All Saints, Bisley

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The Mother Church of those "Oxford Movement" churches built and re-built by Reverend Thomas Keble, brother of John (who was married here). Our church is nationally famous for its Ascension Day "Well-Dressing" ceremony when the senior pupils from the Bisley Blue Coat School dress the wells in thanksgiving for the wells' restoration in 1863. The procession through the streets of clergy and children in period costume, to the accompaniment of a silver band, is a spectacular sight

It was Thomas junior who uncovered the mystery of the "Bisley Boy". This was the local lad who was substituted for the young Princess Elizabeth who was staying in Over Court next to the church. Having fallen ill, after her death she was buried in the garden and the boy grew up to become Elizabeth I, explaining why she never married and supplied an heir and always appeared with whitened face to disguise a male beard!

All Saints still maintains a tradition of involving the church in the life of this picturesque Cotswold village. Its welcoming worship includes a mixture of styles and aims to provide occasions for all to participate in praise, fellowship, witness and service.

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Rev Stephen Jarvis
8 Ollney Road
01453 884545 (vicar)

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Parish Communion
A sung Common Worship service of Holy Communion, with sermon.
Every first second and third Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship
Family Service
An informal service suitable for all ages, with readings, prayers, songs and an interactive talk
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship
Holy Communion - traditional language
A monthly said communion service using traditional language, held in the Lypiatt Chapel.
Every fourth Sunday at 6:00 PM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
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Carol Service
Sunday 17th December 2017 at 7:00 PM for 1 hour
Crib service & return of Holy Family
the crib service with the return of the holy family is an informal service with carols, telling the Christmas story with the knitted crib figures who have been travelling around the parish during Advent, staying in many different homes. With refreshments at the end and birthday cake for baby Jesus
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 3:00 PM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments
Midnight Mass
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:30 PM for 50 minutes



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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 14048
Built: Victorian rebuild of Mediaeval
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: GLOUCESTER (161)
Deanery: The Stroud Deanery (16111)
Parish Legal Name: Bisley (160003 )
CofE Church Info: (616003 16/3)
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This page was last updated on Monday 6th November 2017
All Saints : Parsons Lane, Bisley, Gloucestershire, GL6 7BB

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