All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, September 2019
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Trinity 10-15 (Michaelmas)

All Saints is the Anglican parish church for Carshalton village and The Wrythe.
It is a living Church where God has been worshipped for over 1000 years
Michaelmas is also known as the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels. (See the baptistry window above).

It is used in several, older universities as the name of the autumn term. 
The Inns of Court  of the English Bar and the Honorable Society of King's Inns in Ireland also have a Michaelmas term as one of their dining terms. It begins in September and ends towards the end of December.

Finally, the term is also the name of the first of four terms into which the legal year is divided by the courts of Ireland and England and Wales.

Not just a daisy then!

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 All Saints Church, High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3AG
Regular Services


  • 8:00am     Low Mass (In the Lady Chapel, enter by the South Door). 
  • 9:00am     All Ages Mass 
  • Between & after the services, 'The Bridge': activities for the young
  • 10:30am   High Mass (choir at 2nd and 4th Sundays)
  • 6:30pm     Solemn Evensong  (No choral evensong in September)


  • 10.00am Low Mass:     Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays(In the Lady Chapel, enter by the South Door) 
  • Morning Prayers take place Tuesday till Friday, at 9am

  • The church is open for visitors on Tuesdays from 2 till 4pm
  • Wednesdays from 11am till 1pm
  • Thursdays after the service (10:30) until 3pm
  • Fridays from 10:30 till 12:30pm
Both North and South doors will be open
Special Services in September

Education Sunday:  8 September

  • 10:00am A combined Mass for Education Sunday - and the start of the new academic year. We are pleased to welcome the Head of All Saints Primary - Mrs Hart Dyke - to give the address.     

Harvest Thanksgiving:  22 September

  • 10:00am A combined Mass for Harvest Festival. All donations will go to  Sutton Food Bank, and they have a very specific list (see below) so that all gifts are guaranteed to be welcome and valued. 
  • Donations will be collected at each service that Sunday - 8am, 10am and 6:30pm. Thank you!

Sutton Food Bank Donation List for 2019

*Longlife juice
*Dried milk
*Tinned spaghetti
*Tinned rice pudding

Instant mash
Tinned meat
Tinned fish
Tinned vegetables
Teabags 40/80
Jams, honey
Peanut butter
Tinned fruit
Sponge pudding
Tinned custard
Pasta sauce
Tinned tomatoes

*"We do not need pasta, baked beans, coffee or breakfast cereal.  We currently are very short of long life orange juice, dried milk, tinned spaghetti and tinned rice pudding."
Major Saints Days in September
  • 3 September
    Pope Gregory 1, 604 was Pope from 3 September 590 to 12 March 604 AD. He is famous for instigating the first recorded large-scale mission from Rome, the Gregorian Mission, to convert the then-pagan Anglo-Saxons in England
  • 21 September
  • 29 September
    Michael and All Angels 
The new Youth Choir is currently actively recruiting and will start meeting this month. Contact Antony Matthews for more information - (he's the one playing the organ...)

Church News

New look website!

Check out the new look All Saints website following the link below - we hope you like it as much as we do! The photos of the church are particularly easy to scroll through now. If you have any feedback or ideas for additional information please let the website manager know - find him on Who's who, or fill in an online form. 

Many, many thanks to Matthew Drayton for the wonderful work he is putting into doing this for us! 

Open House Weekend
21-22 September

We are taking part again this year, and have lots of things planned - for which we will need some volunteers! There are sign up sheets on the tea table - please see what you can do...

We need:
  • Volunteers to bake biscuits/cakes, and serve refreshments
  • Help to supervise children's activities
  • Meet and greet for adult visitors
  • And can you play the piano?
There will be the usual and wonderful Carshalton and Wallington Art Group Exhibition so we hope that there will be lots of visitors this year - children's activities have been advertised but not in detail. We will be doing local and website promotion from the start of September, when the timetable has been finalised.
There will also be guided tours of the church, and the bell tower (adults and accompanied children). 

Even if you can't stay and help, do call in any time from 10:30 till 5pm on Saturday, or 11:30 (after the service) till 5pm on the Sunday and join the fun!


