Dear Friends and
It is always a pleasure to
make contact with our Friends and Supporters at this time of year, to
update you all on the life of the Centre and to invite you to our AGM. As
you know from our last letter, we are going through difficult times
financially at the moment, but the need for our warm and welcoming “home
from home” in the centre of the City is greater than ever so we are
determined to continue to serve all those who come to us and, with your
continued help, I know we will.
Thank you to all those who
so generously sent donations, and messages of support, following the news
of our difficulties; you have no idea how encouraging they were. Press
reports and a radio interview have also served to bring us to the
attention of others and trustees and staff are currently looking at ways
to increase our profile further.
One plea from me before I
pass you over to others, with their news both good and not so good: Can
you find us some more Friends? If each Friend or supporter spread the word
to just one person and got them to subscribe as a Friend we would double
our membership and spread the word further still in no time at
With my best wishes and
Katherine Gray, on behalf
of the Trustees.
AN UPDATE FROM OUR
You may not have noticed
but I have good news – the Chaplaincy in All Saints’ Centre has grown –
not in girth (although that may well be the case…), but in terms of there
now being a number of us involved in helping out in the Chancel area
leading prayers on Fridays at noon, providing a safe listening ear and
running our Lent Group.
So it is with great joy
that I pass on the great news that the stalwart group of people who have
kept the Friday prayers going over the past few years – Denise, Sue,
Sheila and more latterly Alison, are now joined by a few others who will
become more involved in the prayer life of the Centre.
Prayer is the foundation of
all the wonderful work that goes on day to day in All Saints’ Centre.
Prayer helps ensure that we maintain and refresh our focus and enthusiasm
for our work and keeps our reason for being – offering hospitality and
love in the name of Jesus Christ - to the forefront at all
In the future, the
chaplaincy team will not only be involved in prayer but will also be
around in the Centre to offer their time and a listening ear to folk,
hopefully enabling those who are hurting to share their troubles.
And, to that end, a more
recent addition to the chancel area is a prayer station with a board for
leaving prayer requests. The chaplaincy team will take responsibility for
pointing people in the direction of the board and in receiving prayer
requests. They will also ensure that any prayers left in our care will be
prayed at an appropriate time.
Alongside this good news I
am also delighted to report that we have been running a successful and
lively Lent Group, meeting on a Friday morning 10.30 – 11.55 am. Building
on this new initiative we are planning to offer other courses and sessions
Following our last
newsletter I would like to
extend my thanks to all those
people who responded to my plea for Bibles and other Christian resources –
many of these have already found their way into the hands of grateful
recipients, and we find that there is always demand for
So please if you have any
unused Bibles, Christian books, crosses or rosaries – please do think of
us, and, begging your indulgence, I would like to extend my plea to
include artificial flowers and plants and brightly coloured cloths or
runners to brighten up the newly cleared Chancel area. With every
The Revd Janet
As you already know, 2012
proved to be a very challenging year for the Centre and we finished with a
total deficit of over £10,000. All our costs have risen alarmingly,
even though efforts have been made to contain them. In addition our
income has declined from £99,500 to £81,396. Although much of this
is explained by a substantial legacy in the previous year, the economic
climate and reduced 'foot fall' in Norwich with many empty shops in
Westlegate have all added to the problem.
One bright spot has
been the support of many of our loyal benefactors who gave a total of over
£16,000 in donations during the year and I would like to thank them on
behalf of us all. However, even this generosity cannot close the gap
between our income and expenditure on its own. Four years ago our
rent was £5,750 per year. From next month it will be £13,000.
This alone accounts for a major part of our deficit. Apart from
carefully controlling our outgoings, which we have been doing, we need to
plan financially our immediate future and longer term survival so
that the last 33 years started by Jo Cook's dedication and vision for
the Centre does not come to a sudden end!
We are therefore planning
to launch a CAMPAIGN to raise
a substantial amount of money to give us that future. This includes the
immediate need for £8,000 to replace the main floor covering and under
floor structure in the Centre which has suffered from severe damp in the
last few years. It was generously donated several years ago by John
Lewis but has now unfortunately deteriorated badly and needs urgent
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO
HELP? A special newsletter will follow, once plans have been
finalised, and I trust that we will be able to rely on you to broadcast
details of this campaign as widely as you can to any contacts you may have
in the media, or any other organisations or individuals who might be able
to help the Centre.
Meanwhile, if any reader
would like to help us by giving general and / or administrative support
for our campaign, please do get in touch with me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone: 01508 480 300. Many thanks !
PAST AND FUTURE
Our AGM will be held on Saturday
April 20th at 11.00 a.m. We are trying a different time of day this year
in the hope that more of you will be able to join us. The meeting time
will also allow you to stay and enjoy lunch in our newly- named Sanctuary
Café and spend some time with us. Those of you receiving this letter by
email, will find a copy of our annual report for 2012 attached. Copies
will also be available at the AGM, as will the accounts. If anyone
receiving this letter by post would like a copy of the report sent to
them, please let us know.
On Sunday 19th May we are holding an
Open Garden event in the Bishop's Garden at
Bishops House in Norwich. The event will run from 1.00
p.m. until 5.00 p.m. and, as well as an opportunity to enjoy the garden,
there will be light lunches and cream teas. Live music will be performed
by members and friends of the High Oak Music Group and there will be a
Tombola and other stalls.
Sue Rolfe, who is
heading-up this event, would be please to receive donations of tombola
prizes and items to sell on the stalls. She can be contacted on 01379 852
We do hope that you will
come along and join in what we hope will be a very happy occasion. You
will find a leaflet with full details about the event with this newsletter
and maybe you would be so kind as to display it somewhere or give it to a
friend or neighbour.
WILL YOU SPONSOR
Hello. My name is Norma
Broadest and I am taking part again in the Riders and Striders (formerly
cycle /walk) on behalf of All Saints’ Centre (and my local church under
separate sponsorship). Last year I visited 40 churches on
There will be plenty of
forms available at the Centre nearer the date (September 14th). As it is
perfectly acceptable to ride or stride for more than one charity and
sponsor more than one participant, please do help All Saints’ Centre by
sponsoring me. Thank you.
WHERE THERE’S A WILL
It is no secret that
legacies can make or break a charity and All Saints’ is no exception. We
have been ‘rescued’ on several occasions by a sudden boost from someone’s
will. Please do consider the people of Norwich whom we welcome and support when
you are considering beneficiaries of your will.
We are walking in faith, as
our founder always did, but, in these difficult times financially, our
prayers for our future are in even more need of being coupled with
SUBSCRIPTIONS AND GIFT
Our thanks to all those who
noted the fact that subscriptions are now payable in January. If you still
pay your subscription annually and haven’t yet sent it to us, we would be
delighted to receive it at your earliest convenience! Thank you also to
all those who are now signed up for Gift Aid; this has helped us reclaim a
good amount from the tax man! Our thamks go to Sue Olver and Robin Evans
for doing the necessary paperwork for this.
EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE STILL
NEEDED: To help us cut our costs further, if you have received this letter
by post and now have an email address we could use instead, please email
Katherine Gray (email@example.com)
and she will add you to the list.
Thank you for your help and