About Us – All Saints Church

Welcome to All Saint’s Church, one of six Anglican (Church of England) churches in the Chenderit Benefice in the Diocese of Peterborough.

The Grade 1 church building dating from about 1300 is famous for its collection of Burne-Jones windows described by Pevsner (1951-74) as ‘a place of great enjoyment, the Holy of Holies of Morris glass’ and two painted ceilings designed by William Morris. The font is 15th century and in the churchyard there are Table Tombs and the bodies of 46 Parliamentarian soldiers buried after the battle of Middleton Cheney in 1642.

Inside the church there are toilet and kitchen facilities, a place for coffee and refreshments and a children’s area. Seating includes both comfortable chairs and pews and worship takes place on a dais in front of the Rood Screen.

Our monthly worship includes All Age Family worship ‘SAINTS ALIVE’, Songs of Praise ‘SAINTS PRAISE’ and a service of Holy Communion ‘SAINTS TOGETHER’ using material from Common Worship. We also offer Messy Church and First Steps for pre-school children and a monthly mid week service of Holy Communion.

Believing that the Bible is God’s inspired word we seek to present Biblical truth in an attractive, informative and relevant way. We want to help every person develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

We would love to welcome you if you would like to check us out or to visit. This is a work in progress and there will be positive changes and developments in the months and years to come but we are a church which wants to take seriously Jesus’ command to go to all people’s everywhere to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

We would be delighted if you would like to join us on that journey. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more or to look round the Church. Thank you for taking the time to read this introduction. May God lead you closer to Himself and bless and enrich your life.

All Saints : Church Lane, Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire, OX17 2NR

 

 

REROOFING MORRIS

This is the title we are giving to our church roof recovering project. It reflects the fact that in ensuring that the building remains watertight we are protecting the wonderful artistic heritage of the William Morris painted ceiling and windows. The initial estimate of the cost is £377,000; this is obviously a daunting sum to raise.

We have now submitted our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a grant towards repairing the church roof. It might be June before we hear the outcome, there is competition for funding; grant requests are around four times the value of the funds available. If we are unsuccessful this time we will apply again in the next round, which is May.

If we are successful and there are no hitches the works might be completed by Christmas 2018. We will need to do lots of fund raising, as the maximum HLF grant is £250k, the total  project costs  maybe  £320k, we have done a lot of work in trying to get this figure as low as possible, to make the  funding gap feasibly within reach from a combination of local fundraising and additional  grant sources. If we are successful the HLF with give us an initial grant to do all the investigation work on the roof in order to ascertain whether the estimates and assumptions we are making are correct, before the work actually starts. The church will be covered in scaffolding when the work does start, but one of the project design principles is that the building will remain in continuous use.      

We will needs lots of help, from many different people to successfully complete this project so hope that volunteers, as with the War Memorial project, will contact me, David Thompson on 711115 – please help to keep our wonderful church building alive for future generations.