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 FOR PRIVATE PRAYER


It is with regret, whilst the new lockdown is in place our physical services are suspended. We will be open for private prayer on Sundays and Wednesdays from 8am to 4pm, though please note on entering the Covid 19 precautions arranged for your health and safety.

November: A time to reflect

We have just celebrated All Saints Day, our church birthday. It was a timely tonic to the gloom of these days. It reminds us sainthood is by no means limited to those who have been officially canonized. All Saints speaks of those who were not famous, not remembered, but whose lives and deeds have nonetheless endured.

That's not to say that all these people were perfect. In fact, saints in general have a strong track record not only in being imperfect, but in being decidedly odd! Here are a few examples. The 13th century St. Albertus Magnus prescribed an unusual holy cure: if an ounce of elephant bone is drunk with ten ounces of wild mountain mint from something which a leper has first touched, it is an excellent cure for a headache. Perhaps best to stick with paracetamol from Boots.

St. Simeon Stylites, (4th-5th century) is probably best known for spending 37 years living on top of a pillar. But another story goes that on a journey into town one day, he found a dead dog on a dung heap. He picked it up, tied its leg to a rope round his waist, and went through the streets dragging the creature behind him. He attached himself to the local church and during services threw nuts at the clergy and blew out the candles. He also developed a theatrical limp; at the baths ran naked into the women's section and, on solemn fasting days, he feasted riotously, consuming vast amounts of beans, with deliberate and entirely predictable results!

I don't know about you, but I find the very human oddness of many of the saints rather more inspiring than visions of ethereal figures in long, white robes floating around in a cloud of dry ice (or incense!). This festival reminds us we are part of a company of saints. Often when I come into church, but particularly at All Saints, All Souls and Remembrance, I feel an affinity with saints who have gone before, some of whom I have known, others not. There is a real sense of being part of that great community.

But this Feast also tells of the saints of the present day, including, incredibly, you and me, in all our diversity, our human-ness and, yes, our oddness as well. We may not rank alongside some of the great saints of the past, but what we are all called to is a strong awareness that we are made in God's image to reflect the God whose nature we encounter in Jesus Christ. Our own individual ways of doing that are likely to be smaller scale, quieter, and often unrecognized. But any act of helping someone along the journey of life, not least when life is hard going; any deed of making other people and their welfare - rather than our own - the centre of our focus; any willingness to take time to listen; any showing of understanding; any act of forgiveness; any seeking after reconciliation; any act of speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves; any moves to establish peace and justice on even the smallest, local scale - in short, any act of love - is what makes a saint. It's about being essentially human, and living with humanity towards one another.

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. 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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