News and Magazine

Like many churches throughout the country, All Saints' has its own magazine which contains news and
information about parish activities, as well as a selection of articles covering a multitude of topics!

Magazines can be collected from the back of Church or you can use the link below to
request local free delivery or by post, for which postage is charged.  

The All Saints' magazine is produced monthly and the cost is 50p per copy.  However,
if you wish to enjoy all 12 magazines during the year, then there is a reduced cost of £5.
 

For further information or to purchase the magazine,  please contact the editor
at magazine@allsaints-newhaw.org.uk  This link can also be used to send
your articles for inclusion in future editions or you may be a local company who wish to
appear in our Advertising Directory. Space permitting, we are also pleased to include
details of local events which are being held in support of good causes.  Happy reading, Margaret


This is the introductory letter from our Vicar who joined us this year - Rev Andy Reid

I am delighted to be joining you as the Vicar of All Saints’ New Haw. I am very much looking forward to beginning the process of getting to know you and becoming part of community life in New Haw.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Ministry Team and all who have gone the extra mile to ensure the smooth running of the church during the interregnum.  In particular, I would like to  say  a  HUGE  thankyou to our Wardens, Linda Salt and Derek Malcolm, who have worked tirelessly to manage the interregnum, and all that that involves. Most of all, I give thanks to God for calling me to this post and this community. I am full of hope and faithful expectation for what God is going to do among us as we work together to fulfil His will and purposes in our community, as we continue to learn and grow together as disciples of Jesus Christ.

In the process of exploring my call to All Saints’, I very quickly found a place that I felt I could call home, a church congregation who, like me, value relationships and community, and who have a healthy desire to be a part of the wider community of New Haw. 

I’m conscious that my arrival as the new vicar, simply by my presence, will bring change to the parish.  Inevitably I am different to Fiona and her predecessors, and so I would like to reassure you that whilst some change is inevitable as we move ahead together, I shall be taking my time to simply get to know the people, the church and the wider community of New Haw. Then, if and when change comes, it will be something we do together, seeking to build on what already exists as we seek to encourage the future growth and health of the church as we welcome more people from New Haw and the surrounding area to join our worshipping community.

Before ordination I worked in leadership and management training (20 years) and had my own training company.  At my heart, I am keen to see people fulfil their God-given potential.  I have carried that same desire into my ministry as a Vicar, so I will be keen to identify and utilise the gifts and abilities of everyone who wants to grow as a disciple of Christ.

I have two children, Josh (18 yrs) and Annabel (15 yrs) and since my divorce (something I never anticipated going through) I am now in a relationship with Rachel who has a son called Isaac (14 yrs).  I also have an 18-month old Cockapoo called Daisy.

If you see me out and about, do stop me and say “Hello” and bear with me as I begin the tricky process of trying to learn everyone’s names!

Every blessing,

Rev Andy K Reid


Andy's letter from the July magazine:

This  September  I  will  be  celebrating  the  30th anniversary   of   becoming  a  Christian.    Some people may think  that  becoming  a  Christian  was  a  foregone conclusion  for  me.    After  all,  my  dad  was  a   bible  college  Principal,  and my Mum a Religious Studies teacher.  But when I left home to go to university in Plymouth, I faced a choice…   “Do I continue to live according to the faith I was brought up with?  Or do I go and have some fun?”   That  was  the  question  I  asked   myself.   Interesting language…..   suggesting that I thought that being a Christian was no fun!

After a few years of living the way I wanted, and doing the things I wanted to do, I found myself deeply unhappy.  Yes, I’d thrown myself into living a fun, wild life, doing the things I wanted to do, when I wanted to do them. Outwardly people thought I was the life and soul of the party, but inside I was increasingly dissatisfied with my life. I didn’t like the person I was becoming. I’d made a mess of some friendships and  other  relationships  –  because when you live for yourself you ignore the needs of others around you.

Finding my own faith was not a straightforward journey and I wish I’d had more help in facing the questions of life.  “Is there more to life than this?”  I wish I could have attended an Alpha course back then, where I could have explored the questions I had about life, faith and happiness.

