About Us at All Saints’ Church Staplehurst
All Saints’ Church Staplehurst holds a significant historical value, dating back to the early part of the last millennium. The church is situated at the south end of the village on the A229, which is a Roman road and forms the main high street of the village. The presence of early ironwork on the south door, dated to around 1050, adds to the church’s architectural and historical interest.
Despite being an ancient place of worship, All Saints’ Church remains an active and inclusive part of the community. The village of Staplehurst has a population of around six and a half thousand people, and the church aims to serve the entire community rather than just those who attend services. The church is open seven days a week, providing a welcoming space for people to come and pray. Visitors often make use of the votive candle stand near the side chapel, offering prayers and lighting candles as a form of devotion.
Moreover, the churchyard is still open for burials, offering a serene and peaceful place for people to remember their departed loved ones and find solace. The churchyard also serves as a tranquil spot for visitors seeking a moment of reflection and quiet contemplation.
All Saints’ Church plays an essential role in the life of Staplehurst, both as a place of worship and as a community centre. Its historical significance, welcoming atmosphere, and availability for various purposes make it an integral part of the village’s social and cultural fabric.
Style of Worship
We have a mixed rota of services at All Saints’ Staplehurst, with three each Sunday, including weekly 8.00 am. Communions and a 10.00 am. 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 am. Our evening services, 6.30 pm. include Parish Communion with Prayers for Healing, Compline, Taizé, Evensong & Contemplative Prayer.
Details of other church activities
We have a very active social committee that arranges social events such as day trips to France, parish lunches, parish breakfasts, pancake parties, harvest supper, a trip to Bewl Water, a Body Shop evening, and a rounders afternoon.
The Friends of All Saints’ Church Staplehurst, fund-raises 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.
All Saints’ supports charities on a monthly or tri-monthly basis. A proportion of these
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 Sunday at each church in turn; 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.
Please see the notice board outside the Church for additional details of services.