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advent 1Lighten our Darkness

The Advent service takes place on Sunday 30th November at 6.30pm.  This is a beautiful, candlelit, refelctive service introducing the theme of Advent, led by the University of London Church Choir.  All welcome!

Christmas Carol Concert

SPEAR’s Christmas Carol Concert is on Friday 5 December at 7pm, at St John the Divine, Kew Road, Richmond.

The concert features SPEAR’s Workplace Choir, together with Isleworth Baroque and a live orchestra. From festive favourites to soaring classical standards, this is an evening not to be missed.

Tickets are £7 for adults and £5 for children, including drinks and seasonal nibbles. To get your tickets, send an email to fundraising@spearlondon.org or call 020 7036 9774.

 

christmas sparkleAll Hallows Christmas Ball

The annual Christmas Ball takes place on Saturday 6th December in the Parish Hall, 7.15pm-late.  Tickets cost £65 and include welcome drinks in the candlelit church, a 3 course meal with coffee and entertainment from DisCoVereD.  There will also be a raffle and silent auction raising money for local charity SPEAR.  Dress code: black tie & posh frocks.

Tickets can be purchased from Tim Chadwick: tkchadwick@hotmail.com or from the Parish Office 020 8241 2345 parishadmin@allhallowstwick.org.uk bookings@allhallowstwick.org.uk

 

FairtradeFairtrade Stall

David & Avril Brown will be holding a Fairtrade/Tearfund stall in the Church after the services on Sunday 7th December.  Lots of christmas gifts on offer as well as the usual produce.  If you are unable to get there, and you would like to make a purchase, please contact David & Avril directly tradingfairly@sky.com 020 8898 5714

 

singing round the worldFamily Carols

A service of celebration of the Christmas story with familiar carols, short readings and musical items.  This service takes place on Saturday 13th December at 4.00pm.  All are welcome.

 

wind quintetNigel Coombes Celebration Concert

Nigel Coombes Concert takes place in the church on Sunday 14th December at 5.00pm.  The programmes includes the Inner City Four Clarinet Quartet, the West London Trumpet Sextet with guest soloists Ben Woodgate and James Rae.  The All Stars Wind  Ensemble will be performing Mozart’s Grand Partita for 13 winds.

Tickets are £5.00 and are available on the door – no booking necessary.  All funds go to All Hallows Church.

 

Nativity - Beth CykowskNine Lessons and Carols

The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols takes place on Sunday 21st December at 6.30pm. This service is a musical reflection on the story of the nativity.  You are invited to join in the singing of the well-known carols and to listen to the choir sing some beautiful but less familiar settings.

 

nativity 6Christmas  Services

The Crib service takes place on Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th December at 4.00pm.  All are very welcome and children are encouragd to come dressed as angels, shepherds or kings and join in the action.

All are welcome to the service of Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th December at 11.30pm.  This is a beautiful candlelit service, the first Eucharist of Christmas.

There will be a service of Holy Communion on Christmas Day, Thursday 25th December at 10.00am.  This will be a relaxed service for all the family. Children are encouraged to bring along their favourite gift to show to the congregation.

 

Streetsmart

SPEAR, our local homelessness charity, is looking for restaurants to sign up to Streetsmart’s winter campaign. Customers are invited to donate to a homelessness charity by adding £1 to their bill. See www.streetsmart.org.uk for how it works.

The campaign runs until 31 December. Could you ask your local restaurant if they’d take part and nominate SPEAR as the homelessness charity?

Streetsmart has been donating funds to SPEAR for a number of years. This money has been used in SPEAR’s Skills and Development programme, helping homeless people get into work.

SPEAR contact: Julie Sherman

Tel: 020 7036 9764, or julie@spearlondon.org (works Wed, Thur, Fri)

 

Soup Kitchen Challenge

 

 

Running until the end of February 2015, this is an opportunity for people in the church and parish to raise vital funds for SPEAR, our local homelessness charity.

Here’s how it works:

  • Invite friends, neighbours or colleagues for a ‘Soup Kitchen’ meal
  • Ask your guests to make a donation to SPEAR
  • Provide a simple meal and some warm hospitality
  • Pass your guests’ donations to All Hallows for SPEAR

You can host your event any time before the end of February.

Our Event Host Pack provides recipe suggestions, ideas for your event, information about SPEAR and homelessness, an invitation you can adapt and send to your guests and Gift Aid forms.

Contact the Parish Office to find out more and to collect your Event Host Pack: 020 8241 2345 or parishadmin@allhallowstwick.org.uk

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.

harvest 2Our 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.

