Weekly notices, 8 Jan 2023

What’s on these two weeks (29th May – 28th June)

Heart & Soul Café is now closed for half-term and will reopen on Monday 5th June.

Mon 29th May

Tues 30th May
The Raven Community, 10.30am
Deo Gratias Choir, 7.30pm

Mon 5th June:
Heart & Soul Café, 8.45am – 2pm
Little Lights, 10-11.30am & 1-2.30pm

Tues 6th June:
Heart & Soul Café, 8.45am – 2pm
Deo Gratias Choir, 7.30pm

Wed 7th June:
Bible Study Fellowship, 9.55 – 11.30am
Junior Narrative Theatre Company, 4.30 – 5.30pm

Thurs 8th June
Heart & Soul Café, 8.45am – 2pm
Chatty Group in Heart & Soul Café, 10.30am – 12 noon
Narrative Theatre Company, 5 – 6.30pm
Rising Generation, 6.30pm

Fri 9th June
Craft Club, 1.30pm

A Thank You from Christina

Thank you to my lovely church family for the very kind gift, flowers and card that I was presented with last Sunday.  It was very thoughtful and meant so much!
Much love,
Christina xx

New Caretaker

Following Andy Warren’s redeployment to the new role of Bookings’ Administrator and the resignation of our long-time cleaner we have appointed a new caretaker to cover the cleaning, general maintenance and caretaking role. Gary Kneale will join the staff team on Monday June 5th. Do say hello when you see him around the building and make him feel welcome as part of the All Saints staff team.

Save the Date

Heart & Soul Café Prayer Time 

When I pray coincidences happen.  When I don’t, they don’t. William Temple (1881-1944) 

Join us on Tuesday 13th June at 2.30 pm to hear what’s happening in the café and to pray for all the work, customers & volunteers. We’d love to see you there! 

Christian Aid Week

Thanks to all those who contributed to Christian Aid Week.  The total collected from the two church services plus the online JustGiving page was £301, from which a further £57.50 will be recovered in Gift Aid, making a total of £358.50.  Some will have given directly to Christian Aid, making the total from All Saints higher.

We’re so excited about the upcoming New Wine United conference this year! There are a number going from church again to week A. If you would like to come, please get in contact with The poster above gives you the opportunity to claim 10% off tickets if you book before Sunday 28th May.
See you there!


This will be a short joint service of celebration and thanksgiving for all that God has done in the life of All Saints over the last year followed by a BBQ, fete games, inflatables, ice cream van and hopefully sunshine!
If you would like to get involved in preparing for this event
please speak to Gemma.

Spring Harvest Briefing

Julie & Steve Tynegate have been going to Spring Harvest for at least 30 years. It is a Christian Festival that takes place at Butlins in either Skegness or Minehead with accommodation in chalets.  These are either self-catering or all-inclusive, and provide different levels of accommodation, depending on size and price.   We normally book a silver apartment, self-catering, which works well for us. Spring Harvest generally takes place around Easter time, and the 2024 Spring Harvest is between 1st – 5th April at Butlins, Skegness.

We have been going to Skegness as it is nearer for our family to join us.

There’s great music, Spirit-filled teaching and seminars, and there are excellent kid’s activities, added to this there is all the fun of Butlins and the beach.  Nothing is compulsory, you can do as little or as much as you like!

Julie & Steve are happy to coordinate a group to go to Skegness in 2024, if anyone from the All Saints family wanted to go.  If you think you might be interested, we would love to talk to you, a link to the website is here:

We will need to know all the details before we book.  Please note that bookings open on June 14th, so please come and talk to us before the end of May.

What have I been getting up to since you let me loose on the local canal?  You may have been wondering, or not, but time for a bit of an update anyway, I thought…

The ‘visible’ bit is that once a week or thereabouts I spend up to half a day wandering up and down the towpath, typically from Hoole Lane lock into the City and along to Tower Wharf basin, but sometimes in the other direction out to the Cheshire Cat.  I usually end up chatting to people here and there and every now and then find something that a boater needs help with.

Over winter the hire boats and most leisure boats tend to hide away and the only boats moving on the canal are the liveaboards, of which there have been more around this winter than before.  This may be because I might not have noticed them in the past, but is probably a sign of the times, it being well documented that more people are taking to life afloat, for various reasons including financial.   Now that we are into May the hire and leisure boats are back and the canal is getting busier.

The ‘invisible’ bit is meetings, training, phonecalls and reporting, all of which adds up, so I’m finding I’m spending getting on for 30 hours a month on the chaplaincy, which is fine, although I’m aware that as I get to know more boaters the workload, if I can call it that, is likely to increase.

