May 2016 News
It has been wonderful to see seven new choristers join the junior members of the choir over the past few weeks! Dan (Assistant to the Director of Music) and Hywel (Assistant Organist) joined Rev Ketih in our local primary school to encourage some of the children to come along and 'have a go'. They came to Wednesday evening rehearsal last week and indeed they were all there on Sunday, looking great in their robes and singing so well. Grace, Cerys and Dominic guided our newcomers through the service admirably and they all seemed to enjoy!
These young people are of course the future of the choir and indeed the church, so we need to nurture and develop the wonderful talent that we have around us. There are plans to visit other schools, both primary and secondary, and if you know of any body who would like to join the choir, both young and young at heart, then please get them to contact me. My contact details are in the 'Music' pages of this website.
Luke (Director of Music)
ALL SAINTS ALIVE 2016
You will have seen in the May issue of the Parish Magazine that our long established Music Festival will take place in the Autumn and run through the week from 17th to 25th September.
Please make a note of it in your diaries. We need your support as never before to ensure that it continues to prosper and grow under the baton of our new Director of Music, Luke Spencer.
All Saints Alive was the brainchild of our former directors, Les and Penny Ryan. Theirs was a golden age of church and secular music. Their festival concerts attracted audiences from all over South Wales and further afield. The festival firmly established All Saints in its other role as the premier concert venue for Swansea and Gower after the Brangwyn Hall. Building on the Ryan legacy, we hope to engage with the wider community by involving schools, local churches, chapels and commercial enterprises. We will encourage them to set up their own fringe activities while All Saints will remain the focal point continuing to host mainstream events. This is in tune with the creation of a new enlarged Ministry Area which embraces the parishes of Oystermouth, Newton and Llwyn Derw, a territory with All Saints at its heart.
Accordingly, we have decided to re-brand the festival to give it a fresh identity which is less isolationist in name and demonstrates our vision for a more inclusive community event. This year, it will be launched under the banner
MUMBLES FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS
We have formed a working committee to help Luke and his team plan the programme of events, deal with sponsorships, handle publicity and ticket sales. We attach huge importance to The Friends of the Festival Association which is such a vital financial prop in making all this happen. We hope that old Friends of All Saints Alive will continue to support us and that new ones will come on board too. I can assure you that your continued confidence will be well rewarded as there are many exciting ideas in the pipeline which will inspire, thrill and enchant you.
Over the next few months, as the programme takes shape, I will keep you fully informed of progress. We very much welcome any advice or suggestions from you along the way. Please do not hesitate to e.mail me at email@example.com or, if you prefer, drop me a line at 18 Brynau
Drive, Mayals, Swansea SA3 5EE.
Chairman of the Festival Committee
Altar Missals - Thanks
We thank John Andrew for presenting All Saints' and Norton Mission with new Altar Missals in memory of his parents, John and Joan. They replace the old altar books which have become very worn with over thirty years of daily use.
The Missals are a fitting memorial to his parents who were faithful members of our Church family. We plan to dedicate them on Whitsunday - Pentecost Thank you John.
If you have been saving your 20p coins to support this year's Smarties Appeal please make sure that you return the tubes by Pentecost [15th May]. The appeal usually raises well over £1,000 and the money will help to pay off the parish share deficit.
By filling in a Gift Aid form you can increase your gift by 25%.
This Month's Church Clean
Our next Church clean is on Friday 27th May, after the lOam Holy Eucharist.
If you feel like an hour's work out why not come along to join us - you'll burn off quite a few calories! All volunteers are most welcome.
Easter Vestry Report - 2015
The Annual Easter Vestry Meeting was held in the Lady Chapel on Sunday 24th April, following Evening Prayer. The meeting was attended by 30 parishioners.
In his Chairman's address the Vicar thanked the many who contribute so faithfully to the worshipping and witnessing life of the Church. He also thanked parishioners for supporting the
major appeal to restore All Saints so generously and the various teams and their leaders for overseeing the campaign.
He spoke about the challenges facing the wider Church and was pleased to report that we were still attracting worshippers in good numbers to our Sunday and daily services. He reported that plans to form the Mumbles Ministry Area were progressing well.
The Vicar also spoke about the challenges of attracting children and young people into our Church family, especially in an age when Sunday mornings were now given over to sporting and leisure activities.
The Parish Report was received and the following appointments were made;
Vicar's Churchwarden Peter Rice People's Churchwarden Basil Tavinor
Vicar's Subwarden Les Harris
People's Subwarden Anne Nuemann
Parochial Church Council Roger Beynon, Alan Evans, Brenda Harris, Jane Peters, Carl
Richards & Katherine Williams.
Parochial Church Secretary Merlys Watkins
Treasurer Julia Payne
Independent Financial Examiner Mark Batty
Mumbles Cytun Representatives Pastor Wolfram & Anne Neumann
Diocesan Conference Peter Rice [Anne Nuemann - substitute]
Gower Deanery Conference Peter Rice & Basil Tavinor [Les Harris & Anne Neumann]
Before the blessing the meeting stood to remember faithful members of our Church family who had died during the last year:Hariclia Perkins, Les Batty, Dorothy Edwards, Olive Hughes, Kath Thomas, Irene Grinter, Yvonne Gabriel, Roy Price, Lynda Evans, Susan Branton, Mabel Lott & Joan Andrew.
The first meeting of the PCC will be held on Monday 6th June at 7pm.
An Interesting Find!
It may not be the greatest archaeological discovery in the history of All Saints' but what the stone masons came across recently as they worked on the west wall was an interesting find.
Hidden for almost eighty years in the cavity of the wall was a cigarette packet. It was probably left there for posterity by a mason who worked on the extension of the Church in the 1930s.
It's in remarkably good condition, given its age, and has the name of the worker, 'C Jones', and the year written on the underside, '1937'.
He probably had no idea that it would be discovered eight decades later during the rebuilding of the porch.
We can't make out the brand of cigarette and we don't know who 'C Jones' was. Though it might not rank with the discovery of Roman mosaic and brick fragments found when we extended the entrance to the car park it is, nonetheless, an interesting human touch and a link with those who worked on the Church in the past.
April 2016 News
Bishop John's Lent Appeal
If you gave up something for Lent and put the money you saved
aside for Bishop John's Lent Appeal please make any donations in the plate
at the back of Church. We plan to send off a cheque at the end of April.
Money raised this year will be divided between Shelter Cymru, Faith in Families
[Diocesan Family Centres], Street Pastors & the Holy Land Trust [which seeks to
build reconciliation between the peoples of the Holy Land].
Please give the appeal you support.
It's not too late to support this year's Smarties Appeal. We still have some tubes left at the back of Church and we ask you to enjoy the chocolates and return the tubes [full of 20p coins] by Pentecost [15th May].
A reminder that you can also increase your gift by 25% if you Gift Aid your donation.
This Month's Church Clean
Our next Church clean is on Friday 29th April, after the 10am Holy Eucharist. As always, we could do with a bit more help.
We thank John and Julie Francis and the staff of Cash Hardware for donating the flowers to decorate the Easter Garden at All Saints'. The Garden is always a much appreciated part of our Easter celebrations.
Many thanks to the ladies of the Flower Guilds for decorating the Churches for our Easter Services. We are also grateful to Betty Jenkins for once again ordering the 250 carnations we gave out to all the ladies in Church on Mothering Sunday
Notes for the May edition of the magazine need to be in by Wednesday 20th April. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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