Welcome to All Saints’ Church Staplehurst
Rector – The Reverend Silke Tetzlaff
Tel: (01580) 891258
Email: Rev. Silke Tetzlaff
All Saints’ Church Staplehurst is normally open for prayer and reflection every day.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, for advice and informative links see
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LIGHTING THE JOURNEY OF ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
One of our dearly held traditions at All Saints are the candle lit services during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. We know that many people from the village make this the time when they come to church and we pray that their experience will inspire them in their faith journey.
As you know, the PCC have been asking you for extra generosity to help our church financially. We as the PCC ask you all to consider donating to the ‘Candle Fund’ to help with the purchase of candles for Advent and Christmas.
Please put your donation in a blue envelope from the back of church marked ‘Candle Fund’ (gift aided if possible) and place in the wall safe in the porch.
Perhaps you might be able to bring along someone new to All Saints to one of our candle lit services?
Mary Henley, Churchwarden, on behalf of All Saints PCC.
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December in All Saints Church
Nine Lessons & Carols
Sunday 17th December – 6.30pm in All Saints Church
Update 1 – 22/10/2017
WORK STARTS IN THE CHOIR AND CHANCEL AREA OF CHURCH
WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER
Work will be starting to dismantle the north choir pews. Once the pews are removed, experts will be visiting to make thorough investigation of the area, and to propose a plan of remedial work to level and make safe the floor.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Once the work has started, the choir, chancel and high altar area of the church will no longer be accessible. Please do not attempt to enter this part of the church.
The main part of the church, and St George’s chapel will be in use as normal. The PCC realise that this will mean that the layout and organisation of many services may be a little different. We trust that you will show understanding whilst this essential work is carried out.
I will try to ensure that you receive regular updates of progress. However please do speak to me, or other members of the PCC if you would like further information.
Mary Henley, Churchwarden
Update 2 – 29/10/2017
The north choir pews have been successfully removed, and the floor is now ready for the site meeting to determine the way forward. We hope to make clear the scope and cost of the work involved.
Thank you to the choir for evacuating their choir stalls and to you all for your understanding and accommodation during the next few months.
Please note the safety signs and keep away from the choir and chancel area.
Mary Henley, Churchwarden
Update 3 – 5/11/2017
I am pleased to confirm that experts will be meeting in church this coming eek to investigate the floor. The meetings will take place over two days, and the PCC will look forward to receiving reports and proposals for remedial work.
The closure of the choir and chancel area of the church is requiring some changes and resourcefulness to manage different services. Change caused by necessity can sometimes bring about further creative thoughts – please do speak to myself, Silke or any of the PCC if you have any ideas you would like to discuss.
Thank you to those organising next Sunday’s Remembrance Service for their flexibility in coping with the space available. If you plan to attend the Remembrance Service, please do tell others about what is happening in our building.
Mary Henley, Churchwarden
UPDATE 4 – 19/11/17
One of our two scheduled meetings took place last week, and we look forward to meeting with the Diocesan Archaeological advisor soon.
At last week’s meeting a solution for levelling the floor area around and under the north choir pews was discussed. Consideration was also given to the other uneven parts of the chancel floor. It was therefore agreed to investigate getting the area ‘subscanned’ to provide more information about what is under the floor. The PCC will be considering this at their meeting at the end of November.
Mary Henley, Churchwarden
Donating to All Saints’ Church Staplehurst
Our Church costs £2400 per week to run
If you would like to donate to the important work of All Saints Staplehurst on a regular basis, please print off and complete the Bank Standing Order mandate that can be found here.
If you are able to Gift Aid your contributions (allowing the church to claim back the tax that you have already paid) please complete the Gift Aid form as well.
Once completed and signed, please return the form(s) to our treasurer, Caroline Highwood, Gift Aid Secretary, Tony Henley, or simply place in the wall safe in the church porch.
If you can gift aid but would rather not set up a bank standing order we can provide donation envelopes which enable us to record your gifts for HMRC.
Alternatively, donations can be made via the web, SMS or by online shopping as indicated below.
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’
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At All Saints’ Church Staplehurst, we have a successful band of ringers and are always on the lookout for new recruits to keep this tradition going.
Bells don’t automatically ring for services and weddings, it takes a team of people ringing together to achieve the sound that we’re all used to.
Ringing is open to all ages from about 10 upwards, and is a great thing to do with the whole family. There is no obligation to attend services.
Our regular practice is from 19.00 to 21.15 every Tuesday evening. Anyone is welcome to come up and see what goes on. We can also be found in the Kings Head from 21.15 to late. We’re normally the big table of people, don’t be afraid of coming and having a chat!
If you would like any more information, please contact – Sue Bassett – Tower Captain
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 Staplehurst Vulnerable Adults Coordinator)
Fundraising by Recycling
The PCC at All Saints’ Church Staplehurst 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, 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.
View our All Saints’ Church Mission Statement