All Saintsis the Anglican parish church for Carshalton village and The Wrythe.
It is a living Church where God has been worshipped for over 1200 years
Welcome to your monthly Parish Paper
...where you can also find back issues of the Parish Paper, the weekly Notice sheet, Orders of Service for all masses and links to the church Facebook group which has videos of all services, open and closed
All Saints Church, High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3AG firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular Services in October
Regular services, in church and online
Sundays:10am Parish Mass
In order to meet COVID safe regulations, there is still a limit in numbers able to attend, so if you'd like to come, please call, text or email the church office (email@example.com, 07402 662 362) to let us know and we can reserve a place for you.
6:30pm: Evening PrayerPlease contact the Rector if you'd like to attend in church, and use the South door (in the churchyard) to enter
Low Mass Tuesday, Wednesday (Common Worship) and Thursday (BCP) at 10am Use the South door to enter.
Mattins (morning prayer - contemporary setting) Tuesday to Friday,live at 8:30am in church. If you'd like to come to this, contact the Rector
Compline (evening prayer - traditional setting) Every evening, Monday to Saturday live at 9pm
All orders of service are now on the church website, under Home, Worship Services and click on the button you need. Instructions on how to access the Daily Prayer app are also on that page.
All Age Service
From November 1 - our patronal festival, All Saints Day, the 9am All Age service is planned to resume. This means High Mass will move to 10:30 again. Watch out for more news, but be aware that as the COVID restrictions will almost certainly still be in force: both services will need to be booked in advance, with social distancing and mask wearing etc rules continuing to be applied...
The church is also open for private prayer
The sign will be out and the North and South doors open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after mass - 10:30 till 3:30pm. (If you'd like to attend mass, come to the South door), and Fridays from 10.30 till 3.30pm
So if you need a quiet space to sit and pray, experience a time of spiritual reflection or light a candle for a loved one during these very difficult times, or just look round the wonderful building, our doors are open for you.
The Rector writes...
Since 2002, as a family we have spent a week or so every autumn in Highland Perthshire, and usually in October. The glen which we go to has stunning scenery with two lochs, a river and is surrounded by mountains. Yet one of the features at this time of year is the changing colours on the trees; it’s often been possible to see the colours turn noticeably during our time there. It’s a beautiful sight but is also a visual reminder of continuity and change in our lives; the trees and vegetation change each year and are a reminder of the power and beauty of nature. More than that, images such as that stand as a reminder of the imagination, creative power and energy of God.
4 October is St Francis’ day, when the western Church remembers St Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the founder of the Order of Friars Minor and the Order of St Clare. Born in Assisi, in his early years, he had a love of the good life, enjoying good clothes, rich friends and many pleasures, his life changing after an encounter with a beggar. His latter years were noted for his simplicity in living, which is how he expected his followers to live as well. Spending time each autumn in the Highlands, I’ve often pondered how much Francis would have felt at home in such surroundings.
Reflecting on the life and ministry of St Francis with all that we have gone through over the last six months or so and as we continue to live with COVID-19 reminds us of the importance of the simple things in our lives – not to worry about those things which may well be trivial, but to concentrate on our health and that of those around us and the real necessities of daily life. In all of that, as St Francis makes clear, is the unchanging and constant loving presence of God in his son Jesus, the Light which darkness cannot extinguish. As we move through October with the changing colours and falling leaves, towards All Saints’ Day and November, may we each continue to know and experience that unchanging presence of God in our lives and may we each enjoy the simple pleasures he gives us day by day.
Your friend and Rector,
The boy and the fish
The Bible is, of course, not a book but a whole library of books - history, poetry, song, prophesy, law and just plain good advice! In some editions, sandwiched between the Old and New Testaments, you'll find the Apocrypha, (or Lost Books), which were thought to have been written between 200BC and 400AD. They were removed from the main text in the Lutheran edition of 1534 and printed separately for a variety of textual and doctrinal reasons. They could continue to be used for instruction, but not doctrine.
In 1634 the Westminster Confession (during the Civil War) removed them completely and did not encourage their use. And when you read them you can understand why - some are full of sensational, action packed stories which - not surprisingly - inspired the Old Masters, (several of whom were of course painting before these books were 'taken off the shelf'). And so we are familiar with the dramatic pictures and sculptures of Judith cutting off the head of Holofernes - (Caravaggio did a particularly memorable version) - and a bathing Susannah spied on by the Elders. (The latter features Daniel but does not appear in the main book of Daniel.)
