All Saints’ during the Coronavirus Outbreak

From Sunday 5th July services restarted at All Saints’. There are two Eucharistic services a week – on Sundays at 9.30 am and on Wednesdays at 10 am. The church is no longer open for private prayer  because of the need to clean and air the church between services. Please use the main church entrance to enter the building. Details of the guidance notes for attending church services can be found here.

An order of service is available– please print this and bring it with you and take it home afterwards Sunday service A5 booklet Sunday service A4 version. This will cover all services in this transitional period, and a separate sheet with hymns for you to follow and the bible readings will also be available each week here. Some copies will be available in church for those unable to print their own. For those who are unable to get to church, it is hoped that the service will be streamed live on Facebook (you do not need an account for this). The recorded service can be viewed from this link. The order of service for the Wednesday 10 am service can be found here – weekday service A5 version weekday service A4 version.

A link to the Church of England Coronavirus guidance for churches can be found here. There is also information on the Diocesan website.

The Parish Administrator is working from home, but can be contacted by email and the usual office phone number. The hours are 9.30 – 12.30, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, except bank holidays. The churchyard remains open subject to anyone following the social distancing rules.

We will keep the website and Facebook updated with further information when available. All Saints also has an email database and relevant information is sent to members. If you would like to be added to the database please email allsaintsinfo55@gmail.com. We are sending out a weekly newsletter in place of the pew sheet to all on the email database and an electronic copy of the April, May and June  ‘Saints Alive’ is available.

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Sunday 12th July – Fifth Sunday after Trinity

A recording of Morning Worship for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page.

Sunday 5th July – Fourth Sunday after Trinity

A recording of Morning Worship for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page.

Sunday 28th June – Third Sunday after Trinity

A recording of Morning Worship for the Third Sunday after Trinity can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page.

Sunday 21st June – Second Sunday after Trinity

A recording of Morning Worship for the Second Sunday after Trinity can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page.

Sunday 14th June – First Sunday after Trinity

A recording of Morning Worship for the First Sunday after Trinity can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page.

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All Saints’ open for private prayer from Tuesday 16th June

For the last 3 months all churches have been closed, including All Saints’.

Following the Government easing of restrictions brought in to combat the Corona virus the Church of England has decided that, whilst it cannot hold its normal services, churches could be open for private prayer.

We are pleased to follow the restriction easing and are opening for private prayer on two days each week, Tuesdays in the morning between the hours of 10.00 am and 1.00 pm, and on Sundays from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

There are still over 1000 cases of Corona virus being identified each day, and so we must be careful. Please use the hand sanitiser when entering the building, and, whilst you are here, please follow the Government social distance recommendations of 2 metres. We would recommend wearing a face mask as we are indoors.

The church has been deep cleaned and sanitised before opening as have the toilet facilities.

Please note that the fire exit from the hall is no longer available but the south door in the chancel of the old church is open for this purpose. Pease also leave the church by this door.

It is comforting to know that we may now make use of this beautiful building albeit on a very restricted basis. Please take advantage of this opportunity to pray to and praise our Lord whilst giving full consideration to your fellow worshippers, and please follow any instructions given by our stewards.

God Bless you.

Young Saints
While the church has been closed Young Saints has been meeting online every Sunday morning. Do contact youth.allsaintsorpington@gmail.co.uk if you would like to join them.

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Sunday 7th June – Trinity Sunday

A recording of Morning Worship for Trinity Sunday can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page.

Sunday 31st May – Pentecost

A recording of Morning Worship for Pentecost can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page.

Sunday 24th May – 7th Sunday of Easter

A recording of Morning Worship for the 7th Sunday of Easter can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page.

The text for the Rev’d Chris Kitchener’s sermon can be found here.

Thursday 21st May – Ascension Day

A recording of a service for Ascension Day can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page

The text for the Rev’d Ann Uphill’s sermon can be found here.

Sunday 17th May – 6th Sunday of Easter

A recording of Morning Worship for the 6th Sunday of Easter can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page.

The text for the Rev’d David Darling’s sermon can be found here.

Sunday 10th May – 5th Sunday of Easter

A recording of Morning Worship for the 5th Sunday of Easter can be found on the All Saints’ facebook page.

Sunday 3rd May – 4th Sunday of Easter

A recording of Morning Worship for the 4th Sunday of Easter can be found on the All Saints’ Facebook page.

The text of the reflection by the Rev’d Carol Kitchener can be found here.

Sunday 26th April – 3rd Sunday of Easter

A recording of the Gospel reading for the 2nd Sunday of Easter – John 20. 19-end – can be found here.

