The 12th 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.
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.
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.
Church Life in the Village
There is a lot of goodwill and support for church repairs and projects from the village as a whole. Stewardship Campaigns have been held over the last three years. churchyard. There is an ecumenically based regular house group.
The Church and the Village Hall Committee jointly organise social events throughout the year, the largest being the annual May Fayre.
The two most important church events, Advent Fayre and Journey to Jesus, are well supported and participated in by the community as a whole. Other community events have included Mothering Sunday breakfasts or teas and a breakfast in support of Christian Aid Week.
12th Century fabric
Built of local ironstone rubble and limestone ashlar and dressings, the church, which stands on a rise at the centre of the village, was a chapel to Hambleton until a separate vicarage was created in 1884. The church has twelfth century fabric (chancel arch responds, font and south door) and Roger de St John is termed ‘vicar’ in 1227, most likely more of a dedicated chaplain. A date stone ‘IW 1615 KC’ now half-way up the tower suggests repairs were done then (perhaps in connection with work to the bells), but a contract dated 1729 with George Portwood, a leading Stamford mason, is for rebuilding the tower and north aisle; another stone exists at the top ‘WT WW CW 1729’.