Each year we publish a report on the full range of activities that have taken place in the past year at St Andrew’s. This gives a good picture of a vibrant church engaged with its parish community. Here is the report for 2017/18
St Andrew’s Mission Action Plan
Over recent months the PCC has been working closely with Revd Dr Jonathan Rust, Director of Development for Kensington Episcopal Area, to build on the research undertaken last year and to develop a new Mission Action Plan for the coming years. As this is still a work in progress and not yet operational, we continue to work from the previous Mission Action Plan, as detailed below.
What we believe
At the heart of who we are is a set of beliefs which form the bedrock upon which our lives are founded and from which all else flows in our individual and common lives. These are set out in the creeds which are rooted in scripture, interpreted in the light of the historic wisdom of the Church and the informed application of our God-given intelligence.
We are followers of Jesus Christ by whose life, death, resurrection and ascension we are redeemed and our lives given meaning and value. We rejoice in the work of the Holy Spirit amongst us whose fruits are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We seek to shape and mould our lives around these beliefs which are the basis for our vision and our values.
Our vision for St Andrew’s is that we should be a compassionate, imaginative and confident church, growing from a prayerful community which reaches out to offer the love and good news of God in Christ to all in the parish and beyond.
The Values we hold dear
Our fundamental values follow directly from our beliefs, for example our belief in the God–given dignity of all human beings; a conviction that we are called to be people of peace and reconciliation; and a commitment to human flourishing. Amongst our values are some that we hold especially dear and which we wish to emphasise in our attitudes and in our daily life at St Andrew’s at the present time. These are:-
In our Worship
We are committed to the open hearted and prayerful offering of the sacraments and of worship which attracts and draws people closer to God.
In our Welcome
We are committed to demonstrating by our practice the generous hospitality of God in all aspects of our life together.
In our Parish
We are committed to being light, salt and yeast to all in our parish in our desire to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ about spiritual and physical flourishing.
We will constantly be alert to ensure that all those who gather at St Andrew’s, and especially the members of the Church Council and leaders of our groups and teams, demonstrate these values by our attitudes, by our actions and by the way in which we conduct ourselves.
1. VICAR’S REPORT
2017 has been a year of consolidation as well as growth and new ventures.
After four years of faithful service as Church Warden, Humphrey Gervais stepped down due to serious family illness. We are very grateful to Humphrey for his dedication (especially remembering his fundraising skills for our spire appeal!), and continue to pray for him and Cathy after the tragic death of his daughter in 2017. Adriaan van Zyl, who had been acting as Deputy Warden for a year, stepped in and, along with the wisdom and skills of Trevor Dawson, has proved himself to be a huge asset to the team and the church in so many ways.
Constance Mirembe, who had been seconded to St Andrew’s from London City Mission, returned home to Uganda, due to illness in March 2016. Sadly she died there in the autumn 2017 and a memorial service was held for her at St Andrew’s for friends and family unable to go to her funeral in Uganda.
In November we were joined by Jordanna Smith, working part–time on the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates with Penny Stradling, our Pioneer Minister for Youth and Community. Jordanna lives locally, has two teenage boys, and an infectious love for God, and has been a great asset to the work. The Friday youth group (meeting in Fulham Boys School) and Thursday girls group (now meeting at St Andrew’s) are thriving, and several holiday club activities and trips have been organized for residents of the estates, as well as a Christmas Carol Service.
St Andrew’s is a busy, vibrant and welcoming church, open 7 days of the week, with rarely a dull moment. Many hundreds of people pass through our doors each week – whether attending our own events with toddlers on Mondays and Wednesdays, the homeless on Saturdays, ‘Healthy Eating’ workshops, the café, the jewellery group or at one of several services of Holy Communion, or joining one of the many groups that meet on our premises. This does mean a lot of work for those who work and volunteer here (and in particular Penny McCarthy, who does a fantastic job of managing so much of the day to day running of the church), but it also provides great mission opportunities for us to demonstrate the love of Christ in our welcome, hospitality and the message we share. Almost everyone who attends worship at St Andrew’s is also involved in some form of active service – for which I am enormously grateful. But it must be remembered that this is not about ‘helping the vicar’ but about serving the Lord – with our skills, resources and time, and being a part of building the Kingdom of God here in Fulham.
In June, following the horrendous tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire in June, we opened the church as a place for people to come and be quiet and to bring contributions, and were deluged with donations and offers of help. We were privileged to have direct links to some of those affected and were able to pass on many financial and practical gifts. Soon after we ran our first Great Get Together fun day as part of the nationwide memorial events for Jo Cox MP, and this attracted many from the community coming for the first time – perhaps glad just to be with others and talk, at such a difficult time.
It is always a privilege to share closely at key moments like these in people’s lives – including through conducting baptisms, weddings and funerals here throughout the year. Several of the baptism families have become regulars at church and are supporting new baptism families. But it has also been a year of much sadness as we have lost members of our congregation past and present, including Arthur Stonehouse and Joanne Horner.
It was a delight to see five of our young people (Aidan, Aure, Isabella, Martha and Sophia) confirmed at All Saints Fulham in November, following 10 weeks of preparation, and to see them grow in their faith over that period as they engaged in the classes.
I am extremely grateful to the Fabric Team (Adriaan van Zyl, David Wilde and Charles Wagner – with helpful input from the Diocese) for the tremendous progress they have made over this last year in the windows restoration project. There is now a very strong likelihood that the dilapidated windows around the church will be mended (thus also reducing our heating bill!) and the great east window restored to its former glory – or even better! Fundraising will be a big challenge, but tied in with our approaching 150th anniversary celebrations, this will be a fantastic opportunity to create an even more beautiful sanctuary, where God will continue to be worshipped, and from which the community will continue to be served for the next 150 years and beyond!
Numbers worshipping on Sunday mornings have begun to pick up slightly, with new people joining us almost every week. But we still have big challenges ahead – to reverse the gradual decline in voluntary giving over the past several years, to seek to grow deeper in our faith, and to increase our impact on the community around. So with our Lord’s leading and enabling, and with the enthusiasm and commitment of so many, we have an exciting year ahead of us, and I am very grateful for the privilege of serving among you as your vicar. Revd Lesley Bilinda, Vicar
2. CHURCH WARDENS & P.C.C. SECRETARY’S REPORT
As in previous years, this joint report is not intended to repeat any of the detail that will be found in other Reports, but is an overview of the breadth of activities of St. Andrew’s Church since the last joint Report in 2017.
Trevor Dawson has been Church Warden for many years and was this year joined by Adriaan van Zyl, following the retirement of Humphrey Gervais. Marc Maitland has been Secretary, this being his last year in that role.
Attendance at meetings of the P.C.C. and Standing Committee continues to be good and most Church activities remain well supported by Council members. The Council also enjoyed an Away Day at the Kairos Centre, Roehampton in the Autumn at which we were joined by the Revd Jonathan Rust who led our preliminary discussions on Mission Statement and definition (more of which elsewhere).
Following various vicissitudes over the previous years, this has been a year of consolidation, and Revd Lesley Bilinda’s first full year as Vicar. The sense of mutual pleasure and achievement shared – Vicar, Officers, Standing Committee, Council, Congregation, is hard to convey on paper, but it would be wrong to omit this feeling that permeates the many meetings and activities that take place every week.
