All Saints' Church Emberton 
 
The LAMP Group of Parishes 
Emberton, Filgrave, Tyringham, Little Linford and Haversham 
 
Church of All Saints, Emberton 
Connecting people with Jesus Christ and each other 
 
A Prayer for All Saints’ Church 
Heavenly Father, please help us at All Saints to better serve our community and bring your message to everyone in a way that glorifies you and enhances the lives of those we touch. Amen. 
 
SERVICES 
 
Please check our news and prayer leaflet for up to date information.  
 
Sunday 13th January, 11.00am at All Saints' Church 
A Service of Dedication and Blessing 
led by the Bishop of Buckingham, Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson 
To give thanks for the major improvements to the Church building over recent years, which were so well supported by everyone in the village. You are warmly invited to attend. 
 
1st Sunday of the month 
6.00pm Something Else on Sunday 
An evening service with a difference. It uses video, soundtrack, and readings. This service offers a very different way to present some key biblical messages which we hope will deepen understanding and offer new perspectives. Please do give it a try. The service will be followed by drinks in the gathering area. 
 
2nd Sunday 
11.00am Holy Communion 
A Sung Communion Service using modern liturgy. The children meet in the Institute for Children's Church. 
 
3rd Sunday 
6.00pm Evensong 
A Book of Common Prayer Sung Evensong with sermon. Hymns are taken from a selection of books. 
 
4th Sunday 
11.00am Parish Praise / 9.30am Café Church 
A Family Service with short talk suitable for all ages, followed by coffee and biscuits. Parish Praise will usually alternate with Café Church on alternate months, starting at 9.30am. 
 
Every Thursday 
A Churchyard working party on Thursday mornings, with coffee for workers and visitors at 11.15am. All are very welcome. 
 
Please check news and prayer leaflet for further information, or the Church Notice Board for any changes. 
 
To arrange Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals at All Saints’, please contact the Rector. 
 
The Parochial Church Council and Friends of All Saints' encourage the use of the Church for other community events, such as concerts, theatrical evenings, workshops, etc. Please contact the PCC Secretary in the first instance. 
 

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The Rector's letter - December 2018 
Christmas is a terrible time of the year. Already busy schedules go crazy. Pressure mounts to spend, not only on finding the 'right' present for everyone, but buying more food and party snacks than you could possibly eat. All this is not to mention the time and expense to get and write Christmas cards, many sent to people you only contact once ayear. But worst of all, all the Christmas glitz and glamour focuses on images of having the ideal family and friends. 
 
The sad truth is all this hustle and bustle emphasises what we don't have. It highlights the inequalities of our society as the wealthy splurge and the poor shiver and starve. But above all, it exacerbates the problem of loneliness that so many of us feel as a result of family break up, bereavement or social isolation, even in the midst of people. The sad fact in the UK is that nearly one fifth of adults in the UK say they are lonely all or most of the time. 
 
It doesn't have to be this way. That first Christmas we were given the gift of God's presence with us in the person of the baby Jesus, who would grow up, live and die to save us. It was not intended to spark a madhouse of overindulgence, well intentioned as it may be. Rather the announcement of that heavenly choir was a call to pause and come back to the God who loves us. It was meant to help us realise that we are not alone and to understand that life does not consist in the abundance of things - but in a loving relationship with the God who gave himself for us. And that relationship with God works out in helping us both to love and be loved by others. 
 
This Christmas may you receive the greatest possible gift - the gift of the knowledge of God's love and his presence with you whatever you are facing this year. 
 
God bless and have a peaceful and joyful Christmas and New Year. 
 
Richard 
 
Improvements to the Church Building 
A new oak door has been installed in the outer entrance to the main porch, and new glass doors with an engraving have replaced the inner porch timber door. This creates a much needed draught lobby, as well as introducing a fine piece of 21st century art to our beautiful building. 
 
All Saints’ new heating system is installed, and the Church is now beautifully warm for our Services in the cooler months! Come and see for yourself and enjoy being warm at All Saints'. 
 
Outreach 
All Saints’ regularly supports the MK Food Bank, the Tearfund, and Crisis at Christmas. 
 
Choir 
All Saints’ has an enthusiastic small choir, who lead the singing at Sunday Services. Choir members enjoy joining the Royal School of Church Music for some of their ‘Come and Sing’ events. The Choir is supported by the Village Embertones at Weddings and special Services. For further details please contact Hilary Proud via the Rector. 
 
Bell Ringers 
There is an active band of bell ringers, who ring All Saints’ 6 bells before Services, and also practice on a Tuesday night 7.45 – 9.00pm. New recruits are very welcome. Please see the Bell Ringers’ page on this website, or contact Sheila Watts 07703 279165 for more information. 
 
Children’s Church 
The Children’s Church meets in the Institute on the 2nd Sunday each month at 11.00am under the leadership of Maddi Forrester and Judith Taylor. See the photographs for some of their activities, and please contact Maddi Forrester, 01234 714903, for more details. 
 
Homegroup 
The Homegroup meets on alternate Monday evenings to discuss various aspects of the Christian message. The group includes people from other parishes, and new members are always welcome. Please contact Judith Taylor on 01234 240690 to find out more. 
 
Friends of All Saints’ 
All Saints’ is supported by the Friends’ group (FOAS), who are a registered charity. They work with the Parochial Church Council to preserve and protect the fabric of the Church and Churchyard and to raise funds to assist with improvements to make the building suitable for use by the community for a wide variety of activities. Please see the FOAS page on this website. 
 
A Brief History of the Church 
It is believed that the building was constructed between 1340-1410. It is in the ‘Decorated Gothic’ style. Work began on the Chancel, with its magnificent east window and progressed through to the building of the tower. During this period, England was at war with France and the Black Death killed thousands of the population resulting in a shortage of skilled masons. This led to wages and prices soaring, which explains why the decoration becomes plainer on the west side of the Church. 
 
Unusually we have a portrait in brass of Reverend John Morden, who was the priest when the Church was completed. His brass records that he gave two bells, one of which had the inscription ‘In Multis Annis Resonet Campana Joannis’ (John’s bell shall sound for many a year). 
 
An interesting ‘rumour’, for which there is some corroborative evidence is that the remains of Sir Everard Digby, hung, drawn and quartered for his part in the Gunpowder Plot, lies buried in the Chancel. 
 
By the mid 19th Century, the Church was in danger of falling down. Very extensive restoration work was undertaken by the Reverend Campbell Hulton - many of his relations and descendants gave generously to the scheme and are commemorated in the mural tablets and windows which are such a dominant feature of the Church interior. Restoration and improvements continue to this day, with the recent addition of cloakroom and kitchen, as we strive to bring the building into the 21st Century. 
 
Who’s Who? 
Rector: Revd Richard Caddell, The Rectory, High Street, Haversham, MK19 7DT. 01908 312136 
Churchwarden: Maddi Forrester, Cedar House, High Street, Emberton. 07769 923787 
Parochial Church Council Secretary: Janet Gamlen 01234 711729 
PCC Treasurer: Warwick Clarke 01234 713174 
PCC Members: Louise Cook, Sandra Cortez, Bill Moody, Hilary Proud, Sheila Watts, Libby Wemyss 
 
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