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Weekly Update – 19th September 2020

19 September 2020 07:00

from Revd Emma.    

Hello dear friends, 

Well it has been another lovely week of sunshine and warmth.  I do hope you are well and safe.  

There a several things I wanted to share with you:  

First, a quick reminder - Autumn Church at All Saints:

This Sunday we begin our new pattern of Autumn Church.  Each week we remain committed to providing an online service each week at 10am (available on our website or Facebook page) for those worshipping from home for one reason or another.  Once a month this service will also include Communion. 

For those who can, there will be an 8am, traditional BCP service and a 10am simple, said Communion service every week at church.  At these services there will be the requirement to wear a face mask, keep a safe distance, sanitise hands etc.

At the 8am service we still have plenty of room each week; we are not close to reaching our maximum number, so those who attend the 8am Service should be able to attend each week, if they wish.   

However, at the 10am Service we do not have much space with our current restrictions to fit everyone in, every week… we wish this was different – but we must keep this service safe and secure for all who come.   And so, I am asking that if 10am is the service you would like to attend please only come twice a month.  If we can all do this it should, we hope, self-regulate and give us enough flexibility to gather safely.  If we find this does not work, we will have to start a booking system which will have strict limits.  Now, we’re trying to avoid this, so please as part of our love and care for each other, please can you only come twice a month to the 10am service – you can choose which weeks these are, please come the weeks that fit you best.  You’ll notice there is one week, Harvest 4th October where we have made provision for our Youth Explorers to meet as a group, and for younger children there will be activity packs available in church for them to enjoy.  

As far as we can, we will keep the content the same – so at the 8am, 10am Services @Church and @Home, for the online service, the readings, the sermon, etc will be the same.  If you have any questions, please do get in touch.  

Our plan for the next six weeks of worship services is now finalised, please refer to our website  for details.  Because the national picture keeps changing, we will hold off publishing plans for November and December for a few more weeks.  Inevitably, we may have to change our current plans, so will not release them prematurely.  It is safe to say that Remembrance, Advent and Christmas will be very different this year to previous years!

The Big Poppy Stitch-Up!

  Again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been busy knitting and crocheting poppies during lockdown and the summer months as part of ‘The Big Poppy Knit’ I have now collected over 1,100 poppies! And so, work now begins on putting this display together.  I have arranged four Covid safe working sessions at our church hall to complete this work.  Please come and join in for as long as you can.  Each volunteer will be given their own area to work on, safely spaced from others.  We will ask you to sanitise your hands before and after and wear a face mask while present.  Each volunteer will have a small number of poppies to sew onto the hessian background.  With lots of us working together we should soon be able to create an amazing display ready to hang from our church porchway.  I am sure it will look amazing and be a real visual reminder to the wider community this Remembrance – particularly this year when we will not be able to meet in any large social gathering. 

So please come and join me for the The Big Poppy Stitch Up! – the sessions will run from the church hall on:

  • Monday 21st September at 10.30-12.30pm 
  • Tuesday 29th September at 7.00pm – 9.00pm 
  • Wednesday 7th October 1.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Thursday 15th October 2.00pm – 4.00pm

If you have a strong, metal tapestry needle please bring that with you to use.  

You are also welcome to bring your own flask of coffee/tea as we cannot safely serve refreshments.

Church Office new hours

From Monday 21st September the Church Office hours will change.  

We are still only open for phone and email enquiries but are now able to open for a little longer than before. 

New office times are:

Monday: 12.00-4.00pm

Tuesday: 9.00am-1.00pm

Thursday: 9.00am-12.00pm

Friday: 9.00am-12.00pm

Harvest 4th October 2020

Harvest is fast approaching; we will celebrate God’s good gifts on Sunday 4th October at both our 8am and 10am services.  The church will be decorated with some floral Harvest arrangements – but this will be on a more limited scale.  

This year, as we have in previous years, we will be collecting items for the Waterlooville Food Bank.   As you can imagine demand on this service is growing in these difficult days where many people have lost jobs or income.  Please can I encourage you to be as generous as you can, and bring every day grocery items (unopened and in date) plus toiletries, either to the 8am or 10am service on the 4th, or in the week prior, drop off at the Office door (opening times listed above).  

Alternatively, you may like to give a financial contribution direct to the Waterlooville Foodbank by BACS transfer.  Their sort code number is 206934 and account number 13638030.  

For more information please visit

Messy Church 

Please be praying for Messy Church as it meets together for the first time this Saturday (19th).  We’ve completely revised and changed the way we run Messy Church in the light of Covid-19.  We will be running two pre-booked sessions at 2.30 and 4pm for our young families to come and experience craft, action songs, prayers, and a Bible story focussed on David and Goliath and the theme of ‘being strong and brave’.  Please be praying for safety at these sessions, and for a sense of fellowship and encouragement as we re-connect with families that we’ve not seen for many months.

