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 from 8am to 4pm for private prayer with a Holy Communion Service at 12 noon, though please note on entering the Covid 19 precautions arranged for your health and safety.

Please contact the office as numbers are limited still.

December: A Christmas Message

A very different festive season is looming this year. Last December I spoke of the busyness and joyful gatherings of the Christmas period. Whatever we are allowed to do or not to do, its going to be a discordant and I suspect more subdued experience to usual. And that's not even including the strain and pain of the last nine months.

Perhaps, it's a good time to ask what its all about! Every priest is occasionally asked the big question, "what does Christmas mean to you then?" After being rather taken aback, one mumbles something about "the great and awesome God became man for me". A familiar truth, but one maybe we should try to see in a new way.

It is so easy to celebrate Christmas and miss the main point, or become so familiar with it, that it makes no impact. It should have a profound effect on us. It is the feast at which we celebrate God's entry into our world as man. And he entered in order to enter our lives. He came to share what we are, to give meaning to what we do, to heal wounds, to give life. Am I prepared to let him into my life?

St John says "God is love", not that he loves but that he is entirely love. That is why I treasure every Christmas - whatever the circumstances. I have come to realise more and more that the birth of Jesus Christ in that stable in Bethlehem is where all my questions begin to be answered. If I want to look on the face of utter love, I have to take myself with faith to the crib and look at the image of the child lying in the manger. God has entered, still enters, our world. He comes as gently as an infant child; he will share all our growing, our living, our loving, our grieving and our dying.

In St Paul's Cathedral there hangs a picture painted in 1904 by William Holman Hunt called The Light of the World. In that picture, Jesus is seen standing at a closed door. In one hand he carries a lamp and with the other he is knocking at the door. On the outside there is neither knob nor handle. The visitor can only enter if the person within opens the door from the inside. Christ does not force himself on us. That is why there is no handle on the outside.

But Jesus Christ is knocking all the time at your door and mine. Do we say "Yes, come in"? Do we open the door to let him into our lives? If we open the door, we find that he is carrying the lamp. He will be the light, a kindly light to guide us. We do not see the distant scene; the future is uncertain at all times. We have to be content to take one step at a time. We must go forward with confidence. Let him into your life. He knows the way and carries the lamp.

God bless you and I wish you a peaceful and safe Christmas.

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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