all saints alive!

Here are the editorial pages from the current and some previous editions of our magazine "all saints alive". To advertise in it or subscribe to the printed version please contact us.

The October 2017 edition will be published on Friday 22nd September.

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September 2017

Rebooting my PilgrimageJo introduces our Sunday Evening Course. Also dates for your diaries, a letter from Bishop Alan about his Harvest Appeal (Full of Beans) and two Studay Eenings at St Pauls.
View from the PewColin provides an update on our financial position, introduces a new Docesan initiative in growing and developing Fresh Expressions across the Diocese. Also a few more dates fir your diaries.
Hertford College YouthsA potted history of our ringing team from it's inception in 1767, Also recent entries from our registers.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more with a major focus on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Full of beans!The Bishops' 2017 Harvest Appeal.
Diary See what was planned for September 2017. For an up-to-date picture please use the on-line diary.

July/August 2017

CoverThis month's cover features the 100th anniversary of the Battle of St Julien (31st July 1917 8:00-10:00 am)
AnniversariesJo reflects on events 100 year and 50 years ago. Also information on Sea Sunday (July 15th) and Bishop Richard's reflection 'Finding Hope'.
View from the PewRichard reports on recent events.
Pilgrimage to the Holy LandJanet Bird shares some her experiences as part of the recent Diocesan Pilgrimage.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
St JulienDorothy and Richard visited St Julien in early May and she reports on the experience. This is followed by an extract from 'They called it Passchendaele' which covers the events of 31st July 1917.
Coming soon in the BelfryAlastair Stracey previews events in September to mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of 'Hertford College Youths Society of Change Ringers'.
Diary See what was planned for July/August 2017.

June 2017

Praying as the world goes byJo considers the prayerful example of Julian of Norwich. Also a summary of the recent letter from Archbishops Justin and John on the General Election.
View from the PewColin looks at the year ahead and our action plan to develop a long-term future for All Saints.
Supporting the humble bumble-beeDavid Shreeve explans how.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Hertfprdshire Festival of MusicHidden Hertford - the Haydn connection. A preview of the six concerts between 9th and 11th June
Diary See what was planned for June 2017.

May 2017

Thy Kingdom ComeAscension 25th May- Pentecost 4th June. Our Archbishops introduce this important time of prayer. Also an invitation to four evenings of teaching about prayer from 22nd May.
View from the PewJanet reports on activity over the last few weeks and previews delights to come.
Open meetingA report of the output from the Open Meeting on 4th April
Janet Bird BEMCitation and presentation.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Diary See what was planned for May 2017.

April 2017

A locked Church?Jo wonders how we can open our doors more. Also information on the annual Easter Monday Pilgrimage and a little quiz
View from the PewJanet reports on activity over the last few weeks and previews delights to come.
From our BishopsA response to the General Synod debate on sexuality
Review of 2016How many can you remember?
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Thy Kingdom ComeThe plan for a national prayer campign from Ascension to Pentecost
Diary See what was planned for April 2017.

March 2017

Lent - time for a 're-boot'Jo invites us to look afresh at out faith. Also information on Mothering Sunday (26th March) and the season of Lent
View from the PewColin reports on activity over the last few weeks, our financial position and introduces HeartEdge.
Lent Courses 2017Information on Live the challenge, the Diocesan Lent course and the CUF 'Food for Thought' course
Easter JourneyThe plan for the fourth annual week of outreach to children in Years 5 and 6.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Christian Aid in LentSpecial events across the town organised by HDCT.
Diary See what was planned for March 2017.

February 2017

The ReformationJo reflects on 500 years of divergence and disunity. Janet Bird explains the thinking behind the Leading Your Church into Growth course. Do come along!
View from the PewJanet reports on activity over the last few weeks.
2016 FinancesColin explains the preliminary results.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
FoodbankCurrent shopping list
Music PlanningMartin reveals some of the juggling that goes on.
Diary See what was planned for February 2017.

December 2016/January 2017

The light IS comingStarting with Advent Sunday! Also reflection of a new Grandfather and information on this year's Advent Challenge. Full details at http://www.stalbans.anglican.org/faith/live-the-challenge/
View from the PewColin reports on activity in November, including the PCC's meeting with Bishop Michael, and previews events over the next few weeks.
SoundBites at 20Rose Pullum reports on the anniversary concert.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
FoodbankCurrent shopping list
Christmas AloneThe plan for the 2016 event.
Diary See what was planned for Winter 2016.
EventsA reminder of some of the events/services that we run

November 2016

Remembrance'Getting stuck in the past'or 'Moving forward into Action'?. And Growing our Church through Mission.
View from the PewJanet reports on activity in October and previews events over the next few weeks.
Boring, Timewasting, IneffectiveThe PCC AwayDay
Wreath FestivalFull details of the programme
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
FoodbankHarvest 'Thnak you' from the team.
Christmas AloneThe plan for the 2016 event.
Diary See what was planned for November 2016.

October 2016

CoverThe cover features the Bishop's Harvest Appeal.
Walking Together ...Jo encourages to walk with, listen to and help each other. Also reminders regarding Harvest Festival and Bishop Michael's visit to the deanery and confirmation of a transformational project for the Cathedral.
View from the PewColin reports on activity in September and previews events over the next few weeks.
New ArchdeaconThe collation of Archdeacon Janet.
Wreath FestivalPreliminary information and an invitation to take part
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Vicars in LabsAn exciting new project
Diary See what was planned for October 2016.

September 2016

Growing Together ...Jo explains the thinking behind the PCC awayday and the challenges/opportunities for us all.
Team All Saints, St Paul and the OlympicsSt Paul's attitude to sport/use of it as a Christian metaphor. Also an invitation to lunch!
View from the PewJanet reports on a busy July/August and previews events over the next few weeks. Also information on the Bishop's Harvest Appeal.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Summer Organ CoursesMichael reports on his busy (and highly educational) summer.
Diary See what was planned for September 2016.

July 2016

Hitting the right noteHaving attended a recent workshop on modern hymnody with Martin P, Jo describes how hymns are chosen and invites us all to 'have a go' based on the BBC list of the top 100.
View from the PewColin reports on a period of 'goodbyes' and previews events over the next few weeks
Ginni's final serviceA big 'Thank you' from Ginni with pictures of her final service.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Diary See what was planned for July/August 2016.

June 2016

CoverThe cover attempts to reflect the diversity of activities in June
GrantchesterJo muses on the overlaps beytween fact and fiction. Also a farewell to Ginni and a thought-provoking article on religion, marriage and belief.
View from the PewJanet previews a busy few weeks for us all.
Ginni's new parishesExtracts from the Parish Profile.
Notes and reports(Compressed version - 900K) Catch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Diary See what was planned for June 2016.

May 2016

Raising the roof!Jo rejoices in the generous response and highlights prayer based events over the next few weeks.
View from the PewHelen reports on recent events and previews the next month in her final VfP.
FinancesColin reports on a good year.
On the wayGinni shares progress and recations to her move to North Herts. (Great place to live - Ed!)
APCM ReportA summary of Jo's report to the APCM..
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
EU referendumBishop Alan shares some thoughts about how we participate and vote.
Diary See what was planned for May 2016.

April 2016

Let's raise the roof!Jo weaves together our Vestry Roof 'Challenge' and the joy of Easter.
GinniGinni tells us a little about her forthcoming move.
View from the PewJanet reports on the state of the estry Roof (with close-up photos), recent events and previews
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Bishop's Harvest AppealA progress report on how our donations have been used.
2020 Diocesan VisionThe synod briefing paper on the Diocese's plans for the next five years.
Diary See what was planned for April 2016.

