Welcome to All Saints today, 22 October 2017

 

…. to All Saints this morning.  It is really great to have you with us, especially if you are visiting us for the first time. 

This morning at 8.00 and 10.30 Tim Silk will be continuing our series on the Beatitudes.  This week his subject is ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God’.

Then at Breakfast@9 Lindy Cameron, our Licensed Lay Pioneer Minister, will be talking about another passage in the Bible in our series ‘Not just a children’s story’ – this week Noah’s Ark. 

Do introduce yourself to us and have a cup of tea or coffee before or after the service. If you would like to hear more about All Saints do speak to one of the All Saints regulars or just fill in one of the Welcome cards on the backs of the chairs.  And check out our leaflet display which is to the left of the main door with lots more info about All Saints.  Finally if you would like some prayer ministry then the Prayer Ministry Team will be available to pray with you at the front on the left at the end of the 10.30 service.

This evening it’s Purbeck Evening Praise when the churches of Purbeck come together for worship and teaching.   This evening we’re meeting at St Martin’s Worship Centre in Sandford School.  The meeting will be led by Stuart Cocksedge from Sandford and the speaker will be Simon Everett from Lady St Mary.  Starts 6.00pm and should be a great evening.

There's a lot happening this week

Monday-Friday - we share Morning Prayer in the Quiet Room at 8.15

Tuesday – Town wide prayer at the Salvation Army 9.00-10.00

Wednesday – we have Holy Communion in the Quiet Room at 10.00. 

Thursday – the Prophetic Prayer Group meets in the Quiet Room at 8.45 and there’s Coffee Pot from 10.00 in the Hall

Saturday – we have our Hour of Prayer 9.00-10.00 in the Quiet Room focusing on our missionaries

Next Sunday – we have Holy Communion at 8.00, Breakfast@9 at 9.00 and Family Worship at 10.30

Do join us– you’ll be really welcome!

 

Church family news  ...

22 October 2017

 

The Breakfast@9 breakfast team could do with some help – the team do an amazing job week after week but they could really do with some support in the kitchen department.  Any volunteers to please get in touch with Na Webb, Claire Head or Brian and Sheila Pavitt.

Canzonetta presents ‘Autumn Song’, a concert of varied music to be held in Swanage Methodist Church TODAY, 22 October at 3 pm.  Do join them for this free concert followed by tea and cakes.  Retiring collection for ‘Wave Kids’.

Visit of Joseph & Karin Ayok-Loewenberg – Thursday 26 October - Some people will remember Joseph from his time in Swanage, others will be aware of Under-Tree Schools which he founded, or be concerned about the situation in South Sudan where Joseph is now employed by the government.  All are invited to join them for a simple meal at All Saints at 6.00pm for an update on their work and South Sudan generally.  Please RSVP by TODAY, 22 October to Alan Dominy on 0774 867 2069 or alan.dominy@outlook.com.

The ‘Big Sing’ – come and join Noel Tredinnick (of ‘Prom Praise’) and a cast of thousand on 18 November for an exciting day of singing at Milton Abbey from 10am till 3.30pm with others who love to sing, then at 4pm put the practice into purpose by joining in a mass choir Celebration Songs of Praise.  More info from the notice on the porch noticeboard or from Giselle Nunn.

Coffee Pot is looking for more volunteers - Coffee Pot has now been operating for approximately 14 years and Sheila Pavitt, Donalda Plowman and Ann Yeates have been there nearly every Thursday. They say that it has been a truly worthwhile way to spend the morning and they have really enjoyed it. However they feel that the time has now come to "retire" and hang up their aprons and give others a chance to serve.  Coffee Pot is not just about tea and coffee but friendship and a listening ear as well as coffee. For many who come it is a lifeline.  If we are committed to seeing the Kingdom of God come through the transformation of our community, Coffee Pot is just the sort of thing we should be doing to provide the opportunity for outreach, pastoral care and always fun.

Ann, Sheila and Donalda would like to retire at Easter. Hopefully this will give the lovely folk of All Saints time to find a new team.  We are looking for a minimum of 3 people but the more who are involved then the less of a commitment to be present each week. If you are interested why not pop in on a Thursday and see what happens.  Thanks so much Donalda, Ann and Sheila for all you do.

