What We Do

All Saints has a wide variety of activities and 'ministries. We list some of them here ...

CARE HOME VISITING TEAM We have a small group of people who work on a rota system of visiting the three care homes in the village on a Sunday afternoon. They take a short and simple service with hymn singing, a short address and prayers. After the service the members then enjoy time to simply chat with the residents. The team is headed up by our Lay Minister, Maureen Andrew.

 

HOUSE GROUPS We have four groups which meet at different times of the week. Three of them meet on evenings with the other group meeting on an afternoon. The groups are a great way of getting to know church members on a deeper level than just saying 'hello' on a Sunday in Church. They have a bible study with each group studying the same material, a time of worship and a time of open prayer. But central, and essential, to all of this is fellowship. Groups are encouraged to have social nights which might involve a meal either at a home or in a pub or restaurant, a walk, a visit to the cinema or watching a film on DVD.

 

S.W.or.D.  Stands for Single, Widowed or Divorced. This is a fellowship group open to church members who fall into its remit. The group meets once a month at the home of the group leader for a Sunday lunch after church. We do say jokingly (yet seriously) this isn't a dating organisation, though we have had one wedding come from it!!

 

HOME COMMUNION  Our Reader with the Bishop's full blessing and authority takes Holy Communion to those who are ill or have become housebound. The Bread and Wine are consecrated by the Vicar during the main church service. The elements are then taken through the week to those who request Communion. Usually this is just the communicant and Maureen who leads a short service with a Bible reading and prayer. These visits also enable us to keep in touch with those who for whatever reason cannot attend church and help make them feel that they are still part of the Body of Christ, the Church.

 

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Many who attended this course have become Christians and now attend All Saints. Others were already attending church but have found their faith coming alive like never before. Alpha covers a wide range of ages and to quote one lady in her 80's " I have been going to church all my life and now I know why".

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