News and Magazine

Like many churches throughout the country, All Saints' has its own magazine which contains news and
information about parish activities, as well as a selection of articles covering a multitude of topics!

Magazines can be collected from the back of Church or you can use the link below to
request local free delivery or by post, for which postage is charged.  

The All Saints' magazine is produced monthly and the cost is 50p per copy.  However,
if you wish to enjoy all 12 magazines during the year, then there is a reduced cost of £5.

For further information or to purchase the magazine,  please contact the editor
at  This link can also be used to send
your articles for inclusion in future editions or you may be a local company who wish to
appear in our Advertising Directory. Space permitting, we are also pleased to include
details of local events which are being held in support of good causes.  Happy reading, Margaret

Spring is here - come and join us...........

The Churchwardens Write………                              

March may come in as a lamb and leave as a lion, or vice versa, as the saying goes.  This is appropriate as we started March with our annual Pet Service on the third.   

This month also brings the start of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, 6th March.  We will hold two services that day, 9.15am and 8pm, which both include the imposition of ashes.

A new initiative from the Church of England, promoted by the Archbishops of Canterbury and  York,  is  a  little  booklet entitled “Lent Pilgrim”, containing 40 days of reflections on the Beatitudes.  This is a very familiar part of Jesus’ teaching from the sermon on the mount, especially  “Blessed  are  the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.”  We have copies of the booklet available at the back of  church,  so why not collect one for free and join us on a pilgrim journey this season?    For  those  who  enjoyed  “Follow  the  star” between Christmas and Epiphany, this is a natural progression, and you  will  be  pleased  to know that we have another booklet for the period from Easter to Pentecost.    More about that in next month’s letter.

At All Saints, we are marking Springtime with a concert by the Bourne Concert Band of Woking on Saturday 9th, starting at 7.30pm in the main hall.  Their music ranges from marches to show tunes, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

31st March is the celebration of Mothering Sunday and the start of British Summer Time.  Please remember to put your clocks forward an hour.

Derek and Linda

This is the final part of Louise's magazine article on the history of our church in New Haw:

Minor development followed the First World War. The pub and garage were built (1937) and Heathervale Baptist Church opened (1938, expanded 1958). More rapid development occurred after the Second World War. The infrastructure improved as the transport links, industry and housing developed and a London ring road was once again discussed!

In 1962 New Haw was an independent conventional district, until it became an independent Parish (1972). The church built extensive community halls (opened 1964) financed by a Diocesan grant and capital from selling the land around the vicarage (acquired 1953). Barbara Smallbones, a church member, moved the nursery from above the former Co-op site to the new halls. It was privatised in 2000 and continues to thrive today. The community hall seats 175 people and accommodates larger church services, Messy Church and a monthly informal service (2017). They continue to be a vital part of the churches mission as gathering places for people to worship, participate in sport, activities and social events.

A small prefabricated building behind the church became the library from 1952, until the library was moved to the Broadway (1969). The old building was used for church youth work and the nursery until it was condemned and replaced with a cabin style building - Bosco’s Community Building and Claire’s café (2009) extending the facilities. As well as a cafe it is used as office space, youth/ holiday club, church meetings, Alpha, community groups, parties and council training.

Once a year the whole church facilities are used for Holiday club hosting 100 local children with 50 volunteers. More recently, the church has developed missional work to accommodate groups and services for older members of the church and community.

Given the transport and agriculture links to the area, it seems quite fitting that the church now nestles between the Government Veterinary Laboratories and the M25 Passover (1981-1983). The ring road was eventually agreed (1975), moving the Junior School and subsequently replacing the site with houses after the bridge was complete.

It has been fascinating seeing how the transport, industry and housing developments have impacted the area and how the church has responded in developing community facilities, mission and ministry

At the dedication of the church in 1911 the Bishop called “All Saints’ to be a place of prayer, worship and education.” He would be proud I think! It started as a church school and continues today to provide a space for worship, prayer and mission. The DNA of the church continues to have a core focus on serving and educating the local children and youth through Sunday Children’s church, Toddler groups, ‘Little Saints’ services, Messy Church, Youth club, holiday club, hosting the nursery and the other community groups. One bishop described All Saints’ Church as small, but dynamic, but the description I love best is ‘a small church punching way above its weight!’

Louise Oliver

Claire's Cafe is open every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9.15 to 12.15.  Everyone welcome - come and chat while donating to Church Funds.  You can also bring your knitting and work while you socialise!




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