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“We encourage participation in all aspects of Church life whilst respecting the choices of those wishing not to participate.”
All Saints Church Staplehurst is situated at the south end of the village on the A229, a Roman road which forms the main high street. It dates from the early part of the last Millennium; indeed the south door has been dated to around 1050 and has some very fine early ironwork on it.
The population of Staplehurst is now around six and a half thousand and at All Saints church we seek to serve the whole village and not just those who come to our church. Our church is open seven days a week and many people come to pray there, using our votive candle stand near our side chapel. Our churchyard is still open for burials and is a place of peace for many visitors.
Style of Worship
We have a mixed rota of services at All Saints Staplehurst, with three each Sunday, including weekly 8.00 a.m. Communions and a 10.00 a.m. Eucharist on three Sundays each month, the other having an evening communion. On the first Sunday of the month we have a family service at 10.00 a.m. Our evening services, which are 4.00pm (Winter time) or 6.30 p.m. (Summer Time), include Parish Communion with Prayers for Healing, Compline, Taizé, Evensong & Contemplative Prayer.
MiniSaints is a church toddler group for 0 to 5 years that meets on Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm until 3.00pm in the Parish Room.
Sunday School Sunday school classes for 3 to 12 year olds meet during the 10.00am service on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays during term time. They seek to have fun and teaching within a biblical framework. .
Explorers for 8 to 11 years, meet in the Parish Room on a Thursday between 4.30 pm and 5.30pm during term time. The group starts with games and then learn about the Bible and Church life.
The Cru also meet on Thursdays; this is for 11-18 year olds, again only during term time, 7.30pm till 8.30pm at 5, Oliver Road. We have fun evenings that include exploration of issues of faith, discussions, games evenings and outings.
Fellowship - House Groups, Nurture groups
The “Thursday Prayer Group” meets every Thursday. We have a prayer group which meets once a month to pray about topics relating to the parish, and a monthly house group meeting on the 3rd Thursday in a month. Emmaus Groups meet on a weekly basis during term time. We have a baptismal team, who visit families whose children are about to be baptised. The Health, Healing and Support Prayer Group meet fortnightly to pray for the sick and those who need support. We also run house groups during Lent and Advent.
Details of other church activities
We support and are supported by Mothers' Union, Choir and Bellringers. All-age workshops are run on three Saturday mornings during the year for our young people and others.
The “Friends of All Saints”, the main fundraising focus of the church, recently organised events including a baptismal and confirmation exhibition, 70s quiz and Brain Game, Kent Police Band concert, “Last Night at the Proms”, Shepherds' Market and the Church Fete. We have a very active social committee who arrange social events such as day trips to France, parish lunches, parish breakfasts, pancake parties, harvest supper, trip to Bewl water, Body Shop evening, and a rounders afternoon.
Links with Schools in the Parish
We have a very strong link with Staplehurst Primary School where both the Rector and Curate visit and take assemblies regularly and the Rector is on the Governing Body. The Rector also takes assemblies at Angley School in Cranbrook.
All Saints support charities either monthly or tri-monthly and a proportion of these are abroad.
Affiliation/links to other organizations/churches
The “Churches Together” in Staplehurst enables all churches in the village to work and worship together. Regular events include joint worship on the 5th Sundays at each church in turn; Tuesday coffee mornings; distribution of Easter and Christmas cards, detailing services within all four churches; and the organisation of the Christian Aid collection for Staplehurst.
The three nursing homes in the area are visited regularly and Holy Communion services are held once a month in each of these. There is a strong link with the Cheshire Home in Staplehurst and the McCabe Centre, where a house communion is taken each month.
Morning and Evening Prayer are said at 8.00 am (8.30 a.m. on Saturday) and 5.00 p.m. respectively in the Church (all are welcome). The Church is of course open for prayer and reflection every day.
Please see the notice board outside the Church for additional details of services.
For details of our Church Services and useful contact details please download a copy of our Welcome Leaflet which is available in pdf format.
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