All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, December 2020
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  Advent 2 to Christmas

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 1200 years

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

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Services in December
   Regular services, in church and online

9am:          All Age Mass
10.30am:   High 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 book through the website, call, text or email the church office (, 07402 662 362) to let us know and we can reserve a place for you

6:30pm: Evening Prayer  Please 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 online 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. 

Advent reflections
In addition to the usual services throughout Advent, the Rector will be posting a weekly short reflection for Advent, which will include some Advent music.  The plan is to post on Facebook each Friday in Advent, so do keep an eye out for them.

Fr David

Christmas Services

This is all a little complicated of course and the services are just being finalised - there will be an update as soon as decisions have been made!

The church is also open for private prayer
& visitors

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...
The ‘O’ Antiphons
An antiphon is a short liturgical chant, sung as a refrain and the texts of antiphons are usually from the Psalms. Their form was favoured by St Ambrose and they feature prominently in Ambrosian Chant, but they are used widely in Gregorian chant as well. Whilst they may be used during Mass, they may also be used in the Liturgy of the Hours, typically for Lauds or Vespers or, in the Anglican tradition, Evening Prayer.
The ‘O’ Antiphons are also known as the Great Os and are the Antiphons prior to Magnificat at Evening Prayer in the last week of Advent prior to Christmas and, unless you attend Evening Prayer (or in some places Choral Evensong) on one of those days, you may think that you’ve never come across them.  You may well be wrong.  They are certainly mentioned in the late 5th century as being used in the Western church.  Each one refers to a title or attribute of the Godhead from the Old Testament.  They speak of different aspects of redemption. Originally said or sung in Latin, there have been a number of translations of them in English and several musical settings for them have been composed, perhaps notably by Carlo Gesualdo, Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Anglo-Canadian organist and composer Healy Willan.
However, the well known and greatly loved Advent hymn O come, O come Emmanuel (originally Veni, veni Emmanuel) is based on them.
They appear on the following days (the translations are from Common Worship: Daily Prayer) and will be used at Evening Prayer in church on those days – do come along or take part online, as we make our final preparations for Christmas:
17 December   O Sapienta
O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other mightily, and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.
18 December   O Adonai
O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.
19 December   O Radix Jesse
O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.
20 December   O Clavis David
O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open:Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
21 December   O Oriens
O Morning Star, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
22 December   O Rex Gentium
O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one: Come and save the human race, which you fashioned from clay.
23 December   O Emmanuel
O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

Fr David


A Book for Advent 
As with Lent, there are plenty of books to help personal devotion and preparation for the beautiful season of Advent and many are produced each year.  However, one which I recommend is by Dr Paula Gooder, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral – The Meaning is in the Waiting: the spirit of Advent.
Paula is a leading Biblical scholar and theological writer (she taught me Old Testament studies at Cuddesdon).  Like many of Paula’s books, it is easy to pick up and read and hard to put down.  In it, Paula explores the basic Advent theme of waiting which, as she points out, our modern culture is not used to (although months of lockdown may well have changed this).  In the book, Paula looks at various Biblical characters who in different ways are called by God to wait – characters whom we encounter each time we light one of the Advent candles.  The book is arranged across the weeks of Advent in small sections for daily reading, to allow opportunity each day for personal prayer and reflection.
The ways in which we celebrate Advent and Christmas in church will be very different this year; yet the central truths contained in the Advent message of hope and joyful expectation are unchanged and undiminished.  In the book, Paula reminds us that whatever happens the Light of Christ, which Advent bids us wait for, cannot be put out.
Fr David
The Meaning is in the Waiting: the spirit of Advent, Paula Gooder
Canterbury Press Norwich, £8.99

Church News

Introducing our new assistant Curate...
    It is a great honour and joy to have been invited by the bishop of Southwark to join you at All Saints’, Carshalton, as your (assistant) curate starting in June 2021. I cannot tell you how excited I am – from my first step into the church it felt like a spiritual home. I have already met a few people and am very much looking forward to getting to know everyone.

    I was born and bred in Somerset in a town called Wiveliscombe, situated in the far west of Somerset very close to Exmoor, where a lot of my family live and have been there for bygones. I left my ‘Wivey’ roots when I was eighteen to study theology – mostly church history and philosophy – at St John’s College, Cambridge, where God started to drop some serious hints that I should consider a calling to the priesthood.

After graduating, I moved to London to work as a pastoral assistant and explore my sense of vocation further at St John the Divine, Kennington. I loved it and soon felt very much at home in south London. I met my partner, Charline – who was born and brought up in Brixton - at St John the Divine, whom I’m sure you’ll get to know as well. After being recommended to prepare for ordination, I moved back to Cambridge to train at Westcott House, where I have been since September 2019. I will finish at Westcott House, God willing, in early June next year and join you shortly after that.