Last month we used a photo of the Comper window of Raphael with a boy and a fish (see the detail at the top of the page)- something which has always made we wonder, and which I've never been able to explain to the school children who ask! . Thanks to a reader, I now know this is Tobias - in a story from the book of Tobit. Tobias is the son of the saintly Tobit who falls on hard times through blindness and resultant poverty. Tobit is his young son, sent off to collect a debt, and who is accompanied on his adventures by the angel Raphael. He catches a fish and the angel tells him to keep the entrails which eventually are used to heal his father's blindness. Stirring stuff - though of course the accepted canon is hardly short of drama and spectacle! The phrase 'of Biblical proportions' was not coined lightly...
OPEN HOUSE LONDON
19 and 20 September
Well, despite the COVID restrictions, and the enforced lack of family events and activities, the weekend went well! Around 200 visitors came to look at the church, view the Art Exhibition, take part in a guided tour, and have tea with us. This was around half as many as last year, but we received lots of compliments on the building. The Rector and Churchwarden uncovered the floor brasses in the Lady Chapel, and displayed some of our stunning, historic church plate which were particularly admired!
The pieces were, from the left, a 1673 covered flagon from the reign of Charles ll, a chalice & patten of 1579 (Elizabeth l), a chalice and patten of 1727 (Georgian) and a chalice & patten of 1634 (Charles l).
These were donated by members of the congregation over the centuries, some inscribed with the names of the donors, and some are still in use at Mass - though rarely the flagon! (And there's more...)
A huge thank you to everyone who helped - on the doors, making teas, serving teas, displaying their lovely artworks and doing guided tours. The building wouldn't have been safe to open without you, and you were who made it all particularly welcoming, despite the restrictions...
A particular thank you for the wonderful flowers - to providers and arrangers - which brightened the church up for our Harvest Service, and your generous gifts towards Sutton Food Bank. All are very much appreciated!
Next year we hope to be back to normal, but in the meantime the Art Group have booked to do their winter exhibition here from Thursday 3 December till Sunday 6 December.
The Village Frost Fair has been cancelled so there will be other exhibitors joining us on the Saturday as well for a church event - the Advent Fair(working title) - watch this space.
If you know of anyone who might be interested, or if you can help on the Saturday/ Sunday, please let me know. I'm sure the COVID stuff will still be in operation, but we are getting quite good at managing our space to keep it safe...
Days of Commemoration in October
4 October: Francis of Assissi (1181-1226)
St Francis needs no introduction and lived a very eventful and influential life in the service of God. His love of the natural world and animals in particular resonates well with us now. Here are two of his quotations, appropriate for these challenging times...
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible"
And this will resonate with members of our school...
"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle" 10 October: Thomas Traherne 1636-1674 (metaphysical poet and clergyman)
Thomas was born in Hereford, educated at Hereford Cathedral School and then Brasenose College, Oxford. In 1657 he was appointed Rector of Credenhill - (now known chiefly for the SAS base there though my father was stationed there in the 60's when it was an RAF camp).
Traherne was also concerned with the stability of the Christian church in England during the Restoration. In some of his theological writings, Traherne exhibits a passion for the Anglican faith and the national church that is evident in his confrontations with Roman Catholicism and Nonconformism.
Only one of his works was published in his lifetime - the rest were lost to the public until 1898, when they were rescued from the equivalent of a skip, and finally recognised and published under his name in 1903. Many of his works have since been set to music. He died in Teddington and is buried under the reading desk of St Mary's Church.
"Maturity consists in not losing the past while fully living in the present with a prudent awareness of the possibilities of the future" (A very Anglican sentiment!)
One of the four Traherne Windows in Audley Chapel, Hereford Cathedral, created by stained-glass artist Tom Denny and installed in 2007. Castle Frome font, Herefordshire school of artists, 1170
18 October: Luke the Evangelist
Luke is usually portrayed with, or symbolised by, a winged bull. Interestingly, Christian tradition, (starting from the 8th century), says that Luke was the first icon painter - said particulalry to have painted pictures of the Virgin and Child. Starting from the 11th century, a number of painted images were venerated as his autograph works and he was also said to have painted Saints Peter and Paul, as well as illustrating a gospel book.
The tradition of St Luke's icon painting also has support from the Saint Thomas Christians of India who claim to still have one of the Theotokas icons that Saint Luke painted and which St Thomas is said to have brought to India
He is the patron saint of artists, physicians, bachelors, surgeons, butchers (!) and - more pertinently this month - students.
28 October: Simon & Jude
St Jude is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes... We all need him at times.
All Saints School News
This is one of the beautiful 50th Anniversary commemorative works now installed in the school.
The school continues to welcome and settle its new intake, and move mountains following their strict safety rules and procedures to make sure the whole school community keep well and have the opportunity to pick up their learning from where they left off. So many families were able to use the on-line resources for home learning that the catch up programme is very much less daunting than was feared!
