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. 
 
THE RECTOR'S PAGE 
 
Christianity has had a chequered past. Joanna and I were sitting having breakfast in a pub in Kent after a wedding there, and on the wall was a copy of an ancient poster suggesting that the church should find and eliminate the so-called witches that were apparently in the local village in the 1690s. Prior to that were the crusades and an inquisition - with all the pain - all in the name of the Christian God. So easily faith can become a tool in the hands of evil people. 
 
Key to Christianity is 'Love your neighbour', and the far more difficult command of Jesus - to 'Love your enemy'. The Christian faith is one founded on love so when actions by Christians are patently not loving, then the hypocrisy of those claiming to live by the ethics, morals or tenets of Christianity becomes obvious.  
 
One of the younger disciples of Jesus was a man called John. In his later years he wrote the fourth gospel, and the Bible also preserves some of the letters he wrote. He had the opportuknity to reflect on the three years he spent with Jesus and in a couple of chapters talks of love, particularly saying 'God is Love'. Note, not God is lovely or God is loving, but God is love. 
 
After Easter, on the way back from France, we saw the French customs officers searching vans and cars to ensure that no one comes to the UK without the necessary documentation. Many are fleeing Ukraine, the Yemen, Syria or Afghanistan, in fear of their lives. Evidently more than half of those who risk flimsy boats across the channel are recognised, by the authorities, as needing sanctuary. The question is, do we love them? It is the question that the two Archbishops asked recently, and were told politely that they did not understand, and effectively to mind their own business. 
 
Apparently the UK is a religious nation. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs etc., all preach love of neighbour in some form or another. Yet if our neighbour is in need as a refugee then why must they risk their lives and pay criminals for that risk, only, maybe, then to be transported to where they do not want or need to go - to central Africa.  
 
Actually loving ones neighbour is opening our nation, hearts and homes to them, as so many have so generously done with the refugees from Ukraine. It should not be ilegal, inhumane, unpleasant or demeaning for our neighbour to come to us and seek sanctuary, safety and a new life. If the other religions in the world measure our Christianity, our love by the way we open our arms to people who are not like us - in some way or another - then they may recognise a sad hypocrisy in our Christian nation. 
 
Love is not primarily about passionate feelings but about self-sacrifice. And God knows that.  
 
Adrian Low 
Church of England priest for the villages of Emberton, Tyringham and Filgrave, Little Linford and Haversham. 
Phone: 07883 717642 http://www.thelampchurches.com 
 
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE NEW LAMP GROUP WEBSITE! 
 
All Saints' church is open during the day and you are welcome to visit.  
 
Sunday 15th May 
6:00pm Evensong 
 
Sunday 22nd May 
11:00am Café Church 
 
Thursday 26th May – Ascension 
7:00pm LAMP Group Zoom service 
Meeting ID: 843 2775 4009 
 
Sunday 29th May 
9:30am 5th Sunday Joint LAMP service - St Leonards, Little Linford 
 
4.00pm Annual Parochial Church Meeting - All Saints' church 
This is an opportunity to elect your churchwardens and PCC members for the coming year, and also receive reports on church life and finances. 
As always at Emberton, light refreshments will be served. 
Formal notices giving notice of the APCM and the election of churchwardens and PCC members can be found here and here
 
Other events you might like to come to 
 
Monthly Lunches 
Following on from our very successful Lent Lunches (raising a magnificent £1,000 for Ukraine), we will be starting to hold lunches in the church on the first Thursday of each month. The first date is Thursday 7th July.  
 
Bloomin' Awkward Questions 
Another series of talks by Adrian, now scheduled for June in Emberton. The sessions will start in the Bell & Bear.  
 
Every Thursday 
Our Churchyard working party on Thursday mornings is now back! Coffee is served at 11.00am for visitors and workers in the church during the winter, and churchyard during the summer. All are very welcome. 
 
OTHER CHURCHES 
9:00am A service is available on the Church of England website and Facebook page. You can join in online and there is a downloadable service sheet to enable you to take part. 
 
All Saints' News 
For up to date Church news, please visit our Facebook page, as well as this webpage, and there will also be some posts on the WhatsApp group, Emberton Echo. https://www.facebook.com/AllSaintsChurchEmberton/ 
 
PATHWAYS  
The Diocese of Oxford magazine 
 
 
USUAL PATTERN OF SERVICES 
 
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.  
 
2nd Sunday 
11.00am Holy Communion 
A Communion Service using modern liturgy. The children meet in the Gathering Area in church for Children's Church at about 11.45am. 
 
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 / 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. 
 
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 Revd Prof Adrian Low. 
 
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 church is always here for you Any enquiries should go to our Priest-in-Charge, the Revd Prof Adrian Low 07883 717642, or the Churchwardens: Maddi Forrester 07769 923787, or Sheila Watts 07703 279165. 
 
Improvements to the Church Building 
Hand rails have now been installed at the Chancel steps, on the ramp leading to the toilet door, and also on the pulpit steps. Our latest improvement is the wonderful new notice board at the churchyard entrance. This has been purchased with a generous donation in memory of Ken & Elizabeth Turner, and by the Parish Council.  
 
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 Gathering Area in church on the 2nd Sunday each month at 11.45am 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: The Revd Professor Adrian Low, The Rectory, Haversham, MK19 7DT. 07883 717642 rev.adrian.low@gmail.com 
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 
 
 
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