Archive Website Content May to August 2019

 

NOAH'S ARK END-OF-TERM PARTY

Noah’s Arkheld their end of term party on Tuesday 16th July 2019, and as usual there were lots of activities for the children and of course lovely party food. 

Each child was given a party bag to take home.


We welcomed Guy and Catherine this term - they come in alternately each month and tell the children (and adults) a short bible story which has been welcomed and enjoyed by all. Many of the children from Noah’s Ark have also attended the Good Friday and Half Term Workshops and also All Saints’ latest venture The Teddy Bears Picnic.


We said goodbye to Charlotte, Evie, Chloe, Avana and Olivia - we hope they enjoy the new adventure in their lives.


Noah’s Ark gives a wonderful service to our community it’s where moms dads nans aunties (and staff) can have a good natter while the children enjoy the toys and crafts.

Linda Watkins

PHOTOS OF NOAH'S ARK END-OF-TERM PARTY 2019

PARISH VISIONING DAY

THE PARISH VISION DAY WAS HELD ON SATURDAY THE 20TH JULY IN ALL SAINTS' PARISH HALL. 

IT WAS A VERY PRODUCTIVE MEETING - ALTHOUGH ALAS ONLY 21 CAME ALONG!

Here's the slide presentation we showed over lunchtime - covering some of the excellent initiatives and events held since our last Vision Meeting. 

Gornal and Sedgley Events and Initiatives August 2018- July 2019

ROB PARKER-MCGEE - INDUCTION TO A NEW PARISH 

Revd Rob Parker-McGee and his family today. Jasmine, Rob, Sarah and Thomas. 

Revd Rob Parker-McGee and family - when he was our curate in Gornal and Sedgley.

The Rev Robert Parker-McGeeis to be the next rector of the Box River Benefice, Robert is presently the Vicar of All Saints Parish Church, Orpington, in the Diocese of Rochester. He will be instituted (by the Bishop of Dunwich) and inducted (by the Archdeacon of Sudbury) as rector of the Box River Beneficeat a service on Tuesday 20 August 2019 at 7.30 pm at St Lawrence’s Church, Little Waldingfield. 

The family would appreciate prayers for the move, and the new start. 

ALL SAINTS' CLAVERLEY CHOOSES 'CHILDREN'S TV CHARACTERS' AS THEME FOR THEIR 2019 FLOWER FESTIVAL

All Saints' Claverley,well known for its annual flower festivals, chose Children's TVas the theme for their event which was held in church on the 13th, 14th and 15th July 2019. 

Martin and Magda attended the final day of the Festival - alas Martin only had his smartphone to take pictures rather than his 35mm Canon camera so the images aren't as sharp as usual - but this album gives a flavour of the variety of children's TV shows covered and the high quality of the exhibits. 

All Saints' Claverley is well worth a visit in any case, with its medieval 'Good and Evil' fresco on the wall of the nave.

Local schools were also involved in doing project work for the show, producing exhibition panels. 

Martin met up again with Revd Garry Ward, the vicar of All Saints' Claverley- when Garry was vicar at Holy Trinity Wordsley, he led Martin's 2010-11 Bishop's Certificate course.

Children's TV Flower Festival at Claverley 

TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC A GREAT SUCCESS 

Helen Laird our young people's motivator with parents and children - and John Anderson's Austin 7, driven by Teddy and his friend. 

Teddy Bears' picnic andBear Hunt took place at All Saints' on Thursday 11th July 2019 for our baptismal children, their parents - and members of Noah's Ark Pre-School Playgroup.

Children heard the story of the 'Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen- and then had the chance to experience all the 'obstacles' in the well-known children's story. They travel through grass, a river, mud, a forest and a snowstorm before coming face-to-face with a bear in his cave.

Congratulations to Helen Laird our youth motivator, and everyone who was involved in staging this wonderful inspiring fun event. 

Teddy Bears' Picnic at All Saints'

and

more info about the picnic on the Diocesan website....

DAYS OUT - WITH A RELIGIOUS CONNECTION

In the latest of our series of suggestions for 'Days Out with a Religious Connection'that can be reached on a day's trip from Sedgley, Martin and Magda recently visited Shobdon Church and Hergest Croft Garden- a very unusual church and a beautiful garden, both in Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border. 

