Archive website content Feb to April 2019

GOOD FRIDAY WORKSHOP 

The Good Friday Easter Workshopwas held in All Saints’ Church Hallon Friday April 19th, 10am – 12pmfor children from age 4-11. It was a free event with fun crafts to explore the meaning of this special/sacred day.

2019 Good Friday Workshop 

GOOD FRIDAY ECUMENICAL SERVICE IN SEDGLEY BULL RING

An ecumenical serviceinvolving local Sedgley churches - St Andrew's URC Methodist Church, Sedgley Community Church, St Chad's Catholic Church and All Saints' Sedgley - was held at 10.00am on Good Fridayoutside the Red Lion in The Bull Ring. Around 60 people attended. 

Good Friday's 2019 Bull Ring Service

PALM SUNDAY 2019

This year we reverted to meeting in the Church Hallfor the Blessing of the Palmson Palm Sunday atAll Saints'. The blessing of the palms and service of Holy Communionwas conducted by Revd James Makepeace

We reverted back to meeting in the Church Hall this year.

Palms were blessed in the Church Hall by Revd James Makepeace.

We processed from the Church Hall across Vicar Street into Dean Street.

We progressed down Dean Street. 

The procession then turned up the pathway by the Courthouse, on the north side of the churchyard, thence into church. 

Photos from the Palm Sunday Procession 2019 

Easter Fun at Noah's Ark 

The Easter bonnet parade at Noah's Ark - which parents and children had made.

Linda Watkinshas sent us this message about the last session of the Spring Term at Noah's Ark - when the children helped to make Easter bonnets and crafts:

"It was a lively and enjoyable morning at Noah’s Ark -  moms, nans, aunties and of course children came along with their Easter Bonnets which were amazing.
A difficult decision had to be made by judges Maureen and Jean. The winners were Felicity, Macy, Leo and Lola - all were given an Easter Eggfor a prize, but all children were given a small Easter Egg as they left the hall.
Thank you to all who helped make the morning so successful.

Noah's Ark Easter Fun photos

Annual PCC Meeting and Clergy Report

The new Parish Council, 2018-19.

The parish held its Annual Parish Council meetingon 7/4/19 at St Peter's. 

The new Parish Council Secretary is Kath Apperley. 

Chris Williamswas thanked and applauded for his seven years of dedicated service in the role - with the support ofLiz Williams

Here is Revd Guy Hewlett's clergy report which was presented at the meeting:

Clergy Report

The closure of St Peter's for worshipwas raised at the meeting. The PCC has now petitioned the Diocesan Pastoral Committeefor closure - and they have visited St Peter's to assess the situation. Once the Diocese has formally accepted responsibility, control of the building will pass to the Diocese who will then consider alternative uses. It is hoped that the decision will be made by the end of the year. 

All Saints' Altar Flowers 

John Anderson, Churchwarden says: 

'Rosemary and the Margarets do an excellent job of maintaining flowers in church that, I feel sure, is widely appreciated.  

However, the current arrangements for receiving donations are not ideal.  Accordingly, I am seeking to put flower donations on a more formal basis.  

Linda has agreed to take on administration of donations, being managed through a Flower Envelope scheme that identifies whether the donor is eligible for Gift Aid.  This will enable the 25% Gift Aid rebate from HMRC to be claimed.  

For information, flower costs vary through the year and Rosemary advises that a typical, non-festival week costs circa £25.  

New donors are always welcome and, in reviewing the list, opportunities may be identified. If you would like to donate please see Linda.'

GOODBYE TO OUR FRIEND HARRY SHAW

Harry Shaw's funeral was held at All Saints' on Thursday 4th April 2019. 

At the service we heard wonderful eulogies to Harry.

Afterwards there was a reception at Himley Cricket Club. 

Our thoughts are with Harry's family. 

Harry made a huge contribution to the life of All Saints' by designing and making all manner of props, scenery and displays for Junior Churchplays. 

In 2016, for the Sedgley's EIIR 90 exhibition, Harry told us the story of how he built hisscale model of All Saints' in 2008 - which has been on display in church ever since. 

The Making of All Saints' by Harry Shaw

Harry also wrote an account of his experiences in World War II: 

Harry's War

If you'd like to add your own tribute to Harry please email: 

mmjones29@blueyonder.co.uk

Harry Shaw Tributes Page

MOTHERS' DAY PARADE BY UNIFORMED ORGANISATIONS AT ST PETER'S UPPER GORNAL 

Mothers' Daywas made really special at St Peter's Church Hallon 31/3/19 when members of local uniformed organisations brought their organisations' standards into the hall for the morning service and presented them at the altar, in honour of mothers everywhere. 

Mothers' Day Uniformed Parade at St Peter's

NOAH'S ARK MOTHERING SUNDAY PREPARATIONS!

Noah’s Ark News...
Noah’s Ark provides a useful service to our community - it meets the need for moms, nans and aunties to socialise, and of course for the children to mix.


The craft session held on Tuesday (26/3/19), with Mothering Sunday approaching, was the making of Mothering Sunday cards, and all of the children left with daffodils(with many thanks to Asdafor providing them). 

