All Saints Church, Newton
This fine 14th Century church was built on the site of an earlier 12th Century place of worship and it is administered by the Newton Parochial Church Council. The Nave is maintained by the Redundant Churches Fund and, because only the Chancel is used, the gatherings are friendly and warm.
You will be made welcome at any of the services and activities with Fr Rob Parker-McGee. Here is an update from Fr Rob:
Greetings from the Box River Benefice. I hope that you are keeping well during these strange times.
Most of us have found this period of lockdown challenging for one reason or another, but it has also given us all an opportunity to connect in a new way with the created world around us and get more in touch with our inner-selves. Many people have found themselves experiencing some kind of spiritual longing during this time, tuning into online services and regularly praying for themselves, their loved ones and the wider world. Does this ring some bells for you? For this reason, I would like to encourage you to be courageous in taking the next step on your spiritual journey and not let this moment pass.
As I communicated last week, public church services return on Sunday 12th July 2020. Why not grasp this moment by coming along to one of our services over the coming weeks?
We have two exciting services taking place on Sunday 12th July:
9.30am Outdoor Service at St Bartholomew's Groton
(Weather permitting - please bring a deck chair and a brolly, just in case)
11am Sunday Service at St Mary's Boxford.
On Wednesdays each week we will also be holding a Eucharist at St Mary's Boxford at 10.30am.
Proposed services in future weeks
Sunday 19th July
St Mary the Virgin Church Edwardstone - 9.30am
St Mary's Church Boxford - 11am
Sunday 26th July
St Mary's Church Boxford - 9.30am
All Saints' Church Newton - 11am
Sunday 1st August
St Lawrence's Church Little Waldingfield - 9.30am
St Mary's Church Boxford - 11am
The Sunday Service will continue to be live-streamed each week. So too will all mid-week services, inc. Morning and Evening Prayer most days.
We will be putting in place robust safeguards to protect everyone's safety. Please do follow the protocols which will be communicated when you arrive. Even though some of these measures will mean that church has to look somewhat different for a while, there are some obvious upsides too:
- the service will be shorter with fewer distractions you will be able to focus more intently upon your relationship with God
- Coming together will remind us of the importance of Christian community
- Recognising the things we miss may help us to appreciate them all the more once we can engage in them more fully once again.
If you are joining us, it would be really helpful if you could bring a face mask to wear at various moments during the service. Service sheets must only be used by one person and not shared. It would therefore help us if you could print off the attached service sheet and bring it with you, writing your name on the front cover.
*If you are over 70 or identified as being at higher risk from the illness because of other underlying health conditions, then please make a measured decision for yourself about whether you feel it is the right time for you to return to church or whether you would rather wait a while longer. Do be mindful of any medical advice you may have been given.
Our churches are now also open during the week for Private Prayer, do pop in and use them. The opening times have recently had to change. To find out more, visit our website www.boxriverbenefice.com or facebook page www.facebook.com/boxriverbenefice
Have a really lovely week and we hope to see you soon. Take very good care and please pass on our blessing to all of your loved ones.
With much love and every blessing,
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HISTORY OF ALL SAINTS CHURCH
This short history and guide was written by R. W. Gaspard Willis and first published in May 1984.
The content has remained the same with small contributions from the current Parochial Church Council.