Opening the doors at All Saints
In the list of  regular events at the start of the Parish Paper, you'll have noticed that the Church is now open to the public each week outside service times.

There is currently a team of 8 who welcome visitors 4 days each week - Tuesday to Friday. Sometimes we get a few, sometimes lots (school parties, organised tours, family groups) and, once in a while, none (apart from contractors or delivery people who need access),  but everyone who visits tells us how pleased they are to be able to look round, and how beautiful the church is.

Visitors come for many reasons - commonly to see where their parents or grandparents were married or baptised, or to find family graves. There are always those who need to sit in peace or prayer, and usually light a candle. Often visitors make donations, sign up for the Parish Paper to keep in touch or just enquire about services, (pastoral or regular), and musical events.  

If you would like to give a little of your time to help in the aim to keep the church safely open every day of the week, please talk to Fr David or email the church office at:
It's always worthwhile and interesting - we have learnt a lot from people who tell us their memories of All Saints - and there is a prompt sheet of FAQs to help when you get asked about the history of the building, (you will get asked about the history of the building!) 
We have had more than 350 visitors so far this year; people who would not otherwise have experienced how welcoming and beautiful their Parish Church is. (In 2018, opening only one day a week, 306 people visited over the whole year.)

The Bridge and young church

Last week, the children were thinking about God'sTreasures - this is the art work produced at The Bridge.

The theme for September will be 'Inclusivity' - expressed by 'Everybody Matters' - don't forget to be there  between services and join in!

Children who go to All Saints primary will recognise this as one of their Values - that of:
Friendship - as God's children we treat each other as family. 
Giving at All Saints - update
You have probably noticed a big shiny brass collection plate at recent services. Times change and so few of us actually carry cash any more that we thought a contactless unit would make life easier for everyone. If you haven't already used it, it's as quick as putting coins or notes in the plate - just touch your card on the reader and the transaction is instant. It's preset for £5 but touch the arrows on either side of the screen to lower or raise it to suit. (If anyone wishes to make a donation in excess of £30, the unit can take chip and pin when removed from the plate, just ask Fr David after the service).

And the free standing unit that was so useful for the Christian Aid collection has been reconfigured for us.  This will be on the North Door welcome table for use by visitors - it works in the same way. 

Contactless has proved popular at our music event bars and has been requested by baptism and wedding congregations. In fact by the end of August we had collected £350 through the contactless boxes - donations that would probably not have been made in any other way, so thank you to everyone!

And if your budget is very tight, don't forget we've registered with 'easyfundraising' which is a clever website where you can help All Saints simply by doing your everyday online shopping with over 3,600 big name retailers like:  Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS,, eBay, Boden, and M&S.

Every time you shop, we receive a small donation to say ‘thank you’ and it’s completely free too!

Please sign up and you could can help the church at no cost to yourself - just do your usual on-line shopping  - Click and Collect, and grocery deliveries from Sainsbury's also qualify. 

There are posters and leaflets in church to explain how it works
Thank you!
UPDATE: We have 11 new sign-ups already, so don't forget to join us! Free to you, easy to do and so very useful to the Church.

'Refreshing Church' Conference
On Saturday 14 September at St Bede's School, Carlton Road, Redhill RH1 2LQ, the Croydon Episcopal Lay Conference for 2019 will be held from 10-4.

This is planned as a day for lay people, with a key note address from Paula Gooder, theologian and Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, who will speak about church in the New Testament.  
(Fr David notes that:  Paula Gooder and her husband are friends of ours - she taught me Old Testament at college and ended up marrying one of my contemporaries (was in Oxford with him last week)!  She’s a really engaging speaker and will be worth listening to!)

There will be workshops, worship, refreshments and a closing address from Bishop Christopher, and costs £10 per person, which includes lunch and refreshments

The topics include:
  • pastoral care as a church 
  • the relationship between church and schools
  •  overseeing church finances
  •  being a Christian parent 
  • older congregations
  • relationships with those of other faiths
  • nurturing children in faith
  • healing and wholeness

For details, please see the leaflet on the screen at the rear of the church, but for more information and help with booking, email, or call her on 020 8256 9633.

Or book directly through
Marion Williams, PCC Secretary
News from Malawi

August Update... 

