April 2021

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Clergy and Officers




Robin Webb

10 Stuart House

St Peter’s Street

Tel: 01206 860900



PCC Secretary:

Brenda Pettit

PCC Treasurer:

Brian Waller

Tel: 01206 540449

Gift Aid Officer:

Iain Hay

47 Gainsborough Road

Tel: 01206 545352

Electoral Roll Officer:

Frances Poulter

22 Halstead Road

Tel: 01206 532066

Parish Office:

Tel: 01206 765145

We continue to pray for those who have asked to be remembered on our Prayerslips :-

Rev’d Tony Rose, Ethel Munson, Angela Marsh, Gillian, Aidan Cooke, Angela, Dawn and her family, Evelyn Sibley, John Barker, Christopher Browne, Ron Harden, Margaret, Chris Parkes and his family, Amy, Pat Rickard, Louise, Rachel and Shareen Bouvray, John Swinburne, Tabitha, Geoffrey Webb, Edward Wiles, Emma, Shirley and John Hall,

Easter Day

It is anticipated that All Saints’ Church will be able to open for

private prayer on

Easter Day (4th April)

between 10.00 am and 12 noon



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Now that our churches are closed due to the town being in lockdown, may I draw attention to the fact that although we cannot provide an online service, we are including a service on our church website each week. If you are able to get onto the internet there is the “www” link showing above to the All Saints’ with St Cedd’s website and under the heading “Home Worship” there is a weekly service listed, which is kindly provided for us by Rev’d Ray Sams. Also there is a weekly “Prayerslip” which has details of the people who we remember in our prayers.

If you have time to spare, we have numerous back copies of our church magazines or under the heading of “Churches – Visited and Revisited”, you can download numerous booklets that I have compiled of churches seen and visited since I retired from work in December 2016. To date I have covered over 600 in my travels, but sadly not too many new ones seen since March 2020. Brian Waller

Sunday Readings for April

Revised Common Lectionary:- Year B

The following readings for ’Principal Services’ from the Common Worship Lectionary are given whilst lockdown continues.

4th April EASTER DAY

Acts 10 : 34 - 43 * or Isaiah 25 : 6 - 9

Psalm 118 : 1 - 2, 14 - 24 or 118 : 14 - 24

I Corinthians 15 : 1 - 11 or Acts 10 : 34 - 43 *

John 20 : 1 - 18 or Mark 16 : 1 - 8

*The reading from Acts must be used as either 1st or 2nd reading


Exodus 14 : 10 - end, 15 : 20 & 21

Acts 4 : 32 - 35 *

Psalm 133

1 John 1 : 1 - 10 & 2 : 1 - 2

John 20 : 19 - end

*The reading from Acts must be used as either 1st or 2nd reading


Zephaniah 3 : 14 - end

Acts 3 : 12 - 19 *

Psalm 4

1 John 3 : 1 - 7

Luke 24 : 36b - 48

*The reading from Acts must be used as either 1st or 2nd reading


Genesis 7 : 1 - 5, 11 - 18, 8 : 6 - 18, 9 : 8 - 13

Acts 4 : 5 - 12 *

Psalm 23

1 John 3 : 16 - end

John 10 : 11 - 18

*The reading from Acts must be used as either 1st or 2nd reading

From the Church Warden

Dear Parish Friends,

We have been suffering lockdown in various degrees for a year now and I am sure many of you are suffering, like me, from being cooped up for far too long. Never fear, the PCC have agreed to open All Saints’ Church for private prayer on Easter Day (4th April) and, trusting to God, on each Sunday thereafter. If all goes to the Government plan, we expect to open the church for public worship from Sunday 18th April.

Things are changing in the parish. Elfreda House, opposite St Cedd’s is to be demolished and replaced with a building twice as tall. We are in discussion with the project regarding access and office accommodation during construction. Some Portacabins may be placed on St Cedd’s land to assist construction.

Please pass the word around to any whom you think may have a need, that the Foodbank has changed its day at St Cedd’s to Thursday from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Spring is upon us, the world around us is changing and we have the prospect of finally meeting up and praising God for this wonderful world.

Your Church Warden Robin Webb

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Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God.

St Theresa Spanish nun 1515 -1582

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Let there be light.

A few years ago, while I was still a vicar, I had a profound experience with a candle. Specifically, with a Paschal candle. On Easter Eve, closing up after the Service of Light, I poured candle wax down my cassock, by tilting the Candle towards me to blow it out. Two questions struck me. First, why did I do this every year? Second, how does blowing out candles work? I understand why a snuffer would work, or a bucket of water, but why human breath? So, when I got home, I googled it.

In five minutes, the internet gave me four theories. One: the breath blows the oxygen away, so the wax vapours cannot burn. Two: the higher concentration of carbon dioxide in the breath smothers the flame by preventing oxygen from getting to it. However, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation saves lives, because exhaled breath contains serviceable amounts of oxygen, and small amounts of carbon dioxide.