March 2016

I really wasn't expecting that!Jo encourages us to go deep into Mary's bitter experience to be able to taste the full Joy of Easter.
LentMore information on our Journey through Lent.
View from the PewHelen reports on recent events and previews some delights to come.
View from the PewAndrew previews the 2016 Easter Journey for schools.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Herts welcomes Syrian FamiliesA progress report as of February 2016 and an invitation to the Asylum Dialogues.
Ways to GodGeoff Oates gets us on the right (21st century) tracks.
Diary See what was planned for March 2016.

February 2016

All welcomeJo offers some simple things that we can all do.
View from the PewJanet reports on recent events and previews some delights to come.
LentJanet Bird introduces the materials for the 2016 Lent Groups. Also links to the Diocesan Challenge based on the Living God's Love prayer.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
TrustJohn and Fiona Earle wonder what are missing.
Diary See what was planned for February 2016.

December 2015/January 2016

Are we nearly there?Jo takes a diffeent slant on Advent. Also some thoughts about our welcome.
Winter BazaarOur annual Bazaar in St John's Hall. Saturday 5th December 10:00 onwards.
View from the PewHelen reports on recent events and previews some delights to come.
ResponsibilityJohn & Fiona consider what it takes.
New website launchedWe joined churches, chapels and cathedrals uo and down the land in marking the launch of www.choralevensong.org on St Cecilia's Day (22nd November).
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Herts welcomes Syrian FamiliesA progress report as of 22nd November.
Christmas Alone 2015Janet Bird outlines plans for this year's event.
Diary See what was planned for December 2015.
Diary See what was planned for January 2016.

November 2015

A true friendJo considers what it takes.
YES-vemberJanet Bird encourages us to bring light into the ever gloomier days.
View from the PewJanet reports on recent events and previews some delights to come.
Evensong - Come and hear!Julia Gough gives an "insider's view" of one of our great traditions.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Shepherds and their sheepAs we move towards the seaon of magers, angels, sepherds etc, John and Fiona Earle look at what shepherding was and is.
Christmas Alone 2015Janet Bird outlines plans for this year's event.
Diary See what was planned for November 2015.

October 2015

AI, humanity, choicesJo muses on the opportunity/threat debate relating to AI and the reminders to consider our own shared humanity. Our plans for harvest.
Shopping ListThe Hertford Foodbank's Harvest shopping list
View from the PewHelen reports on recent events and previews some delights to come.
Harvest AppealA poster and an article from eSeeRound describing the Bishop's Harvest Appeal
Herts Welcomes Syrian FamiliesHWSF is swinging into action. For more background see the article on SVP in the September magazine (link below).
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
How many doctors?John and Fiona Earle consider the issues
Diary See what was planned for October 2015.

September 2015

The peace of the Lord ..Jo explains where the Peace came from. Bishp Alan explains why he opposes changes in Sunday trading legislation.
View from the PewJanet reports on recent events and previews some delights to come.
Syrian Vulnerable Persons schemeAn explanation of the scheme, endorsed by the Government, and a challenge!
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Shopping ListThe Hertford Foodbank's current list
Oundle 2015Michael Stephens-Jones reports on a busy week
Diary See what was planned for September 2015.

July 2015

Thrones, struggles and loveJo wants us all to win.
Conversations re deathThe Church of England launches a new resource. Also information regarding Sea Sunday (12th July)
View from the PewHelen reports on recent events and previews some delights to come.
Christian Aid 20162016 will be the 50th anniversary of the East Herts Christian Aid walk. Help needed!
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, achievements, invitations, forthcoming events and more.
Shopping ListThe Hertford Foodbank's current list
PoemsMore from Stephen Bardle.
Pets servicePictures from June 2015.
Diary See what was on when in July and August 2015.

June 2015

Standing on your own two feet nowJo reflects on the call to us all to be the Good News.
It's Trinity again!Jo shares sone thoughts in advance of the Bible Book Club on June 2nd.
View from the PewJanet O reports in recent events and previews some delights to come.
Helen Harvey-WrightOur new Churchwarden introduces herself.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Shopping ListThe Hertford Foodbank's current list
The Churchill factorJohn and Fiona Earle share some thoughts inspired by questions from the young.
Diary See what was on when in June 2015.

May 2015

Colour me calmJo offers an alternative to adult colouring books. Also information on church structures and Jo's appointment as Rural Dean
View from the PewJanet B reflects on 4 years as Churchwarden and previews some delights to come.
Annual ReportsA partial summary of 2014 as presnted at our annual meetings on 19th April. A profile of Helen Harvey-Wright, our new Churchwarden, will appear next month.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Iraq 2014-15 - Samara's Aid AppealJohn and Fiona Earle report on the situation and one person's response.
Diary See what was on when in May 2015.

April 2015

Hope for all...Jo's Easter message. Also information on our finances and the new Bishop of Hertford.
View from the PewJanet O brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Were YOU there?Geoff Oates sermon on Passion Sunday 2015. Also poems by Stephen Bardle and Mollie Day
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Diary See what was on when in April 2015.

March 2015

Love withour strings ...Ginni encourgaes us to use Lent to build our relationship with God. Also more information on the Easter Journey.
View from the PewJanet B brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Lent 2015'Live a diiference'
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Living God's LoveBishop Alan's srrmon given at the Team Eucharist in January.
Diary See what was on when in March 2015.

February 2015

The faith to loveJo wonders if we trust our faith enough. Also information on Lent activities and pictures from Bishop Alan's visit.
View from the PewJanet O brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Easter JourneyAfter a successful 'trial run' last year we are holding this event aagin in 2015. Ginni explains what happens and how we can get involved.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Jean Gilby Fr Richard Maudsley's address from Jean's Memorial Service
Diary See what was on when in February 2015.

December 2014/January 2015

Drop everythingJo encourages us to look beyond the 'busyness' of the Chrstmas season and find for God. Also - the launch of Prayers, Bears and Breakfast; a preview of the Bible Book Club and details of our Team Service on 18th January with Bishop Alan when we be thinking about Going deeper into God and Vocation.
View from the PewJanet B brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans. Plus Call Waiting - a national intiative to encourage yong vocations to the priesthood.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Christmas Alone 2014Final plans for this year's event.
Dec Diary See was on when in December 2014.
Jan Diary See was on when in January 2015.

November 2014

CoverOur cover features the (recently cleaned) Hertfordshire Regiment WW1 memorial in the church. All the names are legible at suitable magnification.
Why remember?Jo hopes we will both appreciate and learn from the marks the past leaves on us. Also - its official we are happier - and your chance to agree/disagree with the experts on the best 100 Christian Books.
View from the PewJanet O brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
FoodBank updateAn update on events at the Hertford FoodBank - so generously supported at the recent Harvest Services
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Herts & Beds Bike 'n HikeDorothy Toyn describes a great day out for anyone (and no aches & pains required!)
Christmas Alone 2014Janet Bird outlines plans for this year's event.
Diary See what was on when in November 2014.

October 2014

Thanking/Sharing/GivingJo hopes we will 'but in' to God's way. Also full details of our Harvest Week, some events in 2015 for the diary and the latest Foodbank shopping list.
View from the PewJanet B brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Christopher JoyceOur new ADoM intriduces himself and his family.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Commemorating WW1Some Hertford specific itmes used in the recent Solemn Commemoration
Pet BlessingSome of the guests at our recent annual Pet Blessing Service
Diary See what's on when in October 2014.

September 2014

'What shall we say of ourselves'In two sentences...
Harvest 2014Our plans for this year, with links to the Bishop's harvest Appeal.
View from the PewJanet O brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Posy FestivalThanks and pictures from the very successful Posy Festival 11-13 July
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Oundle for OrganistsMichael Stephens-Jones reports on an intensive week.
Diary See what was on when in September 2014.