Making a real difference through child sponsorship

Yamacani is the eldest of five children. He is 15 and going into his third year at secondary school. He is a bright young man who can now speak almost fluent English, and he is kind-hearted, conscientious and honest. He is one of the 45 students from poor families in rural south Malawi whose secondary school education is sponsored by people in the UK through Hope4Malawi. Secondary education there is not free

I had the privilege of visiting his home in July. I came face to face with the reality of his family’s poverty and struggles: What do you do when a mother of five young children tells you plainly that she cannot afford to visit her son at school nor attend parents evening and in fact is struggling to find enough food to feed her family each day?

Well, I was frankly speechless; I didn’t have the solution. The silence was broken by Yamacani humbly announcing how grateful he is for the privilege of going to secondary school; how the opportunity of a secondary education will be life changing for his family and he couldn’t thank us enough. I was struggling to hold it together. Yes, we are funding Yamacani’s education at secondary school through our sponsorship scheme but on the surface we could surely do a lot more. Yet what is appropriate? Although we had taken a bag of maize as a gift, providing food on an ongoing basis quickly becomes aid rather than sustainable development, and doesn’t help in the long run. 

Yet there is a dignity about this young family. We looked around her very small straw roofed home, located in the hills, a two hour walk from the tar road. There are two rooms for the six of them, no furniture, just mats on the floor to sleep on. Everything was neat and tidy, a few clothes stacked in the corner of one room and some pots and pans in another. 

This family is not alone. There are many like this, and things are particularly tough after the crop failure following the floods earlier in the year. 

Sponsoring a child through secondary school is life transforming. If you would like to know more please contact Sara at

Sara Goodman August 2019

All Saints School News

All Saints School, Golden Anniversary

You may recall previous articles asking for contributions of your memories of the school for the children to put in their commemorative publication. This is now nearly complete, and thanks to all who responded.

The school opened in September 1969, and to mark this there will be a special service in church on Wednesday 25 September at 2pm, with Bishop Jonathan.

We expect the church to be overflowing for this very special All Saints Church Family event to start the Primary School's 50th academic year! 

From readers and friends

On the feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15 August) Fr Howard's sermon was very short and to the point. He said the one thing that we should remember about Mary is that she said 'Yes'. 
We have been sent a moving poem on this theme which speaks to us all...

I heard the Lord Calling me
I heard the Lord Calling me
And I ran
I'm no Jonah
There's no boat or storm
But I ran from the task 
Too big an ask
Of someone so small 
So quiet, so fearful
Inadequacy loomed and
Consumed with my humanness 
In the face of His holiness,   I ran
I heard the Lord calling me
And I doubted
I'm no Gideon
There's no winepress or sodden fleece
But I doubted that I'd heard him right 
If it was true
There would be clues
I'd look like a leader
I'd sound like a leader
I'd act like a leader
And people would nudge each other knowingly saying
"See her, she's a born leader."
So I doubted 
And... I tested
I asked for confirmation 
And I got it
I asked for more confirmation 
And I got it
So then I asked for just a little bit more confirmation, please, 
And this time from a stranger 
And in a particular place
And at a particular time
And in a particular way
And I got it  
Because He gave it
I heard the Lord Calling me
And I argued
I'm no Moses
There's no mountain or burning bush
I argued with Him 
When He called my name 
And I said, "Not me
You can't mean me
I'm not good enough, loud enough
Brilliant enough, resilient enough
Witty enough, pretty enough, tall enough, Paul enough
You can't mean me
Who am I?
I am nobody."
And He said, "I will be with you."
I heard the Lord calling me
And I listened
I looked to Him and who He is and I finally understood.
He is the Lord
I heard the Lord calling me
So I went...
Ali Tinson (Disciple Makers Student)
Bristol Baptist College Newsletter
Issue 29, Summer 2019


From the Archives

Fitting everyone in, high and low...

On my first visit to All Saints I arrived at the end of the Family service and the (not long appointed) Rector was setting up for High Mass. As he wandered past me, lighting candles,  Fr John commented that he could now relax as High Mass was a peaceful respite after the happy chaos that was usual at the previous service. Times change, (though toddlers will always be a law unto themselves), and the All Age service has evolved into a more child-engaging event.

