Christmas at All Saints’
There are many Christmas services at All Saints’ so do come and join us and remember the reason for all the festivities.
Our Family Eucharist service on 4th December at 9.30 am is a Parade service when we will be joined by members of the uniformed organisations. Please bring an unwrapped toy to this service – these will be distributed by Welcare to local children who might not otherwise receive presents.
We will be holding a Community Carol service on Tuesday 13th December at 7 pm, with the Mayor of Bromley attending. This is an opportunity both to celebrate Christmas and also to thank everyone who works for the community both public bodies and voluntary groups. The Blenheim school choir will be singing some seasonal music and all are welcome.
Our Nine Lessons and Carols service will be held on Sunday 18th December at 6.30 pm. This is a service of traditional readings together with seasonal music by the choir and congregational carols. The service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
On Christma Eve we have our Christingle service at 4 pm. Come and join our cast of angels and shepherds as we retell the story of the first Christmas in Bethlehem. We will then light the Christingles and sing “Away in a Manger,” always a very special moment. The collection at the Christingle service is given to the Children’s Society who look after disadvantaged youngsters throughout the country.
Our Midnight Mass service is at 11.30 pm on Christmas Eve preceded by carols sung by the choir from 11 pm. Our main service on Christmas morning is at 10 am and there is also a Holy Communion service (said) at 8 am.
We do hope that you will be able to join us for some of these services.
Youth service – October 2016
Scarecrow Festival 2016
Many thanks and congratulations to all who created scarecrows for the festival – there was an amazing variety and all were very good. The “favourite” scarecrows as voted for by visitors to the exhibition were “Sleepy Hollow Scout” for the youngsters category and “Compo” for the adult category. Photos of all the scarecrows are shown in the Gallery 2016.
Harvest and Scarecrow Festival 2016
We will celebrate harvest at All Saints’ on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd October. On the Saturday afternoon there will be a Scarecrow Festival in church between 2 pm and 5 pm with refreshments available at the back of the church. Do come along and visit the scarecrows. Entry is free but the festival programme costs 50p and includes a voting slip for your favourite scarecrow. Certificates will be awarded to the favourite scarecrow on Sunday morning after the parade service.
Our 9.30 am Sunday morning service will be a family Eucharist and parade service. There will be a collection of non perishable food items for the Bromley Foodbank and our collection will go to the Diocese of Rochester’s ‘Poverty and Hope’ appeal which supports six projects at home and abroad. At 6.30 pm there will be a choral Evensong service, followed by refreshments.
Dedication Festival July 2016The preacher at our Parish Eucharist service on Sunday 10th July was The Rev’d Canon Neil Thompson, Precentor of Rochester Cathedral. A copy of his sermon can be found via this link ‘sermon’.
The Rev’d Heather Turner, a previous curate at All Saints’, returned to preach at our Choral Evensong service.
Centenary of Battle of the Somme
Services were held over the weekend in commemoration of one hundred years since the start of the Battle of the Somme. On Friday 1st July a short service was held at Orpington War Memorial at 7.30 am, the time that the battle started. A whistle was blown – the signal that was used in the tranches for the troops to “go over the top” and into No Mans Land. The service was attended by members of the British Legion and the deputy Mayor of Bromley.
At All Saints’ on Sunday 3rd July a special Parade service also marked the occasion with members of the British Legion and of the uniformed organisations laying wreaths at memorials in the church to soldiers killed on the Somme.
Queen’s Birthday Weekend
As part of the celebrations of the Queen’s 90th birthday we are keeping All Saints’ open to visitors over the weekend. Come along and have a look round our historic church,first mentioned in the Domesday Book. There will be tea and cakes available on the Saturday afternoon. The church will be open from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday and on the Sunday until 3.30 pm when there is a wedding in church.
Welcome to our New Lay Minister
Canadian Corner Centenary Service
During the First World War a military hospital, built and run by the Canadian government, was located in Orpington on the site occupied by the present Orpington Hospital. The hospital opened in February 1916 and was demobilised in September 1919 during which time it treated over 30,000 soldiers. The hospital required a place in which to bury those soldiers who died there, and a section of the new graveyard extension at All Saints’ Church, was set aside to be used as a burial ground. The first burials in the ‘Canadian Corner’ were made during July 1916. Not all of the burials in the ‘Canadian Corner’ are of Canadian soldiers. There are also graves of soldiers from Britain and other Commonwealth countries..
On Saturday 30th April we held a special service at Canadian Corner to mark the centenary of the first burials. This service was led by the Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, with the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kim Botting and a representative of the Canadian government Brigadier General Overton attending. At this service an information board about Canadian Corner was unveiled, organised with the London Borough of Bromley and funded with help from the Heritage Lottery fund.
Representatives from Thunder Bay in Ontario were also present to see a plaque dedicated in memory of Victor Lilelio, a resident of Thunder Bay who is buried in Canadian Corner.
The Bishop also dedicated a maple tree planted in All Saints’ churchyard to replace a 1300 year old yew that blew down in the December storms of 2013. The planting of a maple tree symbolises the link that Canadian Corner has formed between Orpington and Canada.
After the service visitor were encouraged to visit an exhibition of memorabilia relating to Canadian Corner, the hospital and World War 1.
Easter 2016 at All Saints
There were plenty of opportunities during Holy Week (the week before Easter) to learn more about the events of Christ’s Passion, leading up to his crucufixion on Good Friday and triumphant resurrection on Easter Day.
On Palm Sunday Solomon the donkey led us in a procession around the streets close to the church to symbolise Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem, not as a conquering ruler but riding on a lowly donkey. Palm crosses were distributed at this parade service and we welcomed all the uniformed organisations and their families.
On Maundy Thursday we celebrated the Last Supper and there was a Sung Eucharist service at 8 pm followed by a vigil in the Old Church as we watched with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The Good Friday ecumenical Walk of Witness left from the Methodist church and finished with a short service in the Walnuts. There was a Three Hours service at All Saints’ from 12 noon until 3 pm. The first two hours were a meditative mix of readings, prayers and silence and at 2 pm there was a Liturgy for Good Friday service.
British Summer time started on Easter Sunday, so it felt like an early start for our Easter Vigil service at 6 am as we welcomed the light of Easter into our church. This service was followed by breakfast in the church hall.
Lent Photo-a-Day on Facebook
During Lent we posted at least one photo every day on our FaceBook page ‘All Saints Orpington’ on a variety of themes (see below).