"BOUNTEOUS GIFTS" - weekend of 23rd & 24th June 2018
The PCC are joining with the Friends in a full weekend celebration to honour all those who have enriched All Saints with their 'bounteous gifts' over six hundred years, starting with the priest at the time the church was completed who gave two bells and some valuable books.
Through the generosity of many people from all walks of life the church has been greatly blessed with contributions great and small that have added to the beauty and usefulness of the church building.
The latest and most exciting contribution is the gift of engraved glass doors by nationally renowned artist Tracey Sheppard. The church will be decorated with flowers in honour of Winifred Williamson in whose memory the doors have been given.
There will be a tea party on the Sunday, when we shall have the pleasure of a string quartet playing to accompany the tea. We look forward to having you with us over the weekend.
The Rector's letter - June 2018
Over the last 10 years All Saints' Church has been working on a plan to improve the facilities and make the building more welcoming. This has included adding a toilet in the south porch, better lighting, making pews at the back moveable and installing a servery to create a gathering place where people can more easily mingle (many have been taking advantage of this to meet up for coffee on Thursdays at 11am or supporting charities by having lunch there at 12.00pm on the first Thursday of each month) and installing new heating.
Anyone walking past All Saints' Church will have noticed the latest improvements, new wooden doors on the porch in place of the screen gates. By the time the W&T comes out, there should also be a new set of inner glass doors that have a beautiful scene etched on them. These have a two-fold purpose: to help reduce heat loss in the winter and to make a friendlier entrance to the church.
If the outer doors are closed, that doesn't mean you can't come in. As long as they are unlocked, which they usually are during the day, you can feel safe to enter the porch and peek through the glass doors to see what is happening without disturbing anyone.
We are very grateful to everyone who has helped make this happen through their hard work and their generosity.
We hope that we will see more things taking place in All Saints as we seek to help people to connect with God and each other through serving the community.
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 Minutes Secretary: Janet Gamlen 01234 711729
PCC Treasurer: Warwick Clarke 01234 713174
PCC Members: Louise Cook, Sandra Cortez, Ken Harris, Bill Moody, Hilary Proud, Sheila Watts, Libby Wemyss
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