Welcome to All Saints Church, Witley

All Saints Church, Witley, Surrey

Spring 2022: is the light beginning to shine brighter?

"I see, or think I see,
A glimmering from afar;
A beam of day, that shines for me,
To save me from despair."


Although it's still very much Winter around Witley, with frosty mornings and the branches of most trees bare and exposed, I am beginning to see "a glimmering from afar" and "a beam of day" that William Cowper tells of in his poem 'The Shining Light'. Life does thankfully look to be returning to a semblance of normality. The Petworth Road is as chocker as ever, folks are coming back to church, we are booking in all those christenings put on hold and most village groups are busy planning a full calendar of events in 2022. Alleluia!
At All Saints, we have just celebrated the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, popularly known as Candlemas. This special day marks the completion of 40 days since the birth of Jesus - yes, Christmas really was that long ago - when Mary and Joseph took their child to the Temple in Jerusalem. Some of you might remember the lovely story woven around two wise saintly figures, the old man Simeon, praising God and announcing the baby as 'the light to enlighten the nations', and the prophet Anna, giving thanks and proclaiming him her Redeemer. The image of Christ as the Light has led to the celebration of light countering darkness, with candles often taking a central place.
We've been through a time of darkness, with much suffering, but the light is now starting to burn brighter all around us. But how are we going to make sure all our excellent resolutions to make it burn brighter inside of us - to do things differently, re-prioritise our time, be a little kinder, make greater space for family - become a reality and change our lives and our community for the better? That is the question. Well, luckily for you, Lent is round the corner! The period we set aside for prayer and reflection leading towards Easter begins with Ash Wednesday on the 2nd March. Why not come to one of our two services at 10am and 6.45pm, where we will start the journey with the great symbolism of the ashing of our foreheads and receiving words of wisdom for the road. As always, we shall be offering a range of options to deep cleanse and grow as individuals. There will be a course run in Milford Church Hall called 'A Retreat in Everyday Life', a two-part Film Study and a series of talks on the important national initiative 'Living in Love and Faith' exploring relationships at All Saints. So, keep your eyes on our newssheet, website and Facebook page.
I look forward to seeing you at one of these activities.

James

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, please contact our Safeguarding Officer, Carol Hui by email at: safeguarding@allsaintswitley.org.uk.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. This was updated in 2018 when our new incumbant, Revd. James McKeran came to All Saints.

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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!

Please feel free to click on the links above or on the right to find out more about us.

Be sure to visit our Parish News section which is updated weekly.

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