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

STOP PRESS: CHURCH CHANGES

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU


We are open for 8am and 10am Services on Sunday and Wednesday from 8am to 4pm for private prayer, though April 14th the church will not be open for private prayer. All other times, please note on entering the Covid 19 precautions arranged for your health and safety.

Please contact the office as numbers are limited still.

March: what do Spring and Lent have to say this year?

My missive this time last year, penned just before the Pandemic and lockdown descended on us, was much preoccupied by that perennial English obsession - no not the Royals - the weather. Somewhat distracted by the constant storms and rains, I was revelling in the first signs of Spring.

The latter fancy seems rather frivolous in light of the last 12 months, but still I think has a valuable point to make. One of my favourite poets, whom I have quoted before, John Clare says it perfectly in 'The Instinct of Hope':

"Time wandering onward keeps its usual pace
As seeming anxious of eternity,
To meet that calm and find a resting place.
E'en the small violet feels a future power
And waits each year renewing blooms to bring,
And surely man is no inferior flower
To die unworthy of a second spring?"


Time has certainly felt like it has wandered off on a pace of its own, and I guess we have all had moments or whole periods of anxiety of late. Do we not need a calm place to rest our hearts and minds before we leap back into the round of activity that was life before March 16th 2020? And if nature, personified by the little violet, that surrounds us can feel the power of renewal each year - not least with all we throw at her - may we not do likewise, as we emerge from this enforced hibernation of body and soul? Yes, we surely can!

The question is rather where to start? Being more than just rational machines, we too are provided by our creator with an annual opportunity to feel "a future power" whilst gently waiting for "renewing blooms" in the season of Lent, the spiritual time preceding Easter and the joy of the resurrection. Starting with the penitential symbolism of Ash Wednesday, we are offered this special 40-day period every year to help us to die back to the roots and grow a healthier and happier person in tune with God, each other and the world. This enables one to experience the supreme message of Easter afresh, that of reconciliation. Isn't this what we all need, to be reconciled with our deepest values, what really matters and the essential social communion of living? It's not too late to join in - Easter Day's not until April 4th. So, before we rush headlong back into the old normality, why not try to step back and take some time out - perhaps arrange a Quiet Day, read that book you've had recommended, watch and discuss a powerful movie with family or a close friend, put aside a daily spot for prayer / reflection, or something similar that works for you.

If we give it a go, I believe we shall be ready to re-engage in a more confident and compassionate manner - as the unhappy limits and loss of the last year gradually subside.

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, please contact our Vicar,Rev. James McKeran on 01428 681867 during this interim period before we apppoint a new Safeguarding Officer. 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.




VISITING THE CHURCH

PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT APPLY DURING LOCKDOWN

- we are only open at specific times as stated at the top of this page

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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