A recorded sermon by The Rev’d Ann Uphill, who would have been preaching at All Saints’ this Sunday, can be found here. The text of the sermon can be found here.

Some music for the 3rd Sunday of Easter can be found on the All Saints Facebook page here

Sunday 19th April – 2nd Sunday of Easter

A recording of the Gospel reading for the 2nd Sunday of Easter – John 20. 19-end – can be found here.

A recorded sermon by The Rev’d David Darling, who would have been preaching at All Saints’ this Sunday, can be found here. The text of the sermon can be found here.

Some music for the 2nd Sunday of Easter can be found here.

Each day during Holy Week, a Bible Reading for the day was posted on the All Saints’ Facebook page. This is continuing after Easter and can be found here

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Will the world be changed after this pandemic is over?

Maybe

Maybe this interruption to our lives is given to us for a purpose.
Maybe the pause is meant to allow our earth to begin healing itself.
Maybe it is time to allow the water to run pure again and to allow our air to be refreshed.
Maybe sheltering at home is a blessing for those caught in a routine they never expected.
Are we only on this planet to work, eat, sleep and have a few hours off to buy more stuff?
The idea seems laughable.

We can no longer pause to smell the roses.
The roses have been paved over.
We can no longer amble through the river meadows.
The flood plains have been turned into housing estates.
We can no longer take a leisurely walk because life might pass us by.
We have to go for a run.

The world is paused.
Maybe the futility of much that we do will become apparent.
No one should have to choose between food and medication.
No one who works a full-time job should live in poverty.

Maybe, during this pause, we will see that we get more from life by cooperating rather than competing.  Maybe, during this pause, we will become refreshed, less anxious, less slaves to routine.
Maybe, during this pause, we will see the value in helping one another.
Maybe, during this pause, we will learn to share together in the prosperity given to us.

Maybe.

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Easter Day

Paul Hiscock can be heard singing the Exsultet on FaceBook.

The Right Reverend Paul Wright, Archdeacon of Bromley and Bexley has recorded a short homily for us which is available on the All Saints FaceBook page and  here

Our organist and director of music has put together an Easter Hymn with a few singers who have recorded it in their homes. Listen to it here

Bishop James will be sharing an Easter message on the Diocesan youtube channel here
and there will be a service available on the Diocesan website  here 
The Rev’d John Musson, area Dean, has arranged for an Easter Day service to be streamed at 10 am on the Cudham and Downe church website here
St John’s church Beckenham is streaming an Easter Day service also at 10 am here

Below are some pictures of Easter gardens sent in by Young Saints

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A garden seen in Cornwall

There are 12 eggs to spot in each of the two photos below

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Holy Week

Some music for Holy Week – Ubi Caritas – ‘where charity and love are, there God is’ can be found on the All Saints FaceBook page.

Good Friday

The Rev’d John Musson, area Dean, has arranged for the Stations of the Cross to be streamed at 2 pm. You can find the stream here

Maundy Thursday

57569377_1119553411584843_1407768822248636416_nOn Maundy Thursday, we remember the story of the Last Supper where Jesus showed his love by washing the feet of his disciples. After the Supper He went into the Garden to pray with three of the disciples who promptly fell asleep! Jesus returned saying to Peter: ‘How is it that you three were not able to keep watch with me even for one hour?’ (Matthew 26:40) The altar in our old church is decorated with lillies (to remember those who have died) and candles and we keep watch, quietly praying. This photo is from last year’s service.

Palm Sunday

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A photo of last year’s Palm Sunday procession

The Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis encouraged all Christians around the world to join in with The Lord’s Prayer at 11 am on 25th March.

Our Father,who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Mothering Sunday video and music recorded by our organist, Phoebe Tak Man Chow at All Saints’ can be watched and listened to from this link – https://1drv.ms/v/s!ArpmXXBVhRw8vQu-o1OIZ4jbch5Y?e=6LewIr  (paste the link into your browser if the hyperlink doesn’t work)

The Bishop of Rochester has written a reflection on the current situation which explores where can we find refuge and comfort and how as Christians we can support others.This can be found on the diocesan website via this link https://soundcloud.com/user-727736776/bishop-james-a-reflection-during-the-coronavirus.

The “in need of our prayers”, “recent deaths” and “anniversaries of the deaths of loved ones” section from the pew sheet will appear under Weekly Notices. We are also expanding these notices by including short news items from parishioners and prayer requests contributed by you.

Please keep an eye out for the welfare of your neighbours at this time – if you are willing to shop and run errands for a fellow member of the church who has self-isolated, please contact John Pentlow. Would anyone in need of help also contact John Pentlow on j.pentlow@btinternet.com.