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.  
 
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 11.00am. All are very welcome. 
 
LUNCHES - IN THE CHURCH at 12.30pm on the first Thursday in the month 
Come and join us for this convivial monthly lunch in the Church. Lovely food and good company, served in beautiful surroundings. Donations go to various charities. Thanks to all those who have supported the lunches so far. 
Offers of help will be much appreciated to Janet 711729 or Caroline 712073. 
 
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. 
 

Contact Us 

The Rector's letter - December 2019 
 
Have you ever wondered 'Why do we give presents at Christmas?' In western countries the origin of Christmas presents can be traced back to the first Christmas when the wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. These symbolised his kingship, his divinity and his coming sacrifice on the cross for us. Later on, Saint Nicholas and St Wenceslas were noted for their gift giving to the poor. But it wasn't until the 18th Century that gift-giving became central to Christmas celebrations. 
 
Christmas gift-giving has now come a long way from its original roots in caring for the poor. Nowadays we tend to give gifts as signs of love or appreciation. Sadly, it is often not the thought that counts, but the cost. We're made to feel that unless we spend extravagantly we aren't really showing our love. And sometimes we give only because we feel we have to - perhaps only because they gave something to us and we feel we have to reciprocate. Many complain that choosing and giving gifts has become a consumer marathon, testing the patience and the pocketbook of the best of us. 
 
Maybe Christmas would be more meaningful and less stressful if instead of being driven by the adverts for things we must get, we could try to emulate St Nicholas and St Wenceslas. We could agree to limit the amount we spend on ourselves and loved ones and then give an equivalent amount to charity. Maybe volunteer to help serve a Christmas dinner or staff a temporary night shelter for the homeless. 
 
By doing so, we can truly enter the spirit of Christmas. Jesus came not to be served but to serve. He came as a gift to show God's love for us as the Bible says "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Elsewhere we're told that he came to give us life in all its fullness and to give us love, joy and peace. 
 
May God bless you and yours this Christmas and in the coming year with those precious gifts. 
 
God bless 
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'.  
 
We now have sound enhancement. A system was installed at the end of May 2019, and this will make a big difference at services and events in church. 
 
Outreach 
All Saints’ regularly supports the MK Food Bank, the Tearfund, and Crisis at Christmas. Various charities are also supported at the monthly Thursday lunches. 
 
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 "Emberton Occasionals" 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 
Churchwardens: Maddi Forrester, Cedar House, High Street, Emberton, MK46 5JB. 07769 923787 
Sheila Watts, 28 Gravel Walk, Emberton, MK46 5JA. 07703 279165 
Parochial Church Council Secretary: Janet Gamlen 01234 711729 
PCC Treasurer: Warwick Clarke 01234 713174 
PCC Members: Louise Cook, Candy Godber, Bill Moody, Hilary Proud, Libby Wemyss 
 
Safeguarding Policy 
All Saints' operates a Safeguarding Policy, promoting a safer church. Click here for a copy of the Parish Safeguarding Policy
 
General Data Protection Regulations 
Please click on this link for the All Saints' Interim Privacy Notice 
 
 
Our site uses cookies. For more information, see our cookie policy. Accept cookies and close
Reject cookies Manage settings