Service Details at All Saints’ Church Staplehurst
Update 16/1/2021 – Whilst Kent is in the current Tier 4 restrictions, there are no Services in Church. The Church is open for private prayer between 10 am and 4 pm and we are holding Zoom services as follows:
Sunday Worship via Zoom 9.30 am.
Midweek Tuesday – Friday via Zoom, 9.30 am Morning Prayer and 5 pm Evening Prayer.
Please join me in prayer that we will all stay safe.Yours Silke
Services at All Saints’ Church Staplehurst
We are not currently back in church for Sunday worship but conduct Funerals and Weddings with the added guidelines to keep everybody safe.
We are allowed up to 30 people attending at Funerals and 15 people at Weddings.
I am afraid the wearing of the mask for the congregation is obligatory. Couples getting married and the Vicar doesn’t have to wear a mask at the service and at funerals the next of kin neither.
We can play the organ or/and use the CD Sound system and are able to let a soloist sing during the service. We are not yet able to sing all together.
Often people ask me if they have to be churchgoers in order to use the church. The answer is no you don’t. You don’t have to be baptised or confirmed to get married in church either or to have your child baptised.
All Saints Church is your Parish Church regardless of your beliefs. You actually have a legal right to use the church. Please do look at our website for more information. The only thing to bear in mind is that the Church of England has its own legal framework, like for example the Churchyard Regulations that differ from what is permitted in cemeteries. Its most current version is the Canterbury Churchyard regulations 2015, which you can find on the internet.
As everything is changing everywhere due to the pandemic and people like to know fees before making contact.
Please have a look at fees on our Downloads page. There are no statutory fees for baptisms apart from the certificate, which is not obligatory to have.
If you have any questions, please either ring me on 01580891258 or e-mail me on allsaintsstaplehurst.enterprise.net
With kind wishes, Silke
9.30 am Sunday Worship via Zoom, later uploaded to YouTube
MIDWEEK Tuesday – Friday via Zoom
9.30 am Morning Prayer
5.00 pm Evening Prayer
Zoom ID for all services: 8365783814
10.00 am – 4.00 pm 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 the 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 but during the current Tier 3 restrictions, this has been suspended. Members were unanimous that the Zoom services are a success and should be continued.
Thank you for your patience.
Returning to public worship in church
When we start the return to holding services in the church building, 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:
- Only come to a service in church if you are feeling well, and there is no one in your home with Covid 19 symptoms
- Bring a facemask: you are requested to wear this when entering the church building and when standing and moving around.
- Enter the church through the usual, west door, or through the south door at the side.
- 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.
- On entering the church, thoroughly use the hand sanitiser provided.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stay seated during the service. If you wish to speak to anyone near you afterwards, remain seated.
- 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.
The church is open for Private Prayer
The church building is now open daily from 10 am – 4 pm for Private Prayer.
Should you wish to pray in the church, on entering the porch you are requested to use hand sanitizer 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
See latest Guidance from Church of England regarding Coronavirus here
Once at the C of E page, scroll down to the Frequently Asked Questions, Life Events section.
Holy Communion is usually celebrated on Saints Days at 8.00 am.
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
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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 different quiet and reflective services at 6.30 pm 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.
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.