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Welcome to the website of All Saints', Blackheath, one of the five Church of England parish churches serving Blackheath and a member of the Churches Together in Blackheath. It offers traditional catholic worship, with a long-standing fine choral tradition and an emphasis on liturgy. Its clergy and lay staff work closely with All Saints' C of E Primary School.

Visitors are always welcome to join us at our services and there are opportunities for regular members of the church to explore their faith and to deepen their knowledge.

History: As part of the Church of England the parish church was built in 1857/8 and is now within the Diocese of Southwark. The cathedral is on Bankside west of London Bridge.

The Church of England welcomes all the baptised who are communicant members of their own churches to make their communion if they wish. Others, and all who are not Christian, are welcome to attend but are asked to refrain from receiving the sacraments. Regular training is offered for those seeking to become Christian and to profess their faith at Baptism. There are prayer and bible study groups as well as children's church. Our regular worship follows the traditional style of the Church of England. Morning and Evening Prayer are said daily according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and the Parish Mass on Sundays is a sung communion service with a full robed choir.

Music continues to form a major part of our worshipping life (to hear our organist Michael Bonaventure playing, click here) and the English composer Alfred Cellier (1844-1891), who conducted many premieres of G&S operettas, was the first Director of Music and Organist, from 1862. His own opera Dorothy was the longest running opera in the 19th century and he later composed operas with Gilbert.

All those seeking to arrange baptisms or funerals or to be married here should first contact the Vicar, Father Nicholas Cranfield FSA, 10 Duke Humphrey Road, Blackheath SE3 0TY. You can check that this is your parish church at http://www.achurchnearyou.com

The Church supports Parent & Baby and Toddler Groups, Advent and Lent Study Groups and Young People's Groups, Sunday School, a robed choir and a Crèche. It is a member of Churches together in Blackheath.

 

Services

There are daily masses (Mondays and Thursdays at 8am; Tuesdays at 7.30pm, Wednesdays at 10am, Fridays and Saturdays at 9am) and morning prayer and evening prayer are said according to the Book of Common Prayer daily (except Saturday evening) at 8.30am and 5.00pm. Additional services are as advertised on the church notice boards and on the website.

On Sunday Holy Communion is at 8am, the Parish Mass at 10.30am and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm. Additional masses are celebrated on major feasts of the church's year. The church porch is kept open daily and affords a space for quiet prayer.

There are five Anglican churches that cover SE3 and Blackheath; before enquiring about arrangements for baptism, marriage or a funeral please ensure that this is your parish church.

 

See the pewsheet for latest information.

This is available by clicking on the link here.

Calendar of events

Organ Restoration Appeal

Our original target of £315,000 was successfully raised by April 2014. The organ was dismantled by Harrison & Harrison in May and taken to their organ works in Durham to start the work. Since then some additional costs have arisen, and we are now fundraising to a new target of £340,000. Donations continue to be very welcome.

 

Sermons for Easter Week

27 March, Tuesday in Holy Week - Fr William

THE RULER OF THE WORLD
John 12. 30 – 36

“Now is the judgment of the world; now shall the ruler of this world be cast out”.
As Jesus walks to meet his end, as the crisis of his ministry awaits him, so his awareness of the forces of the world, of the ruler of the world, come increasingly to his awareness, to the forefront of his mind. In a short time, in the Upper Room, he will tell the eleven that he would no longer talk much with them, for the ruler of this world was coming. Later in that discourse, he talks of the ruler of the world being judged.
We do not now think as those in Jesus’ time did, of individual spirits of evil. But anyone who seriously reflects on the way our world runs, sees the limitless resistance the systems we have created have to the action of good will; sees the tireless way in which we humans manufacture hierarchy, corral wealth, and structure inequality into our relationships with each other. ‘The world’ is very persistent, very tough, and sometimes we have a hint that it is self-aware. Paul, for his part, talks of ‘Principalities and Powers’ and that seems to fit well.
And Jesus here talks of that world ‘being judged’, and its ruler, its moving principle, being ‘cast out’. How judged? How cast out? I do not know about you, but at those words, my mind turns immediately to the overwhelming amount of violence and cruelty that has taken place in the world since he spoke them. Considering only the perpetrators who called themselves Christians, we can number the massacre at the siege of Acre, the ‘cleansing’ of the Cathars, the 16th century heretic burnings, the 17th century Wars of Religion, the genocide of the Native American peoples, the brutal slaughter of the trenches, Auchwitz, Dresden, My Lai; the list goes on and on. In what sense ‘judged’? In what sense ‘cast out’?
We will have time and space, this week, to reflect upon the fundamental, cosmic change our Lord’s sacrifice made to ourselves and to the power of evil. Here, I only wish to reflect on the power of his example to us, the followers of God’s Son. In his life and ministry, in his determination, in spite of his foreknowledge of his violent and brutal death to come to Jerusalem to speak the words we read this evening, Our Lord tells us what our God is like. He is the One who, in his Son, did the things of which we read. The blind see, the deaf hear. The despised, the woman bent over in the synagogue the woman made ritually unclean by her condition of blood; the marginalised, the contemned, are immensely important to him. The poor matter intensely to him. Individuals matter intensely to him. Status and pomp do not. The price of Leadership is to be the servant of those whom you lead, and self-sacrifice is the essential companion of power.
The atrocities continue, though it may be that under this influence they are becoming rarer, or at least provoking of more outrage. But whether this is true or not, no Christian can ever more say, or credit it when it is said, that such horrors are ‘in the order of things’, or ‘that’s just the way the Universe works’. It is not. Its Creator, through his Son, has said so.
And there are wonderful signs. Following the latest School shooting outrage in Florida, ‘the world’s’ response was to train teachers to bear arms, to turn places of education for our young into fortresses. The young said otherwise, in their hundreds of thousands, in the Schools, in the streets, in the capital of their nation; listening in silence to the impassioned meditations of their own.
If our Lord had done no more than give us this example to live by – and he gloriously did – we should thank him for ever more.
Let us thank him for ever more.

 

For a PDF of this sermon follow this link

Previous sermons in Lent:

Lent V Father Nicholas 18 March 2018

Lent V Father William 18 March 2018

Lent IV Father Nicholas 11 March 2018

Lent IV Father William 11 March 2018

Lent III Father William 4 March 2018

Lent II Father Nicholas 25 February 2018

Lent II Father William 24 February 2018

Lent I Father Nicholas 18 February 2018

Lent I Father William 18 February 2018

 

DAILY PRAYER

is offered in the parish church as on the weekly sheet.

Morning Prayer

Evening Prayer

Holy Communion

Daily Prayer provided by the official Church of England website,
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All Saints' School

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