Outreach at All Saints'

All kinds of activities come under the heading of "outreach" as you might expect. We intend to develop these pages in due course. In the meantime some key areas of work include the following:

Taking Home Communion to villagers who are unable to get to church – A small group of trained and licensed Eucharistic Assistants visit people in their homes to share Communion with them. Although this is looking after church adherents it is a vital piece of outreach because the housebound can very easily fall off the community radar!

Taking an informal Songs of Praise community service out to the Green, the Marina or Village hall can more than double our regular congregation. We do this two or three times a year and attract those who like to sing hymns but do not appreciate trekking to the far end of the village for a more "formal" act of worship.

Peace at Lunchtime, an initiative that began in February 2012 is growing steadily. It offers a short, peaceful and informal act of reflection and prayer followed by lunch. The idea is offer fellowship and discussion over food to people who rarely eat with others. It currently attracts about half church regulars and half non-attenders. Numbers have grown from 6-16 and we are developing a fondness for puddings!

Worship on Wednesdays is another new initiative of 2012. Fed up with families telling us that they would come to church on Sunday but... we decided to take the mountain to Mohammed (so to speak) and started an informal after school worship group for children with their parents, grandparents or carers. Although we are not yet bridging the gap between WOW and regular Family Services we do now have 6 new families who give time to worshipping God and hearing and responding to His Word together. This outreach costs a fortune in Fairtrade Cadbury’s Dairymilk!

As well as non-standard worship the Braunston Village News is an important outreach tool for us. A monthly letter from the vicar written chiefly for those who would not usually attend church provokes all kinds of responses, occasionally hostile, some extremely positive but widely read. The church edits and co-funds (with the Parish Council) the magazine which is viewed as a real asset to the village.

Fetes, Fairs, Concerts, Social events - Like many village churches these enjoyable events serve the dual purpose of fundraising and getting out into the community and enriching the village.

Collaboration with District and Parish Councillors - We are currently in discussion with our district councillor, Abigail Campbell, as to how we might bring the whole community together in initiatives to benefit all and especially those who find Braunston a very difficult place to live. For Rev Sarah this is a Kingdom matter but it does not matter what we call it. Watch this space and pray for discernment..