The Rector's letter - February 2018
The news has been dominated recently by accusations of abuse of power by the rich, the famous and the powerful, usually by men against women or children. It would be very easy to jump on the bandwagon and heap condemnation on the guilty.
But these actions are only a symptom of something wrong. There are other symptoms as well. According to Oxfam: 1% of the population hold 84% of the world’s wealth; the richest 42 people own as much as the poorest 50% of the world’s population; and last year alone, the increase in the wealth of billionaires (£762billion) was enough to end extreme poverty 7 times over.
We should not begrudge anyone doing well for themselves. But we must always acknowledge that we also have a responsibility to others. Jesus tells a parable in which he calls a rich farmer a fool, not because of his wealth, but because he only thought of himself.
It is that attitude which has allowed these abuses against women, children and the poor to go unchecked for so long.
As a society we need to recognise that there is more to life than the accumulation of wealth and power. There is something higher to aim for. We need to be willing to stand up and get involved when we see injustice and oppression. In the book of Psalms, the Bible tells us to “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” And Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things (food, clothing, etc) will be given to you as well”.
What are you seeking? How will you respond?
All Saints’ regularly supports the MK Food Bank, the Tearfund, and Crisis at Christmas.
All Saints’ has an enthusiastic small choir, who lead the singing at Sunday Services. Choir members enjoy joining the Royal School of Church Music for some of their ‘Come and Sing’ events. The Choir is supported by the Village Embertones at Weddings and special Services. For further details please contact Hilary Proud via the Rector.
There is an active band of bell ringers, who ring All Saints’ 6 bells before Services, and also practice on a Tuesday night 7.45 – 9.00pm. New recruits are very welcome. Please see the Bell Ringers’ page on this website, or contact Sheila Watts 07703 279165 for more information.
The Children’s Church meets in the Institute on the 2nd Sunday each month at 11.00am under the leadership of Maddi Forrester and Judith Taylor. See the photographs for some of their activities, and please contact Maddi Forrester, 01234 714903, for more details.
The Homegroup meets on alternate Monday evenings to discuss various aspects of the Christian message. The group includes people from other parishes, and new members are always welcome. Please contact Judith Taylor on 01234 240690 to find out more.
Friends of All Saints’
All Saints’ is supported by the Friends’ group (FOAS), who are a registered charity. They work with the Parochial Church Council to preserve and protect the fabric of the Church and Churchyard and to raise funds to assist with improvements to make the building suitable for use by the community for a wide variety of activities. Please see the FOAS page on this website.
A Brief History of the Church
It is believed that the building was constructed between 1340-1410. It is in the ‘Decorated Gothic’ style. Work began on the Chancel, with its magnificent east window and progressed through to the building of the tower. During this period, England was at war with France and the Black Death killed thousands of the population resulting in a shortage of skilled masons. This led to wages and prices soaring, which explains why the decoration becomes plainer on the west side of the Church.
Unusually we have a portrait in brass of Reverend John Morden, who was the priest when the Church was completed. His brass records that he gave two bells, one of which had the inscription ‘In Multis Annis Resonet Campana Joannis’ (John’s bell shall sound for many a year).
An interesting ‘rumour’, for which there is some corroborative evidence is that the remains of Sir Everard Digby, hung, drawn and quartered for his part in the Gunpowder Plot, lies buried in the Chancel.
By the mid 19th Century, the Church was in danger of falling down. Very extensive restoration work was undertaken by the Reverend Campbell Hulton - many of his relations and descendants gave generously to the scheme and are commemorated in the mural tablets and windows which are such a dominant feature of the Church interior. Restoration and improvements continue to this day, with the recent addition of cloakroom and kitchen, as we strive to bring the building into the 21st Century.
Rector: Revd Richard Caddell, The Rectory, High Street, Haversham, MK19 7DT. 01908 312136
Churchwarden: Maddi Forrester, Cedar House, High Street, Emberton. 07769 923787
Parochial Church Council Minutes Secretary: Janet Gamlen 01234 711729
PCC Treasurer: Warwick Clarke 01234 713174
PCC Members: Louise Cook, Sandra Cortez, Ken Harris, Bill Moody, Hilary Proud, Sheila Watts, Libby Wemyss