Shobdon Church and Hergest Croft, Herefordshire

Could you be one of the Flower Ladies?

The flower ladies at All Saints'are in need of some help. From having four people doing the church's flowers on Friday mornings, they are now down to two. 

If you would like to join the team, please contact Gail in the Parish Office01902 540289.

The following article was written a few years back, but it shows the work done by the team.

All Saints' Flower Ladies

All Saints' Church Hall 

The church hall at All Saints' is a great local facility. 

Both the church hall and meeting room at the rear can be hired for a range of activiites. 

Have a look at all the groups that currently use it, day-by-day:

All Saints' Church Hall

St Peter's Patronal Festival 

St Peter's Upper Gornalheld its Patronal Festival on Sunday 30th June 2019, marking the 175th anniversary of the opening of the church in 1844. 

More pictures can be found here:  

St Peter's Patronal Festival 2019

WHO'S WHO - NOW AND THEN

NOW.......

Revised All Saints' Who's Who, June 2019

The latest update to All Saints' Who's Who, including our new Church Hall Caretaker, our Sexton, and our team of altar servers.

This is now mounted on an easel and displayed in the Narthex. 

Click on the image above to view an enlarged version.

AND THEN (2011)

Looking back - this was the first Who's Who poster Martin produced for All Saints' Church in November 2011. 

The way we were in 2011.

Click on picture to enlarge the image.

THE BELLS!

Listen to All Saints' church bells, recorded before morning Holy Communion, Sunday 2/6/19.

A GREAT TIME AT ST PETER'S 175TH ANNIVERSARY FAIR 

Many congratulations to the congregation at St Peter's Upper Gornal who once again held a magnificent summer fair in the church hall. 

This year the event was extra special as the community celebrated 175 years since the opening of the church in 1844. The hall was filled with people and was a hive of activity - the food was excellent.

Thank you to everyone for all your hard work in preparing, running - and in tidying up afterwards!

St Peter's 175th anniversary summer fair 2019

A PHOTO OF THE CHOIR IN THE LATE 1970s - WHOM DO YOU RECOGNISE?

We've posted this on our Facebook page. If you know any choir members from the late 1970s, please tell us their name and give us their number. Some faces are obscured and have not been numbered. 

All Saints' Facebook page

or email

mmjones29@blueyonder.co.uk

ST PETER'S - WEEKEND AWAY AT PENTRENENT HALL 

St Peter's have recently returned from their annual weekend away, which was spent at Pentrenant Hall near Church Stoke, Montgomery,a holiday centre in Walesfor Christian retreats. 

All Saints' Norbury
They went for a trip on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway; and the church is the one just over the border in Shropshire where they attended for a service on the Sunday morning - it's called All Saints', Norbury.

More photos of St Peter's at Pentrenant Hall 2019

OUR NEW PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

This is our new Parochial Church Council (PCC) for 2019-20. 

parochial church council (PCC) is the executive committee of a Church of England parish and consists of clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with representatives of the laity.

Legally the council is responsible for the financial affairs of the church parish and the maintenance of its assets, such as churches and church halls, and for promoting the mission of the church.

1. Gordon Betteley (St Andrew's)

2. John Anderson (All Saints')

3. Kath Apperley (All Saints')

4. Revd Guy Hewlett ( Team Rector)

5. Liz Williams (All Saints')

6. Rosemary Reed (St Andrew's)

7. Margaret Dain (St Andrew's)

8. Suzanne Bradley (St Peter's)

9. Edward Grist (St Peter's)

10. Joan Sullivan (All Saints')

11.  Revd Catherine Mitchell (Team Vicar)

12. Barbara Baker (All Saints')

13. Canon Jan Humphries (Licensed Lay Minister)

14. Sheila Moss (St Peter's)

15. David Moss (St Peter's)

16. Chris Williams (All Saints')

17. Keith Tomlinson (All Saints')

Also on the PCC, but not pictured are: 

18. Maureeen Matthews (All Saints')

19. Pam Oliver (St Andrew's)

20. Tony Hart (All Saints')

21. Tracey Bate (St Peter's)