Update on our Mission Partners

Finally – but by no means least, please find at the end of this letter a short update from the Mission Team sharing latest news and information from the five main mission partners that we work with.

It remains a privilege and a joy to serve in Denmead as your Vicar and to chat with you as I am out and about in the village; please remember that I am always available for a chat and/or visit, just call the Vicarage on 9226 2647.  If I am out, please do leave a message and I will return your call. 

With every blessing, 


Revd. Emma Racklyeft - Vicar at All Saints Denmead

023 9226 2647

All Saints Denmead Mission Partners

As a church we support and pray for the work of five main mission partners.  We also support the Christian Aid week in May and Traidcraft throughout the year.

 Each year we allocate a percentage of our church income to support these five mission charities.  Below is a summary of their work, and in brackets, the amount given to them this year.  Angela Herring and the Mission Team

CMS – Church Mission Society (£3,000)

We have a link and support with a young family who live in SE Asia. During this time they have chosen to stay living alongside local people, with whom they are working. The mum works with children with special needs and is also a counsellor. The dad is working in prison ministry and training to lead a Celebrate recovery group. They have 3 small children and are hoping to return to the UK in 2021 on furlough. We are hoping they will come to All Saints and join with us on a Sunday.

MAF – Mission Aviation Fellowship (£1,600)

MAF is a Christian organisation operating 27 programmes in developing countries to reach the world's forgotten people - those living out of sight, out of mind and out of hope. With land access denied by inaccessible terrain - due to natural disaster, war or economic crisis - thousands of communities are completely isolated. Operating around 130 light aircraft, MAF's pilots fly into more than 1,400 remote destinations. Whether landing in deserts or jungles, on lakes, rivers, tracks or roads, MAF planes transport essential medical care, food, water, relief teams and church workers to those in desperate need. Each flight carries practical help, spiritual hope and physical healing to thousands of men, women and children for whom flying is not a luxury but a lifeline. MAF is flying for life.     MAF is celebrating 75 years of Flying for Life.   Global week of prayer is 1 - 8 November 2020.    Stuart King founded MAF in 1945 has died this year aged 98.    In many countries Coronavirus has grounded the planes but they are beginning to fly again.

Children’s Society – (£1,000 plus proceeds from Collection Boxes and Christingles) The Children’s Society  -  We listen. We support. We act. 

In the late nineteenth century, Edward Rudolf, a young Sunday school teacher and civil servant in South London, saw first-hand the brutal effects of poverty on the lives of children. When two young boys failed to turn up for his Sunday school, he went to look for them and was shocked to find them begging for food on the streets. Their father had died, leaving their mother struggling to bring up seven children under the age of 11. Theirs was not an isolated experience and Edward was moved to act. 

In the Bible, Christ teaches us that children and the poor are at the heart of the Kingdom of God. When we offer hospitality and care to children and those who lack food or shelter, we are welcoming and caring for Him. 

The Children’s Society fights for change based on the experiences of every child they help and the solid evidence they gather. They have a network of frontline services and an army of volunteers, they help families trapped in debt, support young carers, runaways and stop child sexual exploitation.

They are ambitious for all children and are determined to give every child the greatest possible chance in life.

We listen. We support. We act.

Friends without Borders – (£1,300)

Founded by a member of All Saints Denmead, its aim is to help and support asylum seekers and refugees in the Portsmouth area. Uncertainty caused by Brexit means we will soon no longer have the option of returning illegal immigrants to France, for example, so those seeking asylum will have an even more uncertain future.  There is some hope that a new government scheme for housing rough sleepers could maybe help some asylum seekers too.  Some families who need help with buying school uniforms will be able to take advantage of a new grant scheme, aimed initially at children below secondary school age, though it is hoped to also include pupils of all ages eventually.

 I.D.W.A.L. -Inter Diocesan West Africa Link (£600)

Within this organisation, Portsmouth is linked with Ghana, and here at All Saints we are linked with the St Paul’s, Tafo.  We support each other in fellowship, prayer and sometimes with monetary help. During Covid-19, several Ghanaian dioceses were unable to pay their priest stipends and so Havant deanery and other donors were able to send £5000 to Koforidua Diocese, which enabled the clergy to be paid for April and May. We are in constant contact with Anglicans in Ghana, mainly through the power of WhatsApp!   We remember each other in daily prayer and we hope to host Bishop Felix Annancy in 2022 before or after the Lambeth Conference.