Whissendine: St Andrew
St Andrew’s Church serves a village of approximately 1200 people. It is a well-loved and well-used building, with a very active congregation.
The church is one of the largest in Rutland. Its impressive, 100-foot tower can be glimpsed across the rolling countryside from several miles distance. The church is built of local Barnack stone, with a spacious interior. The earliest parts of the church date from the 13th century. Extensive building work in the 14th century doubled the height of the roof and added the tower. A Victorian restoration and refurbishment was overseen by Sir Gilbert Scott. Notable features include numerous carved ‘gargoyle’ heads, and a medieval wooden screen which was imported from the old chapel at St John’s College, Cambridge.
Visitors of all ages are offered a warm welcome to St Andrew’s. An active, friendly church for the whole village community. Worship reflecting the breadth of Anglican tradition, from traditional Prayer Book, through Common Worship to family-friendly. We understand that children aren’t always quiet and offer a well-stocked toy cupboard! Coffee is served after the service.
Egleton: St Edmund
Open every day (from 9am to dusk), St Edmund, Egleton invites you to visit and experience the presence of this place as a focus of prayer and worship for nearly a thousand years. Enjoy, too, the evidence of its Norman origin. A warm and friendly congregation welcomes visitors to services of Holy Communion (Common Worship, traditional) at 9.15am on the first and third Sundays of each month. Services are also held to celebrate special festivals. Each year, on or about his feast day - November 20 - St Edmund is remembered.
The parish of Egleton is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Peterborough’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
Hambleton: St Andrew
St Andrew’s is a beautiful church with lovely views of Rutland Water, and is open every day from 9:00am to about 5:00pm. Services of Holy Communion take place at 9:15am on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, following the traditional language version of Common Worship.
St Andrew’s has been a place of Christian worship and burial for over a thousand years, and is a classic example of an English parish church.
It is today a village church but its origins were very different. The main body and tower are Norman built 800 years ago. Large windows were added, mainly about 600 years ago, we believe with plain glass. No further major building occurred until the refurbishments in the 1800’s. The late Victorian refurbishment of the 1890’s was classic of its time and created the interior as we now see it, the fine stained glass windows, ornate organ, pulpit, Lectern, altar frontals and much else.
Braunston: All Saints
The 12 Century church of All Saints sits in the heart of the picturesque village of Braunston-in-Rutland, two miles west of Oakham in the Diocese of Peterborough.
The people of All Saints are a loving and caring community, always ready to welcome all who come to worship or visit the church. The congregation work as a team to support and nurture church life, and play an active role in the many, varied village groups, activities and events. The monthly service pattern has strong Lay participation.
Sunday services normally begin at 11.00am.
The regular monthly service pattern is:
Second: Holy Communion
Fourth: Sunday Worship
Special events are held to celebrate the seasonal festivals:-Mothering Sunday, Holy Week and Easter, Pentecost, Harvest, October Memories Service, Remembrance Sunday and Christmas with the annual Carols by Candlelight and the Christmas Eve Travelling Nativity through the village which are significant community events.
Braunston is a pilot church for the ‘Bats in Churches’ HLF project which seeks to find practical solutions to the problems caused by bats in historic churches while safeguarding the future of the bat colonies that use these buildings.
Strong Lay participation
There is a strong tradition of congregational singing and participation. There is a Lay Reader and a Licensed Evangelist and strong Lay participation. Effective use is made of everyone’s skills from cleaning and flower arranging to reading the lessons and interceding. We are a registered Fair Trade church. Details of the Safeguarding Policy are displayed in the church porch.
Charitable giving is important. Charities regularly supported are Rutland Food Bank, Christian Aid, Water Aid and Send a Cow and more recently the Air Ambulance, Hope against Cancer and Dove Cottage Day Hospice.
The parish of Braunston All Saints is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Peterborough’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
Ashwell: St Mary
Ashwell’s 13th-century church sits at the heart of a peaceful village of 200 people, almost hidden among the churchyard’s mature trees. The exterior is modest, the main point of interest being a quirkily-proportioned tower whose decorative stonework patterns almost suggest it is of modern construction (it isn’t!). Among the graves is that of Revd John Adams, briefly Rector of Ashwell, who won the Victoria Cross in 1879 while Chaplain to the British Army in Afghanistan.
