Welcome to All Saints Church, Witley

THIS WEEK'S SERVICE
Please join us for our service on Sunday. Go to 'All Saints Church Witley Surrey Facebook Page' from your web browser where you can check out the video for this service. And don't worry, you don't have to be a Facebook member. Anyone can view our page as it is open to public viewing.

Please click HERE for an Order of Service for Sunday.

All Saints Church, Witley, Surrey

MESSAGE FROM THE VICAR OF WITLEY:

Dear friends,

Unfortunately, with deep regret and sadness, our lovely church is now closed until further notice to help reduce the spread of the Covid19 virus. At this anxious time, we all need each other and we are always available for you. Please contact the duty priest through the office on 01428 681 872 or by calling the vicar on 01428 681 867.

We are so sorry we can't share worship with you in person but do try some of the wonderful digital options available; which have been helpfully listed for us on the Church of England's website at www.churchofengland.org. You can also keep in contact with us directly on Facebook at "All Saints Church Witley' or by checking out our website www.allsaintswitley.org.uk.

With everyone following government guidance to stay at home, we are aware there could be real practical difficulties in picking up groceries and prescriptions. If you are over 70 or self-isolating on medical grounds and require help, just phone or email the office or the vicar and we can get one of our team of DBS checked volunteers to contact you and provide the assistance you need.

Be safe and take care,
James

May: seeking signs of hope

The magnificent weather over the Easter holiday is about the only congenial similarity with this time last year. The necessary virus lockdown continues and looks to be with us for a while longer yet. Its novelty has definitely worn off and its very real isolation and constriction is affecting each one of us; in radically altered daily routines and varying degrees of social and economic stress. A lot to reflect on in this season of new life and resurrection.

Whilst it has been a fresh and fruitful experience putting together our special Holy Week and regular Sunday services online at Facebook, maintaining the opportunity to worship and fellowship 'together' after a fashion in this difficult hour, it's not quite the same. 250 internet 'views' of our Easter Day service is great - but without physically sharing communion in our beautiful church, without the scene and scent of the Easter garden and flowers surrounding us, without the joyful noise of our bells ringing out, without the choir lifting us to heaven in our very presence and without all of you, it's not quite the same. Our current predicament reminds everyone just how important our relationships, our social time and our community life are. If each of us grasps this simple truth, makes a resolution to do a little bit more, to join in a little bit more and to help out a little bit more what a change is coming; indeed, what a wonderful future we have and what a true Easter miracle we shall witness.

Right now, of course, we must persevere down the road in front of us. And how fortunate we are to have that road fringed in green and coming alive in sound and sight as Summer comes to our gardens, our country lanes and our fields. I noted wistfully last May, my first anniversary as vicar creeping up, that when sitting at my desk reflecting on things, looking out over the lovely Vicarage garden basking in the sunshine, I felt a sense of great pleasure and deeply blessed in being called to live in this village and serve the church and people of Witley. Approaching my second anniversary, and sharing these strange and hard times side by side, I can without hesitation only repeat these thoughts.

Seeking the words to express hope in the present disquiet, I stumbled upon these enchanting verses from John Keats in his poem 'Hope':

"When by my solitary hearth I sit,
And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom;
When no fair dreams before my 'mind's eye' flit.
And the bare heath of life presents no bloom:
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head."


James McKeran

Safeguarding
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 policies and procedures can be found HERE.
If you have any concerns at all, contact either our Safeguarding Officer, Gary Cook through the office 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.

Please click HERE to read the Parish Profile for All Saints Church, Witley.

Please click HERE to view our DATA PRIVACY NOTICE.




VISITING THE CHURCH

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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