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All Saints Church, Witley, Surrey

Summer 2022 : let us share the joy

"Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine;
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine."

These words from the poem 'Joy' by William Blake rather sum up my thoughts at present. It is wonderful that church and village life are slowly returning to normal as the Covid Pandemic recedes; yet, the worrying cost of living crisis and the terrible war in Ukraine have blunted much of our resurgent hope for the immediate future. Joy and grief really do seem ever intertwined.

After the restrictions of the last two years, we have recently enjoyed our first Holy Week and Easter as a community in church since 2019. To participate in and journey with Jesus' through his rollercoaster final journey along the streets of Jerusalem - from his garlanded welcome to the Cross and then out again through the Resurrection into new life - has been an awesome experience this year. The literally 'restored' symbolism of palms waving on Palm Sunday, feet washing on Maundy Thursday, reverencing the Cross on Good Friday and a baptism on Easter Day was incredible. Not to mention the beauty of the Easter Lilies, the lovely Easter Garden in the porch and the special Anthems sung by the choir. But when taken as a whole, these days are unmistakably a sharp and vital reminder of how the love and power of God are always intermingled in life with our own human choices and frailty. In living the Resurrection, we learn that to receive the former openly and cheerfully we transform the latter. Every one of us is thereby enabled to become that fuller person we are meant to be and always wanted to be. Hearing of the great joy and strength found in similar such services held throughout Ukraine during the Orthodox Easter celebrations was a true blessing.

We are presently travelling what we call the Easter Season at All Saints, when we listen afresh to the encouraging post-Resurrection encounters with Jesus and the inspiring daring stories of life in the early church. As we bask in their glow, may we all find some of the "silken twine" of joy amongst the toil and tribulations of this current age - in our families, in our work, in our community, in each other and in ourselves. We have just witnessed the exciting return of Witley Fair, or Witstock as it is now, and shall shortly be coming together to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in various activities and events. In these and in our holidays or time with family and friends in the summer sunshine, I pray we each find the joy life has to offer "the soul divine" despite the "grief and pine" that settles on the surface of our lives.


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.
We are currently looking to appoint a Safeguarding Officer, but in the meantime, if you have any concerns at all, please contact our vicar Revd. James McKeran by email at: vicar@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.

Please click HERE to view our DATA PRIVACY NOTICE.


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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