All Saints mission is to know, show and share
the love of Jesus Christ,
our Lord, come and join us.
SAFEGUARDING and CYBER SECURITY
Our parish is committed to the care, nurture and protection of all within our community especially children and vulnerable adults. We seek to keep in line with the Diocese of Guildford's Safeguarding Policy and Procedures which can all be found here.
Please click here to read The Parish of All Saints Headley Safeguarding and Cyber Security Policies, to contact our Safeguarding officer or email
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CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS UPDATE - CHURCH CLOSURE (as of 17/3/20)
From today, in light of the advice from the Archbishop of Canterbury on suspension of Services, and following the completion of the Church of England compliance list:
Thursday 9.30am service and Voluntary Care Coffee after is CANCELLED until further notice
Occasional Offices (limited numbers):
Funerals where booked will be undertaken using all appropriate care.
Weddings will not be undertaken.
In a clear directive from Guildford Diocese today (20/3/120) all corporate and public services, worship (including Mothering Sunday) and social activities have now been cancelled. On Sundays Revs Andrew & Helen will carry out a short private act of worship on behalf of everyone in our communities. The Church building will remain closed at other times.
However, we will do all we can to keep our Church family together, united in Christ and engaged with the needs of others. It is important that we all stay strong in faith through these difficult times, and gather and share together although isolated in our own homes.
Prayers will continue to be offered throughout our communities during these challenging weeks; do please join in from your own home, and let clergy or Parish Office know if you have any specific prayer requests.
With love and continuing prayers, Revs Andrew and Helen
For those self-isolating, the Church of England website gives lists of broadcast services online. See also www.cofeguildford.org.uk for further information. If it is not possible for people to worship together, the various Church of England apps for Daily Prayer and Reflections are a wonderful resource and unite us in prayer. Click here for all services
Alongside them, we have crafted two simple acts of worship, particularly geared to those who are isolated or housebound, or who are unable to attend church.
Reflections from our Rector, Andrew
Lent in Lockdown 3 How did we get here?
Centuries ago, people largely did as they were told by kings and other rulers, national or local. Morals/Ethics were determined from the top. After a series of wearying religious wars, at the end of the 17th Century thinkers began to question traditional authority such as the State or the Church. With increasing scientific knowledge, where the world was being explained in purely rational terms it was suggested that humanity could be improved through rational change. This is called the Enlightenment. In the 19th Century, an era of Romanticism happened, but in the 20th Century world wars eroded people’s faith in state and church. In the Enlightenment, the idea of individualism arose, and this was strengthened in the late 20th Century with Post-modernism – big concepts like Truth or Right or Wrong were replaced by My Truth, My Rights (but rarely My Wrongs!).
Hence when Covid-19 arose from the individualistic approach to animal and food welfare (in Wuhan), it was spread by My Right to Travel. My Right to do what I want – go out, shop, congregate, visit other countries, came into conflict with Necessary Rules to prevent the spread of disease.
A rise of Individualism – My Beliefs, Ethics, or Religion trumps some bigger need is the sin that results all over the ‘free’ (!) world. May the opposite be shown like the 405,00 volunteering to help the NHS!
Back in earlier centuries, leaders looked to a self-inspection of motives and this is shown in Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer’s prayer of 1552 in times of plague – we might think how we have come too far over to Individualistic Rights trumping all in the light of this prayer:
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Welcome to our parish church website for All Saints’ Church, Headley in Hampshire. We are a village church proclaiming the Good News of Jesus to our small village in the Deanery of Farnham in the Diocese of Guildford in the Church of England on the Surrey Hampshire border.
Our church is ancient but welcomes all ages in our parish to the many events and worship service held each week, both ancient and modern. We have many local ecumenical events, see also
St Francis Community Church at www.StFrancisHeadleyDown.com, but also provide the many services of Baptisms (Christenings), Weddings and Funerals, as well as major Festival Events.
Our ministry is proclaiming and teaching the Gospel and following Jesus. We have a ministry to our local growing Holme Church of England Primary School, which is an Academy School for the Good Shepherd Trust.