July/August 2014

'in the midst of life..'Jo reflects on Death abd our response to it. Information on events to mark the outbreak of WW1. Also information on the farewell to Bishop Paul on 26th July.
Views from the PewJanet O and Janet B bring us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
'I am the gate'A sermon preached by Geoff Oates on Sunday 11th May(Easter 4 - 'Good Shepherd Sunday')
Diary See what was on when in July & August 2014.

June 2014

CelebratingJo looks at our duty and joy. Also a photos from Jo's recent instalation as an Honorary Canon of St Alban's cathedral and informtion on the Alban Pilgrimage.
Ordination of Ginni DearPictures taken by Tracy Plumpton of Ginni's ordination to the Priesthood by Bishop Richard on May 18th. Bigger versions can be seen by clicking on a picture.
View from the PewJanet O brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Growing up with GodA sermon preached by Geoff Oates on Sunday 9th March (Lent 1)
Diary See what was on when in June 2014.

May 2014

True SecurityJo muses on true security, fear and real freedom. Also a prayer for the Easter season, 12 ways to live out Resurrection and Congratulations to Canon Jo!
View from the PewJanet B brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Annual Church MeetingsSummary reports. Full reports can be found at our APCM webpage
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Diary See what was on when in May 2014.

April 2014

Just do it!Doug encourages us to move from 'fear' to 'trust'
20 yearsPictues from the recent Diocesan Ser vice to mark 20 years of women's ministry as priests, held here at All Saints
View from the PewJanet B brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans. Also a few test questions to correct/enjoy!
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events and more.
Bible StudyMartin Bird guides us through Luke 3.1-37.
Diary See what was on when in April 2014.

March 2014

This time it's different!Jo highlights things we can do (and do without) in Lent
View from the PewJanet O brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
UNICEF in SyriaJohn and Fiona Earle reort on UNICEF's activities and our response.
Samaritans in WareInformation on the work of this 60-year old charity and how you can get involved/seek help
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming eventsand more.
Christmas Quiz AnswersFinally, the answers to all those teasers.
Diary See what was on when in March 2014.

February 2014

I'd like to feel better but .....Jo takes some ideas from Art as Therapy nd finds many more sources of inspiration. Also a preview of the 2014 Heart for Hertford Lent Programme using the theme 'Serving the Community'.
View from the PewJanet B brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Christmas Tree FestivalDorothy Toyn looks back and forwards to our Posy of Remembrance Festival in July
FinanceJo, Colin, Malcolm and Judy report on Finances and Stewardship in 2013
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming eventsand more.
The Easter JourneyGinni previews a major event for Children w/c 31st March
Diary See what's on when in February 2014.

December 2013/January 2014

Great ExpectationsJo muses on the gap betwen the Christmas we expect/hope/fear and the true significance of our Lord's birth.
AdventEvents and resources for Advent
View from the PewJanet O brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Christmas Tree FestivalExciting news!
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events, a new poem and more.
Christmas Alone 2013Please read and consider how you can support this vital annual event.
Diary 1 See what was on when in December 2013.
Diary 2 See what was on when in January 2014.

November 2013

Remembering Jo looks at what we remember and why.
Church NoticesReminders about All Saints Sunday and our Stewardship Campaign, information on our Prayer Ministry (with confidential email address), a prayer request for Street Pastors and an invittaion to nominate a favourite Advent hymn.
View from the PewJanet B brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans.
Christmas Tree FestivalAn update on plans and activities and an new opportunity to take to part.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and more.
Christmas Alone 2013Please read and consider how you can support this vital annual event.
Christmas Alone FormA printable copy of the form
Diary See what was on when in November 2013.

October 2013

Better Shape Up! Jo suggests a visit to the Spiritual Gym in prayer. Also a couple of important dates and an update on the Hertford FoodBank
View from the PewJanet O brings us up-to-date on recent events, and plans - including the Christmas Tree Festival
The Deficiton behalf of the Finance Committee Edwin expains our financial situation and how we can all contribute to its resolution.
Christmas Tree FestivalAn update on plans and activities and an opportunity to take to part.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest register entries, news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and more.
Diary See what was on when in October 2013.

September 2013

Shall I stay for that cuppa? Jo reads the tea-leaves. Also some opportunities to help and information about James Gough our new ADoM
View from the PewJanet B brings us up-to-date on recent events, activities and plans - including the Christmas Tree Festival
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest register entries, news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and more.
Our family weddingDoug reports on a dual ceremony and is seen with a new Indian partner!
Diary See what was on when in September 2013.

July/August 2013

Dressing up Jo muses on how to Clothe ourselves with Christ
Ginni Dear Our new Team Curate introduces herself and her family
View from the PewJanet O brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest register entries, news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and more.
FosteringYou could make a real difference to a child or young person - and here's how.
Evening ServicesA full list of Evening Services across the team - and an invitation to a Garden Party
Diary See what was on when in July/August 2013.

June 2013

True Peace? Jo wonders how we can find it. Also information on the forthcoming Confirmation, the Alban Pilgrimage and forthcoming Team Events.
View from the PewJanet B brings us up-to-date on recent events, activities and plans. and future plans.
Hertford Food BankAlready the Foodbank is supporting over 20 people a week. Janet Bird reports on progress and plans
Notes and reportsCatch up with the news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and more.
MusicA review of our musical activities in 2012 and plans for 2013
Diary See what was on when in June 2013.

May 2013

Right where we are Jo suggests the treasure we seek might already be with us. Also her report to the APCM. Other reports can be found here
View from the PewJanet O brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities and future plans.
Hertford Food BankThe FoodBank opened for business on Monday 8th April. Read about the first few days of operation, successes and needs here.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events, recent register entries and more.
Pulling out the StopsMichael Stephens-Jones reports on his participation at the recents POTS course at Oundle for Organists.
Diary See what was on when in May 2013.

April 2013

Which way are we going? Jo wonders what the two 'new boys' as church leaders will do. Also information on our annual Parish Meetings on 14th April and a summary of our financial peformance in 2012.
View from the PewJanet brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities and future plans.
Hertford Food BankThe FoodBank will open for business on Monday 8th April. Read about the plans, hopes and needs here.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events, recent register entries and more.
Come and Sing MessiahRachel Morgan reports from the inside.
Name that saint See if you can decode the mysteries of our great East Window.
Diary See what was on when in April 2013.

March 2013

Jesus the Sherpa? Jo considers what we can learn from the lifestyle and priorities of the Sherpas - without whom no-one can reach their peak. Also information on Lent and a special prayer - along with some exciting family news.
View from the PewAndrew brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities in and around the church and future plans in his final VfP as a ChurchWarden.
Catch the slow train....Geoff Oates previews the rich set of views and stations that we can visit on our journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Day - and all without losing time!
Notes and reportsCatch up with the news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and much more - all five pages of it!
Diary See what was on when in March 2013.

February 2013

What is going on in the Church of England? Jo encourages us to consider St Peter (the bridge builder) as an example and guide.
Communication GuidelinesSome suggestions as to how we use social media effectively and efficiently.
View from the PewJanet brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities in and around the church and future plans.
Preparing in LentResources for us to use in Lent from a variety of sources.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and more.
One Bell of a WorkoutA serious look at the aims of 'Ring for Fitness'
Diary See what was on when in February 2013.

December 2012/January 2013

What lies beneath? Jo encourages to look beyond the dazzling surface and open ourselves to becoming the change that we would see in the world. Also, All Saints will become a Fairtrade Parish, an invitation to an open meeting as we plan forward and a letter from Bishop Alan on the recent General Synod vote on Women Bishops.
View from the PewAndrew brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities in and around the church and future plans.
Preparing in Advent and beyondResources to allow us to take up Jo's challenge - in Advent and afterwards.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and more.
The Twelve Warning Signs of Good HealthJohn and Fiona Earle encourage us in a light-hearted article with a serious message.
December Diary See when all the carol services etc were.
Diary January 2013 See what was on when in January 2013.

