ABOUT ALL SAINTS
We're on a mission.
We aim to be the focus for a Christian intergenerational family that worships God joyfully each day of our lives, while serving God in our community. As a church we work to remove any barriers that might stop people coming to church, we really do try and welcome everyone.
As a community we love to pray together in faith and play together in fellowship. We care about family life and people in need. We share our resources of time, ability and wealth and share our hope in Jesus, growing in discipleship, responsibility and love of God who has been revealed to us by His Son, Jesus.
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WHO WE ARE
The 'Senior' Staff Team
Rev. Phil Greig
Priest in Charge
Phil joined us in November 2014 with his family, Lucy his wife and their four year old daughter Iona. After five years Phil has been made Priest in Charge which means a change of title, but the work remains the same. He is here to help us become a church congregation whose purpose is to worship God, be out in the community on mission and be the best disciples of Jesus we can be.
Lucy joined us at All Saints as our Curate in July 2020 and she will be with us for three years. Lucy will be ordained Deacon in September at Canterbury Cathedral. We are so glad she is with us and a part of the team!
Gavin was licensed as Reader to All Saints in September 2015 at Canterbury Cathedral. He helps out with the ministry of preaching, leading, praying and sits on our PCC as our Health & Safety Officer and Vulernable Adults Safeguarding Officer.
Bee is our churchwarden. She joined the warden team in May 2015 and in that time has had many an adventure with the Cathedral archives, building contractors and architects. Bee and Will are a new team of church wardens together looking after the building but more importantly, the people within it.
Will is our new church warden, and the first time in such a role. He will be supporting Bee in her senior warden role over the coming year.
Carole is our wonderful treasurer. She looks after all things financial and keeps the PCC up to date with what we need to know. We'd be lost without her!
Safeguarding Children's Officer
COVID19 NEWS AND UPDATES
The Church of England are keeping us up to date with all information regarding COVID19. We will follow all advice given to us, and you can see this advice in full here. All Saints PCC have agreed to REOPEN the church for Sunday Services from Sunday 26th July.
We have completed our Risk Assessment, which you can read here. Things be different for a while, as you might expect. The first change is that the 9.30am service will now be at 9am. We can't offer hymn books (no singing!) and service books will be placed at least two days before the service and you will be asked to keep it, take it home and bring it back each week. Following guidance from the Church of England, we will be offering communion in one kind only, and I will administer the bread at your seat wearing a mask. We will also be worshipping in the main church rather than the chapel as this will give us lots more space. Changing the time of the service allows us extra time to prepare for the next service which will remain at 11am.
Our 11am service will remain largely unchanged in style and format, the rota we have will stay in place, but if someone on the rota can't come to church for any reason, that person can still make a video of their contribution for Sunday worship. We won't be allowed to sing for a while but that doesn't mean we won't be doing any action songs :0).
What is important to communicate is that once the service is finished everyone will need to vacate the building straight away (sorry!!) so we can clean it, however, you are more than welcome to bring a drink and picnic lunch to enjoy socially distanced on the church lawn.
We know seeing each other after such a long time will be wonderful, and yet we completely understand that some people will choose not to come to church in the building. With this in mind we are working towards live streaming both services so people don't feel left out. Being All Saints I am sure you will appreciate there will be bumps in the road, so please bear with us as work out the technology.
On face masks, we are waiting for updated advice, but at the moment the guidance says wearing a mask is optional, but recommended. You can purchase a face mask here.
for our community, our building and the wider world
Why are we fundraising?
Donate a financial gift here
We are situated in the old Garrison Church of St. Alban that served the local barracks from the middle of the 19th Century until 1970. After the Diocese bought the church and remodelled it, it was reconsecrated as All Saints church on All Saints Day in 1976. Over 40 years on the building now requires major repair and updating.
What repairs need to take place?
We are on a five year mission over two stages:
Stage One: to replace the roof and repair the exterior walls of the church
Stage Two: to update the internal spaces of the building
Our phase one goal is to reach £100,000.
Why is All Saints important for the community?
The building provides a worship space for a regular and committed church congregation. It is also a vital community space for multiple charities including Canterbury Food Bank, Rainbows and Brownies, the Canterbury Operatics, Mustard Seed Singers, Porchlight Social Club and the Catching Lives Night Shelter. There are many more local groups and small businesses which are listed here.
JENGA : Community Development Outreach
We are fortunate that we have our building and can offer its space for our community. We want to support people who are also working with a community to build resilience and show God’s love in everyday life. Jenga is one such organisation who is building a community building for a local community in Uganda. As All Saints in Canterbury we pray as a church for Jenga and we have committed to a promise of offering 10% of all the fundraising to them. We take great delight in not looking just to our own interests, but to the interests of others locally and internationally.
WHAT WE DO
It is very important for us to reach out to the local community with the message that Jesus brings, that he loves everyone, there is forgiveness and there is hope. We don't just reach out from a distance but live, work, socialise and be in the community around us. Our church isn't just on Military Road but wherever we are making a difference for God. Here are just a couple of the projects we are involved in at the moment:
Tuesday: 8.15am in The Vicarage
if you can't make it at these times but would like to participate where you are, please email Phil G for a copy of the liturgy. We use a Celtic form of prayer for these services.
