Sanctuary Guild Gathering

Some members of the Sanctuary Guild who take care of aspects of the interior of the church enjoyed a recent gathering to catch up with old friends and meet the new priest.

Fifteen members met at Zoi Cafe in St Basil’s Nursing Home on Third Avenue in St Peters. After tea, they enjoyed a tour of the beautiful new facility. The cafe is open in the mornings during the week and members agreed that it was a great find and “another hidden gem of St Peters”. Shameni N and Cynthia W were absent when the photos were taken.

Hands of Gratitude

The 9.30am service on the first Sunday of the month has traditionally been an opportunity for “Something different”.

On the first Sunday in October we enjoyed the accompaniment of an augmented music group with Brenton Brockhouse on the tuba while his brother, Grant, visiting from England, played the organ.

In response to the New Testament reading about “the gift of God that is in you” we took part in “Messy Church for Adults” by cutting out shapes of our hands and inscribing them with things for which we are grateful. These became the leaves of a “Gratitude Tree”.

Congratulations Brenton and Cambelltown Band

Our organist has many talents. Brenton Brockhouse is a long-time tuba player in the Cambelltown City Band that has just celebrated its centenary (not that Brenton has been in it THAT long!) The band was founded in 1919 immediately after WW1, originally as a military band. Since then it has changed its tune to include contemporary music including that of Michael Jackson and Katy Perry. The involvement of younger players has increased membership to around 30 who enjoy a degree of success at competitions.

The Cambelltown Band Centenary Concert will be held at The Norwood Salvation Army HQ, George Street, Norwood on Sunday 29th September from 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm.

Parish Lunch at Kensington Hotel

Fifteen people enjoyed a Sunday lunch at the Kensington Hotel recently. It was a chance to enjoy being together, getting to know people and eating good food.

Apologies to Ruth D who was away from the table when the photos were taken. 

Many thanks to Ann Peisley for organising the event and we look forward to the next gathering

A Tale of Two Margarets

The family of the late Canon Herbert Coles gathered on Sunday 8th September to remember his wife and daughter, both named Margaret, and to witness the blessing of their newly-mounted memorial plaques in the Memorial Chapel.

Front and centre of the gathering was Mary Lawson, daughter of Canon and Mrs Coles, and sister to the younger Margaret. Members of her extended family who joined Mary shared laughter and some tears as they reminisced about the two Margarets and the former Rector of All Souls.

Brenton Brockhouse, the parish organist, took the opportunity to return to the family a memento of Canon Coles given to him by the younger Margaret: The brass door knocker that used to be on the door of Canon Coles’ study, which is pictured here. 

Finding Hugo

A descendant of one of the early musical heroes of All Souls’ stopped by the church recently to look for his great grandfather’s memorial stone.

David Medlyn, pictured here, is the great grandson of Hugo Hansen, the immediate post-World War I organist and choirmaster who served the church 1919-1950.

David was pleased to find not only Hugo Hansen’s memorial stone, but also early black and white photographs of him. David’s mother, Elizabeth Williams, wife of Richard Medlyn, was  Hansen’s granddaughter and her mother, Lorna Hansen, was baptised in All Souls’ church. Welcome to the extended All Souls’ family, David!

Congratulations Judith

The new South Australian State Petanque Singles Champion, Judith Brown,  is an esteemed and faithful (in every way) member of  All Souls’ Parish.  Judith won 8 out of 8 games to not only take the championship, but to be recognised as the oldest player to win any State Petanque Championship.  Well done Judith – we are all very proud of you. 

Election Day Fundraiser

We had a wonderful turn-out of helpers and saleable items for our stalls at Coles Hall.  With a guaranteed passing trade, the sausage sizzle was a huge success (Go Democracy Sausages!) and the baked goodies, hand crafts, plants and produce sold like the proverbial hot cakes.  Apart from a few jars of preserves and a couple of plants (now available at the front of the church) it was a sellout success.  

Add to this success the number of people who took advantage of the open doors of All Souls’ Church.  Many locals were unaware of our hidden treasures and came to admire and enjoy a tea or coffee.  The enthusiasm was encouraging.  It is hoped that the word will be spread and more interest will be forthcoming.  

Thank you everyone who provided and participated.  It was heartening to see so many parishioners chatting and enjoying a busy day.  The financial benefits are still being evaluated, but they certainly made the effort worth while.  

Another Morris Windows Tour

On Wednesday 15th May, Michele Hill brought her group of 25 William Morris enthusiasts to marvel at our wonderful windows.  The morning tea was appreciated, as always, and there were many questions about, not only the Morris windows, but the embroidery on the altar cloths, the church history and all of the other windows. 

Our church has so many points of interest for visitors.  Thanks to those who provided food, set up, welcomed, served, chatted and tidied up.  A few hours of enjoyable company earned the parish nearly $700.  

The Search Is Over!!

The Rev’d Julia Denny-Dimitriou will join All Souls’ Parish as Priest-in-Charge at the end of June.  Julia is currently chaplain at St Peter’s Woodlands, her husband Nic  is Priest-in-Charge at Coromandel Valley, and they have two children in Year 12.  

We look forward to welcoming Julia and her family into our Parish and community.  Julia’s commissioning will be held at a date yet to be announced.  WATCH THIS SPACE.