Welcome to All Saints’ Church Staplehurst
Rector – The Reverend Silke Tetzlaff
All Saints’ Church is normally open for prayer and reflection every day.
LILIES AT EASTER
Lilies in memory, together with the memory book, will be available from the beginning of January for you to order a flower and write in the book.
Lilies will cost £3.50p each please. The people remembered with a lily or in the memory book will be collectively prayed for on Easter Day.
I will, mostly, be at the 10.00am service on Sundays. If you are unable to be at church please telephone (01580) 891940 to arrange an alternative time.
Please let me know by March 21st at the latest if you wish to buy a lily. Thank you.
DONATING TO ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH
Our Church costs £2400 per week to run
If you wish to make a donation to All Saints’ Church, Staplehurst there are a number of options, via the website, by text or by cheque.
Please follow the Just Giving link below to donate via the web.
If you wish to make a donation by Text
Text ASST89 £(1, 3, 10) to 70070
Donations are also welcome by cheque which can be delivered to the Church Office, cheques are payable to ‘All Saints Church PCC’
Carers and Vulnerable Adults
Just to remind you that, in the right hand side of the church (by the charity notice board) is a basket containing useful information. Please take any you may find helpful.
There are identification forms to be filled in, should a confused person go missing. The Police and Kent Search and Rescue find these forms very helpful at what is a stressful time for relatives and carers.
There are leaflets for those people who feel anxious or vulnerable, or suffering physical or mental abuse, with telephone numbers for people or organisations who can help you. Please do look at them and use them.
Audrey Bullock, Tel. (01580) 891940
(All Saints’ Church Vulnerable Adults Coordinator)
LOVE IN A BOX
“Love in a Box” is a way of giving at Christmas to those in Romania who are less fortunate than us.
Marion Whatmore from All Saints’ Church did this with the Youth Groups and still supports the charity, Children in Distress, who are organising the scheme.
This year All Saints’ Sunday school and other individuals filled 28 shoe boxes with suitable goodies for a baby (boy or girl), child (girl or boy) or elderly person (male or female).
Marion has taken them to Ilford in Essex for collection.
Thank you to all who joined in and donated so generously and in particular Giulio and Emma De’Ali and Enzo.
Sunday Evenings at All Saints’, Staplehurst
A moment of calm in our hectic lives.
Each month at All Saints’, there are four different quiet and reflective services at 6.30pm that provide a space to draw near to God and the opportunity to find peace and perspective before the busyness of the new week begins. They are open to all, believers or those who find it difficult to believe, people at home in church traditions or those for whom they are new.
Each service attracts a small group of people for whom they are treasured moments of prayer and meditation and you are very welcome to come and experience one or all of them yourself to see if they might be helpful for you.
The Holy Communion on the first Sunday in the month is centred around the symbolic sharing of bread and wine in memory of Jesus, who instituted this service more than 2,000 years ago. It follows the same format as the morning communion service at All Saints but has a quieter atmosphere and there is the opportunity to receive prayers for healing for those who would like this.
The Taizé Prayer on the second Sunday uses simple repetitive songs developed by the Taizé Community in France www.taizé.fr to still the mind and create a peaceful space for meditation. Thousands of people travel to Taizé each year participate in this style of prayer and return refreshed and inspired and you are welcome to join us at All Saints to experience for yourself this way of drawing nearer to God through songs and silence (e.g. http://youtu.be/t4Svh-9ohg4)
Evensong is the traditional evening prayer of the Church of England and has been sung at Staplehurst for centuries so that the ancient words and songs can sometimes appear to flow effortlessly along and help create moments of stillness and peace http://youtu.be/s3nMhq4nmr4. This service on the third Sunday is between 45 to 60 minutes long and includes a thought-provoking sermon.
Compline is the night prayer developed over many centuries by Christian monks and nuns who wove together chants and solemn words to create a very special and peaceful atmosphere. This service on the fourth Sunday is only 30 minutes long and includes readings from the Christian mystic tradition.
Please email if you would like further information or just come and experience them for yourself and feel free to ask any questions you like at the end of the service.
All Saints Worship Committee
Fundraising by Recycling
The PCC at All Saints’ has signed up with Recycle 4 Charity to raise funds for the Church through the recycling of inkjet cartridges and mobile phones.
Recycle your inkjet cartridges and mobile phones to help us raise much needed funds through Recycle4Charity.co.uk
Please take a special envelope from church and use to post your items to the company, or just pop them into the labelled box in church.
On the 4th March 2009, All Saints’ Staplehurst PCC agreed ‘that it wishes details of the church and its services to be listed on the Changing Attitude web site as a congregation which is open and welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’.
View our All Saints’ Church Mission Statement