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All Saints Church, Witley, Surrey

February: a time to celebrate the simple and pure things in life

Sometimes less is more. I know some will have tried to stick with a 'dry January' after the excesses of Christmas and New Year, and in February we are about to face the rigours of Lent, but I'm not thinking only about cutting down on food and alcohol.

It's struck me on my regular dog walks around the parish, that at this time of year, when the trees are starkly bare and the borders are devoid of flowers, that there is beauty, a purity even, in the little that we have around us. We are so lucky to be surrounded by pleasant countryside, but in the depths of winter it can seem bleak and cold. Yet go out and look at the scenery and the tiniest detail can offer great joy.

I think what captures this for me is the snowdrop. Today I noticed some have emerged already and I stopped to marvel at how simple, yet how exquisite they are. Because although I say simple, each flower was magnificent in its detail. The petals are the whitest white, their edges finely crafted. And as if white alone was not enough, Nature had painted a tiny brushstroke of green on the inner frilled petals, just as a finishing touch.

Now although I love many of the flowers in the garden in the height of summer, none of these are as simple as a snowdrop. The more I study this unpretentious flower, the more I begin to understand why there are snowdrop fanatics out there.

Whilst I'm quite happy to enjoy whatever variety of snowdrop is popping up in the Vicarage garden, I rather admire these enthusiasts for being so passionate about such a modest little flower. It has no scent, it is only available in white and green and it is one of the smallest flowers grown in our gardens. But, and this is an important but, it is one of the first to emerge not long after the shortest day and the longest night. Those fingers of green leaves bravely push through the frosty soil, to reveal a tightly closed white bud. "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin" and yet they bring us joy and hope. So, let us celebrate the simple and the pure in our lives, let us embrace less is more and let us be touched by the green signs of life emerging from the darkness of the earth.

James McKeran

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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.

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