Join us for Midday Prayer followed by a simple soup lunch
Wednesdays at 12.30pm
As part of our weekly rhythm of prayer we meet for a short service of prayer from the Northumbria Community and then share lunch. It's a great time to share, so if you are free, please join us.
Every first Friday each month
1st Friday of each month
Join us for a drink at the Thomas Tallis on Northgate. It's an informal gathering for a drink and a chat. We will meet on the first Friday evening of each month.
Bible study and prayer
Groups meet for Bible Study fortnightly
Please contact the vicar for further details
Tuesday mornings on a fortnightly basis
St. Gregory's Court
*please contact us for specific dates, or collect a noticesheet from the church
Alternate Sundays - 2pm
We call it 'pop-up Sunday School'
Every other week on a Sunday we take our gazebo, lots of activities and meet children, young people and their families for an hour of fun every other Sunday afternoon. It really is great fun and something All Saints have been involved in for a number of years.
Community Hub and Credit Union
Across the city, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning there are volunteers waiting to help anyone who is in any kind of need, from financial difficulty, crisis, or if you just want a listening ear, we are sure we can help.
We are also branches of Kent Savers where you can open a savings account, perhaps for Christmas, or a house deposit, or something else. We can also advise on loans toos.
For more information and where you can find us visit our new website page www.connectingcanterbury.org
Lego Youth Group
Youth Work Based on Lego and the Bible...anything is possible!
Alternate Sunday evenings: 6pm to 7.30pm
We started a new youth group for Years 5 to 8 in June 2018. Lots of Lego games, Lego fun, Lego discipleship...walking in the ways of Jesus...using the Bible and Lego. We have a dedicated Lego room in the church which we are 'building up' over time. Email the Vicar for more details.
Create Mental Health Art Group
A group for anyone with mental health issues who wish to express themselves
every Friday from 1.30pm
We started this group earlier for people who suffer poor mental health. It is fun volunteers who have had this experience in one way or another in the past and they would love To welcome you to their group every Friday. A very warm and safe welcome are waiting for you. There is no need to be creative but a willingness to be. The group is free and donations for hot drinks are welcome but not compulsory.
The Community Church Hall
All community groups are suspended until further notice.
Porchlight Social Club
Every Monday from 11am to 3pm Porchlight offer a drop in for local Porchlight users. There are courses on lifeskills, a fresh lunch and friendly staff on hand to chat.
Rainbows and Brownies
Rainbows meet every week in term time for girls aged 4 to 7. £2.50 per session.
Brownies meet every week in term time for girls aged 7+. For more information please visit the girlguiding website and look up All Saints Canterbury
8pm - 10pm
Canterbury Foodbank & Connecting Canterbury
The Foodbank open from 9.30am to 11am every Tuesday of the year, even at Christmas. People can drop in for food parcels, and get advice from Connecting Canterbury for when you need someone to talk to.
Darby & Joan
A social club for the over 60s. It has met at All Saints for years. A friendly welcome is given to anyone who turns up, even the Vicar! For more information, drop in one Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm.
Every Tuesday from 8pm
Baby Sing and Sign
10am to 12noon
Mustard Seed Singers
A choir for all abilities!
6.15pm to 7.15pm
8pm - 10pm
Cre-ate Mental Health Art Group
This meets every Friday from 1.30pm.
Canterbury Film Club
Every 2nd Friday in the month.
10am to 12noon.
Canterbury Operatic Society
During the winter months rehearsals take place for their big Marlowe production in the Spring.
Indian Orthodox Church
The church meets every first and second Saturday in the month
A small, quiet service of Holy Communion
Our family worship service, very relaxed and informal. We have activities for children, although we love it when we worship all together!
We have launched a brand new youth club for children and young people aged 9 to 18. FREE entry. 6pm to 7.30pm on a fortnightly basis:
March 8th, 29th
and every two weeks following
You can hire our hall for events, birthdays, baptism parties, dances, clubs and most other things.
If you would like to talk about perhaps hiring our hall for something you are planning, please contact our hall bookings secretary, Jemma and she will be glad to help you. You can email her by using the form below.
Our Church School
St. John's Church of England Primary School
We are privileged to have strong links with our church school. Our vicar is a foundation governor, a chaplain, leads collective worship, loves and supports the school lots of other ways.
At the last OFSTED inspection we were delighted to receive a GOOD (Nov 2018) with OUTSTANDING Early Years. You can read the report here.
We recently had our SIAMS inspection which is the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools, and you can read the report here.
St. John's is a bright, fun, loving, caring school with the children at the absolute heart of everything the school seek to achieve. The children embody these qualities beautifully, and it is a joy to be a part of the community.
You can visit their website here.
WHERE TO FIND US
You can find All Saints just a stone's throw from the city of Canterbury. Nestled in between the sorting office of the Royal Mail and Canterbury City Council you will find us ready to welcome you at one of our services each Sunday morning and/or at one of our events. We look forward to welcoming you!