Children in the past were no easier to organise, though I fear the methods employed would be more muscular than engaging in  Biblical colouring activities...
This imposing gentleman is Beadle Bone. He was appointed by the Vestry in the 1800's, and his duties included bringing idlers, vagrants and beggars before the magistrate. More importantly of course -  He was to keep the children quiet in the galleries during services.

In 1796, the Churchwardens' charge for a 'good seat' in the nave was £4 a year (£480 in today's money) - and a pew opener engaged at £5 p.a. This duty later fell to the beadle's wife, at a salary of £10 per year, (though to be fair she had to clean the church and light the fires as well!)

Despite the charges, there was soon no room in the body of the church. It was different of course for the seriously wealthy - from the early 1700's, the Scawens and Fellowes' already had their own gallery at the west end of the nave, with a good view of the altar.  The height of the medieval church aisles (built in 1150 and 1200) was then raised to accommodate the family monuments, first for Sir William Scawen and later for Sir John Fellowes on either side, paid for in part by the respective families. This also gave room for the later side galleries, which were built in after 1811. 

You can see evidence of one of these side galleries, in the remaining outer south aisle, below the row of smaller windows which helped light them. There is also the outline of the door to the access staircase visible in the wall to the right of the top of the Fellowes monument, (which was relocated from the east end of the north aisle during the church rebuild in the late 19th century).

The plan is from 1862, showing the spiral staircases to the galleries, the seating layout and the monuments. The wonderful watercolour at the top is from 1826 and shows the organ, the Fellowes and Scawen boxes and the newer side galleries, as well as the high box pews in the nave, and the west door.

However, (and even though the bishop was assured in 1813 that one of the galleries had been specifically reserved for the poor), by the 1860's these new side galleries were nearly all privately rented as well.

To resolve this, Rev Cator's curate is credited with, amongst other things, having the high box pews removed and replaced by bench seating to increase seating capacity. Also for pushing for the expansion of the church in order to accommodate 'the poor' - those who could not afford to rent a seat in church. And so the Victorian church was begun...

How full would our churches be if these theatre-style charges were still in place I wonder?  
Photo of Beadle Bone from the Sutton Archive. Watercolour from the church archive.
Information taken from a variety of local history books quoting parish, church and vestry records

Music at All Saints

The Magic Flute
For your diaries so you don't forget to book your tickets for this brilliant event in October!

If you know Carshalton Opera you won't be disappointed with their new production, and if you don't, even small children really enjoy opera done in this accessible, family friendly way - yes, really! 

Use the link below to see their archive photos of enthralled audiences of all ages at previous events, and to book your tickets.

There is also an evening performance for the child-free of course..

From our mailbox

****  Lovely old historic church set in a lovely place  (from our Google site)

Other News
23-29 September is Recycling Week


International Literacy Day  9 September 

Globally, 750 million adults - two-thirds of whom are women – still lack basic reading and writing skills.

In Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and South Sudan, the adult literacy rate is below 50%.
This is terrible figure for a 21st century world - the Global Alliance for Literacy is working to rectify this and improve life chances and choices in our poorest and most troubled countries.
Sutton for Peace and Justice held their annual Hiroshima Day commemoration event at dusk on 6 August. People gathered at the Carshalton War Memorial to hear poems, memories of the terrible event, and facts about the current state of nuclear armament in the world. It was, as always, a moving event. To find out more, or join the group, go their website.
Cinema on your doorstep
Films at Carshalton Methodist Church, Ruskin Road, Carshalton, SM5 3DE 
Admission free; donations appreciated. 

The next showing is on Saturday 21 September, of the film Red Joan, with one of our great veteran actresses, Dame Judi Dench.
Also, block out your diaries for our other Autumn films:

We will be showing Green Book on Saturday 19th October as part of the Borough’s celebration of Black History Month. 

For our 23rd November film we will sponsor two of our guides from the 6th Carshalton Guides Unit who will attend a service camp in Mexico next summer. They will help us show you the new version of Aladdin, with Will Smith as the genie, in good time for the Christmas pantomime season.
Honeywood Museum 
The Museum on the ponds next to Festival Walk is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 till 5pm.
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