With the departure of some of the previous support, in terms of clergy, this has also been a year where Revd Lesley’s energies have been put to fullest use, and this can be best appreciated by those of us who are privy to the Tsunamis of e-mails that are generated in trying to arrange something as simple as a Standing Committee meeting attended by five people! The Council, much less the Parish only knows a small amount of the administrative work that goes on behind the scenes, and (writing as the Secretary) I salute the Wardens in their ceaseless dedication to supporting Revd Lesley Bilinda in so many ways. We are fortunate indeed to have exceptional Wardens who play so many other roles within the Church, activities which are covered elsewhere, but it would be an omission not to include Trevor’s unique musical contribution that has now spanned almost half a Century, and Adriaan and David Wilde’s ceaseless work on the Church fabric, which has already led to improved lighting and will lead the way to the complete overhaul of the windows and possibly the agreement to proceed with the refurbishment of the East Window, allowing daylight to enhance the Church space. In addition the project will be addressing all lighting within the Church space.
Revd Lesley has continued the broad pattern of daily and weekly round of activities at St. Andrew’s, within the Church itself and the ever-popular Star Centre. As the principal source of revenue (as well as a well-established community asset) the various parts of the Star Centre have been developed to capacity, and there is hardly any time when the Church and Centre are not in use. For most of the past year, negotiations have been ensuing with IntoUniversity for the renewal of their lease of the top floor, and we have been fortunate enough to enjoy professional support from a number of quarters, but mention must here be made of the efforts Revd Lesley Bilinda has put into achieving a successful renewal which will improve and stabilise our income for the next 5 years.
The support enjoyed from our Treasurer, Jonathan Rhys and our Parish Administrator, Penny McCarthy cannot be overstated. Finances continue to be tight, but with careful expenditure and efforts to maximise income, not least Gift Aid, stability has been maintained.
The activities undertaken by St. Andrew’s over the year are too numerous to list here, but amongst the highlights have been the visit to Father Guy in Salisbury and a thoroughly enjoyable coach trip to your Secretary’s new home in Lincolnshire which even the weather could not spoil. Music continues to play an important part in both the worship and social life of St. Andrew’s, and the monthly choral evensongs continue to flourish, and the choir tour to Bristol Cathedral was highly successful, and this year’s trip to Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, is eagerly anticipated. St. Andrew’s broader musical and entertainment skills were also put to good use in the European Evening show, under Pam Taylor’s direction.
Your Church Wardens are determined to offer Revd Lesley Bilinda and the Church as much support as possible over the coming years, and the full support (both emotionally and in practical terms) of the Council will be drawn upon to continue the Mission Statement and definition – that is St. Andrew’s.
Writing as your Secretary for the last time in that role, with some sadness it must be said, I may be permitted a personal observation or two. I have been proud to be connected, in various ways, with St. Andrew’s for over 40 years. Everyone at St. Andrew’s is very fortunate to have such a dedicated Vicar and support team. I have almost always observed a determination to go forwards in a spirit of co-operation and Christian love, even where disagreements have been evident, and through some difficult times not least financially, during my 10 years’ in that role. I had originally only intended to be Secretary for one year, and now find myself retiring after 10 years in that role! I shall always have a special place in my heart for St. Andrew’s, and will continue to serve, if permitted, in other ways for at least the next 40 years!
Whilst your Wardens have signified their willingness to continue to serve in their respective offices, we all wish Jodie Lucatello every success in taking over as P.C.C. Secretary and express our gratitude to her for being of great assistance over the past few months.
Marc Maitland, LL.B., LL.M. (Cantab.), Secretary
Trevor Dawson, B.Ed. (Lond.), A.R.C.O., Church Warden
Adriaan van Zyl, Church Warden
The administrative church year tends to fall into a regular pattern of requirements all parishes have to provide. There is the completion and submission of annual returns and reports to the Diocese and Charity Commission. The record keeping and registering of banns, marriages, baptisms and funerals; the payment of quarterly fees in relation to them and ensuring we meet our contributions commitment to the Common Fund.
There is also the management of our finances on a daily basis with the collection and banking of all monies and grants received and payment of all bills, and in producing the figures to enable the PCC Treasurer to produce the monthly management accounts; and additionally Gift Aid claims.
St Andrews’s is insured by Ecclesiastical Insurance and every 5-10yrs they visit to ensure what they see on the ground is what they have on paper. They come to measure, look at architectural details of the building and generally check we have the requisite fire and safety process and mechanisms in place. Our visit was in 2017 and, apart from the electrical certificate which was in the process of being renewed at the time of the visit, Ecclesiastical were satisfied that everything was in order we are correctly covered.
Two fundamental pieces of equipment heavily relied upon on in any office is the computer and the photocopier and both were in need of serious attention.
The computer, which was already mature in age when I started six years ago, was careering towards decrepitude. Fortunately we had two people who know about such things and were prepared to help us: Tom Mallender who sourced and purchased new equipment on our behalf and installed the main software and Paul Hafner who migrated all our data and ensured we had all the necessary security controls/blocks in place. It was a lot of work and we’re extremely grateful to Tom and Paul for giving up an enormous amount of their time with this project. Not only do we now have a faster computer with more storage but we now also have a separate workstation or “hot desk” for those who occasionally need to log on to the system and/or work in the office.
Photocopiers have a 3-5 year lifespan depending on usage. The rental we had was a good machine but was overdue for renewal and our requirements had changed; we felt there were opportunities we could offer (e.g. printing orders of service for weddings) that could provide a small income stream. In the long term an outright purchase was considered to be more cost effective as there is only a monthly print cost to pay that covers the service of the machine and provision of toners and parts. Luckily we were able to secure a donation specifically for this so now have an even more ecological new printer/copier which also scans and all but makes the tea!
My responsibilities are many and varied from ordering supplies and printing services sheets to booking and managing all hall hiring and the cleaning and caretaking, making sure all is running well in the Star Café and maintaining the Electoral Roll (see separate reports in this booklet) and controlling the daily finances and pretty much everything and anything in between.
Being such a continuously active church and centre is wonderful and challenging in the same breath, but I feel extremely lucky and love having such an interesting job that involves me so much.
Penny McCarthy, Church & Centre Administrator
4. CARETAKING AND CLEANING
It is wonderful that we have so many people coming through our doors to worship, spend time in the Café, attend or hold an event or just generally come to visit and chat. However, it does tend to mean more handprints on the glass, loo paper used, soap to be refilled, crumbs to be swept up, tables to be wiped, floors to be washed, stairs to be hoovered, and a continuous movement of furniture in the church, Cafe and upstairs room sometimes several times a day.
We are immensely grateful to Tommy Barwick who takes care of all this so that we are always clean, tidy and respectable to greet all who come to us. He also reports any damage, breakages or malfunctions within the building, ensures we are safely and securely locked up, and is responsible for the fire alarm testing which certainly wakes us up every Friday morning!
Penny McCarthy, Church & Centre Administrator
5. CHARITY SUPPORT
As a church we support two main charities:-
The Children’s Society
The Society was well-supported by continuity of cashflow from the House Boxes, from an evening in July featuring a Talk on Colditz and from Carol Singing.
Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed constantly and generously.
Home Boxes £688
Colditz Talk £840
Carols Singing £300
This year we have had just two main events: during Christian Aid week Cassie Woodward from Christian Aid was invited to speak at the Sunday service on May 14th 2017. On the same day the Big Brekkie was held to raise funds and the total, including a collection during and beyond the week, was £256.50.