There are of course various issues that present themselves to boaters, including some that are new.  Did you know, for instance, that liveaboard boaters who don’t have a home mooring (such things being very expensive) and therefore cruise ‘continually’ (ie they have to move on every 14 days) around the canal network do not qualify for the £400 energy support payment those of us in houses, or in marinas, have received?   We need to persuade government to try to sort out this particular injustice which, as you will appreciate, affects most those who are most vulnerable.

I hope to be in a position soon to offer to church groups a presentation on the work of the chaplaincy but, in the meantime, if you wish to support the ministry or have any queries do give me a call.   Also, if anyone fancies a walk along the canal with me to see what it is all about then you would be very welcome.

Jim Ellis

Launch of “All Saints Free Cycle” Facebook Group

Most of us have things lying around at home that have been outgrown or that we don’t need anymore. We now have a Facebook group which allows members to offer items for free, and also to ask for items they require, either for themselves or for others in need!

The idea is simple:

Search Facebook for “All Saints Free Cycle” and request to join the group. This is a private group and will only have members of All Saints in it.

Post photos of the items you are offering, including a brief description and any measurements if necessary.

Once someone has commented on your post that they would like your item, arrange collection. This can be either in church after a service, or picked up/dropped off privately.

This will hopefully be a great way to bless each other within our church family, and also to support those we know to be in need in our wider community. It’s also an opportunity to build connections with members of the congregation you may not often speak to in church on a Sunday! 

Any questions, feel free to speak to Helen Foden

News from Hoole Church of England Primary School

Our school vision is ‘Let your light shine’ (Matthew 5:16) and pupils from our school certainly shone brightly on Monday evening.

We hosted a Summer Extravaganza of music talent at All Saints’ Church, welcoming family, friends and governors to celebrate the children’s talents in music.

The programme for the evening including performances from our infant and junior choirs as well as recitals on numerous musical instruments including the piano, keyboard, guitar, violin and ukulele.

Pupils played and sang with such confidence and it was wonderful to see the results of the hard work they invest in weekly lessons. They certainly were determined to let their lights shine brightly!

One little girl from Year one commented that she had to undo her buttons when she was singing because her light was shining under her cardigan!

It was a great evening and I am very proud of the staff and pupils involved in presenting such an enjoyable celebration of the musical talent in our school.

Thanks, as ever, to Craig and Gemma for hosting this event in the church and for their ongoing support of our school.

Ros Flanders, Headteacher

Promoting a Safer Church

If you ever have any safeguarding concerns relating to children and/or vulnerable adults pass these on to our Safeguarding Officers, Jeff Turnbull or Val Ornsby, either in person or by emailing
Further contact details can be found on the posters in church and the church centre or here.


Prayer focus for this week: Sam’s induction on Monday 5th June and for Sam, Katy, Eva and Josiah as they prepare for this new stage in their family life.

Other News

Donation Station
We now have a second donation station which is in the centre foyer and can be used for one off donations along with donations for Little Lights and Cheerful Givers.  

The World Church
All Saints supports a number of individuals and groups around the world. Please see the noticeboard at the back of church, or visit our mission page for information on our mission partners.

West Cheshire Foodbank are in need of donations of instant mash, jams, spreads, custard, puddings, tinned vegetables, UHT juice and tinned potatoes.  Copies of their full shopping list are available in the centre foyer. Please put any donations in the collection crates in the church centre foyer. Alternatively, you can make a cash donation online. Thank you for your continued support.  If you’d like to know more about the foodbank, please go to

Greeting cards for all occasions by Gill Holt. Please have a look after the Sunday services and support the work of Tearfund.

Upcoming Concert

Charity Concert for West Cheshire Foodbank, 3rd June at 7pm
To be held at All Saints Church Hoole. Tickets £10 from or or by phoning Brian on 01244 675431.

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We hope you all enjoyed the wonderful services held at All Saints over the Christmas period and thought it would be nice to share some of the feedback we have received both in person and via email . . .


“The All Age Nativity was wonderful. It felt really inclusive and gave such a powerful message that we are all invited to join the shepherds and wise men and angels in worshiping at the manger and all are invited into the kingdom. It was such a joyous church family occasion and people stayed for ages afterwards talking to each other”


“just wow! Vicki and the choir were amazing and absolutely nailed o holy night”


“lovely service especially the end when everyone stood with their Christingles lit circling the church and sang silent night; that was beautiful”

“very peaceful, yet powerful”


“What a joy to be part of the congregation on Christmas morn.  A wonderful service with a clear message for all ages – well done!  A full church, a congregation of all ages, brilliant leadership and uplifting singing – what a way to start our Christmas day visiting the family” 

– a visitor from Long Eaton

New Year Prayer Space

The start of the new year, especially the month of January, can sometimes be a difficult time. At All Saints we believe that prayer is a powerful and transforming part of our faith and offering space to meet with God is so important.