In September we will be running an Alpha Course in partnership with Heathervale Baptist church.  Alpha is a course where you are invited to come and explore life and faith with others who are doing the same.  You are free to ask any questions that you might have about life, the universe,  God  and  faith.   It  is designed to create a safe, friendly environment, where you are welcome and free to ask anything at all. 

Alpha has been hugely popular around the world, because it enables people to ask those questions that are important to them. It also brings a bunch of people who are searching for answers together, we share a meal together and make new friends. There is a short talk each week on subjects related to faith, healing, good and evil, etc.

Thirty  years  on,  I can honestly say I am happier than I’ve ever been.  That doesn’t mean that life has been easy…  there  have  of  course  been  tough  times,  struggles  and difficulties. But facing those challenges with God by my side has made a huge difference and I’m grateful for my church friends for the part they’ve played in walking alongside me in those darker, difficult times.

Even now, I’ve done the Alpha course many times and every time I do the course, I learn something new.  So, whether you have no faith or lots, whether you call yourself a Christian or not, why not come along this Autumn and explore more about life and faith are all about.

If  you  are  asking  questions  about  life,  faith, etc., and would be interested in finding out more about the Alpha Course please email the church office (officeallsaintsnewhaw@gmail.com) expressing your interest  and we will send you details about the course.  Or if you would like  to  meet  up  for a chat  over  a  coffee  then  email me at newhawvicar@gmail.com.

Every blessing, Rev Andy K Reid

 

 


This is the final part of Louise's magazine article on the history of our church in New Haw:

Minor development followed the First World War. The pub and garage were built (1937) and Heathervale Baptist Church opened (1938, expanded 1958). More rapid development occurred after the Second World War. The infrastructure improved as the transport links, industry and housing developed and a London ring road was once again discussed!

In 1962 New Haw was an independent conventional district, until it became an independent Parish (1972). The church built extensive community halls (opened 1964) financed by a Diocesan grant and capital from selling the land around the vicarage (acquired 1953). Barbara Smallbones, a church member, moved the nursery from above the former Co-op site to the new halls. It was privatised in 2000 and continues to thrive today. The community hall seats 175 people and accommodates larger church services, Messy Church and a monthly informal service (2017). They continue to be a vital part of the churches mission as gathering places for people to worship, participate in sport, activities and social events.

A small prefabricated building behind the church became the library from 1952, until the library was moved to the Broadway (1969). The old building was used for church youth work and the nursery until it was condemned and replaced with a cabin style building - Bosco’s Community Building and Claire’s café (2009) extending the facilities. As well as a cafe it is used as office space, youth/ holiday club, church meetings, Alpha, community groups, parties and council training.

Once a year the whole church facilities are used for Holiday club hosting 100 local children with 50 volunteers. More recently, the church has developed missional work to accommodate groups and services for older members of the church and community.

Given the transport and agriculture links to the area, it seems quite fitting that the church now nestles between the Government Veterinary Laboratories and the M25 Passover (1981-1983). The ring road was eventually agreed (1975), moving the Junior School and subsequently replacing the site with houses after the bridge was complete.

It has been fascinating seeing how the transport, industry and housing developments have impacted the area and how the church has responded in developing community facilities, mission and ministry

At the dedication of the church in 1911 the Bishop called “All Saints’ to be a place of prayer, worship and education.” He would be proud I think! It started as a church school and continues today to provide a space for worship, prayer and mission. The DNA of the church continues to have a core focus on serving and educating the local children and youth through Sunday Children’s church, Toddler groups, ‘Little Saints’ services, Messy Church, Youth club, holiday club, hosting the nursery and the other community groups. One bishop described All Saints’ Church as small, but dynamic, but the description I love best is ‘a small church punching way above its weight!’

Louise Oliver


Claire's Cafe is open every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9.15 to 12.15.  Everyone welcome - come and chat while donating to Church Funds.  You can also bring your knitting and work while you socialise!


 

 

 




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