The Rector's letter - October 2018
Over recent years those of us at All Saints' Church have been working hard to not only keep the building in good condition, but to make it more welcoming and suitable for a wider variety of uses for the wider community. A toilet, servery (eg mini-kitchen), gathering area, heating and new glass doors have all been installed. Accordingly, we have been pleased to see more use made of the building with such events as: Art exhibitions, concerts, Thursday morning coffee mornings and lunches to support different charities on the first Thursday of each month.
We could not have accomplished all this without the help and support of the wider Emberton community. We are very grateful for all that has been done by the Friends of All Saints and a huge number of individuals who have given generously of both their money and their time to raise the funds necessary for these improvements.
While the social and civic side of the work of All Saints is important, we would be remiss if we failed to remember the spiritual side of life as well. Jesus said, "What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" That is why on many of our church documents you will see the tag line "Connecting people with Jesus Christ and each other".
That is also why we conduct a range of worship services including traditional Evensong, Holy Communion, Parish Praise (a shorter, child-friendly service) and Cafe Church (a more informal time for all ages tobether including breakfast). For many years we have been talking about how traditional Evensong just doesn't do it for many people. So on the first Sunday each month, beginning Oct 7th, we are trying replacing "Evensong" with "Something Else on Sunday" to offer a different way to present some key biblical messages. It will include video, sound tracks, panel discussions as well as refreshments afterwards with a chance to reflect and discuss what we've heard. So if traditional Evensong doesn't rock your boat, why not try "Something Else on Sunday" as a different way to feed your soul?
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'.
All Saints’ regularly supports the MK Food Bank, the Tearfund, and Crisis at Christmas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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