Welcome to All Saints' Church
Thank you to everyone who came to help with work on the Churchyard on Saturday 5 June, to peel back some of the overgrowth. Though there is plenty more to do, it was a very productive morning.
The World War Memorial Bench from the Parish Council arrived on 28 April. At some stage, there will be a concrete base.
Our aim is to be as welcoming as possible and to reach out to the whole community with the Church as a parish building available to all.
Dating from c1445 (although there was an earlier church on its site), All Saints’ Church is one of the oldest buildings in Harston.
In recent years we have been working hard to enhance it. We have added catering and toilet facilities to make it more welcoming for those attending our events and family baptisms, weddings and funerals. We are currently replacing our worn-out pews with new chairs.
The next stage involves laying down a new stone floor in the nave, the church’s central area.
We plan to do this between New Year and Easter 2021, and although we are a relatively small congregation, we are working to raise £20,000, to bridge the gap between the funds we already have and what we shall need if we are also to sufficient reserves for routine and unforeseen expenditure.
School visit to Church:
second Sunday in the month at 4.30 pm in Harston Church. Next one: tba
Pre-Covid, this was the situation - to which we hope to revert, when permitted:
Our Parish Communion is part-sung to a modern setting; other music may sometimes be played during the taking of Communion, reflecting the prayerful atmosphere, which is important to us. The Music Group regularly plays during services, and, frequently, one of the group accompanies the organ on the trumpet. There is a very participative and co-operative feel to our services with clergy and lay members working together towards common goals. The use of innovative material and music, which has been respectful of the desire for prayerfulness, as well as openness to new concepts, has been very welcome. Other services include Joint Services (with the other parishes in the Benefice) and on the first Friday morning of the month, a simple service is held at the Meadow Way Community Centre, for those in sheltered housing.
Our Mission Action Plan has four objectives: to develop a clearer vision, thinking about our identity and purpose as Christian individuals and as a church; to encourage lay participation, developing pastoral work, and being useful in the community; to grow our own spirituality, building on what we already do; to be useful in the community, bringing people together.