Our annual Memorial Service was held jointly with our dear friends at Queensbury Methodist Church at the beginning of November, and it was a meaningful service for many of those who were able to attend. We lit candles to remember those who have died, either recently or long ago, and reminded ourselves that we are never alone in our grief. If you think this might be a service for you, put it in your diaries, we always hold it on the first Sunday in November (it will be 3rd November in 2019).
We were also excited to be able to host the Deanery Choirs Festival, in October, where church choirs from right across the Harrow Deanery came together to raise their voices in worshipping God. It's been some time since we had a choir of more than 80 people singing at All Saints' and it was a joyful service to attend.
We held our Annual Parochial Church Meeting at the end of April, which is the equivalent of our share-holders' meeting where we report on the year that has just been, and look forward to the year ahead. Our Annual Report and Accounts are available in hard copy in church, but obviously it's cheaper for us and less strain on the environment if you're able to read them online. The Report of what we've done in 2017, the legal Annual Report and Financial Statements, and Accounts (Statement of Financial Activity) are available by clicking on the links. These have been independently audited and signed off.
Our Little Saints raised more than £200 for Christian Aid again by selling cakes and biscuits that they've decorated, as well as other savoury goodies, after our 10am services on Sundays at either end of Christian Aid week. They did a great job and raised money for a great cause - well done Little Saints.
We are also had our church open all day for visitors for "Thy Kingdom Come". This is a period between Ascension Day and Pentecost which the Archbishop of Canterbury has asked all parishes to use to focus on prayer. There were materials and advice available in church, and all of us were encouraged just to come in and sit awhile with God.
Finally, if you would like to improve your English by chatting to someone, you are very welcome to practise on us! În cazul în care doriți să îmbunătățească limba engleză prin vorbind informal cu cineva, ai fi foarte binevenit pentru a practica pe noi!