world of restless change and identity crises, the Church's
greatest asset is surely its direct connection to the heart of our
Country, and at All Saints we reflect the traditional values that
have held the Church of England in good stead for many centuries.
This is not to say that we are "old-fashioned"; rather we use the
language and liturgies of generations who have gone before us to
reflect the timelessness of our relationship with God.
The majority of our service use the language of the
of Common Prayer as their basis, though we look
to the Liturgies and Rites common in England before this date for
inspiration for Feast Days and Festivals. When our seven-year old
Probationer Choristers say for the first time, as our Choristers
do almost every day of the week, "Almighty and most merciful
Father, we have erred and strayed from Thy ways like lost sheep"
they connect with many generations of boys before them. They may
go on from there to sing a Ridout's modern setting of the
Canticles in the twelve-note idiom, or a Jazz-inflected anthem by
John Dankworth, but at the heart is a connection with something of
On Sundays we celebrate the Eucharist (sometimes known as The
Holy Communion, or the Mass) at 8:00am and 10:30am. The former
is a Book of Common Prayer said Service, and the later a traditional
form of Common Worship with Prayer Book language and Readings. The
Eucharist is also part of our daily worship, at 12:30pm on
Weekdays, and this service has its own Choir - the All Saints'
Singers - drawn from adult singers who sing in other Parishes, and
from those who have no other connection with the Church, who sing
on Feast Days.
On Wednesday and Thursday
the Choirs sing Prayer Book Choral Evensong concluding with an Anthem. We are also able to sing
Choral Matins once a term, which enables us to hear the
affirmational words of the Te Deum or the Benedicite, for
example, which are rarely heard today. We have our own Kalendar which celebrates the work
of local worthies (for example Francis Crick, co-discoverer of
the DNA molecule or Malcolm Arnold, composer, both of whom were
born in the Town) alongside the Prayer Book and Common Worship
Calendars of Saints, and at Evensong we focus on the Saint "of
the Day", or else a general theme in the readings.