November 2012

Truly serving God Jo considers the messages in the current news about Sir Jimmy Savile and Lance Armstrong. Also a big Thank You to all who contributed to the cost of the recent repair to the East Window, information on Travelling Cribs, and letters from the Millers (now in Canada) and a grateful stranger from Denver Colorado.
View from the PewJanet brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities in and around the church and future plans.
Fairtrade - the backgroundThe PCC will be considering the implications of adopting Fairtrade status. This article gives the background.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and more.
Compass BrailleAnn Stephens-Jones reports on a recent visit to this local Christian Charity with world-wide connectins and impact.
For King and CountryNorman Huxford tells the story of Cecil Gledhill, one of the 'forgotten' from Hertford, who fell in the First World War aged 19.
Diary See what was on when in November.

October 2012

Mark my words ... Jo relishes the immediacy of Mark's Gospel. Also a report on the final wording of the legislation to enable women to become bishops in the Church of England.
View from the PewAndrew brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities in and around the church and future plans. Also news of a Team Curate from June 2013.
FoodbanksAn update on the efforts of the Harlow Foodbank and an invitation to meet and consider the need for one in Hertford.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and more.
Street Pastors 2012Rick Hartwig and others review the work of this important initiative. And yes we more than meet the Church Challenge on page 9!
Diary See what was on when in October.

September 2012

Back to..... Jo asks us all to bring a friend to enjoy the gifts of hope,comfort and being at one with God on Back to Church Sunday. There's information on new Chalice Assistants, an update (with photos) on the East Window, our plans for Harvest, two new Confirmation Study Groups and details of the Exploring Prayer and Spirituality Day.
View from the PewJanet brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities in and around the church and future plans.
Sing, God's Easter PeopleRev David Mowbray (a former Vicar of All Saints) introduces his new book of Hymns, Carols and Worship Songs
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming events, pictures of recent events and more.
MU on the Road to the Holy Hectare Rosemary Bolton and Ann Stephens Jones report on the MU's recent visit to Mary Sumner House and other parts of the Westminster Village.
The Ringer's Return David King has recently restarted Bell Ringing after a pause of 35 years. He tells of his experiences in reagining his skill in the Hertford towers.
Diary See what was on when in September.

July/August 2012

Summertime, and the living is easy Jo considers the race we all run and the challenge to persevere. There's information on our plan for BackToChurchSunday and an invitation to Doug's 60th Birthday Party
View from the PewAndrew brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities in and around the church and future plans. We have a new Hall Bookings Manager, Megan Roworth. She introduces herself here.
Team EucharistPictures and the text of Dr John's sermon, delivered at Pentecost.
Jubilee Pictures from the recent Jubilee celebrations. Additional pictures too of the flowers and the altar.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming events, a letter from Bishop Paul regarding our MAP and more!
Diary See what was on when in July and August.

June 2012

Fluttering in the breeze Jo compares and contrasts the riot of colour of bunting and of prayer flags in Tibet and Nepal. Also information on a slight change to the evening service pattern from September and a review of the Produce Stall - still going strong after 20 years. Helen Wright invites others to join her in forming a new Prayer Group on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. starting Tuesday 19th June.
View from the PewJanet brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities in and around the church and future plans. There are also some photographs from the recent Pet Service
'It never rains but...'Jo muses on the weather, the impacy of belief and the Trinity - and our love of things in groups of threes!
Namaste, Nepal Amy Ma reports on her recent to Nepal on a trip organised by the WPA and including visits to the school we support. Ask her about it, and support the WPA at her stall selling cards and soft fruit on Sunday 24th June after the Morning Service in St John's Hall.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming event, photos of recent visitors, an obituary for Vera Long, news from our bell-ringers, poems and more!
Diary See what was on when in June.

May 2012

The Bigger Picture Jo and Doug were moved by the recent Hockney 'Bigger Picture' exhibition to look for the beauty that lies around us and the need to keep in touch with the wider reality of our life and world.. Also information on the forthcoming Team Eucharist with The Very Rev Dr Jeffrey John as preacher (27th May) and our plans for the Diamond Jubilee (3rd June).
View from the PewAndrew brings us up-to-date on recent events and activities in and around the church.
Annual Meetings & MAPA report of our recent Annual Meetings and our Mission Action Plan - which sets out our priotrities and goals for the next year or so.
My God Patrick Mackay's view of God - developed as a result of building a clay model. Mary Geering is recalled by her schoolmate Mollie Day in a specially written poem.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming events and an urgent (paid!) job opportunity
Diary See what was on when in May.

April 2012

It's Easter, so lets tuck in.... Jo challenges us to use the fifty days wisely. Also this month's 'View from the Pew' with news of important events and dates..
FinancesColin Bird reviews 2011 and Malcolm and Judy Oughton report on the financial side of the recent Stewardship and Talents Campaign.
Let's give the Bees a BoostFiona Earle offers some suggestions as to how we can help such an important insect continue to play its vital role in our food chain. Jo looks at the abrupt ending of Mark's Gospel.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming events and the Eggstroadinary Easter Egg Competition.
Mary Geering An edited version of the tribute to an All Saints stalwart.
Diary See what was on when in April.

March 2012

Spring Catalogue? Jo looks for signs of God's glory. Also this month's 'View from the Pew', an invitation to get involved in a Mystery Play and a list of the Bible Study Groups for Lent 2012.
HypocritesAlan Stewart wonders if we need more of them. Plus details of a Meditation workshop
Keep Warm, Stay WellInformation on how we can help in this important initiative
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, and forthcoming events.
The Anglican Covenant Simon Sarmientos, Lay Chair of the St Albans Diocesan Synod, briefs us on an important document and debate affecting how Anglican Communion churches throughout the world work together.
Diary See what was on when in March.

February 2012

Sharpening the focus Jo reminds us of where we truly find God. Also this month's 'View from the Pew', and the team diary for the next few months.
Lent 2012Information on the lent course 2012 and varoious resources available in support.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, and forthcoming events.
More than Gold Read about the ambitious plans of the combined Christian Churches to impact the lives of their own communities and guests from around the globe. More information at www.morethangold.org.uk.
Diary See what was on when in February.

January 2012

How do you do Christmas? Jo urges us to celebrate, enjoy giving (and gettting), whilst allowing time to deepen our understanding of the incarnation. Also this month's 'View from the Pew', and two interesting opportunities.
Street PastorsRick Hartwig reflects on two years of caring and invites everyone to an open evening on Jan 14th. Also information on the next Transform event on 8th January.
Harlow foodbankNews of recent activities, successes and future plans. Plus information on a recently published book "Change(d) Agents" by Nick and Ros Henwood.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming events and a couple of though-provoking articles by Doug Loveridge.
All Saints' Kneelers Dorothy Toyn's jouney to the darkest reaches of the Vestry has unearthed details of the Kneeler Project (1976) and lists what we have, and who did them.
Diary See what was on when in January.

December 2011

Getting back to God Jo calls us to reflect on our attitudes in the light of Christ's teaching. Also this month's 'View from the Pew'
Sabbatical JourneyPart 5: INDIA and conclusion Jo reports on village life in India, the contrast with how we live, summarises her experiences and her findings about what truly makes a 'God-shaped' life.
Advent ResourcesThere are a number of special resources for Advent produced by the Diocese and also here in Hertford - including a special pair of prayers to begin and end each day. You can access these by following the links in the file.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming events and an invitation to share your memories, photos and research into local history.
Diary See what was on when in December.