Head inside on a bright day, and the first impression is of a dark interior, the light filtered by the excellent stained-glass windows. A Victorian restoration introduced the high-quality fixtures and fittings but was sensitive enough to preserve several precious medieval features: look especially in the north chapel for a fine alabaster effigy of a priest in Eucharist vestments; and in the south chapel for the incised medieval monument and a cross legged wooden effigy of a warrior in armour.
Until about 1911, Ashwell was an estate owned village and St Mary’s church stands at its largely undisturbed centre. Mainly of 14th century origin, serious restoration of the church was undertaken by the great Victorian architect William Butterfield in 1851. Butterfield designed the lych-gate, rebuilt the top of the tower and redesigned the interior, making it one of his most important restoration projects. In the south chapel there is a wooden figure of a crusader of about 1280 and in the churchyard there are the remains of a holder of the Victoria Cross (VC), The Rev JW Adams MA VC who died in 1903 as vicar having won his VC in the Afgan War.
But St Mary’s is not just history! Despite serving a very small community, we continue to be a centre of living faith. We would be delighted to welcome you to any of our services, if you are able to visit.
Teigh: Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity is the parish church for the tiny village of Teigh (population just over 40). It is set in a lovely location, with views across miles of pasture to the west, and the elegant Georgian Rectory (used by the BBC for its adaptation of Pride and Prejudice) to the east.
The church is highly unusual. The tower is all that remains of the medieval church, following a disastrous fire in the 18th-century. Entering the main body of the church, visitors find a light, airy interior with pews arranged facing each other along the north and south walls, in the style of a college chapel. On the west wall is a triple-decker reading-desk / pulpit with an extraordinary trompe d’oeil window painted onto the wall behind it. Above the altar at the east end is a painting of the Last Supper from the school of Otto van Veen.
Visitors very welcome to join our small but faithful congregation.
Oakham: All Saints
All Saints Parish Church Oakham, situated right in the heart of the town, is the largest Church in England’s smallest county. It has a full range of worship and community activities on every day of the week. We work in partnership with the churches and ministers of the other nine churches in the Oakham Team Ministry. There are very good and fruitful relations with other Churches in the town.
We aim to be a welcoming Christian community and as the only Anglican church in the town we attract people from all traditions. We value our musical life and are committed to engaged preaching. Children are welcomed and encouraged at all our services. A range of home, fellowship and study groups are held in the Parish and across the Team.
Langham: St Peter & St Paul
This village church is a very fine specimen of 13th & 14th century styles of Gothic Architecture. We offer a variety of worship and events at Langham that cater for most ages and traditions. The main Sunday services on the Second and Fourth Sundays at 11:00 have a good liturgical structure with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
In the First Sunday Worship, Word, Response service we try to be imaginative and creative in the way we worship, hear and see the word and then respond in some way. Nothing new or revolutionary but helping us to discover or re-discover the beauty and joy of inspiring worship. On the Third Sunday, [email protected] explores a different a different theme, often seasonal, each month, including workshops, worship and tea, and is accessible to all age groups.
Children are very welcome and we try to involve them in worship, through readings, music and drama. We are happy to prepare children for first communion from age 7.
Market Overton: St Peter & St Paul
Approach Market Overton from the west, and you can just glimpse the church tower sitting on top of the hill, at the far edge of the village. The tower is reckoned the oldest in Rutland – perhaps dating from the 13th century.
The village of Market Overton is now home to around 400 people. Its church is surrounded by a large and attractive churchyard, from which there are some lovely rural views. Head inside, and you find a small, intimate interior, typical of a village church. Worth noting are the very old (if badly sited) font, and unusual memorials on the south-east wall of the nave. You will also see a clever conversion of the south side of the nave to form a multi-use choir vestry and parish room.
We are a small village church with a friendly congregation and enthusiastic choir. We would be very pleased to see you if you are able to visit
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