During the week midday prayers were held every day, led by different members of the group.
During Harvest a poverty Lunch was held which raised £141.00.
Regrettably there has been much less activity this year than previously. The Christian Aid group at St. Andrew’s no longer meets, but it is hoped that either Christian Aid work here gains more strength or another similar charity is chosen for our support. Veronica Phillips
6. CHILDREN & PARENTS GROUPS
We are richly blessed by a good number of children in and around church! With this comes the responsibility to engage, teach and nurture these children in the Christian faith. We offer a variety of opportunities on Sundays and through the week for children of all ages.
Sunday – Children’s Church
Children’s Church has continued to be exciting for all who attend, to worship God in a creative way. The number of children and young people who attend, averages at approximately 15 per week, with children continuing to bring along family and friends to some sessions.
The groups are facilitated by four teams, all groups involve a discussion about the child’s and young person’s week, including praying for people by name, and events individuals are thankful for; followed by a bible reading, the offering of peace, and crafts.
Team 1: Latoya Ridge, Susan Austin
Many sessions consists of learning about bible stories through re-enacting, and producing craft for display or to take home.
Team 2: Verna Ridge, Dionne McLean
Many sessions are full of Godly games, puzzles, and creative learning.
Team 3: Mark & Hazel Morris
Many sessions involve music and signing. The group welcome each other by introducing themselves by name during the peace
Team 4: Montserrat Eden, Harry Phibbs
Many sessions are delivered via Godly play, giving the children and young people an opportunity to explore their own spirituality.
Thank you to all the teams, parents who often help during sessions, and young helpers who attend the group. After many years of amazingly faithful and creative service in Children’s Church, Marsha Heywood has stepped down for the time being. We say a very big thank to her!
The main source of materials for Children’s Church is currently being sourced from Roots worship and learning resources and Godly play.
Children’s Church is always seeking new people to join, if you are interested please speak to any team members or Revd Lesley Bilinda.
Verna & Latoya Ridge
Monday – Children and Parents Communion Service
This little service in the Lady Chapel is especially geared towards parents and pre-school children and babies. It takes place on Monday mornings for 20-30 minutes and is a short, very relaxed communion service, with the children participating in many ways – including lively action Christian songs, an interactive children’s bible story, helping to set up the mini altar, and joining the liturgical responses (as able!). It is so good to see even little children really engage and take part – often a step ahead of the rest of us!
As well as offering an opportunity for worship with small children in a relaxed environment, it also provides a social network for sometimes isolated young parents as they linger over coffee after the service. Revd Lesley Bilinda
Wednesday – Songs and stories
A Wednesday morning playgroup run year round by volunteers with a £2 charge per family. The sessions are around forty five minutes to an hour of nursery rhyme singing and moving about for babies, toddlers, mums, dads, grandparents and carers, followed by a shared donated fruit snack time and story time.
The group size is limited to 25 adults plus children, due to historic oversubscribing and the fact that one our long term volunteers has left and we’ve not been able to find a similar replacement volunteer. We have more manageable numbers over the holiday periods and in the summer, but remain committed to being one of the only playgroups that runs year round in our neighbourhood. Many of those coming have become regulars, but we welcome new people nearly every week. The sessions are attended largely by people with no other connection with St Andrews church.
Kelly Henderson, who runs the playgroup, is supported by a number of attendees who have been coming for years and who take it in turns to volunteer on an ad hoc basis. We are also supported by Tommy Barwick who helps to set up the church space every week as well as the volunteers in the Café who prepare the shared fruit. They also provide a lunch menu that is well attended.
The collection taken amounts to around £30-£45 each week, which is given in to Penny McCarthy in the Parish Office to bank. Kelly Henderson
Thursday – 8-11s Group
Our small group of 11 year olds has continued with much enthusiasm over the past year. We spent from January to July going through the whole story of the Bible aiming to put the various stories we all knew into a bigger picture. We stopped in the Autumn for confirmation classes which went ahead in December. Since our group is currently only girls, from January we have been studying ‘Women of the Bible’, taking a different woman’s story each week, thinking about what we can learn from her and adding her into a quilt that each girl is making. As part of this we’ve been learning practical skills such as sewing on buttons and using a sewing machine – not one broken needle so far!! Penny Stradling, Pioneer & Youth Minister
Young People’s Group – 11-15 year olds
The church youth group has continued to meet on a Sunday after church in partnership with West London Family Church. We number around 8-10 young people with several about to join us after Easter as they enter their last 6 months of Primary school. Our hour together usually involves biscuits and discussions about various subjects. From January to July we looked at the whole story of the Bible and produced a cartoon version of the Big Picture of scripture. In the Autumn term we spent several weeks thinking about prayer and trying out different ways of praying, e.g. meditation, silence, creative, icons, and included a trip to the Holy Trinity Brompton prayer room where we signed up for an hour’s prayer slot. Since the Autumn we have been thinking about different subjects that the young people have asked to discuss and how they interact with our faith. For example, how does our political system work, suffering and the controversial bits of St Paul!
As well as our weekly meeting we have had a couple of events including a nerf gun party and a Christmas dinner. We held another weekend away in January which was enjoyed by the 4 adults and 9 young people who participated. We, like last year, went to Legge House near Swindon and spent a very wet weekend looking at the subject of ‘what should I do with the rest of my life?’
Our newest venture is a monthly youth event at the Family Church that is based around food, an activity and an interactive, creative prayer space. The young people have been really excited about this idea and there were lots of positive comments after our first meeting.
Penny Stradling, Pioneer & Youth Minister
7. COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Earl’s Court Development
Over the past year we have continued with our work on the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates, seeking to work out how best to respond as a church to the Earl’s Court redevelopment.
Our youth work has continued to grow over the past year with lots more families involved. We mainly ran with volunteers until July however this proved unsustainable and so funding was sought, and secured, to employ a part time youth worker and Jordana Smith began in November. She has been a wonderful addition and brought boundless energy and enthusiasm to the task. Together with some community and church volunteers we have run:
We have now been running our Friday night youth club with Kick London for over a year based in Fulham Boys School. Since taking over the running of it in January last year we have seen numbers rise and behaviour improve. Until July we were supported by some volunteers from St Luke’s Earls Court however they had to stop their work with us due to other commitments. We are still working with Kick London who provide a football coach each week and this has continued to be a wonderful partnership.
On average we have around 15-20 young people a week who predominantly spend their time playing football, eating the snacks and playing games. We do also provide one off activities such as cooking or making slime.
Beginning in June we started a youth club just for girls as so few access other youth provision. This has been a huge success with over 20 girls now regularly attending. We began in Fulham Boys School however the facilities were a challenge and so when we re-opened in November we began to use the church café which the girls much prefer. Week by week we do various activities such as cooking, games, pamper evenings, movie nights, craft and trips to the Crepe Factory.
Building on relationships from Girls Group we ran a 6 week course for 4 girls based around building self-esteem, learning to do a manicure and the Biblical book of Esther. This course explored subjects around identity, depression, self-harm, eating disorders as well as building strategies to deal with emotions. Our final session included the various mums and sisters of the girls joining us for an evening where we all had manicures, celebrated the girls success and saw them being presented with their own manicure sets. All of the girls reported increased self-esteem from the beginning to end of the course.
