Talent Show which will take place on Saturday 28th November at 7.00pm.

Tickets are now on sale from the Parish Office. They are £10 and include a chicken or vegetable curry with rice. Please contact Alex in the Office to purchase tickets and to let her know if you wish to have the meat or vegetarian option.

You are welcome to pay either by cash, cheque or direct online for this event. If you are paying online, please ensure you let Alex know that you have done this to ensure you get your tickets. Cash or cheque payments can be made direct with the Office or Alex after services on Sunday.

Online payment details:
Account Name: All Hallows PCC
Account number: 30110779
Sort Code: 20-72-17
Please list the payment as “AH Talent Show”

Tickets paid for will be left in pigeon holes at the back of the church, or you can collect directly from the office or can be posted out to you if required.

Everyone is welcome to this exciting event!! Either as participant or audience!

talent 2If you would like to take part in the show – and any talent is welcome (within reason!), please can you click on the link below and submit the form via Alex in the Parish Office 020 8241 2345 parishadmin@allhallowstwick.org.uk

All Hallows Talent Show application (web)

 

 

harvest ccHarvest Thanksgiving

Harvest Thanksgiving takes place on Sunday 4th October at 10.00am.  This service will be followed by  a Bring & Share lunch in the Hall.  All are very welcome!

 

St Francis ccPet Blessing

The Pet Blessing has been re-introduced and this year it takes place on Sunday 11th October at 3.00pm.  Everyone is invited to bring along their pets to be blessed.  This service will be followed by cream teas served in the Narthex and Cloister.

Farewell Father Andrew!

_DSC2606 -It was with great sadness that the All Hallows Community said farewell to Father Andrew Williams and his family on Sunday 21st June. Andrew has been our Curate here since July 2012 and has been a great help in keeping us spiritually cared for during the interregnum before Fr Kevin Bell arrived as Vicar in February 2015.

_DSC2580There was a presentation to Fr Andrew during the service, from everyone in the Parish, from Fr Kevin and from the children who made a very long banner sending Fr Andrew off on his next journey with love and messages from every child and parent.

Here is Fr Andrew’s farewell message to everyone at All Hallows:

Fr AndrewI would like to express my deep gratitude to the many people at All Hallows who have helped and encouraged me over years, shown care and love to me and my family, and from whom I have learnt so much in my own Christian journey. After nine very happy years here, as a congregant, ordinand and curate, it is sad to be departing. However, I am thankful for the goodness and generosity of this wonderful church and it is a joy to know that it is very good hands under Fr Kevin’s stewardship. I shall continue to pray for the parish and ask, in your charity, that you pray for me. And I look forward to coming back to visit in due course. Thank you all.

Fr Andrew

Happy 100th Birthday Ena!!

EnaOn Sunday 10th May, we celebrated the 100th Birthday of Ena Parker who has been a member of this church for all of her life!  Ena witnessed the current building being erected in 1939/1940 and was in attendance at the Consecration in November 1940.

Ena received her telegram from the Queen on her actual birthday – 12th May…Happy 100th Birthday Ena!!!

Sadly, Ena passed away on Monday 22nd June.  Her funeral will take place here at All Hallows.

PCC Away Day – May 2015

Burnham Abbey 3The PCC Away Day to discuss Mission and Planning took place on Saturday 16th May at Burnham Abbey in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.

The nuns at the Abbey made us all very welcome.  The day began with Eucharist in the Chapel with Father Kevin presiding at the last minute as the vicar on duty was delayed.  The day went well with the longer term and shorter term issues for our church being discussed.

Burnham Abbey 7The outcome of this day is to be shared with the All Hallows Church community as a whole (a date TBC) and data has been collated and will be published in the church from this week.

To ensure the people of the parish and church community have their say, if you attend All Hallows and are on the Electoral Roll, please remember to fill in your Parish Questionnaires and get them back with Alex in the Office asap.  Please ask Alex for a copy of this by email, or pop in to the church for a hard copy.

SPEAR Quiz Night – February 2015

P1020456 (2)Our Quiz & Chips night took place on Saturday 28 February and raised over £600 for SPEAR, our local homelessness charity. The event was sold out and there was a good buzz in the hall as the 80 competitors settled down for the quiz, set by Bruce Warman from SPEAR. The licensed bar helped to raise funds, and a fish and chip supper provided a welcome interval.

Look out for the next All Hallows quiz in the autumn.

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The West End came to All Hallows on 7 March when performers gave a concert in aid of Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign to save 50,000 children from disaster, death and trafficking. The audience were entertained with songs from favourite musicals interspersed with films telling the stories of trafficked children and Tearfund’s work through partners to stop this happening in future.

