Service Details

Change of time for Sunday Evening Services during Winter time to 4.30pm from Sunday 5th November 2017

The PCC has decided to give it a try to see if more people would attend the evening services in the winter when the time is moved to an earlier beginning. The change of time will only apply to the “normal” evening service of Evensong, Taize and Parish Communion with Healing.

Holy Communion is usually celebrated on Saints Days at 8.00 a.m.

For details of Saint’s Days and other special services please see the Parish Magazine, Church notice boards, Weekly notices and elsewhere on this web site.

Sunday Services are normally held at the following times and are subject to change during such times as Christmas and Easter :
BCP = Book of Common Prayer CW = Common Worship

TimeService Type Which Sunday of the month
8.00amHoly Communion
1st
BCP
2nd
CW
3rd
BCP
4th
CW
5th
BCP
10.00amFamily Service (Child Friendly Service)
1st
10.00amParish Communion (with Sunday School)
2nd
4th
10.00amFamily Communion (Child Friendly Service)
3rd
10.00amMatins
5th
4.30pmParish Communion With Prayers for Healing
1st
4.30pmTaizé
2nd
4.30pmEvensong / Sung Evensong
3rd
4.30pmNo Evening Service on the 4th Sunday of the month
6.30pmChurches Together Service in one of the Churches in Staplehurst
5th

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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 4.30pm or 6.30pm (depending on the time of year) 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 All Saints’ Church Office 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.

Andrew Edwards

All Saints Worship Committee


Weekday Services :

Wednesday 9.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Holy Communion is usually celebrated on Saints Days.

All Saints’ Church is normally open for prayer and reflection every day.

St. George’s Chapel is always open for quiet prayer. Home Communion available.

For details of Saint’s Days and other special services please see the Parish Magazine, Church notice boards, Weekly notices and elsewhere on this website.

We are happy to take Communion to those who are house bound. Please contact Revd. Silke on (01580) 891258.