You will have noticed the School Street scheme has been put in place in Rotherfield and part of Talbot Roads. This is such an important thing for the health of our families, particularly the children who are at 'emissions level' as they make their way to school. It is being adjusted and adapted to make it work for everyone and I'm sure we'll all get the hang of it soon, especially with the help of the team of parent Marshalls.
At the end of the year we will say a very sad farewell to Mrs Hart Dyke who has been a wonderful Head teacher since 2005. She will be very sadly missed by us all, but the Diocese and the Governors have made an excellent new appointment, to start in January. News of this will come from the school at the appropriate time. Please keep the school in your prayers at this challenging and transitional time...
Our first encounter with Natalie and Emily was memorable. These four and five year old sisters were then living in La Paz. We had arrived on a short visit to Bolivia and their father had come to collect us from a city centre hotel accompanied by his wife and daughters.
On getting into a 4 x 4 vehicle we were introduced to two little girls who were sitting at the very rear. Introductions completed it was a surprise to be directly addressed and told “we have a brother who is taller than you.”
The composer Sean O’Riada observed that “it is true that children are a blessing. It is equally true that there are no unmixed blessings.” One of those unmixed blessings is that very often it is children who teach you the most important lessons in life. Just how important we discovered as two little girls directed their seemingly innocent questions to Maria Cristina.
“Where do you live?” In London. “You are married?” Yes. “Do you have any children?” Me – no. But Edward has two grown-up daughters. “How’s that?” Edward’s two daughters are by his first wife. She died some time ago and Edward remarried. They fell silent for a moment – these two children understood the implications as their own father had remarried. The silence was interrupted by the revving of the engine as the car rumbled across the cobbles and climbed up a steep street. Back to reality and the questions recommenced.
“But you could have children of your own.” Certainly. And then the simple but nonetheless very profound enquiry directed with complete undiluted frankness. “And Edward’s children – do they give you love?” Of course replied Maria Cristina somewhat taken aback.
For Natalie and Emily this was obvious, for to love or not, in this we stand or fall, and ”unless you turn round and become like children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Sitting in the Lady Chapel, waiting for Low Mass to start one morning, my eyes were drawn to a monument on the wall opposite. It reminded me that our church is full of memorials to those who have lived, been loved, and died in faith in this community over the years. Some, particularly those in the floor, high up on the wall or darkened with soot are no longer legible but we have lots more. Indeed, a visitor from the Church Monument Society who enthusiastically took lots of photos, said that many of them were done by monumental masons and sculptors whose work is usually only seen in central London churches, so the carving is therefore of the very highest (and presumably most expensive) quality.
We may not all be very aware of these craftsmen, but one that even I have heard of is Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721). He was an English sculptor and wood carver known for his work in England, including Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral and other London churches, Petworth House and other country houses, Trinity College Oxford and Trinity College Cambridge. Curiously he is said to have perfected his art by studying flower and fruit images in the paintings of Flemish Masters, like Peter Paul Rubens. (Ask the churchwarden...)
See if you can spot his unmistakeable work in the church and we will feature it at a later date...
This month however we have a tribute to Arabella Brace -
The text reads:
Near this Place is interred the Body of
ARABELLA BRACE, Wife of JAMES BRACE Esq
A Lady who was endowed with many Excellent Virtues
Piety towards GOD
Love to her Hufband
Charity to the Poor
Good Will to All
Poffeffingthefe amiable Difpofitions
She lived greatly Efteemed
And died Juftly Lamented
8thday of November 1744
and truly Affectionate Surviving Hufband
erected & dedicated this Monument to her Memory
Also the Body of the Abovesaid JAMES BRACE Esq.
who was upwards of Forty Years Secretary to the
Irish Society in London who Departed this Life
May the 27th 1749, in the 75th Year of His Age
A wonderful epitaph to some of our past congregants and parishioners.
Wikipedia tells me that "The Irish Society, known in full as the Society of the Governor and Assistants, London, of the New Plantation in Ulster, within the Realm of Ireland, is a consortium of livery companies of the City of London set up in 1613 to colonise County Londonderry during the Plantation of Ulster. It was incorporated by royal charter of James l and consists of "six and twenty honest and discreet citizens of London" nominated by the livery companies. In its first decades it rebuilt the city of Derry and town of Coleraine, and for centuries it owned property and fishing rights near both towns. Some of the society's profits were used to develop the economy and infrastructure of the area, while some was returned to the London investors, and some used for charitable work. The society remains in existence as a relatively small grant-giving charitable body."
I'm guessing this was the Irish Society for which James Brace was Secretary in the early 1700's - but I can't find anything about the family itself, unless you know more?
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