On Monday 16th January we will be hosting a prayer space from 10am to 3pm in the church centre for anyone to come and spend time in.  There will also be a very simple time of led reflection and prayer at 12:30pm.

This will be a space for personal prayer and simple activities to help our prayer lives.

New Year Worship Night

Hosted by Rising Generation (youth worship band) on Monday 16th January, 5:30-7pm in church.

Rising Generation will be leading us in an informal and relaxed evening of worship. You are invited to come and spend time in sung worship as we prepare our hearts for the year ahead.

New Wine 2023

Week A: Wednesday 26 July — Sunday 30 July
Kent Event Centre, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF

To book, request All Saints Hoole along with our postcode CH2 3HZ. For Early Bird rates, you must pay at least the first instalment (50% of each ticket) by 19 January 2023. All remaining fees must be paid by 6 April 2023.
0-2: free   0-4: £90   5-11: £125   11-18: £145   Adult: £175

We have been astounded by your generous support.  

The current amount raised is £3,641.57 (£625 Gift Aid)

GRAND TOTAL £4,266.57

In the three years of using JustGiving together we have raised £9,696!!!!

I’ll close our 2022 appeal at the end of January. 

If you’ve missed the chance to sponsor us, it’s not too late! We have a
JustGiving page
or we will have a traditional sponsor form if you would prefer?

Happy New Year and thank you – Adam, Eric and Ian

Other News

Cheerful Givers 
From the start of 2023 Cheerful Givers will no longer be run independently by Andy and Paula but will become a mission run by All Saints Hoole. With this in mind it has been agreed that the small amount of money which has built up over the last four years, will be used in the following ways:
· A small amount will be retained to enable Cheerful Givers to start again in February.
· The remainder will be split between West Cheshire Foodbank and Soul Kitchen, a charity that Andy and Paula have supported for a few years. 
The World Church
All Saints supports a number of individuals and groups around the world. Please see the noticeboard at the back of church, or visit our mission page for information on our mission partners.

West Cheshire Food Bank are in need of donations of unopened, within date, items – particularly tinned potatoes, instant mash, jams, spreads, custard, UHT juice and tinned meat.  Please put any donations in the collection crates in the church centre foyer. Alternatively, you can make a cash donation online. Thank you for your continued support!

Donation Station Update
Do you want to help those in need a little around All Saints this winter? I hope most are aware that the café has a kindness bowl which is used to provide a hot drink and food to those who cannot afford and wish to shelter from the cold. You can give to this cause via the donation station which now has three options – All Saints, Café Kindness Bowl and Ukraine Christian Ministries. Tap the screen and give!  Thank you in advance for your support. Garnett

Greeting cards for all occasions by Gill Holt. Please have a look after the Sunday services and support the work of Tearfund.

Lost property
There are a number of items (especially black gloves) in our lost property box. Please do take the time to have a look to see if anything belongs to you!


This week’s prayer focus is for our PCC as they meet over the coming weeks.

Pray for the sick, especially for Len Morris, Sarah, Sharon Newall, Georgia Harding, Dean Wilson, John & Sheila Douglas, Angela Underhill, Elijah (baby son of Rachel Collier’s friend), Matt Banks, Richard Jones, Alastair Vize, Florence Petri, Viv Sumner,  Alex Haslam, Cath Wells, Steve Bubb, Christopher Wilkinson, Cathy Armstrong, Doris  Holland, Su Jones, Rachel Kirkland, Anne Blundell (Jane Speare’s sister), Frazer & Nicky Budd, Jean Price (Laura Walker’s mum) and Cora Fielding.

Pray for the long-term sick, especially for Doreen Edwards, Hilary Shergold, Mary Maddocks, Jane Ashford, Stephen Beveridge, Reg & Jane Bolton, Mina Bowles, Katy Durdant-Hollamby, Audrey Davies, Peter Fabian, Ron Griffiths, Gill Holt, Jeannie Hughes, Pip Jones, Elizabeth Lusty (Pawson), Cath Reeve, Tony & Margaret Thackray, Raphael Vize, Paula Warren, Catherine Wilson and others at home especially Sheila Davies, Gladys Heppell and Joyce Kirby.

Pray for the bereaved, especially for the family and friends of the late Ruth Dutton, Mavis Goodwin (Sarah Mason’s mum) and Michael Peers.

Pray for those bereaved a year ago, especially for the family and friends of the late Susan Matthias.

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This was posted on 11 January 2023 in Weekly letters and notices

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