November 2011

Riding the Roller Coaster of life Jo muses on the ups and downs of life
Team NewsAlso this month's 'View from the Pew', the current state of our finances, Situations Vacant and View from the Pew
Sabbatical JourneyPart 4: INDIA In the penultimate article, Jo reports on the sights, sounds and culture encountered in the first half of her time in India India - like Nepal crazy traffic and friendly open people alike. Plus information on Will Aid a free service for the month of November.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Christmas Alone 2011Janet Bird outlines the plans for this important annual activity by Herford & District Churches Together.
Diary See what was on when in November.

October 2011

How do you take your coffee? Jo looks at our carbon footprints. Also this month's 'View from the Pew' and some key events in October.
Connie Murkin 1922-2011Jo's eulogy and a couple os special events to mark her passing.
Sabbatical JourneyPart 3: NEPAL Jo reports on the sights, sounds and culture of Nepal - crazy traffic and friendly open people alike. Plus an introduction to Benedict Wilson - our new Assistant Director of Music
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming meetings, events and more. Two important articles on Stewardship and the work of Street Pastors here in Hertford and Ware.
Diary See what was on when in October

September 2011

Living a God shaped life Jo wonders if we have really responded to the bible challenge.. Also this month's 'View from the Pew' and information on new confirmation groups.
Sabbatical JourneyPart 2: TIBET Jo reports on the sights, sounds and culture of Tibet - karaoke bars and prayer wheels alike.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming meetings, events and more. Also an article on Organ Donation by Doug Loveridge
Diary See what was on when in September

July/August 2011

Living God's Love Jo gives some initial insights from her studies, visits and thinking during sabbatical and their meaning for us. Also this month's 'View from the Pew' and the Team Calendar of events.
Sabbatical JourneyPart 1: CHINA Jo reports on the sights, sounds and culture of China - old and new.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Diary See what was on when in July and August.

June 2011

The victory is won Archbishop Rowan Williams reflects on the true meaning of the Easter Message. Also this month's 'View from the Pew', information on a new initiative for young people Transform and the Team Calendar of events.
Denise DilleyGerry Booker's Eulogy from the funeral of this lovely lady
Poetry and moreTwo poems by Mollie Day and an interesting challenge for children.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more. .
Diary See what was on when in June

May 2011

The Good Book With Jo away on Sabbatical we enjoy Nick Sharp's refelction on what a difference there is between a Good Book and The Good Book Also this month's 'View from the Pew' and an introduction to our new Senior's Tea and Thankgiving initiative.
APCMA short report on this year's annual meetings.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Further afieldInformation on a number of outreach intiatives in the area: BASH for 11-16 year olds, Street pastors, Visit Taizé and the Diocesan Retreat led by Jo's brother. .
Diary See what was on when in May.

April 2011

Palm Sunday Procession With Jo away on Sabbatical we enjoy Robert Thompson's perspective on the start of Holy Week Also an update on how we might create a Welcoming Space at the back of church.
TransitionReport of a presentation given to HDCT on this important subject. More can be found at www.transitionhertford.org.uk
Notes and reportsRead Dorothy's last View from the Pew as she steps down as Churchwarden, catch up with the latest , news, forthcoming meetings, events, the annual Eggstroadinary Egg Competition and more.
Future HopeA status report on this important aspect of our collective work with young people. .
Diary See what was on when in April.

March 2011

Go Slow As she prepares for her Sabbatical, Jo encourages us all to to take time to enjoy the presence of God. Also news about what's happening in the Hertford Team (including confirmation of the appointment of Elliot James as Team Curate), Lent Groups and more.
Choose Life : Choose LoveThe many opportunities to join in in Lent. More on all of this at www.livinggodslove.org
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest , news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Agree amongst yourselvesThe (slightly edited) text of a Sermon preached by Geoff Oates at All Saints on Sunday 23rd January to mark the end of the Week of prayer for Christian Unity .
Diary See what was on when in March.

February 2011

Can I get a better offer? Jo wonders what a 'better offer' really is. Also news about how we will mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible and our celebration for Candlemas..
Living Gods LoveThe text of Bishop Alan's sermon from the DVD we saw on 16th January. More on all of this at www.livinggodslove.org
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Generation Web:6In his final article, Nick Sharp asks'What are we goingto do about it?' .
Diary See what was on when in February.

January 2011

A Happy New Year? Jo asks what is 'happiness' and how we might achieve it. Also news about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, our Lent Course and a new group for those in years six to nine.
Floods in PakistanJohn and Fiona Earle describe the wok of Maureen Lines and the Hindu Kush Conservation Association in suppporting flood relief in the remote Kalash valleys in the North West Frontier province. More can be found here.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming meetings, events and more: an alternative New Year's Resolution.
King James Bible2001 is the 400th anniversary of the creation of the King James' Bible. Read about a new initiative - Biblefresh to encourgae people to read it. Also news of an online initiative to encourage people to engage with the Bible - the Big Read 2011.
Churchwardens at All SaintsHere we list those wardens from 1892 to the present day to complete Dorothy' Toyn's article from last month. .
Diary See what was on when in January.

December 2010

And now for the real Xmas factor? Jo considers how we can all win the (X)mas factor. Also news about a Team Curate and an appreciation of the work of rosemary & Don Graves in managing St John's Hall.
Living God's LoveAn introduction to the journey St Alban's Diocese is inviting us all to make. More at http://www.stalbans.anglican.org/Living-God-s-Love and the dedicated website www.livinggodslove.org
Lock In 2010Chris Oates reports on the all-night action in the Abbey. Also more details of the Crib & Carol festival at St Andrews.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming meetings, events and more: 10 good reaons to join a church choir
Churchwardens at All SaintsDorothy Toyn has unearthed a list of the Wardens from 1680 onwards. Here we list those up to 1891 .
Diary See what's on when in December.

November 2010

Lest we forget Jo reflects on memories. Also information on the annual Memorial Service on 28th Nov and a report of a thought-provoking meeting with Janet Scott, a moderator of Churches Together in England.
A Scientist reflects on Creation and Faith The reflection given in All Saints' on Sunday 10th October by John Galloway, Professor of Evolutionary Medicine at University College, London. Plus some photographs of the visit of Bishop Paul on 26th September.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Generation Web:5In his fifth article, Nick Sharp looks at how we guide and protect our young people on-line. Plus information on the plans for Christmas Alone 2010. .
Diary See what was on when in November.

October 2010

growing together Jo reflects on the Pope's visit to Britain. Also information on the 2010 Bishop's Harvest Appeal.
Generation Web: 4 The fourth of Nick Sharp's articles on the impact of new technologies looks at the Dangers of the Internet. Plus a new poem Harvest Moon by Mollie Day.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest registers, news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Will AidA chance to make a will and help charity - irrespective of how you plan to leave your gifts. As All Saints Sunday falls on Halloween we explain how it got the name.
Glorious the song when God's the themeRev Michael Burgess marks Cardinal Newman's beatification by the Pope with a reflection on his life and best known work.
Diary See what was on when in October.

September 2010

Take a Welcome Break! Jo encourages us to take refreshment. Also news of a visit by the new Bishop of Hertford, the possibility of a Curate etc.
Generation Web: 3 The third of Nick Sharp's articles on the impact of new technologies - particularly access 'all the time' whilst 'on the move'. Plus Janet Bird encourages us to extend our welcome even further.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Musical DevelopmentsMartin Penny announces two appointments in the Music Department and sets out the plan for 2010-11
Diary See what was on when in September.