In partnership with the council we have run activities during Easter and the Summer. Nikki Jeffries deserves a particular mention as a regular (and tireless!) volunteer throughout the whole summer – 6 weeks of 2-3 afternoons a week with between 10-25 young people. These events have been great at connecting us with new families who then join our regular clubs and saw us doing up the garden at the tenants hall, enjoying a science experiment day, making our own games from scrap and much more. One highlight was a coach trip to Margate for 150+ people from across the estates in partnership with the Community Health Champions.
Easter 2018 has again seen a partnership with the council and we ran an Easter Egg hunt for children aged 0-16 which saw roughly 70 participate.
Our English classes continued until July when we stopped for the summer holidays. We had been using a building on the estates, however, were unable to discover if this building would again be available and have ultimately decided to make other plans. With a little funding leftover from our original Sport Relief grant we are looking to begin again in late May 2018, but using St Andrews on a Saturday morning so that it can tie into the homeless project and potentially attract others for whom Monday was not a good time. While recruitment was a challenge for the entire 9 months that we ran classes on the estates, increasingly people are asking when they are re-starting the project which is hopefully a good sign.
We have continued to develop relationships with different groups working on the estates and continue to run a regular meeting for community workers. This has led to new opportunities and shared events. One highlight was again running a carol service for over 100 people during the Council’s Christmas party for residents which saw us singing carols, telling the Christmas story and hearing the meaning of Christmas. It was wonderful that some of the young people from the youth clubs took part in leading the carol singing. Penny Stradling, Pioneer & Youth Minister
‘Healthy Response ‘Health & Well Being Series
The monthly ‘Be Well’ series continues as a result of support from our founding partners at MIND and the North End Medical Centre as well as funding from LBH&F’s Fast Track Small Grant scheme and support from our initial sponsor Capco, now accessed through the London Community Fund.
The event was set up in 2016 playing a part in a social prescribing programme with the Medical Centre and MIND, with the principal aims of helping to address isolation in the community and improve adult social care. We do this through hosting a welcoming event which consists of a healthy eating and lifestyle talk and cooking demonstration by Sarah Green, our neighbour on St Andrew’s Road and Vice Chair of BANT (British Association of Advanced Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy), together with further short talks by occasional guest speakers, the handout of healthy recipe sheets and everyone interacting afterwards with the provision of a free healthy and nutritious lunch.
The event continues to take place on a Tuesday morning in the Church and Café and is run by Pippa Grive and nutritional therapist Sarah Green aided by strong volunteer support from Lemmy Emasit, Jane Baring and Adriaan van Zyl. Each event brings newcomers through the doors of St Andrew’s who have heard about the event either through flyers at the local libraries, via NHS health workers, the doctors at the North End Medical Centre, an active Facebook page, and more recently a video in the waiting room at the North End surgery. Newcomers are encouraged to return and to look at the many other notices on display about St Andrew’s about church services and other activities within the Star Centre.
The current series has seen involvement from two new organisations: Fulham Good Neighbours, Side by Side (the new Alzheimer’s Society service which helps people with dementia and also targeting their carers) and Chelsea Football Foundation. The latter heard about the series through Sobus, the local networking support organisation for the voluntary and community sectors, and asked to be involved and is now organising a monthly movement session within the Church which is free and open to all, again at promoting behavioural change for improved well-being amongst seniors. Pippa Grive
Communicating online and through social media is crucial to spreading news of our Church life, but it’s an aspect of our ministry that has MUCH room for improvement….. We have a website www.standrewsfulham.com,
twitter account @Standrewsfulham and a Facebook page St Andrew’s Church, Fulham. We also have a local account with Next Door.
We are grateful to Caroline Lawson who uploads the weekly newsletter, to Lucinda Tyser who distributes it, to Amy Beeson-Uddin (wordsby communications.com) for her help with design and promotion and to Divya Venkatesh (divyavenkatesh.com) for her help with design. And thanks once again to Philippa Durston for the design and printing of the Christmas card.
We would be very glad to hear from anyone who enjoys spending time on social media and who would like to support this aspect of our ministry.
Revd Lesley Bilinda
9. COMMUNION ASSISTANTS
Communion Assistants are licensed by the Bishop to administer both the bread and the wine. The team supports the Revd Lesley Bilinda in administering the sacrament to people at a central moment of the Eucharist.
In November we recruited two new Communion Assistants; Gladys Acquah and Lemmy Emasit. They were licensed by the Bishop and commissioned during the Sunday service on 26 November. Nine communion assistants whose 3-year licences the Bishop had renewed were re-commissioned on the same occasion.
The team now consists of Gladys and Lemmy, and Andrea Brown, Letty Buxton, Paul Calcott, Mary Marsh, Reshaé Nathaniel-Ridge, George Phibbs, Tom Preddle, Violet Primus, LaToya Ridge, Verna Ridge, Penny Stradling, Elaine Weekes and David Wilde.
The team willingly cover for one another and will continue to do all that is necessary to provide ready support and assistance in this most sacred service. Many thanks to all. Mary Marsh
10. DEANERY SYNOD REPORT
This last year was the first year of the 2017-2020 Triennium (three yearly sessions) of the Deanery Synod during which there were five scheduled meetings. Anthony Scott-Noble, Christoph von Luttitz and Stella Boyce are the representatives from St.Andrew’s.
First Meeting: February 2017. St Alban’s, Margravine Road, W6
The main topic for the evening was an address by the Area Bishop, the Right Rev. Graham Tomlin. He reminded those present that this year would be the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 thesés. He considered what he described as Martin Luther’s personal Theological discovery, “Justification by Faith”, as the Article by which the Church stands or falls.
Second meeting: May 2017. St. Katherine’s, Westway, W12
Welcome and prayer by the Area Dean, the Revd Tim Stilwell who introduced the Revd Jim Tate, Vicar of St Katherine’s Westway who spoke of the creative mission of the church in the 1980s and the importance of being creatively open to change in the context of the Capital Vision 2020.
In the section relating to Matters arising, Penny Stradling gave a brief report about the New Worshipping Communities Task Force (NWCTF).
The main topic of the evening was a presentation by Martyn Payne of the Bible Reading Fellowship who gave a short history of the origin and formation of the “Messy Church” project. It began 13 years ago in a parish in Portsmouth. He outlined the principles, objects and methods of the Messy Church.
Third meeting: June 2017. All Saints, Fulham, SW6
Common Fund* The main topic of this meeting was about finance. Revd Stephan Welch asked the meeting to consider the common fund contributions to the Diocesan budget for 2018. The question raised was about funding and the churches ability to assist heal and resource communities such as Grenfell Tower after the disaster.
The Deanery Finance chair, Steve Purcell explained the common fund budget for 2018. He outlined a mechanism of contributions and parish offers to meet the common fund budget quota set by the diocese. The objective is to contribute collectively 88.8% of the full costs (up from 86.6% in 2017, an increase (2.95%).
Many parishes have been asked to increase their contributions by 4.5% and all have been asked to agree, a plan for reaching 100% over time (taking into account their individual circumstances).
* for an explanation as to what the Common Fund is please see Page 32
Fourth meeting: September 2017. St Mary’s, Edith Road, W14
The Area Dean introduced William Cooper Bailey who works in the diocese as a volunteer and is responsible for the collection and analysis of data and statistics.
Graphic information about 19 parishes had been prepared and distributed.
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Fifth Meeting: November2017. St John’s, North End Road, Fulham SW6
The main topic of this meeting was about “Co-operating to make a difference”.