In fact, atmospheric air contains 21% oxygen and 0.04% carbon dioxide, and exhaled breath contains 17% oxygen and 4% carbon dioxide. The remaining 79% is nitrogen, which for all practical purposes is inactive. (My daughter is right: I should get out more.) So, it is hard to believe that the composition of exhaled air is what prevents the candle burning. Nor do these two theories explain why a sudden, violent puff is needed – a steady breath will move the flame around, but not put it out.

Three: the breath cools the candle gases, so they don’t stay hot enough to burn. But a lighted candle left outside in freezing weather still burns. Four: the breath blows the flame physically off the wick, so the melted wax in the wick is not hot enough to ignite. This last seems to me to be the best explanation. You will be delighted to read that I have just successfully tested it, by extinguishing a small candle with no more than a vigorous wave of my hand in the air near the flame. (I do not propose to try this with an Easter candle.) So, any old draught will do – it does not have to be breath at all.

You are probably thinking “Why is a superannuated vicar banging on about blowing out candles?” The answer is because it shows how we have grown so used to some mysteries that we no longer ask questions about them. Candles are mysterious. One scientist claims that, even now, we do not know exactly what comprises a candle flame. Electricity, radio-waves, pot plants, black holes and earthworms are all mysterious. Even if we could completely understand their structures, we can never completely explain where they come from or how we perceive them. But it is still worth asking - why does this happen? What makes that work? What makes the world behave as it does? What moves human beings to believe what they do?

And what lies behind the Easter service, where a clumsy vicar poured wax over himself – again?

Ray Sams

Why fish for Good Friday?

The custom of eating fish on Friday, and especially Good Friday, dates back to the early days of Christianity when fasting was used as a form of spiritual discipline. Today the word fasting usually means giving up all food but in Biblical times, a fast day tended to be one where people gave up meat, which was considered a luxury. Simple foods were allowed, however, so fish, which was held to be a poor man’s food simply because it was available to anyone who could catch it, was eaten as an easy alternative. For Christians, fasting each Friday became a particular custom to mark the suffering of Jesus who was crucified on Good Friday, and the fish became the symbol of Christ.

Today, even though fish is no longer considered a humble meal, the tradition of eating fish on Friday, and Good Friday in particular, continues in many homes.

Notes for your Diary - APRIL

4th Sunday Easter Day. All Saints’ Church open between

10.00 am and 12 noon for private prayer

8th Thursday: Foodbank at St Cedd’s 10.00 am to 12 noon

11th Sunday: All Saints’ Church open between 10.00 am and

12 noon for private prayer

15th Thursday: Foodbank at St Cedd’s 10.00 am to 12 noon

18th Sunday: Public Worship at 10.00 am at All Saints’

Church (subject to Government easing of lockdown) *

22nd Thursday: Foodbank at St Cedd’s 10.00 am to 12 noon

25th Sunday: Public Worship at 10.00 am at All Saints’

Church (subject to Government easing of lockdown) *

29th Thursday: Foodbank at St Cedd’s 10.00 am to 12 noon

*Please note: The above details were correct at the time of publication but could be subject to change at very short notice depending on any future Government or Diocesan rulings.


Many thanks to all those who have given donations to the Treasurer, by whatever method, for their collections, their magazine subscriptions or for Easter flowers. These contributions are very much appreciated as there are still bills to be paid during these challenging times.


In this time away from church, people may wish to either send their giving to the treasurer, Brian Waller at 16 Devon Road, Colchester, CO2 9BB (cheques made payable to All Saints PCC), or transfer the money into the church bank account, at sort code 20-22-67, account number 00111112 with a reference to their name. You can also set up a direct debit to the church bank from your bank account. Any questions concerning finance, please phone Brian Waller on 01206 540449

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Please remember when attending our churches, either for private prayer or for public services when allowed, that face coverings must be worn, the hand sanitizer provided must be used, social distancing must still be kept and the Test and Trace book signed or the NHS QR motif scanned on suitable phones.

At All Saints’ we will be implementing separate entrance and exit routes - entrance will be through the main porch door but the exit route will now be via the vestry and out through the side door.

You are also reminded that no gatherings of persons are allowed on Church premises, including the car park.

Alleluia - Christ is risen!

The prayer of St Richard of Chichester

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,

For all the benefits which Thou hast given me,

For all the pains and insults

Which Thou hast borne for me.

O merciful Redeemer,

Friend and Brother,

May I know Thee more clearly,

Love Thee more dearly

And follow Thee more nearly. Amen

Points to ponder …..

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965, British statesman and Prime Minister

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

Kahil Gibran, 1883 - 1931, Lebanese poet, artist and mystic

The love we give away is the only love we keep.

Elbert Hubbard, 1856 - 1915, American writer

Editor’s Note

Many thanks to all this month’s contributors. May I please have material for next month’s magazine by the 15th of this month? Handwritten or typescript items are welcome, as are items on CD or memory stick. If you are unable to get material to me, please phone and I will try to arrange collection.

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Colchester Email:

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