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 OPENING at specific times!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK

All Saints is opening on Sunday 26th July:
Due to hygiene and social distancing rules,
this will be on a limited basis as follows-
SUNDAYS
8am to 10am Private Prayer in the South Transept
10am Holy Communion in the main Nave

WEDNESDAYS
10am to 12noon Private Prayer in the South Transept
12noon Holy Communion in the main Nave

1. For Holy Communion there will be a maximum of 12 households.

2. All places need to be booked in advance via the Parish Office at office@allsaintswitley.org.uk or 01428 681 872; by 3.00pm on a Friday for Sunday and 10am on a Tuesday for Wednesday.

3. Priority will be given to retired people and those in a Coronavirus high risk category on a Wednesday.

4. Due to the restricted numbers allowable, our online services will continue until we can all comfortably worship together in church.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK



July: a time of quiet hope and confidence

I sit at my desk on a beautifully bright and breezy morning; though - like you too I'm sure - am thankful for the good rain we have enjoyed recently. As a friend who kindly gave me some of their first crop of potatoes recently commented, despite regular watering the soil is still very very dry indeed. I seem to recall last summer was even more a procession of feast and famine, with prolonged dry spells punctuated by intermittent bouts of heavy downpours.

Rather differently this time last year, I was revelling in this column at sharing some of the more fun and amusing moments from Witley Fair; commenting on just how much goes on in our community - making it such a great place to live. Sadly, with Brook Fete and the Fair in its new format as Witstock both being cancelled due to the virus lockdown, we have missed these wonderful shared occasions when the villages come together. In church, the picture has been almost as difficult, with the major festivals of Easter and Pentecost forcibly celebrated online not in person. And then all but one of our booked and eagerly anticipated seasonal weddings have been postponed till next year. Although we should pause to reflect, even mourn, the loss of these central annual gatherings and their key importance for our social and spiritual health, it is also essential to recognise we are coming through these dark days and to look to the future with hope and confidence. At All Saints, we have had our lovely building thoroughly cleaned, and are now planning and preparing to open our doors as soon as possible. These days this involves the mandatory risk assessment and careful discussion - which will enable us to worship and hold significant services such as weddings and funerals safely and without reservation. For a while to come these activities are going to be on a limited basis with rigid physical distancing in situ, but these necessary precautions shall certainly ease over time as things gradually return to normal. Please watch our website and Facebook page for updates.

So, as we take tentative little steps forward, I think we need some collective encouragement. Here is the first verse from Emily Dickinson's short yet sublime poem 'Hope', where she likens the idea to a singing bird:
'Hope' is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -"



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, contact either our Safeguarding Officer, Gary Cook through the office or our Vicar, Rev. James McKeran on 01428 681867. 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.

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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