July/August 2010

G-O-D-I-S-N-O-W-H-E-R-E Jo encourages us to see the positive. Also news from Steve and Stella Banks
Generation Web: 2 The second of Nick Sharp's articles on the impact of new technologies - especially social networking
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Events and opportunitiesMore on Commotion on the Common and a couple of Job Opportunties working with young people.
Diary See what was on when in July/August.

June 2010

A Warm Welcome? Jo wonders just how welcoming we are - along with details of the new welcoming course.
Generation Web: 1This series of articles by Nick Sharp looks at the impact of the internet - especially on young people. (Though this web-edit is being done on a laptop connected wirelessly via a blackberry by a not-so-young person - but not during the sermon!)
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more - up to June 2011!
Commotion on the CommonA preview of various activities for the summer organised as part of HertFest - plus a review of recent activities by Future Hope.
Norah AndersonAn appreciation.
Diary See what was on when in June.

May 2010

The Easter Experience Jo muses of what makes a 'good' Easter and comes up with a suprising answer.
Annual Parish Meetings A report on our Finances and Jo's overall summary and report.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Bayford Pinetum and Musings on MayA preview of the open day on Saturday 9th May in support of Christian Aid and a meditation on May written by Norah Anderson who passed away on Sunday 18th April.
Diary See what was on when in May.

April 2010

CoverOur cover features a painting by one of our Art Group
New Life, new responsibiities Jo encourages to make a difference for our own lives, for the community and the world we live in. Plus information on the Easter Vigil, Bible Study Notes, the Annual Meetings and the recent Vision Evening
Womens fellowship At the AGM in February the Fellowship came to a close. We publish a report by Mary Geering and a short history by Vera Long.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
Diary See what was on when in April.

March 2010

Thirteen little words Alan Stewart encourages us to grasp the real message of Lent. Plus information on events in Lent, information on the Parish Vision Evening and the full timetable for Bible Studies based on the Bishops' Lent Course Words of Challenge, Words of Life. You can read an introduction here Full information at www.challenge2010.org
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more. Plus a letter from Bishop Alan 'My Carbon, Their Lives, Our Future - Action on Climate Change'
Diary See what was on when in March.

February 2010

CoverOur cover features the Bishops' Lent Course
Winter warmth on our streets Robert Thompson challenges us to really 'meet and greet'. Plus revised versions of the January pages that didn't get into the printed edition: Nick Sharpe sets us a puzzle or two. Also Ideas for the Hertford Team, and information on Bible Studies and Prayers and Bears..
Words of Challenge, Words of LifeThe Bishops introduce their course. Full information at www.challenge2010.org
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more. Plus the first of our new regular 'View from the Churchwarden's Pew'
Its a funny old lifeJohn Earle muses on current idiosyncracies in the way we run our lives.
Diary See what was on when in February.

January 2010

View from Little Amwell Nick Sharpe sets us a puzzle or two. Also Ideas for the Hertford Team, and information on Bible Studies and Prayers and Bears..
Brian BromleyBrian Bromley steps down as Organist and becomes Organist Emeritus after sixty years service.
Harlow FoodbankRead all about an excellent local initiative.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
2010: The early monthsNorah Anderson urges us to use our talents and make sure we don't allow january to be a dull month.
Some Festivals in JanuaryAnd here's just a few of the Saints Days/major events that we could be livening up!
Diary See what was on when in January.

December 2009

Keep it simple Jo suggests that we need to do less to achieve more in Advent. Plus articles on various services and activities to help achieve this.
St NicholasLily Pitters, aged 10, tells us about St Nicholas and his activities in Spain and the Netherlands.
AdventNorah Anderson tells us about the season that she finds one of the most exciting and challenging.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest register entries, news, forthcoming meetings, events and more - and a poem/prayer for Advent
Lent 2010: Two ResourcesA letter from the Bishops explaining their plans for Lent and giving us all a challenge to deepen our faith and understanding.
Christmas Alone 2009Janet Bird outlines the plans for this important annual activity by Herford & District Churches Together.
Diary See what's on when in December

November 2009

Are you sitting comfortably? Jo considers the power of stories, our own and others and their connection with God's glory. Plus articles on the Hertford Team and the recent Healing Service
Festival!Pictures tell us all about the Festival of Flowers and Music. The magnificently decorated pulpit features on the cover. See the photo in full colour here
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest register entries, news, forthcoming meetings, events and more - and a reflection on All Souls' day by Norah Anderson
Henry PurcellMichael Burgess introduces one of England's greatest composers on the 350th anniversary of his birth. Our choir sings music by Purcell on Sunday 15th (the nearest to the anniversary of his death).
Christmas Alone 2009Janet Bird outlines the plans for this important annual activity by Herford & District Churches Together.
Diary See what's on when in November

October 2009

Say it with flowers Jo reflects on how a Flower Festival help us to proclaim the gospel. Plus information on our new Bible Study series, Songs of Praise and 'Prayers and Bears'
Festival!Comprehensive information about the Festival of Flowers and Music
HarvestNorah Anderson remembers harvests from her youth and shows us how little our dependence on and place in God's Universe has really changed.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more - and why singing is good for you!
FusionA poem by John Earle and a letter from St James the Less about strange goings-on in the crypt.
Diary See what was on when in October

September 2009

Keep working on your Tapestry of Faith Inspired by the textiles of Elspeth Kemp, Jo encourages us to look at our faith afresh. Plus information on Holy Communion and Swine Flu, new Bible Study courses this autumn, plans for Communion for Children and a report of our farewell to Chris Benham.
Martin PennyOur new Director of Music introduces himself.
Farewell to Christopher BenhamChris' farewell speech.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
We need bees!John and Fiona Earle explain why
Diary See what was on when in Septemberr

July/August 2009

Happy Holy Days Jo encourages us to use them to reflect and grow. Plus information on some proposed chages to the 10 am Service pattern and the possible admission of children to communion..
Farewell to Christopher BenhamAs Chris prepares to stand down as Director of Music, Dorothy Toyn reviews his enormous contribution over nearly twenty years.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, events and more.
All good giftsNorah Anderson celebrates some of the many gifts and blessings we receive.
Diary See what was on when through out July and August.

June 2009

Filled or Fulfilled? Jo wonders if we should perhaps do nothing more often. Plus information on a consultation on our 8.00 am Holy Communion and information on the wine and cheese evening on June 9th.
Reaching out to FriendsEdwin Godfrey proposes the creation of the 'Friends of All Saints'. Also information on an evening with Claire Berschinger at St Andrew's in aid of the African Children's Educational Trust and the 'Hall for Hertford' project.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, concerts and more.
Great PreachersNorah Anderson reviews the field, followed by a recent poem about All saints by Mollie Day
Diary See what was on when.

May 2009

Confirmation, commitment & celebration Doug Loveridge looks forward to our Confirmation Service on 3rd May Plus Jo's 'state of the union' report to the APCM and plans for a training course for Pastoral Visitors.
Annual MeetingsKey note report of our Annual Meetings held on Sunday 26th April 2009.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, concerts and more.
Shetland BusJohn and Fiona Earle tell the little known story of some brave seamen.
Diary See what was on when.

April 2009

The best and worst of times Jo finds the Good News of Easter in Dickens and our present times Plus plans for Pastoral Visiting and the presentation of their share of Christmas Tree Festival proceeds to Isabel Hospice.
Musical NewsOn Sunday 22nd March Jo announced some developments in the Music Department. Read all about it here!
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, forthcoming meetings, competitions and more.
RegularsNorah Anderson muses on Easter and John and Fiona Earle review an interesting novel.
Diary See what was on when.