The Area Dean introduced two speakers:-
(a) Hannah Widows spoke on behalf of the charity “Make Lunch” run by volunteers in partnership with churches and communities providing meals for pupils in term time and holidays. Further information can be seen at: www.makelunch.org.uk and hello@makelunch/oArg.uk
(b) Stephan Wiedmer for the charity “Crosslight Advice”, an independent debt and money advice charity regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. It runs a free advice service at St Paul’s Hammersmith and other branches in the area.
Further information can be seen at: www.crosslightadvice.org and email@example.com
Both charities provided leaflets to members to take away.
Future 2018 Deanery Synod dates: Tuesday 8th February,
Wednesday 18 April, Tuesday 22nd May, Wednesday 26th September
and Thursday 15th November.
Stella Boyce, Deanery Synod Representative
11. ECUMENICAL RELATIONS
There are no regular formal gatherings of the local churches, such as there have been in the past, but networks exist in other capacities. Once again this year on Palm Sunday we joined in Normand Park with the clergy and congregations of St Thomas RC and with West London Family Church (as well as other local CofE churches).
The joint youth group continues on Sundays after church with our own Pioneer Minister Penny leading, joined by young people and a leader from West London Family Church. This same partnership has begun a monthly prayer event on a Friday night which hopes to include other local churches over time. Revd Lesley Bilinda
12. ELECTORAL ROLL
Our ER number tends to remain within 5 either side of 200 and at the end of the last twelve month period our number totalled 203.
Two moved away, three sadly died and we had three new members.
Whilst we endeavour to ensure our ER is current and accurate we are reliant on being informed of any changes, particularly if people move out of the parish and no longer worship here. Equally you may have been someone who has returned to us after some time and may no longer be on the list so need to renew your name on it. If you are more recent worshipper you might want to consider joining the list. In any event please complete a form which you can find in the Café and either give to me or the vicar.
The Church Electoral Roll is the list of people who consider St Andrew’s to be their parish church. There is no specific financial or other commitment but those on the list are able to vote for representatives on the Church Council (PCC) and may also be eligible to join the PCC themselves.
If you are interested in joining the roll please contact Penny McCarthy on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penny McCarthy, Electoral Roll Officer
13. FABRIC REPORT
The Windows and Lighting Working Group that was established in early 2016, to review the repairs required to the church windows and to improve the lighting throughout the church spaces, has continued throughout 2017. Various sources of funding have been investigated and an expression of interest has been registered with the Heritage and Lottery Fund. Further discussions have taken place with the Fund and several of their requirements are being addressed. Bridge funding by the Diocese and bequests from the congregation are also alternative sources.
It is a requirement that a ‘Conservation Accredited Architect’ be appointed to oversee all repairs and works undertaken for the project. The detailed scope of works required to obtain funding will be produced by the appointed Architect. The scope of works and Architect must be submitted and approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC). A Statement of Significance and Needs was produced as a pre-requisite to a visitation from the DAC.
A meeting was held with the Archdeacon and the Secretary to the DAC at Church in February 2017 to discuss the scope of work and the appointment of an Architect. The meeting also discussed the artificial current lighting arrangements in the Church and it was observed that the proposal to provide natural lighting through the East Window should be considered in conjunction with possible alterations to the internal lighting conditions. It was suggested that the scope should therefore be modified to include artificial lighting and Conservation Accredited Architects with the relevant skill sets should be asked for proposals as far reaching as maintaining the current East Window arrangement and providing more artificial lighting to opening up the window and making best use of natural lighting. In any event, work will be required to repair the condition of this and the remaining windows. The Secretary to the DAC has provided a list of suitable Architects.
During the latter part of 2017, we approached several Conservation Accredited Architects to consider our Windows and Lighting Project. Three Architectural Practices accepted our invitation to submit proposals, and on 7th March 2018 their submissions were presented to our working group. These presentations were also attended by the Archdeacon, The Ven Stephan Welch. The submissions will be made available for viewing and consultation with the congregation and the public commencing in April. We look forward to choosing an Architectural Practice to move forward with finalising the designs and scope of work, allowing for the necessary funding grants to be pursued.
We are grateful to LendLease for refurbishing the Bell Tower Door.
Lighting Fixation Limited completed the installation of six LED lights in the nave and a further two in the chancel to complement the existing lighting, until a long term solution is designed and installed during the windows restoration project.
We are grateful to our caretaker, Tommy Barwick, for the time he has spent making minor repairs on top of his normal caretaking duties and to Adriaan van Zyl for essential repairs that are occasionally required.
David Wilde, Fabric Officer
14. FLOWER ARRANGING GROUP
The team take it in turn each Sunday, some in pairs and some alone, to arrange the flowers in church from Easter to Advent and Christmas to Lent. They are a dedicated group that quietly makes our church beautiful for worship.
Those who give their time and effort so generously are: Jane Baring, Magdalena Kotnarowska Mohammed, Lily Koroma, Merle Mclean, Sevilla Hercolani, Susan Routledge, Gigi Preddle and Letty Buxton.
Jane of course gives us, in addition, the benefit of her wealth of professional skill and knowledge in flower arranging.
A big thank you to all concerned for your important work. Gigi Preddle
15. HALL HIRE
We continue to flourish on the hiring front and once again are most grateful to our long-standing hirers who provide the backbone of our regular income: Voice Movement Therapy (VMT), Kensington Dance Studio (KDS), Pilates, Little Dance Academy (ex Petite Performers); Hearing Voices and Mindfulness groups and Potters House Youth Church, who have now extended to two days a week.
Whilst we endeavour to provide a varied choice of hirers certain themes are apparent which mainly concern health, fitness, and well-being. Over the past year our existing hirers have been joined by Yogalates, a therapeutics-based exercise programme for all ages; yoga classes for pregnant mothers and mothers with babies; Cook & Eat classes teaching how to cook healthy meals; and Slimming World for those wishing to lose weight.
Addison Singers have been performing at St Andrew’s since 2014 and we’re delighted they continue to do so biannually with the Addison Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble and Oratorio Choirs at their Summer Concert held in July and the Addison Jazz Choir, Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Trio’s Winter Concert in December.
On the single hire front we’ve ranged from charity tea dances and dinners (Parkinson Society) ballet performances (Let’s All Dance Company) to baby showers and small brides-to-be parties, and film crews sheltering from the cold and snow while filming. We also have various people practicing on the piano and organ.
There have been thirteen children’s parties during the past year. This has reduced from the previous year but reflects the withdrawal of Sundays as an option, and the conflict of date availability for several parties.
We remain a venue for our local Police Ward Panel meetings and as a Polling station, with the Local Council Elections coming up in May.
This year we’ve bid farewell to the Kings Cross Korean Church who’ve been worshipping at St Andrew’s for the last 5 years but whose numbers have dropped so they’ve moved to a smaller venue, the French language and culture school, Et Patati Patata, who become so successful they needed more space than we could offer, and Bach to Baby who completed their series of concerts.
During the last twelve months we’ve looked to increase the number of long-term regular hirers, which we’ve achieved, and seek to continue and to that end are hoping to welcome the Scouts back to St Andrew’s after an absence of nearly 100 years during the coming year.