Job opportunity at Middle East Media for a Communications Manager/Fundraising Assistant..  The applicant must be a committed Christian and have excellent written skills.  Ideally be based within easy access to London if the right person is based in Purbeck, that could still work as they could travel in one car with me for meetings and I would probably be their line manager initially.  For further information contact Caroline Frohwein (a member of All Saints): carolinefrohwein@gmail.com

Meaningful Chocolate 2017 Advent Calendars at £3.99 each. - Please see the poster for further details and if you would like to order, then would you please complete the order form giving your name and telephone number and the quantity you require. Sunday 29th October is the final date for orders. Proceeds from the sale of the Calendars helps fund ‘The Funzi and Bodo Trust’ equip a clinic in Kenya. Thank you. Margaret Chinchen

While I am away – for any pastoral queries please contact Ted and Andrea Pratt (427229) or Carole Puckridge (427576); for All Saints matters please contact the churchwardens Rick Boland (425838) and Mike Hayes (288656); and for Team matters please contact John Mann (422916) or Karon in the church office (421117). 

If you have any items for inclusion in the All Saints Church Family News while I am away please could you pass them to the All Saints administrator, Vanessa Mulholland (email admin@allsaints-swanage.org, telephone 7793 538671) or Karon Quirey the team secretary (email swanage.team@btconnect.com, telephone 01929 421117).

There is no Art&Craft@AllSaints this week.

ICN is recruiting – International Care Network (which works with refugees in Bournemouth) would love applications from people involved in churches.  For anyone exploring the possibility of God’s call to work with vulnerable migrants locally in the context of a Christian organisation, this might be the opening for you. Details are on the ICN website www.icn.org.uk

Back page focus on blessing - part 2

 

Every member of the Body of Christ is called to serve him so we all have a vocation – it is just a matter of identifying our Kingdom purpose.  Suzanne Dominy is a gifted artist who uses her gifts to extend the Kingdom and help transform the lives of the people she comes into contact with.  Here she shares how her vocation is outworked practically and how recently it has taken an unexpected turn….

I am called to serve God using the gifts He has given me. This calling has developed slowly, as I have gradually realised what my gifts are and God has showed me the way forward.

As a mental health nurse, I became interested in art therapy, but put this on hold while I had my family.  As a single parent, I shared my seemingly unattainable wish about Art Therapy with a Christian, who encouraged me to “hold onto my dreams”. After moving to Swanage, and with my parents’ help with childcare, I gained my BA in Fine Art. I then worked toward an MA in Art Therapy with the encouragement of my new husband, Alan. Sadly, I had to withdraw, and was very disappointed. I questioned where God was in this, but a Christian friend prayed with me for the future: she also encouraged me to pray in the streets for an art studio.

The S.H.A.P.E. Course confirmed my strengths in relating to people and the arts, so I ran some art groups on my own, which was hard work. When premises became available, God provided the money, and 3 years ago we set up the Art Workshop. I have not become an art therapist, but I have achieved something very special with the Art Workshop. Together with my team, many of whom are Christians, we offer “art making for all” within supportive art groups. I am privileged to be part of the transformation of our community by supporting people and enriching their lives. I greatly appreciate the active support of the All Saints church community.

Since I am following my vocation I am able to continue at Art Workshop, despite experiencing chronic pain.  My role uplifts me, so I have continued my work and received encouragement from my group members.

Another reason that I have been able to continue is by seeking more time resting in God. I have started to visit the Society of the Sisters of Bethany, an Anglican order of nuns, who open as a place of retreat.   I am going to become an Associate of the Order soon, and have prepared a Rhythm of Prayer so that I am in tune with the Sisters in their daily prayer.  These retreats are essential for me to remain in God and rested.

This story refers many times to my Christian and human families. They have been essential in helping me develop my vocation. I encourage you to ask God about your gifts, and then ask a Christian friend to pray with you about it. And persist until God brings about great things through you and great joy for you in being part of the transformation of our community through Jesus Christ.

Suzanne Dominy

Have a great week