March 2009

Use Lent thoughtfully Jo challenges us to use art, sculpture, writings, silence, whatever to think about and improve our spiritual journey. Plus John & Sue Horner introduce themselves.
What are you doing for Lent?Some ideas and information on Lent Groups, Lent Lunches, Searching for Faith and Confirmation Classes. Also an early trailer for a concert by the Watoto Children's Choir in June.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, register entries, forthcoming meetings, etc.
Poetry PagesDoug Loveridge and Mollie Day, two of our resident poets reflect on Mothers, Motoring life in Hertford and the Arrival of Spring.
Diary See what was on when.

February 2009

Be yourself! Jo reflects on imperfection and God's response. Plus information on forthcoming study opportunities and a call for 'Talents and Stewardship'.
New Bishop of St Alban'sInformation on our bishop-elect. The full story, and video can be found on the Diocesan Web Site.
All Saints' ChurchyardDorothy Toyn explains who is responsible for what and how we hope to restore the Churchyard to"a place of beauty and tranquillity, reflecting God's creation".
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, register entries, forthcoming meetings, etc.
Update on AfhanistanJohn & Fiona Earle report on a recent meeting where two people who have lived and worked there described the reality 'on the ground'.
Diary See what was on when.

January 2009

Christmas Joy? Jo's seasonal message. Plus a radio talk 'Presents' given by Doug Loveridge and information on a new study course
Christmas Tree FestivalDoug Loveridge and Colin Bird report on a very successful weekend.
St John's HallRosemary Graves tells the story of our Hall and the very diverse uses it is now put to.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, register entries, forthcoming meetings, etc.
Christmas in BethlehemNorah Anderson reflects on the great story in verse.
Conservation in NepalJohn & Fiona Earle describe a success
Diary See what was on when.

December 2008

Christian Stewardship Jo looks at our response to God; God the Creator, God the Saviour and God the Holy Spirit
Ninety years onJohn & Fiona Earle reflect on and contrast the changes.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, plans, register entries, forthcoming meetings, junior church project etc.
Poetry PageTwo poems by Mollie Day and the new Hertford Hymn by Doug Loveridge
Charles & John WesleyNorah Anderson gives the background to two great hymnodists and the founders of Methodism.
Diary See what was on when.

November 2008

A day in the life Jo tells where her time goes. Also some interesting situations vacant to consider
A taste of CambridgeJohn & Fiona Earle report on an interesting 'taster day' at Queens' College.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, plans, register entries, forthcoming meetings, junior church project etc.
SoundbitesChristopher Benham previews this month's concerts
Christmas Alone 2008Janet Bird outlines the plans for this important annual activity by Herford & District Churches Together.
Diary See what was on when.

October 2008

Care for God's creation Jo encourages us to reflect on our responsibilities. Also more news on the new Team.
Street PastorsAs serious discussions get under way a useful article on Street Pastors by Rowena Godfrey from the Daily Telegraph of June 1st 2008. More information on Street Pastors can be found here.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, plans, register entries, forthcoming meetings, reports etc.
SoundbitesChristopher Benham previews this month's concerts
Queens and Queens ConsortThe second part of Norah Anderson's article (Part one is here)
Diary See what was on when.

September 2008

Harvest CandleOur cover features one of the arrangements made by members of our Flower Club during a recent Workshop with Jenny Stutley.
New Term, New Start Jo sets out our plans to grow the church in three related articles. One about exciting plans for a new All the family service; a second on our plans for "Back to Church" Sunday.; and a third about the realisation of the plan for a Team Ministry
Why Pay the Quota?Edwin Godfrey, Chair of the Finance Committee, looks at where the money goes (and how much comes back!)
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, plans, forthcoming meetings, reports etc.
SolitaryJohn & Fiona Earle report on an evening with Alan Johnston and Norah Anderson considers God's generous gifts to us all as we prepare for Harvest.
Diary See what was on when.

July/August 2008

Devotion Jo encourages us to think about what it means to be devoted - to God.
HertFest 2008 is a year long initiative. read about it and about plans for a special week at the end of July.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, plans, forthcoming meetings, reports etc.
Queens and Queens ConsortNorah Anderson considers some powerful women in the first of a two-part article.
Diary See what was on when.

June 2008

Whats in a name Geoff Oates comes up with some surprising answers
Team MeetingOn 12th May Jo, Bill, Nick, Alan and Robert presented their ideas on the potential Team Ministry here in Hertford. Read all about it here!
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, plans, forthcoming meetings, reports, committee membership, opinion survey and more.
Praying togetherDavid Cramphorn offers a daily Prayer Calendar for the whole town
Diary See what was on when.

May 2008

Easter CandleOur cover features one of the arrangements made by members of our Flower Club during the recent Workshop with Jenny Stutley
Freedom to be ourselves Jo Loveridge encourages us to 'just be'. Also information on plans for the Team Ministry, the talents competition and Ascension Day
APCMRead the key reports - including the budget and Jo's Vision for us.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, plans, forthcoming meetings, reports and more.
CourageJohn & Fiona Earle report on an individual's response to conflict.
Diary See what was on when.

April 2008

New CommissionsOur cover celebrates a new station of the cross and associated music specially produced for All Saints as part of the "Stations for Hertford" Lent project. You can read more about it in a Church Times article published on 21st March and accesible on-line here.
Meals and invitations Jo Loveridge finds significance in our everyday life Also information on our plans for some exciting Family Services.
Loss and GainJohn & Fiona Earle weigh up the pros and cons.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest news, plans, forthcoming meetings, reports and more.
A Churchwarden looks backAs his (extended) time as a Churchwarden comes to a close, Richard Toyn reflects on what is involved.
Soundbites Summer 2008 Chris Benham previews the coming season. Also a little bit about who St George really was (and no mention of a dragon!).
Diary See what was on when.

March 2008

Words from the Cross Jo Loveridge reflects on the meaning behind the familiar phrases. Also information on our plans for Mothering Sunday, Good Friday and Confirmation
A Royal progress?Details of our services for Holy Week and some special music.
Poetry Page Two poems by members of our congregation.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the registers, latest plans, forthcoming meetings, reports and more.
OddmentsJohn & Fiona Earle muse on the difficulties of making major decisions wisely
Diary See what was on when

February 2008

Do not hold on to me Jo Loveridge considers the need to 'let go'. Also information on the 2008 Lent Course
My first year as a bell-ringerLorraine Brown describes the 'ups' and 'downs' in learning to ring in a team
Finance Colin Bird reports on 2007 and looks forward to the challenges in 2008.
Stations in Hertford Alan Stewart describes an exciting and imaginative art project for Lent 2008
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest plans, forthcoming meetings, reports and more.
All Nations College Derek Westwood brings us up to date on some couples who worked with us in the past.
Nativity playGillian Harman shares some photographs of Junior Church's instant Nativity Play at Bircherly Court on 16th December
Diary See what was on when.

January 2008

Whats your greeting? Jo Loveridge considers the options and meanings
A week in the lifeChorister Chris Oates shares his musical diary in the build up to the Christmas season
Only Connect Jo Loveridge's priorities for All Saints and a memory of Dorothy Clements by Janet Bird
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest plans, forthcoming meetings, reports and more.
MindlessJohn & Fiona Earle explore the challenges to our priorities if we are to address Global Warming.
Diary See what was on when

December 2007

Get ready - quietly! Jo Loveridge reminds us of the real purpose of the Advent season
Aschiana Activity DayGillian Harman reports on the varied activities and learning that took place
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest entries in the registers, plans, forthcoming meetings, reports and December Soundbites concerts
OpportunityJohn & Fiona Earle wonder if we've really tried had enough to address literacy issues and their huge implications.
Christmas Alone 2007 Janet Bird reports on this year's plans and tells us where we can help, either beforehand or on the day.
Diary See what was on when.