We’re immensely fortunate to have such continuous use of our space especially as the majority of enquiries come through word of mouth, and whilst this last year we’ve settled into consistent timeslots we do have some availability still to fill. Penny McCarthy, Bookings Manager
16. HOMELESS PROJECT
The Project continues with the guest attendance varying from 60 to 80 on most Saturdays throughout the year, and it is well supported by the many volunteers. There is the early ‘kitchen duty’ from 08.00 onwards, and then the ‘front serving’ from 10.00 onwards. Then we have the ‘cleaning group’ that clears up, cleans the kitchen, café area, toilets and sets up the church for Sunday service. We have attracted many volunteers with a wide range of backgrounds including professional. They together with our regular volunteers have brought many varying views and interests – helping to shape the project going forward.
They are all just wonderful, and new volunteers are always welcome to join!
We enjoy the generous donation of the local butcher, H G Walters, who continues to deliver and supply free of charge all meat and chicken that is used in the weekly preparation of the meals. We have also been well supported by the charity City Harvest who have provided so much fruit, vegetables, detergents and miscellaneous items, and the charity Foodfayre who have an arrangement with Tesco Stores to collect food – we collect food on a Saturday morning which supplements the food already received. This allows us to offer pastries and fruit to our guests when we open the doors at about 07.00 on Saturdays.
In addition, Fulham Preparatory School (FPS) continues to support us in many ways, including supply of toiletries throughout the year, and especially gifts for the guests which they come to church and wrap – last year we had 70 pupils, 5 teachers and they gift wrapped 100 presents for guests at the Christmas dinner. We were complimented on providing the best Hot Chocolate in Fulham!
We have also enjoyed the support from FBS who have begun to volunteer the services of at least two pupils and their parent/s to assist in the ‘serving duty’ from 10.00. This has given them an insight into the Homeless Project and most importantly they have created a very warm atmosphere with the guests, we expect this to continue throughout the year. In addition, we have also been supported by adolescents who are pursuing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, and often joined by their parents
During the past year we received a grant and donations to a total of £2,947. This has been most helpful in replacing kitchen equipment and, in particular, our large industrial fridge. The current volunteers are discussing raising additional funds for the future. This is most encouraging as we wish to contribute towards the other costs associated with the project, namely utilities and maintenance.
We have also introduced a subtle arrangement whereby our guests are encouraged to assist with supervising the shower Rota, setting up the tables and chairs, and assisting to set up the church. It is encouraging to see their commitment.
Revd Lesley Bilinda continues with a Communion Service on Saturday at 9.30am, for guests and volunteers. We have had as many as 12 participants in the service. Importantly this also has opened the door for one to one pastoral conversations with Revd Lesley Bilinda, which is of particular value to everyone. Adriaan Van Zyl, Church Warden & Volunteer
A successful sixth year for IntoUniversity at the Star Community Centre, St Andrew’s Church. During our after school Academic Support programme we have supported 129 primary and secondary students since September. A large majority of these are students who have continued receiving our support from last academic year allowing us to build long-term, pastoral relationships with them and their families. Our primary students have been strengthening their Maths and English skills through our curriculum topics; this year’s topics have been Classics, Chemistry and Coding. Our secondary students also attend the centre after school, to get support with their homework, revision, coursework, university and work experience applications. We are very lucky to have committed volunteer Tutors from partner universities and the local community who ensure high quality support; for a sixth year it has been invaluable to have the support of David Parrish, a congregation member at St Andrew’s who has now volunteered nearly 327 hours! Alongside this, Cecile Douillard has been an active volunteer leading sessions around careers and entrepreneurship.
We have continued our work with 6 partner primary schools working with Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils on our FOCUS programme. By the end of July we will have worked with over 500 primary students in year 4, 5 and 6 on the FOCUS programme. In addition, we have continued our work with 5 partner secondary schools and HE colleges, in supporting over 500 students with their educational choices and chosen pathways, including applications to university.
We currently have 23 pairs on our Mentoring programmes. We have matched together several of our Academic Support students with University Student Mentors; these trained mentors build on the soft skills of the young people through playing games and cooking together in the café kitchen, providing support with their academic work and exploring their future aspirations. In addition, we have matched a number of year 12 students with Corporate Mentors from the business or professional world who have been to university. They provide invaluable support to their mentee with preparation for their transition to university; planning and accessing finances, exploring budgeting techniques, thinking about the different academic demands of university life, and developing independent living skills.
Looking forward to next year we look to continue our work and strengthen our relationships with the children and families we work with. The IntoUniversity staff team – Nicola, Guy, Izzy, Adam, Leah and Lucy would like to say an enormous thank you to St Andrew’s Church, Revd Lesley Bilinda, Penny McCarthy, Adrian van Zyl and Tommy Barwick for their continued support as we work with more and more young people in the local area.
IntoUniversity continues to grow nationally; we currently have 12 centres across London, 1 in Oxford, 2 in Leeds, 1 in Brighton, 2 in Bristol, 1 in Southampton 3 in Nottingham, 1 in Liverpool, 1 in Clacton and 1 in Weston Super Mare. We are hoping to open a further regional centre next academic year. Nicola Kelly, Team Leader – IntoUniversity Hammersmith
18. MUSIC, CHOIR AND CONCERTS
As I come to write this report for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2018, I look back on the past year and reflect that we have much at St. Andrew’s for which we should be grateful. Music is a natural part of our worshipping life in many different forms, whether as a quiet, reflective Taizé chant, a shared congregational hymn, a piece performed by our piano choir at the Sunday morning parish communion, or the uplifting experience of hearing some of the great choral liturgical music at our monthly choral evensongs.
Choral evensong typically attracts a choir of 25+ singers who attend regularly from as far afield as Lincolnshire, Northampton and Chelmsford. The ability of these singers ranges from keen amateurs to semi-professionals, and the presence of a number of more experienced singers allows us to perform quite challenging music to a standard we would not otherwise be able to consider. The beauty of choral evensong, many would say, is that the power of the music sung by the choir allows you to explore spiritual heights and depths just by being there. If you haven’t yet experienced this for yourself, I do commend it to you. Choral evensong normally takes place on the first Sunday of the month at 6.30pm.
As an extension of the monthly choral evensong, the evensong choir has, for the past ten years, enjoyed the privilege of singing for a summer weekend in some of the finest cathedrals throughout the country. This year, we shall be singing at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, over the weekend of 25th/26th August and we shall also be singing at St. Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield, in London for evensong on Sunday 5th August. For me, it is a great privilege to stand before the choir in such wonderful surroundings and hear the beauty of the sound created in the often spacious acoustic bequeathed to us by the architects and builders of long ago. To secure a place for our choir in these distinguished places of worship requires us to book a long way in advance and so, in 2019, we shall be singing at Chichester Cathedral and, in 2020, in Ely.
Our piano choir continues to be an important feature of our musical worship during the Sunday morning parish communion and it is pleasing that, some weeks, it can be quite a tight squeeze for us all to fit around the piano! If you’ve heard the piano choir and think this is something you could do then, it’s easy, just join on when you see the other piano choir members come forward to receive communion and follow them around the piano. There’s no need for an audition or to be able to read music. After a few weeks, you’ll know most of the pieces we sing regularly and we do also have two music workshops scheduled for later in the year at which some new pieces will be introduced. These workshops will be straight after the parish communion on Sunday 20th May and Sunday 21st October.
To ensure the continuation of our music tradition well into the future, we have recently set up a trust fund thanks to very generous bequests from Marzenna Swingler and the parents of Marc Maitland. The quarterly interest generated by the investment will be put towards the costs of, for example, paying for multiple copies of sheet music for when we have a choir of around 25 people for evensong, or helping to cover expenses when we sing at cathedrals during the summer months.