DSC_6481 copyTicket sales and donations amounted to £970.16 and many people also committed to regularly giving financially to this work. To learn more and to support this worthy cause, visit http://www.tearfund.org/en/nochildtaken/

 

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Welcome Father Kevin!

Father Kevin Bell with Bishop Paul Williams_5641All Hallows new vicar The Revd Kevin Bell was instituted and installed at the church on Monday 2nd February. It is with great pleasure that this community welcomes Fr Kevin, his wife Clare and their three children to be a part of our lives here in Twickenham.  Please see below a report on the service by Sarah Vincent:

Father Kevin Bell with Venerable Stephan Welch Archdeacon ofMiddx_5664Despite the freezing temperatures, around 200 people travelled to All Hallows’ on Monday evening for the Induction of Father Kevin. In the candlelight, the regular parishioners were joined by Vince Cable MP, the Deputy Mayor of Richmond and representatives from the Armed Forces – Father Kevin has just left the Army after 26 years service.

RevThe sermon was given by the Bishop of Kensington, the Right Reverend Paul Williams with readings by Charlotte Ryton and Father Andrew.

If anyone heard the bell toll at around 8.15 on Monday evening, that was our new Vicar signalling the beginning of his ministry in the parish. Hand in hand with the Bishop, Kevin was presented to the congregation.

Father Kevin Bell with Deputy Mayor_5889There was some amusement as he started the notices “At oh-nine-thirty…” then remembered he was no longer in the Army and reverted to civvie speak “Nine thirty in the morning”. Adjusting to life outside the Barracks may take some time.
Thanks were said to all those who had worked so hard to keep the Church functioning after the departure of Mother Nicola. Then it was over to the Parish Hall for celebratory drinks and delicious canapes.

Sponsored Sleepout for SPEAR

P1020696The young people at All Hallows took part in a Sponsored Sleep-Out on the chilly night of 31 January. Some 45 Cubs, Scouts, Guides and young people from the congregation slept overnight at the church, learning about homelessness and raising much-needed funds for SPEAR, our local homelessness charity.

IMG_1862Many of the older children slept in our unheated stone cloister, having made cardboard shelters for themselves. The younger ones slept along the aisle in the main church. First, though, there was a simple supper followed by an outdoor camp fire and a talk by a SPEAR ambassador who was able to tell them from first-hand experience what it is like to be homeless.

IMG_1860 (2)The Sleep-Out was designed to be fun but also to give the young people an idea of what rough sleeping on a cold winter’s night is really like. If you’d like to sponsor them, our dedicated Sleep-Out fundraising page is still open: www.bmycharity.com/AllHallowsSPEARsleepOut

Your contribution would be most welcome!

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Pilgrimage Walk to Westminster Abbey

On Saturday 18th October a group of 22 pilgrims set off before dawn had broken to walk from All Hallows to Westminster Abbey. We were taking part in the National Pilgrimage Event, which the Abbey organise each year around the time of the feast day for St Edward the Confessor, the founder of the church.
 
It was a joyful and exciting adventure, criss-crossing parts of southwest and central London that were new to many of us and by and large managing to avoid busy roads. On the way we were generously welcomed and offered hospitality at a number of different churches: All Saints in Fulham (where we also stopped for a quiet service of Holy Communion), St Luke’s Chelsea (on its feast of title, St Luke’s Day!) and St Barnabus in Chelsea. 
 
It was a wonderful experience and despite the sore feet and aching limbs we felt we had really achieved something as we finally turned the corner that brought us to the magnificent west front of Westminster Abbey. We had arrived just in time for a special service of Choral Evensong for pilgrims. Following that we we were privileged to have the opportunity to visit the shrine of St Edwards and pray quietly in that holy place.
 
Furthermore the walk had been in aid of Shooting Star Chase, one of our designated charities and through donations and sponsorship £292 was raised for that worthy cause. 
 
It was a very special day.
 
 

Harvest Supper

pumpkin -harvestOur Harvest Supper took place on Saturday 11th October.  A delicious hot meal was served to nearly 60 people, with some rather yummy puddings donated by those who attended the evening.

We had fun with the raffle and ‘guess the weight of the pumpkin’.  The huge pumpkin weighed in at 4 stone 3 1/2 pounds!!  And was won by one of our readers who will be making many things with it including ‘pumpkin curd’.

The raffle and pumpkin raised £270 for the charity SPEAR.

harvestOur Harvest Thanksgiving took place on Sunday 12th October where we had a fascinating and engaging talk from Bruce Warman from SPEAR, and a visit from our Little Wrens nursery who brought a lovely hamper of gifts which were added to our other harvest gifts donated to the Richmond Foodbank.