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Regular worship

 

Morning Prayer is said according to the Book of Common Prayer (1662) at 8.30 a.m., Monday to Saturday and Evening Prayer at 5.00 p.m. For all services in the current week, visit the calendar on the Home page.

Our regular worship follows the traditional style of the Church of England. Morning and Evening Prayer are said daily according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and the Parish Mass on Sundays is a sung communion service with a full robed choir.

Worship is currently allowed under TIER FOUR Stay at Home guidance but currently all our services are said and there is no provision for children’s work. All worshippers are required to sanitise their hands on entering church, to remain fully masked (unless exempt) while in the building, to ensure physical distance at all times and not to mingle with others. 

Holy Communion 

Sundays @ 8am 

This is a said mass and this service is suitable for those who wish to encounter God in a more reflective, peaceful environment. You will hear the gospel and readings for the day and you will receive Holy Communion. There will be an opportunity to meet with others in our community.

 

Parish Mass

Sundays @ 10.30am

Our principal Sunday service takes place at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome and please come as you are; there is no dress code!

We have a robed choir, that are at the heart of our worship here at All Saints' they perform a wide repertoire of music.  We welcome families with young children at this service and our monthly Children’s Church Mass. 

This Mass follows the Church of England Common Worship Liturgy. We follow the liturgical calendar of the Church of England so you will see us celebrating Saints' Days and Festivals according to the times and seasons.

At this Mass you will also see our serving team. Made up of both adults and children they generally serve at our Parish Mass and other special services, if you are interested in joining the team or finding out more about what we do, speak to Caroline Williams or Father Nicholas. 

The Church of England welcomes all the baptised who are communicant members of their own churches to make their communion if they wish. Others, and all who are not Christian, are welcome to attend but are asked to refrain from receiving the sacraments.

Pictured: Serving team during Lent 2019

Regular training is offered for those seeking to become Christian and to profess their faith at Baptism. There are prayer and bible study groups as well as children's church.

The Church of England welcomes all the baptised who are communicant members of their own churches to make their communion if they wish. Others, and all who are not Christian, are welcome to attend but are asked to refrain from receiving the sacraments.

Regular training is offered for those seeking to become Christian and to profess their faith at Baptism (adults will be confirmed and make their First Communion at the time of their baptism). There are prayer and bible study groups as well as children's church.

Following the Mass there is a chance to meet others in our church community by staying and enjoying refreshments. There is often fresh produce to buy - we're always raising money for our charity! You will also have the chance to speak with the Vicar or lay ministry team about a pastoral issue or other matters important to you. However, all such activity is currently suspended during the pandemic - we look forward to reintroducing these important community activities as soon as is practicable.  

Evening Prayer 

Sundays @ 6.30pm

This short, said service of Evening Prayer, lasting approximately 35minutes, is a peaceful prayerful way to end your Sunday and prepare yourself for the week ahead. Here we meet God in the Evening Office for a Sunday, this service is prayer focussed, giving us the opportunity to listen and reflect.  It follows an ancient practice of offering thanks for the day that is passing and seeking for God's forgiveness before we sleep, bringing together the monastic offices of Vespers and Compline.

Choral Evensong - currently suspended during the pandemic

Every third Sunday @ 6.30pm 

This is a chance to hear our magnificent choir in action. Choral Evensong is an hour long peace-inducing service in which the 'song' of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the even point between the active day and a restful night. This, follows the pattern of Evening Prayer, it allows worshippers to gather and offers time for restful contemplation. The service moves from the Old Testament to the revelation of God in the New Covenant when the Virgin Mary said "Yes" to God's promise.

 

Childrens'  Mass

Monthly usually on the second Sunday @ 4pm

This service is created around our young people aged 1-11 years old and their parents. This service is a Mass and we tell stories from the Bible, pray together, act, colour and draw. It's a great chance to meet our other church families and hear about our activities for young people. All are very welcome.  Please see Fr William's letter, below.

Next Masses: 10 January and 28 February.

 

Dear All,

Children’s Masses at All Saints’ normally take place on the second Sunday of the month at 4.00 in the afternoon, though occasionally we move them e.g. when there’s a half term. The one after the January one this coming Sunday, for instance, will be on February 28 for that reason.

The Prime Minister’s latest announcement on Covid 19 regulations yesterday makes it clear that Churches should remain open for private prayer and public worship, and so our Children’s Mass will be going ahead during this latest period of lockdown. All Saints’ has put a lot of effort into making its services safe, and the people who have come to worship with us clearly find what we are doing reassuring.

At the same time, given the high level of transmissibility of the latest variants of the virus, and the particular way Children’s Masses are set up, I thought we should tell you what particularly we are doing to make them safe for you and your children.

Before the service:

You will be invited on coming into church to disinfect your hands and fill in a test and trace form;
We are setting up mats in ‘islands’ in church for individual households to sit on. Parents and carers who want to sit in the pews behind can do so in separated spaces;
All materials given to the children – e.g. coloured pencils and card – are wiped beforehand and prepared with gloves on.

In the service:

We will say the words of songs and prayers, rather than singing them, because singing (unfortunately) carries a greater risk of transmission than saying.
Communion will be given to parents (wafer only) at arm’s length, and I will be masked when doing so. I will bless children at a distance at the same time, and without speaking.

After the service

We ask you to leave the church household by household, and not to socialise until on the Heath.

I hope this reassures you, and that you will feel able to join us in a service which still sets out to be fun for all, as well as a genuine opportunity for you to worship as a family.

With every good wish to you all,

Yours,

 

Fr. William

Revd. William Chatterton

Hon. Asst. Curate, All Saints’ Blackheath.

 

Childrens' Church - currently suspended during the pandemic

Throughout term times we offer activities and worship alongside our principal worship. For details please ask the clergy or one of the Sidespeople. We also offer a creche in church.