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About Us at All Saints’ Church Staplehurst

29/7/2020 – Worship with All Saints

From Sunday 2nd August the Services are as follows:

SUNDAY

9.30am Sunday Worship via Zoom, later uploaded to YouTube

11am Sunday Worship in church

MIDWEEK Tuesday – Friday via Zoom

9.30am Morning Prayer

5.00pm Evening Prayer

Zoom ID for all services: 8365783814

DAILY

10.00am – 4.00pm Private daily prayer in church

Recommencing Services in the Church Building

The PCC held a special meeting in July via Zoom to discuss the Risk Assessment required for holding services in 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. Members were unanimous that the Zoom services are a success and should be continued.

However the PCC will be considering how to move forward with holding communion services.

Thank you for your patience!

Returning to public worship in church

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

Church is Open for Private Prayer.

The church building is now open daily from 10 – 4 for Private Prayer.

Should you wish to pray in the church, on entering the porch you are requested to use handsanitiser 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

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 8.00am. Communions and a 10.00am. 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 10.00am. Our evening services, 6.30pm. include Parish Communion with Prayers for Healing, Compline, Taizé, Evensong & Contemplative Prayer.

Details of other church activities

We have a very active Bell Ringing Band and Choir. All-age workshops are run on three Saturday mornings during the year for our young people and others.

Social/Fund raising 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 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.

Fund raising by Recycling

The PCC at All Saints’ has signed up with Recycle 4 Charity to raise funds for the Church through the recycling of ink jet cartridges and mobile phones.

Recycle your inkjet cartridges and mobile phones to help us raise much-needed funds through Recycle4Charity.co.uk

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Links with Schools in the Parish

We have strong links with schools in the area. The Rector takes assemblies at Staplehurst Primary School.

Overseas links/projects

All Saints’ supports charities on a monthly or tri-monthly basis. A proportion of these are overseas charities.

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; 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.

For details of our Church Services and useful contact details please download a copy of our Welcome Leaflet