    My interests and hobbies stretch across quite a broad variety of topics and activities. I’m intrigued by church history (I did a master’s degree in it last year back at St John’s, Cambridge) and many things theological. I’ve been learning Hebrew for a number of years now which is extremely difficult for me to get my head around but also a beautiful language which I find fascinating. In keeping with my country background, I also enjoy walking/hiking, fishing, gardening and bird watching (I’m an amateur at all I hasten to add). A major passion is food – I love cooking and eating great food from a plethora of different cuisines, although my go-to dish is a Sunday roast. A side-interest is the history of English food, a subject which prevented me from getting bored during lockdown. Above all, I love being around and getting to know people, which takes up the majority of my time really.
I’m very much looking forward to moving to Carshalton and meeting you at some point in the not too distant future!

Daniel Burton

Remembrance Day Services

The most widely attended services, apart from Christmas, are those for Remembrance Day and (despite the restrictions) this year was no different. 

The Requiem Mass was livestreamed from church at 10am on Sunday 8 November, followed by the Civic Act of Remembrance at Carshalton War Memorial. It was attended by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, the Council Chief Executive, Elliot Colburn MP, the Leader of the Council, the Leader of the Opposition and several ward councillors. There were representatives from the uniformed services who also laid wreaths, though this year the Sea Scouts could not attend - and they were missed. A substantial crowd of socially distanced people gathered to see the always moving ceremony and many more have watched on line. We hope things will be back to normal next year!

A reader adds - 
...  today I was at the SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association)  office (where I am Hon Archivist) and came across a statement that a man could march for three or four days without food on the strength of having received a letter from home.  Difficult to imagine, but it must have been so...        JC
Along with Holy Cross Catholic Church, we went Red for 'Red Wednesday', in solidarity with persecuted Christians across the globe.

And if you wondered what these new lights look like when used in the chancel, wonder no more...
Let there be more light...
And this is what the baptistry looks like under the new lighting...
Coming up soon - COVID willing...

Our new range of Christmas & Greetings Cards is now on sale on line through the website, and in church. If you order on line you can collect from the church when you are passing and save the postage.

All proceeds go to church funds of course...

Adrian has taken some wonderful photographs of less well-known parts of the church, and Neal has very kindly donated one of his pastel drawings for us to use as well. (Go to his website, where you will find more beautiful pieces of art - would make perfect Christmas presents...)

Advent Fair 
11-4pm  Saturday 5 December &
11.40-4pm Sunday 6 December

As the Frost Fair has been cancelled this year, we are planning an Advent  Fair on the Saturday, and after church on Sunday. If you know of any local craftspeople who would like to book a stall, please get in touch with the church office. We will have a few stalls for you to browse, ending up with a relaxing coffee or indeed, mulled wine to keep out the cold... Despite the virus, and though masked and socially distanced -  Christmas begins!
And if you can help at the event - making or serving refreshments, or stewarding, please get in touch - you'd be more than welcome!!!
Days of Commemoration in December

Nowadays, Christmas is so much about children and we forget that not very long ago, children had few, if any, legal rights and protections. On 17 December, the Church remembers:

Eglantyne Jebb, 1876-1928
Eglantyne was a social reformer and founder of 'Save the Children'.  She drafted the document which became the 'Declaration of the Rights of the Child'. 

  1. The child must be given the means requisite for its normal development, both materially and spiritually.
  2. The child that is hungry must be fed, the child that is sick must be nursed, the child that is backward must be helped, the delinquent child must be reclaimed, and the orphan and the waif must be sheltered and succoured.
  3. The child must be the first to receive relief in times of distress.
  4. The child must be put in a position to earn a livelihood, and must be protected against every form of exploitation.
  5. The child must be brought up in the consciousness that its talents must be devoted to the service of its fellow men.

This text was endorsed by the League of Nations General Assembly on 26 November 1924 as the World Child Welfare Charter, and was the first human rights document approved by an inter-governmental institution. It was reaffirmed by the League in 1934 and  Heads of State and Government pledged to incorporate its principles in domestic legislation. In France, it was ordered to be displayed in every school.
Ref: Wikipedia

                               Click on the logo to go to the Save the Children website

December 5 is World Soil Day - in this country at this time of year, gardening is not uppermost in our minds (no? just me then...) but then the rest of world have different seasons of course.
(Click on the image to go to the Soil Day website for more information)

Sutton Council collect garden waste twice a month for most of the year now, compost it and you can sometimes buy it as bags of compost to put back on your garden - a perfect cycle if you don't have the room to produce your own.

