What events are held and what groups meet at All Saints?
Church House can be hired
Many events are held each year and have included:
The Church and Church House can also be hired by your own group for one-off events or meetings
A group of dedicated ladies help do the floral arrangements during the year. It is lovely to have such a willing and flexible team to keep the church looking so beautiful throughout the seasons.
All morning services except three have been rung for in the past 12 months, and bells for weddings and other requested occasions have been provided. The bells continue to be maintained by the ringers and continue to be seen as one of the finest rings of English-hung bells in existence. Chris Povey, Bell Captain (pictured left) would be pleased to hear from volunteer bell-ringers.
Bright Sparks is a group for anyone who has care of a child under 5 years and runs each Wednesday morning during the school term in Church House from 9.45am to 11.15am. As well as providing an area where children can make some of their first contacts with non-family members in a room not much bigger than those in their own homes, the carers have the opportunity to meet and relax over a cup of coffee while their children play.
The Friends Of Evesham Parish Church and Bell Tower
Friends' Annual Garden Party
The Friends of the Parish Church and Bell Tower have now been in existence for over 30 years.
An inaugural meeting was held on 28th June 1977 in Evesham Town Hall, under the chairmanship of Mr H.T. Sharp (organist and choirmaster of St Lawrence Church), to discuss the formation of a ‘Friends of Evesham Churches and Bell Tower’ organisation. There was unanimous support from the people of the town. A Committee was formed and subsequently a Constitution adopted.
St Lawrence’s Church was declared redundant on 21st December 1977 and the two congregations, i.e. St Lawrence and All Saints, were ‘amalgamated’. The Redundant Churches Fund (now the Churches Conservation Trust) assumed responsibility for St Lawrence. The title of ‘The Friends’ was therefore eventually amended to exclude St Lawrence, by referring to The Church (rather than Churches) and Bell Tower. Registration as a charity was completed early in 1978.
From the Constitution, the remit of The Friends shall be ‘to cooperate with the Parochial Church Council in the preservation, adornment and general maintenance of the Parish Church and Bell Tower, their activities and services, their ornaments and furnishings, and to promote public interest in the Church and Bell Tower, their history and their work.’
The Bishops of Worcester have over the years consented to be Patron of The Friends.
Membership of The Friends is open to all, regardless of religious beliefs.
The Friends enjoy a varied social programme, as well as undertaking a number of fundraising events in order to support the Parish Church and Bell Tower.
For any enquiries about membership or any aspect of the Friends’ activities please contact either: Mrs Lillie Taylor (Hon Treasurer) – tel: 01386 40229, or Dr Sue Ablett (Hon Secretary) – tel: 0116 2433195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership leaflet is available here: LEAFLET
Choir and Music
We continue to use 2 Mass settings for the weekly service, and plans are to introduce a 3rd setting during the next 12 months. With the slight change in format of the services, it was decided to introduce the singing of the Gospel Acclamations and also the Kyries in Advent and Lent.
All Saints is fortunate to have a very fine Nicholson organ, some parts of it dating back to the 1750's. Despite its age it has been regularly maintained and still behaves remarkedly well, helped in no uncertain way by the church being kept at a reasonable temperature. It is a pleasure to play.
Ian Chapman, Organist and Choirmaster, is always keen to welcome new choristers.
We support parents in the promise they make by providing activities in the church for children and parents each week in Junior Church in All Saints, and by providing day holiday clubs, particularly at festival times. Each Sunday, Junior Church for children of primary school age during the main 10:00am service. We also provide a children’s area in church with toys for small children and toddlers. Bright Sparks is a mid-week meeting point for all who look after children up to school age. Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am at Church House, Evesham. For more information ring the office at Church House on (01386) 442213.
The 3rd Evesham Brownies meet every week on Wednesdays at 6pm under the guidance and leadership of Debbie Turley (Brown Owl orGuider in Charge) who can be contacted via Church House on 01386 442213.
In the last year the group have enjoyed a visit to the Arts Centre to see Cinderella Too, a Celebration Day for one of our new girls, Thinking Day was held at the Methodist Church and making decorated trinket boxes and cards and gift bags for Mother’s Day. Some mums attended for a pamper evening which went very well and everyone enjoyed.