No church music report could be complete without a mention of our regular Sunday morning choir who loyally turn out to lead our singing. Whilst individual circumstances prevent them all from being present every single week, their commitment is very much appreciated and so, to Trish, Gigi, Vanessa, Penny (McCarthy), Becky, Marc, Stephen and Arthur, we say a huge thank you. We would always be happy to hear from anybody who would like to join the choir. It would not be necessary to read music but a short, simple (and private!) audition would probably be necessary.
Thanks must go, as well, to Alun Bartlett, who plays the organ for evensong on the fourth Sunday of each month and who often covers for me on occasions when I am away on holiday; to Penny McCarthy, who looks after so much of the administration behind our musical activities and, finally, thanks to Revd Lesley Bilinda for all her support and encouragement for the music ministry that takes place here, and to all of you who are kind enough, from time to time, to express your appreciation!
Trevor Dawson, Organist and Director of Music
19. OCCASIONAL OFFICES (Baptisms, marriages and funerals)
Conducting occasional offices provides strategic opportunities to engage pastorally in key moments in a person’s life at times of great joy or sorrow. Some of those who request baptism, banns readings, weddings and funerals have little connection with church and so this also offers opportunities to demonstrate God’s love in our welcome and support. We continue to conduct baptisms on the first Sunday of each month as part of the main Parish Eucharist.
This year we have begun to offer the option of afternoon baptisms, in addition to the regular monthly Sunday morning baptisms. This was partly due to increased demand and partly in order to provide a more focused service for those families less familiar with church. Members of the congregation are invited to come and support the family, and the family is encouraged to bring their child to church the following week to be introduced and welcomed.
Twenty couples within the parish had their banns read and two of those couples were married in St Andrew’s. Revd Lesley also conducted a wedding in Gloucestershire for a couple living in this parish.
Over the last twelve months there have been 15 baptisms of which 2 were adults. Several of those families who brought children for baptism are now attending church regularly. Revd Lesley Bilinda and Letty Buxton between them officiated at 12 funerals. Two took place at St Andrew’s for Jo Horner a parishioner of some years, and our dear Arthur Stonehouse, whom we miss greatly. A further funeral was conducted in St Andrew’s by the Reverend Mark Bratton.
Once again we remembered many of those departed from us at our All Souls service in November. Revd Lesley Bilinda
20. PASTORAL GROUP
This group has not met formally during the year, but a number of people have continued to be attentive to those with specific pastoral needs, by visiting, praying and phoning. As many in our congregation attend only once every few weeks it is sometimes difficult to note who has been missing for a while. Please remember to inform the vicar if you are aware of particular pastoral needs in the congregation – your own or others.
Revd Lesley Bilinda
21. READERS AND INTERCESSORS
Among the most appreciated services that members of the St. Andrew’s congregation can offer the church is to volunteer to read the lessons or to make the intercessions at Sunday morning and evening services and also at a few weekday evening services during the year (such as Ash Wednesday or Maundy Thursday).
There are at present ten volunteer lay readers at Sunday morning services, namely Letty Buxton, Paul Calcott, Trevor Dawson, Chris Hunt, Erika Lang, Mary Marsh, Penny McCarthy, Tom Preddle, Kathleen Taylor and Andrew Tose.
The lay readers at Sunday evening services are Letty Buxton, Lindsay Jenkins and (on occasions) Marc Maitland and Chris Hunt.
The following members of the congregation offer their services as intercessors namely Letty Buxton, Trevor Dawson, Veronica Phillips, Penny Stradling and Paul Calcott.
During the year Humphrey Gervais, Pippa Grive and Jenkin Thomas withdrew from the rota for a variety of personal, family & health reasons. The service they have given to the church’s worship ministry while they were on the rota is greatly appreciated.
Newcomers to the rota are very welcome, especially at this moment when there are gaps to be filled. If you are interested in offering these important services to the church, please let Revd Lesley Bilinda, our Vicar, know.
A guide on how to read the lessons and make the intercessions is supplied to everyone who joins the rota. The availability of participants on the dates allotted to them is always checked before the rota issues. But the rota is not set in stone. It is amended if circumstances change.
22. SACRISTY AND SERVERS
The core team consists of Mary, Samuel and David and their key function is to provide guidance to the younger ones who wish to volunteer as Thurifers,
Crucifers, Acolytes or Boatpersons on an ad hoc basis.
We particularly encourage those from Children’s Church and Confirmation candidates who wish to directly participate in services to join us. We thank Thomas, Sophie, Sasha, Sophia and Valentino for their services when they are available. We are grateful for the help provided by Azi and wish her well
in her local parish.
We remember our previous Sacristan, Janet Hodge, who served at this church for many years and handed down many skills to our current serving team. Janet kindly bequeathed a new Lectern bible and oil filled altar
Penny McCarthy and David continue to ensure that supplies of everything
from candles to wafers and incense to wine are maintained. David Wilde
This is an area of great importance and that we take very seriously. All those who are in positions of responsibility in their work with children or vulnerable adults are checked through the Digital and Barring Service (DBS) and our church safeguarding policy is displayed and regularly updated. Verna Ridge is the Safeguarding Officer, and Kelly Henderson is the Children’s Champion. Verna Ridge, Safeguarding Officer
We are fortunate to have 3 schools within our parish boundaries, with whom we enjoy good relationships: Fulham Preparatory School, Fulham Boys School and Normand Croft Primary School.
Several classes from Normand Croft visited church again this year around Christmas and Easter, learning about Christianity. For many of these children this was their first experience in a church, and their interest and attentiveness was impressive! Revd Lesley Bilinda took school assembly there at Christmas and Easter.
Fulham Boys School has now grown too large to fit into St Andrew’s for their termly assemblies. However, Penny Stradling has led a number of assemblies at school throughout the year. Once again we joined with the school and butchers HG Walters to celebrate British Food Fortnight in October. The boys cooked a wonderful meal for our homeless guests, generously sponsored by HG Walters. Some of the pupils help out from time to time at the Saturday homeless project.
Fulham Preparatory School continues to provide great support for St Andrew’s homeless project. Once again the school provided vast quantities of food at Harvest time for the Saturday brunch, and large quantities of toiletries, gloves, underwear, hats etc. for Christmas presents. Several groups of pupils (up to 80 pupils in each) spent two mornings before Christmas wrapping the presents, decorating gingerbread biscuits and making Christmas cards. In addition small groups of pupils with parents and teachers have sometimes joined the project on a Saturday morning to help serve and clear up. Their presence has been greatly appreciated by the homeless guests. Revd Lesley Bilinda
25. SIDESPEOPLE AND REFRESHMENTS TEAMS
Having introduced a roster of Sides’ People in 2016 it is very pleasing to report that all participants have done sterling work in the welcoming and for the tidying up afterwards. The parents and their children have made it a happy time, with all members presenting a familiar face. What is noticeable in the past year is the number of children attending with their parents – this has created a busy but rewarding time for the welcoming group members.
The refreshments teams have put in outstanding work with great enthusiasm, and on occasions when the numbers have been unusually high, they continue to play the welcoming role with a smile and this has developed into happy banter and personal recognition with everyone before and after the service.
Everyone is still enthusiastic and it is noticeable that when a gap has occurred either at the start of service or afterwards, other parishioners have filled the gap – A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE”.
