50 Years Celebrations at All Saints’, 2017

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Click here for a short introductory film, featuring our Vicar, Beverly

2017 marks a very significant date in the life of our present church buildings at All Saints’ – 50 years since our current buildings were opened and consecrated.  The foundation stone of the church was laid on 15th April 1967, and the building consecrated later on in the year. The hall was finished a little earlier, allowing the congregation to worship there while the church building was completed. It was an exciting time in the life of this parish, under the guidance and direction of its then incumbent, Revd Tom New. It was a time of great faith, generosity and hard work; and we enjoy the fruits of the labours of the congregation at that time, today.

In honour of their work, we plan to celebrate ‘50 Days for 50 Years’ – between Easter (April 16th) and Pentecost (June 4th) this year. The word Pentecost literally means ‘50 days’ – the 50 days between those two great festivals. We’ll be launching our celebrations with a special Easter Day Communion, with Bishop Andrew Watson; and inviting back previous clergy and their families – all who are fit and well enough to join us – and people from the local community. This will be followed by other special events: Songs of Praise for 50 years (30th April), to which we’ll invite people from our local community; a May Day Pilgrimage to Willow Grange (1st May); a Celebration of Baptism, with renewal of vows (7th May), to which we’ll ask people who have been baptised at All Saints in recent and past years; a Celebration of Marriage to which we’ll invite couples who have been married at All Saints over the years (14th May); a Confirmation Service on Ascension Day (25th May), with the new Bishop of Dorking, Jo Bailey Wells; a History Display in the church for local people and schools to visit; a Prayer Station in the chapel for private prayer and worship during the 50 days; and finally a Pentecost Celebration and Hog Roast on Pentecost Sunday (4th June). It’s going to be quite an extravaganza!

We have a ‘50 Years Planning Team’ ably let by Henrietta Harding; and if you’d like to be involved in any way please do let Henrietta know (duniharding@aol.com). Our theme for that time will be ‘Putting God First’ – giving thanks for the Lord’s faithfulness during the past 50 years, and trusting him for all that is to come.

Revd Beverly Watson, Vicar of All Saints’