Like all churches, All Saints is a community which relies on the activities of many members of the congregation, all contributing in different ways. There are lots of ways to get involved!
The purpose of the Ministry Team is to support the clergy in practical planning and in reflecting on many aspects of Church life, such as worship, welcome, outreach and work with children. The Ministry Team has around 12 members, meets every two months, and reports to the PCC.
The servers play a vital role at the Eucharist on Sundays and Holy Days, in carrying the Cross (the ‘crucifer’) and candles (the ‘acolytes’) in procession and in assisting the clergy at the Altar before and after Holy Communion.
The choir supports the worship on a Sunday morning, leading the hymn singing. New members are always welcome, particularly for festivals!
Sunday School sessions include a mixture of teaching and worship, with a range of activities: storytelling, quizzes, craft, games, discussion, prayer, reflection, and singing. Recent areas of study have been key figures from the Old Testament, and the main events in the life and teaching of Jesus. It is informal and friendly, so if you are visiting with children, do come and join us!
Throughout the year members of the congregation kindly bring flowers to brighten up the Church, particularly at the main festivals. There is a rota for flowers, and more contributions are always welcome.
The group meets usually on the first Wednesday of the month in the afternoon, to scrub and polish the church and keep it shining for worship. Fun, friendly, and a vital part of church life!
Men’s Breakfast Group
The men’s breakfast group meets on the first Saturday of each month, in The Kitchen Table on Franciscan Road. A hearty breakfast is accompanied by fellowship, spiritual exploration, and more general discussion.
The Women’s Group meets together once a fortnight, with breaks for the school holidays. The programme is varied and searching, a non-judgemental space for exploring our faith. Recent topics of study have included ‘What’s so amazing about grace?’ (Philip Yancey), and some short films by the Christian writer Rob Bell.
There are now several ‘prayer triplets’ – groups of three people who agree to meet regularly and pray together, for each other, for people they know, for the church and for the world. These were set up to further enrich the prayer life of the church, and increase spiritual fellowship beyond the regular worship.
Pastoral Care and Outreach
Keeping in Touch Group
This group meets quarterly to reach out to members of the congregation who are unable to attend Church regularly through illness or other problems but who are still part of our family. Keeping in touch includes visits, phone calls, emails and cards. The group is also exploring possible cooperation with other local organisations so that in time our work might reach out to the surrounding community.
Heritage Care Centre visits
The Church provides pastoral care at the Heritage Care Centre in Gearing close, a nursing home for the elderly, where there is a monthly services, a carol service and visiting of residents.
Springfield Hospital visiting
Springfield Hospital provides mental health services for most of South West London. In 2013 All Saints joined an existing visiting programme set up by St Mary Magdalene Wandsworth Common, to visit two wards each week (a psychiatric intensive care unit and an acute adult admission ward). Pairs of visitors go to the wards for an hour each week, and chat with patients, many of whom have few other visitors.