This Sunday we keep Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. This important day (which falls 40 days after Christmas on 2 Feb) will be celebrated on 29 January, with the lighting of candles and a turn towards Lent and Easter. Sunday School will meet upstairs with Vickie and Daniella.
PIZZA SUNDAYS: Each first Sunday of the month, beginning on 5 February, any and all who would like to gather and go out for a pizza after the service are most welcome! A good chance to socialise and get to know one another better.
SAVE THE DATES
Sunday 26 February: Congregational consultation with Archdeacon David Waller. Immediately following the service, all are invited to stay on for a consultation with the Archdeacon. The aim is to hear from the congregation their thoughts about ‘what next’? With the upcoming vacancy caused by Vickie’s retirement, it is a good time to ‘take stock’ of what has been fruitful in these last 9 years, and where the congregation hope to grow and develop under a new chaplain. This consultation will enable the Council to begin drawing up a profile of the chaplaincy and person specification as they move towards the recruitment process in the spring. We will try to make it possible to attend by zoom and/or to submit thoughts by email for those who cannot attend.
February 26: Council Meeting: about 14:00. After the congregational consultation, pizza slices and drinks for all will be available to everyone and then the Council is invited to stay on for a meeting with the Archdeacon to learn the specifics of the Church of England vacancy and recruitment process.
FRIENDSHIP: A PARISH DAY: Saturday 11 March, 10.30- 16.30 (exact hours to be confirmed) all are invited to a day of reflection and fellowship on the theme of ‘friendship’, led by Massimo Radice. The day forms part of Massimo’s ministerial training and we do hope that many will be able to attend. This is a good opportunity to explore the themes around being a friend, having friends, and cultivating friendship and community, both in and out of church. Please put the date in your diaries. More information will be forthcoming about exact timings and location.
LAKE COMO RETREAT: 11-15 September. Do have a look at the attached brochure for the holiday/retreat being organised by our congregation at Cadenabbia. There is the possibility of staying residentially, or upon request, ‘day packages’ can be offered. The theme is centred around God’s creation and how we interact as human beings. It is a lovely programme led by an experienced retreat leader. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information after reading the attached brochure. Lake Como Retreat 2023
Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 5 March at 12:00 in church. Here is the timetable leading up to our meeting. Sun 29th Jan to Sun 5th Feb: revision of the electoral roll (see below).
Monday 6th Feb to Sun 5th March: nominations open for 2 Churchwardens (1 year terms)
2 Archdeaconry Synod reps ( 3 year terms)
3 members of Church Council (3 year terms)
1 member of Church Council to fill a previous vacancy (2 year term)
Sun 26th Feb : Audited and approved accounts for 2021 will be available on the noticeboard and by email by request.
So in total we are looking for 9 nominations! If you think you might be called to one of these roles, do have a conversation with other members of Council or the congregation, who can explain what is involved. Likewise, if you have thoughts about who might be an appropriate person for a role, do speak to that person to get their permission to be nominated. Nominations open on 6th February, but conversations can take place at any time.
People who are finishing their terms are: Ewan Gallie and Lee Kirk Smith, churchwardens. Ewan is not eligible to run again having completed 6 years of service. Lee is eligible, having completed one term of office.
Orla Ralph and Helen Downes, as archdeaconry reps. Those completing a term of office generally do not run again without taking a year’s break, but may run for a different office.
Julia Holden, Ozioma Onwochei, Florine Postell, Council Members. Those completing a term of office do not run again, but may run for a different office.
Remaining members of Council are: Massimo Radice, Melanie Payge, Ester Luconi, Daniella Engel, Rupert Dodds.
Electoral Roll Revision: In preparation for this we are required to revise our Electoral Roll (membership roll). The period of revision (in which names can be added or removed) will take place from 29 January to 5 February. If you are regularly attending this church and wish to be on the electoral roll please pick up a form from the churchwardens at the back of church. If you are already on the roll, you do not need to sign up again, but if you have changed your address or email, please let us know. If you need to receive the form by email, please contact Laurapakes@gmail.com
FROM OUR TREASURER: Following your generosity at the year end, I am anticipating a small surplus in 2022, subject to audit. This is after the Church incurred costs of €13,750 on building work, some of which was deferred from 2021 and expenses preparing for charitable recognition in Italy of €3,172. The Church continued to provide worship and pastoral care in 2022, and helped the poor and homeless of Milan, refugees, in particular from Ukraine, and those of us in need.
All this is done through the generosity of parishioners, and the hard work of many. In 2023, our costs should be manageable if those of you who contribute continue with the same degree of generosity. I would particularly ask those of you who do not give regularly, though our planned giving scheme, to consider doing so. Just over half those on the electoral roll, and some other generous souls, do this. You can make direct transfers to our bank account through a Bonifico, or donate in cash through our envelope scheme. Details are on the website at http://www.allsaints.it/
During 2023, I will be exploring and hopefully developing more payment options. Your privacy in donating in either of these two fashions is maintained, with only the treasury team being privilege to who donates.
Please donate what you can afford. Every donation helps, and regular donations help us plan for the future.
If you would like more information write in confidence to Rupert Dodds at allsaintsmilantreasurer@gmail,
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
Sunday school will meet on Sundays: 29 January; 26 February (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE, no longer 19 Feb), 19 March. Family Services in church on 12 Feb, 19 March.
LINKS AND MIDWEEK ACTIVITIES:
SUNDAY EVENING PRAYER on Zoom 6 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/
MORNING PRAYER LINK: All are welcome. Monday to Saturday
Meeting ID: 796 6683 4318
Tuesdays at 6 pm: https://zoom.us/j/
93754416252?pwd= YUg5N1dBZS8zc0dvakdUaFg4VTBoUT 09 each week we discuss the following Sunday’s reading. No expertise required. Just a read together and share our ideas.
JOLLY CLUB: “the club that is not a club”
Tuesdays from 12.30: an informal meeting to chat and spend time together. Everyone welcome! Bring a packed lunch, your knitting, craftwork, drawing pads & pencils, whatever you like to do whilst enjoying a happy few hours with others.
NEXT COUNCIL MEETING on Sunday 26 February with Archdeacon David Waller at 14:00
For pastoral care contact Vickie on 345 583 5978.