You're new? 

We are delighted that you are interested in finding out about All Saints and maybe coming along.

 

You probably have all sorts of images in your head about what a church is like, and what goes on. Only when you give it a go will you really find out. 
Read on if you want more of an idea of what to expect.
 

 

If you've been to church elsewhere....

How will All Saints compare with the church you've most recently been attending? Maybe you've just moved into the area. Maybe you are just visiting friends or relatives but want to fit in going to church. Maybe you've been going to another church and want to see how All Saints compares. Whatever the reason, you'll be familiar with church worship. We have a huge variety, so you'll need to choose quite carefully. From the quiet and simple 8.00 communion on a Sunday and the dignified, rich but surprisingly relaxed 9.30 Parish Eucharist, to the worship tailored to those with families and those less familiar with church at our 11.15 Late Breakfast in term time, to the very informal, contemporary Worship@4 in which families can really be themselves,  to the contemplative 6.00 Evensong - sung or said, occasionally Celtic with healing,  -  we try to suit most tastes. Communion features strongly - we're that kind of church, but not always. And of course, we have lots of weekday services - just have a look at our calendar.

SO come along, make yourself known to the welcomers, and to the clergy if you wish. Let us know what you think - if there's something you don't like, we may be able to suggest another service which is a bit different. 


If you haven't been to church before, or not for ages....

It is a good idea to make yourself known to one of the welcome team and say if you might like a bit of help. Equally, you can come along and be quite anonymous if you prefer. Our booklets are really easy to follow, and at Worship@4  and sometimes at 11.15 usually everything you need is on a screen. Sometimes it is nice to let us know you're coming - no pressure to do this, but it means you'll get a personal welcome and a bit of help when you arrive. Email us and we'll do our best to be ready for you. Sit where you like, don't feel you have to join in anything. If you want guidance, just ask. DO stay for a chat afterwards. 
 

What to wear....

Don't worry. Wear what you like. The days of dressing up for church are long gone. 
 

Will I need any money....

We currently take a collection at the 8.00 and 9.30, but there is no pressure to put anything in. If you feel you want to, consider putting it in an envelope which we can give you if you are a UK Tax Payer, so we can get some extra from HMRC! Ask a welcomer, and you'll find we even take Debit and Credit Cards!
 

I can't sing....

We have lots of singing at 9.30, when the choir is there anyway to give a good lead. You can sing along withe traditional and contemporary hymns and songs at bot 11.15 and 4.00. We have hymns and sung canticles once a month at 6.00pm. Join in if you want, it doesn't matter at all if you don't.
 

Receiving communion....

In our 8.00, 9.30 and 11.15 services, our weekday communions, and occasionally at other services, we bless, break and share bread and wine. If you normally receive communion or have done so in the past, do please come and receive here. If you don't, it doesn't matter - quite a few people don't. You can either sit and think about the amazing promise Jesus made to his disciples and to us to be there, without fail, whenever we bless, break and share bread and wine. Or, if you want, come up with the others, just keep your hands down, and you'll just receive a personal blessing. You won't be the only one/s doing that.
 

Afterwards....

Do stay and have a chat - we have refreshments after the 9.30 and Worship@4, and before the 11.15am.  If you want to fill in a welcome form and let us have it, we'll keep in touch and tell you what is going on that might interest you. No pressure - we aren't going to grab your arm off! 

God is here. Make yourselves at home.