Magic Show

Mark%20Townsend%201It was with great pleasure that All Hallows welcomed the Revd Mark Townsend to our church on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September 2014.  Mark is a renowned priest/magician and he wowed everyone with his wonderfully insightful magic with tricks and illusions abound.

WP_20140927_19_15_28_ProWe saw how he managed to trick out minds and how he managed to guess what we were thinking either singularly or as a collective. 

The evening concluded with a lovely buffet meal.

WP_20140928_11_01_36_ProMark joined us at the Sunday service and gave a fabulous sermon on ‘Angels’, which tied in with the subject of the day, St Michael & All Angels.  He pulled ‘diamonds’ and feathers from empty bags and books and ended the talk with bubbles – one of which he magically turned into a glass ball for one of the children who was celebrating a birthday.

Our thanks go out to Mark and his partner Sally who both made the journey from Herefordshire to be with us over the weekend.  The weekend was full of magic and spectacle.

For mor information on Mark Townsend please go to his website: www.magicofsoul.com

Open House London

OHL-2014logoAll Hallows Church was one of over 800 buildings and events which took part in Open House London 2014 over the weekend of 20 and 21 September. Described by the organisers as “the chance to explore some of London’s most inspiring places and buildings at first hand, completely for free and at your own pace”, we welcomed people inside our beautiful church over the weekend.

Cream TeasVisitors could take a self-guided tour with a leaflet highlighting All Hallows’ unique history and there were quizzes for younger visitors. Escorted tours of the Wren bell tower were available and soup was sold to raise funds for restoration of the bells. Many members of the congregation supported the event by welcoming visitors, serving tea and cakes at the cake stall run in aid of Shooting Star Chase, and running a Fairtrade stall.

A frequently heard comment was, “I’ve driven past the church many times and am so glad I’ve finally seen inside”. A big thank you to everyone, visitors and helpers, who took part.

Repairs to the Bells

bell ringers all hallowsI’m pleased to report that the refurbishment work programme on the bells was successfully completed on Thursday 17th July. The principal elements of the work comprised the replacement of all the bearings, pulleys and runner boards. Each of the bells was also checked for odd-struckness, and adjustments made where necessary to improve the striking. The work was carried out under the direction of Neil Thomas from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, with assistance from Steve Jakeman, Tim Chadwick (a member of the AH congregation), John Manley and myself.

Upon completion of the work, we rang all the bells up and down and there is a marked improvement in their handling. With this project now completed, we look forward to the bells proclaiming their message for many years to come, with only minor, routine maintenance.

 Many thanks again to Alex for organising the fund-raising quiz April. It was a very enjoyable evening, in addition to raising a substantial sum towards the cost of the project. The bell ringers were also very heartened by the generous donation from the Luncheon Club.

 It’s nice to know that our bells are appreciated!

 John Sutton, Bellringer at All Hallows, Twickenham

75th Anniversary of the Laying of All Hallows Foundation Stone

75th Anniversary - foundation stoneThe service to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of All Hallows Church in Twickenham took place on Thursday 10th July.  The service was well attended by members of the current congregation, people who had a connection with the church 75 years ago, and by some who were at that original service 75 years ago.

The sermon took the form of an interview between the curate Fr Andrew Williams and the Church Historian Kathryn Elliott where many facts about the events leading up to All Hallows being consecrated here in Twickenham were discussed.

It was amazing to think how this church was built, the inside architecture (Gibbons) and the whole tower moved stone by stone from Lombard Street in the City of London to it’s current location, all as the Second World War began.

For more information on the history of All Hallows please click on the link below:

A Brief History of the Church

A service of celebration will take place next Autumn to commemorate the consecration of All Hallows once it’s build was completed.

Spring Quiz Night

quiz 2Many thanks to everyone who supported the All Hallows Spring Quiz which took place on Saturday 26th April.  The event was very well attended and a lot of fun was had and £603 was made that evening which has gone to the Bell Fund to help repair the bell bearings in our Christopher Wren tower.  The next Quiz Night will take place in January 2015.

Oranges and Lemons – Parent and Toddler Group

O&LlogoOur Parent and Toddler Group are in need of some assistance!

The group meet on Thursday mornings (term time only) from 10am to 11.30am

Could you spare half to one hour per week termtime to help the group set the toys out and put them away again at the end of the session?  Many of the mums, dads and carers at the group have to leave early to pick up older children from nursery and sometimes it is left to one parent with a toddler running round trying to get everything away.  If you think you could help out with this very important part of mission in our community – please speak to Alex in the Office parishadmin@allhallowstwick.org.uk 020 8241 2345