Worship at All Saints Church

All Saints is part of the Church of England in the Diocese of Chelmsford. 

We are Christians in the Anglican tradition, whose fellowship is characterised by a confidence in the authority of the Old and New Testaments, with basic beliefs summarised in the historic creeds of the Christian Church. 

We follow the Biblical plan for church order, with spiritual oversight provided by Bishops and local leadership shared by lay persons, Priests, and Deacons.  

We celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion in obedience to the teaching of Jesus Christ. 

What we stand for is most clearly evident in our forms of worship, where, through orderly services with much congregational participation, we seek to give praise and thanks to God in the name of Jesus Christ. 

We welcome worshippers from every Christian tradition.

Service Participants and Worship Support

Worship is at the very heart of All Saints. We gather as a parish to celebrate and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Common Worship and Book of Common Prayer services both said and sung are used. Music is both traditional and contemporary, formal and informal depending on the type of service. A number of lay people are involved in some aspect of direct liturgical participation In making music, reading, serving, or ushering, making the services inspiring and uplifting.

SERVER & ACOLYTES All Saints have a number of adults who participate in the sacramental ministry as acolytes, crucifiers, torch bearers and servers. They wear vestments, based on an ancient history of service at the altar. Servers accept the privilege and responsibility of assisting the clergy at regular Sunday services and at other special liturgies throughout the year. To become a server or call Tony Ripton 01245 422127.

READERS AND INTERCESSORS Lay readers are parishioners selected and trained to read the appointed lessons and lead the Prayers of the People. Young people over the age of ten who read well and enjoy reading in public are encouraged to read at the 10.45am Sunday service. Special Prayer requests can be directed through the Parish Office 01245 422846

SIDESPEOPLE The Sidespeople (Ushers) are charged with warmly welcoming parishioners and visitors to worship services. They are also responsible for escorting seating, collecting the offering, directing the orderly flow of persons to the altar during the communion, helping in emergencies, and assisting the clergy in identifying newcomers and visitors.

FLOWER GUILD The Flower Guild arranges the altar flowers and any other special flowers in the church for worship. They would welcome any flowers in memory of loved ones. Contact: Jenny Palmer

TOWER BELL RINGERS The bells are rung to changes in the English tradition in celebration of all our blessings at the beginning of the Sunday morning services. There are 10 bells and each bell rope must be pulled by willing arms. Please contact the Tower Captain, Andrew Brewster, to join the band.