Willingale: St Christopher, Willingale
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The parish of St. Christopher’s, Willingale is a
fairly small rural village and has a population of
approximately 483. The main part of the village
is clustered around two churches with the
remainder of the properties in groups, scattered
over a wide area.
The Two Churches
Whilst not unique, two churches in one churchyard
is a rarity. St. Andrew’s church which is in the
care of the Churches Conservation Trust
(http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/) was built
before 1130 AD. The church of St. Christopher’ is
now used for all regular worship and dates from
around 1200AD but there is evidence in legal
papers that a wooden Saxon church was previously
on the site. The existing building has been
‘improved’ by succeeding generations from the 14th
century to the Victorian age. Currently there is
a project to restore the bells of St.
Christopher’s which is largely being carried out
by volunteers within the community.
STYLE OF SERVICES
Eucharist services follow the Common Worship
format. Once a month a Family Service is held which is led
by either the Incumbent or a lay person from
within the church family. This service is of an
informal nature and is designed to encourage more
families with children to join the regular
congregation. A service of Evening Prayer is held on the third Sunday in the month is a service of reflection.
At the main festivals of Christmas,
Easter and Harvest members of the wider community
are invited to take part as readers etc.
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