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Service of Induction for our New Vicar
We will welcome Father Kevin Bell as he takes up the role of Vicar at All Hallows at a special service of Induction to be held on 2nd February 2015 at 19:30Please click here for the announcement of our new vicar.

Interview with Father Kevin  Please click here to find out more about our new Vicar and his thoughts on coming to All Hallows.

 

sleepoutSponsored Sleep-out for SPEAR

The young people at All Hallows are getting together for a Sponsored Sleep-Out at the end of January. About 50 Cubs, Scouts, Guides and young people from the congregation will sleep overnight at the church, learning about homelessness and raising much-needed funds for SPEAR, our local homelessness charity.

Many of the older children will sleep in our unheated stone cloister, having made cardboard shelters for themselves. First, though, there will be a simple supper followed by an outdoor camp fire and a talk by one of SPEAR’s ex-clients who will be able to tell them from first-hand experience what it is like to be homeless.

The Sleep-out is 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, there’s a dedicated Sleep-Out fundraising page here:
www.bmycharity.com/allhallowsSPEARsleepOut

Your contribution would be most welcome!

 

st lucyThe Society of St Lucy

The next meeting of The Society of St Lucy (All Hallows’ Women’s Group) will be on Thursday 12th February at 8.00pm at The Sheesh Mahal, 21 London Road, Twickenham.  The cost of the indian meal is yet to be announced, and drinks are to be paid for separately.

If you would be interested in coming along and joining the group, please email the office to let us know you would like to book a place: parishadmin@allhallowstwick.org.uk

 

 

 Soup Kitchen Winter Warmer Challenge

soup challengeRunning 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

 

Quiz - 28.2.15Quiz Night

The next All Hallows Quiz Night will take place on Saturday 28th February 2015 in the Church Hall.  Tickets cost £10.00 and are available from Rebecca Wallis or Sophie Butler after the Sunday services or from the Parish Office 020 82412345 parishadmin@allhallowstwick.org.uk . Please do let us know on buying a ticket if you are not a fish eater and a substitute meal will be supplied. This event will be in aid of SPEAR.

 

Lent 2015 at All Hallows

compassWhat I Believe and Why I Follow 

Reflections on the Christian Journey of Faith

This Lent, members of the ministry team will help us to explore Christian discipleship. 

The leader of each session will start by sharing their own insights and experience of the Christian faith. Together, we will consider the factors that brought us to belief in Christ, and the things that sustain us on our Christian journey. 

Each session will have a variety of activities including short presentations, group discussions and time for questions. We will use the Bible, literature, music and art to prompt reflections on what the journey of faith might mean for each of us. 

We look forward to exploring our Christian journeys together. Do come along. All are welcome. 

The sessions will run twice each week: 

Monday evenings, 8.00-9.00pm (coffee and biscuits from 7.45pm)

Wednesday mornings, approx. 10.30-11.30am (after the midweek Eucharist)

Programme Week 1: Monday 23rd February: Fr Andrew
On Wednesday 25th February there will be a Lenten reflection given by Charlotte and Susan Week 2: Monday 2nd and Wednesday 4th March: Susan 

Week 3: Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th March: Charlotte 

Week 4: Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th March: Fr Kevin 

Week 5: Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th March: Fr Kevin

 

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.

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

quizMany 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 on 28th February 2015. This event will be in aid of SPEAR and all will be welcome to join in the fun.  Keep the date in your diary!!

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