THE FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS'
All Saints’ is the oldest building in Harston. It is an important part of our heritage, and a place for our wider community, as it has been for all those who lived here before us. Over the centuries it has survived (amongst other things) plague, famine, over-enthusiastic reformers who destroyed its images in the 1640s, and two World Wars. It remains open daily for churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike.
The Friends of All Saints’ support this important building, helping to ensure it is maintained and enhanced so that it is here for everyone when they need it, now and for future generations.
The Friends help maintain this 600 year-old listed building. We want to conserve it, not only as a place for prayer and worship, but also as somewhere which is historically and culturally important and aesthetically pleasing, dry, warm and comfortable.
The Friends help enhance the building so that it is available for an increased variety of uses and by a greater number of people – socially and as a meeting place for community groups, performance of music and drama, lectures and discussions, and for quiet reflection, inside and outside.
The Friends help inform visitors and those who live here more about the church and its place in the history of our village.
The parish church belongs to Harston. We do not receive grants or income from government or the Church of England for its upkeep but in recent years our relatively small regular congregation has raised money for improved catering, new toilet facilities, a new floor in the central area, new seating and partial restoration and redecoration.
It is, rightly, up to churchgoers to pay for the church’s running costs. All money given by Friends is kept in a separate fund and used only for improving and maintaining the building itself.
Please support us and your church building by becoming a Friend of All Saints’.
There is no set subscription rate and we are grateful for any amount that you can give either as a one-off or regular donation. As a guide, could you consider an annual commitment of £20, £50 or £100? As the church is a charity we can claim gift aid on top of your donation, which adds 25p to every £1 you give.
And in return
You will be invited to an annual event (not a church service) for Friends to meet each other, and to come and see the church. This will include information about our plans and how we have been using your money.
You will receive information about the building and an annual newsletter about developments within it.
We will add your name on the Friends page of our website to show your support for the church (unless you would prefer to remain anonymous).
BECOME A FRIEND OF ALL SAINTS'
Please complete this form or email the Secretary of the Friends, Nigel Richardson, on NPVRichardson@btinternet.com and he will be in touch about how you can make your payment.