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Advent and Christmas 2020

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The message from the Church of England this year is Comfort and Joy. 
The hope is that together Christmas will bring joy and celebration after a uniquely difficult year.
From the Church of England Resources website page

What's On During Advent and Christmas 2020

DateTimeService
Sunday 6th December
2nd Sunday of Advent9.30amAll Saints Church Advent Service - ZOOM
11.00amParish Communion - CHURCH tbc
Sunday 13th December
3rd Sunday of Advent9.30amAll Saints Church Advent Service - ZOOM
11.00amParish Communion - CHURCH tbc
Sunday 20th December
4th Sunday of Advent6.30pmNine Lessons & carols - ZOOM
Thursday 24th December
CHRISTMAS EVE6.00pmA Children's Christmas Service - ZOOM
7.30pmChristmas Service - ZOOM
9.30pmMidnight Mass with Holy Communion - CHURCH tbc TICKETED *
Friday 25th December
CHRISTMAS DAY9.30amAll Saints Church Service - ZOOM
10.30amChristmas Day Communion Service - CHURCH tbc TICKETED *
Sunday 27th December
9.30amAll Saints Church Service - ZOOM
11.00amParish Communion - CHURCH tbc

* The services marked with an asterisk are ticketed and have to be booked through the Church Office on 01580 891258 or by email here

Churches Together in Staplehurst Christmas Card

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Click the image to download the card

Latest Guidance – 10/11/2020

With the latest lockdown and associated guidance, we have stopped the Sunday 11 am service. We continue the Zoom service on Sunday morning and during the week. The church remains open for private prayer daily between 10 am and 4 pm with guidance.

NHS TEST AND TRACE

As part of the government’s coordinated response to Coronavirus, NHS Test and Trace has developed the new NHS COVID-19 app.
We have a QR Code at All Saints’ Church, please check in using the App only if you are physically in Church!

SUNDAY
9.30 am Sunday Worship via Zoom, later uploaded to YouTube
MIDWEEK Tuesday – Friday via Zoom
9.30 am Morning Prayer
5.00 pm Evening Prayer
Zoom ID for all services: 8365783814
DAILY
10.00 am – 4.00 pm Private daily prayer in church

The PCC held a special meeting in July via Zoom to discuss the Risk Assessment required for holding services in the church. Even in the large All Saints’ building, only up to 35 individuals/households can be accommodated to comply with social distancing requirements.
The PCC agreed that it would be prudent initially to start with a Service of the Word on Sunday mornings but during the current lockdown, this has been suspended. Members were unanimous that the Zoom services are a success and should be continued.

Thank you for your patience.

It is a joy to start the return to holding services in the church building. However, precautions need to be taken to ensure this is as safe is as possible.
If you are planning to attend a service in church, the PCC requests that you carefully read the following guidance beforehand:

  1. Only come to a service in church if you are feeling well, and there is no one in your home with Covid 19 symptoms
  2. Bring a facemask: you are requested to wear this when entering the church building and when standing and moving around.
  3. Enter the church through the usual, west door, or through the south door at the side.
  4. If others arrive at the same time as you, check you are respecting 2m social distancing as you queue. Please read any additional signs about H&S as you wait.
  5. On entering the church, thoroughly use the hand sanitiser provided.
  6. A Sidesperson will record your name and this will be kept for 21 days. Should you become ill with Covid 19 symptoms, please inform the parish office, so that track and trace procedures can be alerted to ensure the safety of all.
  7. You will be directed to sit at a wooden pew place marked with a green tick. Please bring your own cushion/blanket if required and take home with you.
  8. Instead of a collection plate being handed round, your contribution can be left in the plate as you leave. A contactless card reader is also available for donations.
  9. Stay seated during the service. If you wish to speak to anyone near you afterwards, remain seated.
  10. When you are ready to leave the church building both doors can be used: take care to do this observing social distancing, and whilst in the churchyard.

Risk Assessment for All Saints Public Worship

The church building is now open daily from 10 am – 4 pm for Private Prayer.
Should you wish to pray in the church, on entering the porch you are requested to use hand sanitizer and read the guidelines and restrictions for your own safety and that of others in this shared space.
Please sit in pews marked “in use” and follow physical distancing rules. Whilst the nave of the church is open, other areas remain closed.
All entrance doors will remain open: in adverse weather conditions, the church will be closed.

Mary Henley – Churchwarden (01580) 891225

Risk Assessment for All Saints Church for private prayer

Update on Services at All Saints’ Church Staplehurst

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Pastoral Offices at All Saints’ Church Staplehurst

We are back in church for private prayer and to conduct all three pastoral offices, this of course with the added guidelines to keep everybody safe.
We are now allowed up to 30/35 people attending.

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All Saints’ Church Staplehurst Kent, stands on the top of the hill in the centre of the village and often referred to as the “Church on the hill”.

The Church can be found at the south end of the village just a short walk off the A229, a Roman road which forms the main high street. It dates from the early part of the last Millennium; indeed the south door has been dated to around 1050 and has some very fine early ironwork on it.

The church was built around 1100 serving the farms which evolved from dens or pasture land used by herdsmen from the area around Maidstone. It is older than the village.

The name Staplehurst was first recorded in 1226, although specific dens such as Spilsill and Aydhurst are mentioned in Anglo-Saxon charters.

Church Fees and Churchyard Regulations updates can be found on our Downloads Page

On the 4th March 2009, the PCC of All Saints’ Church Staplehurst 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’. See our Inclusive Church page.