With very many thanks to all the volunteers who give up their time every week to make Noah's Ark such a success - and such a useful local resource. 

Photos - Noah's Ark Mothering Sunday Craft Session March 2019

Angels impress the Archdeacon 

On Sunday 24th March 2019 The Singing Angels, who are based at St Andrew's The Straits, held a service and concert showcasing the songs they've been learning and practising since Christmas on the theme of Peace. 

Many thanks to all the children who contributed to a very enjoyable afternoon and to everyone involved in coaching and preparing the children. 

The Archdeacon of Worcester, Nikki Groarkeattended and was most impressed with the group and their wide repertoire. 

The Singing Angels' Service and Showcase March 2019 

'Peace in the City' Singing Angels video

The Books of the Bible sung by The Singing Angels - Part 1

The Books of the Bible sung by The Singing Angels - Part 2

Young People

SEDGLEY PAYS TRIBUTE TO MIKE EDWARDS 

The late Mike Edwards.

The funeral of the late Mike Edwardstook place at All Saints'on Tuesday 26th March 2019 at 10am

Well over 300 people packed into All Saints' to show their respects for this wonderful local man who enriched the lives of so many people over the years. 

There were touching eulogies to Mike by his family and close friends. 

Sedgley Scoutsheld an honour guard with scouting standards at the entrance to church. 

Sedgley Morris Men, of whom Mike was co-founder in 1979, dressed in their traditional Morris costumes, were also there outside the church to bear Mike into and out of church. 

Afterwards a reception was held at Wombourne Civic Centrewhere people who knew him had an opportunity to share their reminiscences about Mike’s life.

Mike was 77.

Sedgley Scouts and Sedgley Morris Men honour Mike Edwards at his funeral

June 2016 - Mike Edwards dances with Sedgley Morris Men

Mike Edwards  - Tribute Page

Mike Edwards Tribute Page

If you'd like to add a formal tribute to Mike, please email mmjones29@blueyonder.co.uk (there may be a short delay before these appear). 


 

MANY THANKS TO THE 200 CLUB!

Linda Watkins has kindly sent us this message about the 200 Club's evening held 9/3/19:

"We held our annual 200 Club evening in the church hall on Saturday 9th March.
The 200 Club was set up originally to help provide funds for maintenance and restoration work, as and when needed, for our church hall  - which is still the aim of the group.


50 people attend on the night, which was arranged by Roger Berry, Jenny Lavender and Jean Turner. 

The food was great, supplied by Jenny’s Kitchen and the entertainment was provided by the two Sam’s, a pianist and vocalist. It was a lovely evening enjoyed by all who attended."

Well done everyone - and thanks for raising money to maintain the Hall!

200 Club - 2019 event
 

PANCAKE PARTY!

The Pancake Party at St Andrew'swas a huge success in all respects. It was attended by a lot of local families and there was a range of activities to suit everyone. 

It began with workshop art and craft activitiesbased on the theme of Jesus's 40 days in the wilderness, eg making sackcloth bags and snakes; then everyone went next door to the church and collected pictures of pancake ingredients, and took part in a story with Pancake buzzwords (eg 'Flour!') allocated to each member of the audience, at the sound of which they had to stand up!

Then there was a team game of building a pancake pathwayin the hall; and finally everyone was served a delicious pancakemade by the kitchen crew. Well done to Helen Laird and the young people's team who all contributed to such a memorable day. 

Pancake Party Photos 

ALL SAINTS' SEDGLEY - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

ALL SAINTS' ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held on SUNDAY 3rd March after Sunday morning Holy Communion. Thanks to everyone who attended. 

In due course we'd like to update the Who's Who for All Saints'to take account of changes agreed at the meeting, for the printed poster on the easel in the Narthex.

COURTESY OF REVD HEWLETT

These wonderful colour artists' impressions of All Saints' Vicarage as it would have looked before it was demolished in the late 1960s hang in the present vicarage. 

CHILDREN'S HALF-TERM WORKSHOP

Here is an album of shots of the Children's Holiday Workshopheld at February half-term:

Children's Half-Term Holiday Workshop

 

DAYS OUT: THE GARGOYLES OF BATTLEFIELD - AND CHURCHES NORTH-WEST OF SHREWSBURY

One of the famous set of gargoyles on the outside of Battlefield Church, near Shrewsbury. 

The latest travelogue in our 'Days Out' series explores the country churches north-west of Shrewsbury. 

Possibly the best known of these is St Mary Magdalene's Church in the village of Battlefield.It was built on the site of the 1403 Battle of Shrewsbury between Henry IV and Henry "Hotspur" Percy, and was originally intended as a chantry - a place of intercession and commemoration for those killed in the fighting.

Other village churches included on the tour are: Preston Gubbals, Ruyton XI Towns, Loppington and Colemere. 

A sculpture depicting medieval weaponry used in the 1403 battle, in the churchyard at Battlefield.

Exploring Ruyton XI Towns church.

Battlefield; and churches north-west of Shrewsbury

Suggestions for outings to country churches in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire (and further afield) in the 'Days Out' section of this website.