All Saints’ Church Staplehurst is situated at the south end of the village on 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 population of Staplehurst is now around six and a half thousand and at All Saints’ church we seek to serve the whole village and not just those who come to our church. Our church is open seven days a week and many people come to pray there, using our votive candle stand near our side chapel. Our churchyard is still open for burials and is a place of peace for many visitors.
Style of Worship
We have a mixed rota of services at All Saints’ Staplehurst, with three each Sunday, including weekly 8.00 a.m. Communions and a 10.00 a.m. Eucharist on three Sundays each month, the other having an evening communion. On the first Sunday of the month we have a family service at 10.00 a.m. Our evening services, 6.30 p.m. include Parish Communion with Prayers for Healing, Compline, Taizé, Evensong & Contemplative Prayer.
Details of other church activities
We have a very active social committee who arrange social events such as day trips to France, parish lunches, parish breakfasts, pancake parties, harvest supper, trip to Bewl water, Body Shop evening, and a rounders afternoon.
The Friends of All Saints’ Church Stapehurst, fundraises for the maintenance of the church, through membership and events which have included a baptismal and confirmation exhibition, 70s quiz and Brain Game, Kent Police Band concert, “Last Night at the Proms”, Shepherds’ Market and on one occasion spearheaded the Church Fete.
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
Links with Schools in the Parish
We have strong links with schools in the area. The Rector takes assemblies at Staplehurst Primary School and Angley School in Cranbrook.
All Saints’ supports charities on a monthly or tri-monthly basis. A proportion of these are abroad.
Affiliation/links to other organizations/churches
The “Churches Together” in Staplehurst enables all churches in the village to work and worship together. Regular events include joint worship on the 5th Sundays at each church in turn; Tuesday coffee mornings; distribution of Easter and Christmas cards, detailing services within all four churches; and the organisation of the Christian Aid collection for Staplehurst.
We regularly visit the three nursing homes in the area where we hold Holy Communion services on a monthly basis.
There is a strong link with the Cheshire Home and the McCabe Centre in Staplehurst where there is an opportunity for a house communion each month.
The Church is open for prayer and reflection every day.
Please see the notice board outside the Church for additional details of services.