The Church – the worship space – occupies the central part of the
ground floor of the Beacon Centre, separated from the ‘café’ (and general
gathering area) by moveable glass doors, which are normally left open. The worship space is very flexible with moveable chairs and furnishings and with adjustable lighting to suit a variety of worship styles, and most Sundays extends into the general (cafe) area. There is a new sound system with a variety of microphones and speakers in both the worship and general areas. The sound system integrates with projector and screen system that is used for most services.
The Sunday congregation ranges from 30-70 adults and children and provides an Anglican presence and worship within this wider resource. All Saints has seen much growth during the last year or so. There is now a pattern of worship which includes both Communion and more informal Family Worship services. The services have evolved into more contemporary, relaxed worship, with a focus on the Word, corporate prayer and worship.
The main Sunday service is at 11am each week. The 2nd and 4th Sundays each month are Communion Services, while the 1st and 3rd Sundays are more family oriented. All children, from tots to teens are welcome, and efforts are made to integrate them into the services. On some Sundays there can be up to 20 children attending. Whilst there is not an organist based at All Saints’ an organist regularly attends once or twice a month, and recently a pianist from within the congregation has agreed to play keyboard on occasions. This supplements the available sound and vision system.
All Saints’ has focused on engaging more fully with the local community on Chafford Hundred, in outreach events such as the Alpha course, Community Fun Day, Community Carol Service, Men’s Breakfasts, Women’s Social Events, Quiz Nights etc. and with participation in things like 40 Acts from Stewardship. We’ve seen an increase in infant Baptisms, and there has also been some opportunities to lead Collective Worship in one of the local primary schools, leading to 500 students over three days visiting All Saints for an Advent Carol service last year. The congregation at All Saints’ is a multi-cultural, evolving congregation; many generations meeting together as one family to worship.
There is much enthusiasm, and many members are committed to using their God-given gifts in service of the local community.
Monthly Service Pattern