November 2007

All called to be Saints New Vicar Jo Loveridge challenges us all
For all the SaintsNorah Anderson considers what we can learn from Saints old and new
MBEJohn and Fiona Earle were invested on Thursday 18th October for their work in Afghanistan through Aschiana. They report on the rich variety of people being invested that day and the varied things they had done to earn their honour.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest entries in the registers, plans, forthcoming meetings, reports and November Soundbites concerts
Christmas Alone 2007 Janet Bird reports on this year's plans and tells us where we can help, either beforehand or on the day..
Diary See what was on when.

October 2007

Whats it worth? Reader Geoffrey Oates nails down the answer!
Festival of Flowers and MusicPictures from our recent Festival.
AntsJohn and Fiona Earle wonder what we can learn. Also a short article on wills and the parish policy on legacies.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest entries in the registers, plans, forthcoming meetings and reports. Also an update on Asciana and its plans.
Harvest Norah Anderson remembers harvest activities from her childhood.
Soundbites Christopher Benham previews this month's Soundbites concerts.
Diary See what was on when.

September 2007

All good gifts around us Reader Janet Bird muses on the implications of the theme of our forthcoming Festival of Flowers and Music.

Formal announcement of Rev Jo Loveridge's appointment and a short autobiography.

Festival Update Dorothy Toyn shares the latest plans and activities
My Voluntary ExperienceA young Iraqui Doctor, studying for a Master's degree, explains why he does voluntary work in London. John and Fiona Earle set the context
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest entries in the registers, plans, forthcoming meetings and reports.
Quiet Northamptonshire Norah Anderson looks at what has and hasn't changed in the rural idyll.
Diary See what was on when

July/August 2007

Human Fraility - God's Love The sermon preached by Archbishop Rowan Williams on Easter Day at Canterbury Cathedral
ArranJohn and Fiona Earle share happy experiences from the island
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest plans, forthcoming meetings and reports.
Oliver Cromwell Norah Anderson looks at his life and times.
Soundbites July 2007 Christopher Benham previews this month's Soundbites concerts - and the forthcoming Autumn Season
Diary See what was on when

June 2007

Pentecost Reader Geoffrey Oates breathes some life into questions of life, wind and power. Also a short article about our Diocesan Patron St Alban.
Peter StubbsJanet Bird (the other 'short churchwarden') has expanded her address from Peter's funeral with other people's memories in tribute to a quiet but dedicated servant of All Saints.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest plans, forthcoming meetings and reports.
HOSTJohn and Fiona Earle mark the 20th anniversary of this important, but little known charity.
Victorian Novels and Novelists Norah Anderson shares her views on Dickens, Trollope and others
Soundbites June 2007 Christopher Benham previews this month's Soundbites concerts - and the Music Marathon on June 9th
Diary See what was on when

May 2007

Spring is sprung Reader Janet Bird rejoices. Also a couple of reports and a book review
Treasurer's reportColin Bird gives the facts. Also infomation on the Harvest Festival of Flowers and Music
From the registersRead the latest entries and appreciations
FriendshipJohn and Fiona Earle wonder how friendly we are. Also information on Christian Aid Week
Rogation Norah Anderson remembers Rogation Sunday and your editor attempts to explain what Rogation is.
Soundbites Summer 2007 Christopher Benham reports on plans for the new season and gives some May highlights
Diary See what was on when

April 2007

Easter is who we are Reader Geoffrey Oates explains
Memorable momentsJohn & Fiona Earle look back and ask us to do the same. Also infomation on the new Electoral Roll and the Annual meetings
Eastertide at All SaintsFlowers, Bells and the latest on our search for a new priest.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest plans, forthcoming meetings, the new Soundbites season, and read about our idea for the Autumn fund raising event!
The two Charles Norah Anderson considers the lives and times of two of our monarchs. Our picture editor picks the wrong Charles II (Spain not Britain!)
Diary See what was on when

March 2007

What is the meaning of Lent? Reader Janet Bird explains
Carbon and usIn response to the recent scientific report on Global Warming, Richard Chartres, Bishop of London has decided not to fly for a year. John & Fiona Earle look at some of the issues around global warming and what we can do to reduce our own contributions.
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest plans, forthcoming meetings, and read about Fairtrade Fortnight, Diocesan Retreats and much more!
Charles WesleyHerbert McGonigle talks about one of Wesley's greatest hymns in the year of his tercentenary.
Concerts Information on March's Soundbites concerts and two musical events to mark Holy Week
Diary See what was on when

February 2007

Do we need a Vicar? Reader Geoffrey Oates mulls it over
Stewardship 2007Treasurer Colin Bird reports on our finances in 2006 and looks ahead to 2007
Notes and reportsCatch up with the latest plans, forthcoming meetings, and read about the Flower Club and the work of our Maintenance Team
Registers Read the lastest entries
Village life betwen the wars Norah Anderson recalls her early life in a North Bucks village.
Concerts Information on February's Soundbites concerts and an evening concert on 24th February by award winning pianist Richard Uttley, promoted jointly with UHArts
Diary See what was on when

January 2007

New Year - new targets, new goals, same God Rev. Gerry Booker, our Hon Curate, reflects at the start of another year
Down by the Sea Pippa Jenkins reports on our October Activity Day
Look with your heart Cecil Elliston Ball considers the positive attitude of a remarkable young man
The Gospel - Christian Aid and the churches Read the views of Rt Rev John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford and Chair of Christian Aid
NotesRead about our Christmas Fayre financial result, forthcoming events and 'from the registers'
Health and safetyJohn & Fiona Earle weigh up Health and Safety (and the Trades Descriptions Act!), managed risk and Common Sense
Soundbites Winter 2007 Christopher Benham reports on plans for the new season and gives some January highlights
DiarySee what was on when.

December 2006

Christmas - a time for us or a time for Christ? Reader Janet Bird wonders if we have our priorities right
Global Warmth: Life - Love Brian Bromley challenges us to care for our world more thoughtfully - right in All Saints
Christmas Alone 2006Janet Bird, with her Hertford and District Churches Together hat on, lays out the plan for the 2006 Christmas Day party at Sele School and shows where we can help.
Registers Life stages passed in October/November
Notes Read plans for the Christmas Fayre, and the activities of the Mothers Union and Women's Fellowship
In memoriam Norah Anderson offers some verses to ponder as we prepare for our annual Commemoration of Faithful Departed
Charities Great and Small John & Fiona Earle look at the different contributions charities can make and examines the work of one small charity in the Palas valley, Northern Pakistan
DiarySee what was on when - count the carol services (actually there were more - your editor missed at least three and the 9L&C).

November 2006

Fireworks in heaven?Reader Geoffrey Oates looks at our Autumn festivals sacred and secular and hopes we find time for the Saints amongst the fun
Harvest Supper Charles Murkin reports on a large gathering who came to enjoy themselves and to say farewell to Bill Kemm, our Vicar of fourteen years, and his wife Jean (to say nothing of Harry!).
Registers Hatches and Matches in October - and more on All Saints and All Souls
Letter from Bill & JeanBill and Jean write in reponse to their farewell week.
Notes Read plans for the Christmas Fayre, and the activities of the Mothers Union and Women's Fellowship
Future + Hope
Soundbites Soundbites was ten years old this month, Christopher Benham reports on the recitals planned to mark the occasion. Your editor feels obliged to mention that not all went to plan and our 'home team' gave a splendid (almost impromptu) concert on 8th to great acclaim.
DiarySee what was on when.

From earlier editions

Oct 2006
Fourteen Happy Years Bill Kemm reflects on his ministry here and elsewhere (over forty years) as he retires to Nutley
The VacancyBill explains what will happen.
Registers The entries for Aug/Sept
September 2006
RegistersThe entries for July

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