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All Saints Church, Witley, Surrey

July: so, is it going to be a long hot one or a soaking humid one?

After threats of a relentlessly long hot summer, we've recently had several periods of refreshing but heavy prolonged rain. Apparently, as I write, we are heading into another possible heatwave. I just wish the Met Office would make their mind up or simply tell us it's too unpredictable right now and leave it at that!

Notwithstanding the less than kind weather on the 15th June, I do hope those of you who came to the Witley Fair enjoyed yourselves. It was lovely to chat with so many visitors on the All Saints stand. Whilst only my second year, there were a number of memorable moments - and not just the priceless picture of our team fighting to keep the Gazebo from blowing away in the wind (myself included). However, I don't think we were alone in this regard. It was also wryly commented on that the clergy appeared to possess great powers of divination when it came to choosing between bottles on the Water and Wine pitch. What can I say, both the Wedding in Cana and the Last Supper have something to say about these things. There certainly seemed plenty of fun to be had - with a superb range of activities to try out and stalls to look in on. The dog show proved ever popular, with a particularly large crop of enthusiastic entries - maybe the word had got around that the Vicar wasn't judging this time! Hey ho! If you couldn't make it this year, do come in 2020.

Moving on, with the great spiritual festivals of Easter and Pentecost behind us and the Brook Fete and Witley Fair over for another year, it is a fairly quiet time - though until the schools have broken up towards the end of the month we will still be in our usual routines. That said, there is always something going on in this community - which makes Witley such a great place to live. In Church, we have the joy of several weddings to celebrate at this time. For everyone, we have the splendid termly Choral Evensong, a Beetle Drive and a couple of interesting talks at Cameo coming up - so please check out the 'What's On' and 'Coming Up' sections.

To finish, in case you get caught out in the rain unexpectedly by a quick turn in the weather this month, here are a few lines from Henry David Thoreau's poem, 'The Summer Rain'. May they remind us that a sharp July shower can be exhilarating and beautiful as well as wet:

"Drip drip the trees for all the country round,
And richness rare distills from every bough;
The wind alone it is makes every sound,
Shaking down crystals on the leaves below."

James McKeran

Here at All Saints Witley, we take the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines. Details about the national polices and procedures can be found HERE.
If you have any concerns at all, contact either our Safeguarding Officer (new appointment pending) or our Vicar, Rev. James McKeran on 01428 681867. If you have reason to think that a child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, you should contact the police straight away.

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All Saints Church has a huge wooden door, which, while being very old and attractive in its own way can be a physical barrier to those who have never entered All Saints before - don't let it be like that. Turn the handle, push the door and come in, all are welcome. Inside you will find a building that is filled with the prayers of 1000 years, a wall painting that is 900 years old, a 700-year-old Lady Chapel with medieval stained glass, signs of the conflict in the 16th and 17th century with an unfinished memorial tablet in the sanctuary and several other family memorials. The 18th century put in a gallery which was removed by the Victorians who added so much more, including a whole aisle on the North Side. The Victorians with three generations of Chandler Vicars built the organ, the bell tower and the vestry. They refurbished the chancel ceiling, floor and altar and put up memorials to the eminent people of the day as they passed on. The beginning of the 20th century completed the collection of stained glass windows and introduced the pews we have now, instead of the previous box pews. All Saints is full of history reflecting the needs of the generations who have worshipped here before us. There have been many changes in the past few years which help us now to use the church on a daily basis for many different groups. There is a children's trail available with many interesting things to find out and see.

Please do come inside and explore and have time for yourself, the church is open in daylight hours. Or come and meet with others to worship or chat everyone is welcome.

If anyone would like to speak to James or Ann, please ring or email and we will endeavour to meet you as soon as we can.

The All Saints Parish Office, is in the grounds of Witley Infant School, opposite the Church.

Wishing you every blessing

James McKeran         Ann Fraser
                       James McKeran                                     Ann Fraser

The parish of Witley is made up of the villages of Witley, Brook, Wormley and Sandhills. The Parish Church of All Saints dates from about 1040 and is situated just off the main Petworth Road (A283) in Church Lane, opposite the White Hart public house. Witley CofE Infant School is opposite the church and has close links with it.

Apart from a regular pattern of worship on Sundays and Holy Days, the church serves the whole parish and after recent refurbishment is available every day for a variety of uses. The door is open in daylight hours for anyone who may wish to spend a quiet few moments or longer in the peace and quiet of this ancient building.

The mission of the church in Witley is to bring the love of God to all who live and work there. The church is open to all people, and here to serve the entire parish. Everyone is welcome at all services and other events and anyone is welcome to use the space in church for their own charitable or social events where appropriate. Click here for more information on using the church for your event.

If you are new to the area you are very welcome! There are a wide range of activities going on around the church that may interest you.

A team of Pastoral Assistants visit the housebound, take Communion to those who can't get to church for whatever reason, and generally help the clergy keep an eye on pastoral needs.

James or Ann would be pleased to talk with and welcome you. Enjoy the web-site!

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