Monument of the Month

Above the Gaynesford tomb in the Lady Chapel you will find this beautifully carved monument - which may at first glance seem quite Christmassy, but see below for the real meaning!
Here Lyes ye Body of DOROTHY Wife of
GEORGE BVRRISH who was ye Son of EDWd
BVRRISH a Citizen of London {all of this
Parish} She was ye daughter of  IOSEPH
IACKSON of Bromfield in ye parish of Edmonton  Citizen & Turkey Merchant
of London  her Mother was a hubart of
that Family now in Norfolk  She Departd
this life ye 19th of October 1685
in ye 73 Year of her Age

The Levant Company was an English chartered company formed in 1592. Elizabeth 1  approved its initial charter on 11 September 1592 when the Venice Company (1583) and the Turkey Company (1581) merged, because their charters had expired, as she was anxious to maintain trade and political alliances with the Ottoman Empire. Its initial charter was for the purpose of regulating English trade with the Ottoman Empire and the Levant. The company remained in continuous existence until being superseded in 1825. A member of the company was known as a Turkey Merchant.

All Saints School News

Clean Air Day – Thursday 8 October

Families across the school supported their Clean Air day before half-term.
There were three Clean Air Class winners where every child in the class left their car at home. They were: Wrens, Rowan and Skylarks. Mrs Barrett also organised a competition to design some special shoes to walk to school in.

Here are the three winners:

Early Years:
"My dream shoes are made from leaves and when you step on plastic it bio-degrades. Also, the shoes are made from sticks."  (Aedan)

Key Stage 1:
"Lights, emergency tracker/map, control buttons, tracking radar, foldable boosters, wheels, fire." (Xingda)

Key Stage 2:
"Air conditioning, super bouncy cushion, cushioned inside, speedy jet blasters, A1 jet fuel"

Such creative ideas, and wonderful artwork. My feet vote for the last one, my heart and conscience for the first. Not sure I could safely manage the second one - but the fire would keep me warm I guess!


Christmas at All Saints School is NOT cancelled! 

The whole school will have a chance to celebrate this year, though perhaps not in the usual way: families and friends will sadly not be able to sit in the Hall and shed a proud tear during the performances. Year groups will not be able to mix and help each other perform and sing. But - staff have been thinking of creative ways of providing a special performance to celebrate Christmas.

There will be three separate Christmas items from the Nursery, Reception (Puffins/Sparrows) and KS1(Skylarks/Wrens/Woodpeckers/Chaffinches). Each item will be recorded this year due to lockdown 2 and separate links of each item will be sent home to parents of those children involved only.

And there will be Christmas lunch - hooray!

From Readers & Friends

Nine Lessons and Carols

This year carol services will be a little different - but you may wonder where our traditional Christmas carol service format comes from... 

Well, we have Edward Benson to thank for it. He was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1883 till his death in 1896. For centuries, the Archbishops of Canterbury had a residence in Croydon; first in the Old Palace (now a school of course) and then at Addington, where Benson lived. There is a Benson Road in Waddon. 

He did not start off as Archbishop of course, but rose through the church ranks after teaching at both Rugby and Wellington schools, and was appointed the first Bishop of Truro, where he oversaw the construction of a new cathedral. In that cathedral at Christmas in 1880, the phrase "A service of nine lessons and carols" first appeared in print, devised by Benson himself. The format was used and developed by Eric Milner-Wright at King's College Cambridge after the Great War, and became the service we recognise today.

(Edward Benson, his second son, is the E.F Benson who wrote the 'Mapp & Lucia' books...)

Taken from an article in 'Inside Croydon' by David Morgan - click on the image to go to the website and read much more about Archbishop Benson and his fascinating family

Other News

If you give to the church using contactless, your Gift Aid contribution can now be collected on each donation. Just follow the instructions above - (it's really very simple, even I had no problem) - and you can keep track through your account page.
Then, whenever you tap the GoodBox terminal to donate here at All Saints, (or any other charity collection point, museums being a case in point), your 25% Gift Aid will be claimed from HMRC and passed to the charity concerned. If you are a taxpayer, please sign up!  Isn't technology wonderful, and in this instance, also very cute...

Other painfree ways of giving...
You can help raise money for the church through For every pound you spend on Amazon, the church gets a donation of 0.5%.

Although you will be prompted to login on Amazon Smile, you can use your normal login details (and your normal delivery address billing details & prime membership are automatically available).

Please remember that the Church’s full name for charity law purposes is: The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of All Saints, Carshalton. 

To make life easier, you can also use this link to support us:

And if what you want isn't on Amazon, you'll find that easyfundraising have arrangements with a huge range of retailers - including John Lewis & Marks & Spencer. If you set up their auto-prompt facility you will be amazed at just how many retailers are part of the scheme. Donations are small but every little counts!

Being stuck at home can cause more problems that just boredom. We know how invasive and persuasive social media can be, and recognise that we tend to read things with which we already agree, re-inforcing and validating our existing opinions - it's human nature.

However, sometimes this can have destructive effects, especially on young minds who have fewer defences. The image above has a link to the government site which gives helpful advice, and some useful case studies. It's not all about political or religious extremists, it's more subtle than that...
We have been asked by the police to make this information known
to our congregations.

    Advice and Information from Sutton Council

 The Council has set up a webpage on how Covid-19 is affecting Council services. It can be found at  It covers everything you need to know about local services and is constantly updated.

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