Adriaan van Zyl, Church Warden
26. SOCIAL EVENTS
Once again Saint Andrew’s has enjoyed a lively social calendar.
The Great Get Together
On June 17th we joined with community groups around the country to celebrate the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox MP. This was aimed at getting people together and reminding ourselves that we have more in common than that which divides us. It was a very successful and simple idea of people bringing food, getting to know each other and having some activities for children. Over 150 people turned up including our MP, Andy Slaughter, who spoke about Jo Cox and his friendship with her. Coming in the week after the Grenfell Tower tragedy this provided a space for people to be together and remember what is truly important. We raised £249 which was donated to the Jo Cox memorial fund.
Penny Stradling, Pioneer & Youth Minister
I, (Pam Taylor) once again wrote and produced a Summer Revue (or was it Autumn?!) with dinner for the enjoyment of the Parish and any other guests who wished to attend on 23rd September.
After the Brexit Referendum I decided that it would be a good thing to celebrate all things European to demonstrate in a small, local, but deeply felt way, that we are not the unwelcoming and inward-looking nation which some feared the result may have suggested.
We took a metaphorical steam train round Europe, stopping off at as many countries as we could manage, taking a brief look at the history, culture, dance, art and music of each country. Dinner had an international/European theme as did the choice of wines.
We had a good turn-out but it could have been much better and would be so gratifying given the all-round effort. Our publicity machine needs oiling or a good service! Alternatively we could ban Saturday night TV!
We could not have managed without the amazing catering team, once again headed by Adriaan and Lemmy, with assistance from Emmy, Nina and Oli – and others who joined in spontaneously! Nerve wracking as ever – running a pop-up restaurant!
I think the audience enjoyed the event – even if some people turned up thinking they were coming to a political debate – maybe they were!
St Andrews Day
We held our annual St Andrew’s Day celebration on 30th November for our patron saint, with a church service followed by a ceilidh and fish and chip supper. Lots of reeling and toe tapping, and we raised £107 on the evening.
Again, we are most grateful for those who cooked, served and volunteered on the night – Anthony Scott-Noble, Adriaan van Zyl, Revd Lesley Bilinda, Jane Baring, Anne Montgomery and Lemmy Emasit.
Penny McCarthy, Church & Centre Administrator
The Christmas Fayre
We held our second Christmas fayre on November 25th which saw local crafters bring their handmade items and pay a % of their profits to the church. We were delighted to make a profit of £583 for the church. We could have done with more buyers coming through and found advertising a challenge but it was encouraging to have included so many new crafters to the point we ran out of tables in the church!
Penny Stradling, Pioneer & Youth Minister
Burn’s Night 2018.
Celebrated on 27th January this year we decided to start at 7pm , so that we could have a jolly good dance and finish at a reasonable time to clear up etc. And what happened? People still turned up at 7.30 – and later! At least we tried.
The evening had the usual format involving dancing, singing, stories, Burn’s Traditions and a wonderful dinner made and served by our wonderful catering team – Adriaan, Lemmy, Emmy, Nina, Oli, Revd Lesley, me and other spontaneous additions. At the end of the evening, there was lots of washing up (as usual) and we were there until midnight wrestling with enormous pans – all jolly good fun and part of the fellowship.
There were plenty of newcomers amongst the guests, including Spanish guests of mine who had no idea what Edmund was doing when he spoke in a strange kind of English and seemed to murder part of the meal in the middle of the dance floor – this, of course, was “Addressing the Haggis” – an unmissable part of the Burn’s Night ritual!
We were joined by two families whose children formed a spontaneous singing group whom I named the Mc Trapp Family Singers. They were wonderful and very brave and sang an unforgettable Edelweiss.
We had a good attendance, lots of fun and made record funds for a Burn’s Night of £570. Pam Taylor
27. STAR CAFÉ
The café is open every week day, and although attendance varies, there are the regular activities that keep the café and the volunteers busy.
Highlights are the Monday morning parents and children’s communion service, the Wednesday Songs & Stories musical activity, so popular that many are turned away – now ‘first come first served’. This is followed by what has become known as the traditional spaghetti bolognaise lunch. Then on Fridays we have our jewellery making group between 10am and midday creating superb items of jewellery. We also have our group of regulars who get together for a chat whilst simultaneously folding and stapling the Sunday Service booklet.
Without the many volunteers (particularly Brian Donegan, Lemmy Emasit and Nikki Jefferies) who tend the café, do the cooking, washing up, tidying and generally keep the doors open and offer a truly St Andrew’s welcome to all we would not be able to operate. We are indebted to them all – THANK YOU.
We have been awarded an excellent 5 STAR certification after a surprise inspection in March, by the London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham against The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulation 2013. Thank you to everyone who continue to do everything asked of them AND MORE.
Adriaan Van Zyl, Church Warden & Volunteer
28. WORSHIP & LEARNING
There are many opportunities to worship God and deepen our faith. We celebrate Holy Communion together each Sunday morning at the 10am service. On the first Sunday of the month the children stay throughout the service and are encouraged to participate in different ways. On the other Sundays the children leave part way through the service for Children’s Church (see separate report), returning in time to share Holy Communion with us.
Evening services at 6.30pm have a regular pattern: the first Sunday of the month is a service of Choral Evensong, with a choir drawn from far and wide (some of whom are professional singers) leading beautiful choral worship: on the third Sunday there is quiet, reflective worship by candlelight in the tradition of the Taizé community in France; on the remaining Sunday evenings is said or sung evensong following the Book of Common Prayer. Numbers for Taizé and Evensong are small but the services are appreciated
We are deeply grateful to Trevor Dawson, our Music Director, for his faithful, skillful and immensely generous services to the musical life of this church. And we are grateful to Alun Bartlett for covering generously in Trevor’s absence.
On Mondays at 11am there is a short, informal communion service for parents and pre-school children; on Thursday at 11am is the mid-week communion, and on Saturday morning at 9.30 there is a short communion service (using a liturgy from the Iona Community) as part of the homeless project, but open to all.
The daily office is said in the Lady Chapel at 8am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and is open to all. On Saints days this is often replaced by a communion service.
The ‘prayer & soup’ gathering continues on Mondays at 12noon. The monthly Bible Reading group has discontinued, but there was a good attendance and lively discussion at this year’s Lent Group. Throughout Lent we focused on the spiritual disciplines, using Richard Foster’s book ‘Celebration of Discipline’, with a series of invited preachers taking a different discipline each, and with the same topic then being discussed at the Lent group, led by a different member of St Andrew’s each week. Revd Lesley Bilinda
* THE COMMON FUND
The Diocese of London, stretching from Heathrow in the west to the Olympic site in the East and from London out to Barnet and Enfield, represents 400 parishes serving six million people and receives no money from the state for mission or ministry.
Common Fund is money given by congregations in every parish in the Diocese of London. It is collected from rich and poor parishes, to provide and support clergy, and to further the work in every parish, across London. That is why our contributions are called the ‘Common Fund’; they are made by everyone, for everyone.
The Common Fund allows the Diocese to put a vicar in nearly every parish. It pays their wages, their pension, their housing, their training and for the training of a parish’s next vicar. The average cost of this is £80,600/parish. Each parish annually contributes a percentage ( if not the full 100%) of this cost depending on their parish finances. During 2017 St Andrew’s paid 79% (£64,039) and this was increased in 2018 to 83% i.e. £66,291 p.a.