All Saints, Okehampton

 

All Saints, Okehampton

 

Church Services

1st Sunday 11.00 Family Service (see below for more information)
6.30 Holy Communion (see below for more information)
Other Sundays 11.00 Holy Communion
6.30 Evensong
Sunday School meets during the 11.00 Service.
2nd Friday 2.30pm Puzzle Tree Praise
 

 
Family Services
On the first Sunday of every month we have a “Family Service” at 11:00 am. These are short, relaxed, happy events designed for people of all ages celebrating our faith that we are children of our Heavenly Father and therefore part of one worldwide family.
Anything can happen in a family service: there will be something for the children to get involved in and a way they and the adults can learn together. There will be a mixture of modern and traditional music and some quiet reflective space with an opportunity to light a candle and say some prayers.
Everyone is welcome

Communion Services
On every Sunday except the first there is a service of Holy Communion at 11:00 am. Children and adults begin the service together and then the children leave for their activities. They rejoin us towards the end of the service, when we report to each other what we have been doing.
Those remaining hear the Bible being read and explained and bring the needs of the world to God in prayer. Then we join in sharing the bread and wine of communion.
After the service there are always refreshments: we are proud of the quality of our coffee!
Everyone is welcome.

Music at All Saints
There is a long history of music at All Saints. Generations of Okehampton people have been part of the church choir and we are proud to maintain that tradition.
Our music is in the capable hands of our multi award-winning organist and choir master Andrew Wilson. The choir practices on a Wednesday evening and sings on Sunday morning. They are always looking for new members and if you are interested please contact Andrew on 01822 610689.
Singing in a choir is a proven way of maintaining mental and physical health. As for children: well, many of our most famous singers began their musical career this way
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Church Information:

A Church has stood on this hill since Saxon times when the little hilltop village of Ocmundtune was closely grouped around its (probably wooden) Church and surrounded on all sides by dense forests. With the building of Okehampton Castle soon after 1066, present day Okehampton began to develop in the river valley and the little Saxon village was progressively abandoned.

It is certainly known that a Church existed here prior to the first recorded consecration by Bishop Bronescombe of Exeter in 1261. The lovely medieval building, which resulted from a further re-building in 1447, was destroyed by fire in 1842. It was rebuilt again to this plan, by Hayward. The 80 foot granite ashlar tower alone survived the blaze and was incorporated into the rebuilt Church which, although somewhat larger, was designed, more or less on the lines of the previous one. There are remains of the old stone reredos against the west wall of the south aisle. The organ is reputed to be one of the finest in Devon.

The reredos is of stone and was built in 1891 by Hems and the choir stalls and altar rails date from 1892. The pulpit is a little older, buing installed in 1872. There are several fine stained glass windows in the church, notably one south window by Morris and Co. depicting St Cecilia and the Angels. The North Window is by the Kemp studios and others are by Ward and Hughes. In the Lady Chapel there is a small section of medieval glass displayed in a cabinet beside the altar.

The mouse, All Saints, OkehamptonAlthough the church is on the edge of the town we seek to be at the heart of the community and to serve it in the best way we can. We are a growing church, with a good range of ages and backgrounds. We have an active social programme and are trying to expand the range of our activities. On the first Sunday of the month, we have a family service in the morning at 11.00. This is designed to be a shorter service and although primarily is for the younger ages, there is something for everyone. In the evening of the first Sunday, there is Holy Communion at 6.30pm. Our Sunday School, or "Jam" meets on other Sundays during the 11:00 service. We try to offer a range of worship to suit all tastes from informal to formal, from modern to traditional.

 All Saints, apart from being a lovely place to spend a quiet, reflective time, also has the distinction of having it's own resident Church Mouse together with a dedication to someone with "a deep love of God's animal world" who was "killed whilst out hunting.

If you wish to visit inside the Church at any time, you are most welcome to do so, but please contact the Rector or Churchwarden prior to your visit in order to request access.
 
Friends of All Saints
We are fortunate to have the support of the Friends of All Saints whose remit is to improve and preserve the fabric of the church. Click here for more information.
 

Church Guidebook
We have available to buy at a cost of £4, a fully illustrated guide book detailing the history of All Saints Church and St James' Chapel; written by Alan Endacott, a local historian and stained glass expert. Copies are available in All Saints Church and St James Chapel; alternatively copies can be obtained from the Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton.

 

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Italian Evening - 16th September 2016

On 16th September members of All Saints invited their friends to a fun-filled Italian evening. The Church Hall was decorated in the colours of Italy; delicious authentic Italian food and drink were served; and the music and entertainment, including a table quiz and some wonderful mandolin playing from Steve Cook had an Italian flavour.  Before the meal even the grace was said in Italian - with a translation into English for the benefit of the majority of us! And, of course, we all sang 'just one cornetto'!

The event was the conceived and came to fruition through the efforts and energy of Mish Flexman who would like to thank all the people who helped with decorating the hall, contributed to the entertainment, acted as waitresses and bar staff and cleared up afterwards. And we'd like to thank her for giving everyone such an enjoyable evening.



If you weren't able to to join us this time we hope there will be opportunities in the future to do something similar, and that we will see you there - with your friends.

Northmoor Team joint service at All Saints Okehampton on Sunday 8th May 2016

Northmoor Team joint service at All Saints Okehampton on Sunday 8th May 2016, with guest celebrant Bishop Robert of Exeter.


 

The balloon drop was part of our theme for the day ‘when he ascended on high he gave gifts to his people’ inspired by Eph 4:7-16.

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Where we are:

Okehampton, Devon

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