We aim to: “Welcome and accept all who come, to enable them to grow in faith and commitment and to reach out into the community with the love of Christ.”
It starts with our Newcomers Welcome Team, who aim to visit everyone who moves into the village. They are given a Welcome pack of information about the village and the church. Periodically, there is a Newcomers Afternoon Tea for recent arrivals.
When people choose to come to church, they are given a warm welcome by our team of ‘sidespeople’. There is considerable choice of the type of service to give the style that will suit people best, usually followed by refreshments and chat. Outside of church there are informal Bible Study groups and Prayer groups in Drinkstone and in Woolpit.
We believe that everyone has gifts and skills to offer. All Saints has long been served by a considerable number of people who play a vital role in spreading the load – such as church cleaning, flowers, sidespersons’ duties, refreshments and so on. We also have a rota for reading the Bible in church, for prayers, and a number of lay people assist with the distribution of communion. We continually encourage more people to participate in different ways in the life of the church.
There is always a need for fund raising when you have a 14th century church to maintain! Our Fund Raising team puts on a programme of varied concerts, coffee mornings, etc that attempt to raise money but also to bring people together. In addition, the church provides regular community events such as a monthly Village Lunch and a Film Night, in the Village Hall. Then there are the annual events on the calendar such as the Harvest Supper and the Christmas Coffee Morning.
The Educational Charity was set up following the sale of the Church School in 1986, and it provides:
- funding and equipment for the Junior and Senior Youth Clubs and backing for their activities
- grants towards educational/voluntary service trips for Drinkstone students
- educational grants, funding and support for educationally oriented village clubs and classes.
Support of others
Rev’d Ruth is willing to visit anyone on request, and is happy to visit for Home Communion, or in a pastoral capacity. She also specialises in blessing homes following a move or change of circumstances. Just call her. All enquiries regarding baptisms, marriage and funerals should also be addressed to the Rev’d Ruth, 01359 242244.
All Saints supports Chaplain in the Workplace, Bury Christian Youth, Mission Direct and the BSE Town Pastors.
Please see ‘Who’s Who’ in the sidebar.
If you are interested in booking the church for an event, please contact us.