All Saints Church, Rettendon has a friendly congregation and you are very welcome to our events.
Our most important activity is our main act of worship on Sundays at 11:15am.
This is most often a service of Holy Communion at which we remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and disciples before his arrest, trial and execution. This service remembers the immense love of God for us that we have seen in the life and death of Jesus and we look forward to the coming of God’s Kingdom of love, peace and justice.
We have recently started Family Services (roughly once a month – please see ‘What’s on at All Saints‘ for details). These too are at 11:15am on Sundays. They are simpler services and the activities, music and prayers are all planned to be fun and accessible to people of all ages, children are very welcome! If you want to find out more about the church or our faith this would be a great place to start.
All Saints is also a great place for your very special events, Christenings (sometimes called Baptisms), your Wedding or even the Funeral of a loved one.
The village of Rettendon is mentioned in the Doomsday Book (1086), and the earliest part of the church is the Norman south doorway and dates back to about 1200. The Nave and Chancel are from about the same period and with most of the rest of the church being build in the 15th Century. Some of the carving in the Chancel also dates back to this time but most of the furniture as we now have them was put in place when the church was restored in 1898. The tower was refurbished twice in the 20th Century. More recently, a kitchen was added in the Nave and disabled toilet at the base of the tower.
A couple of distinctive features about the church are the Humphrey memorial and the two story vestry.
The marble Humphrey memorial completely fills the east wall of the north aisle and dates back to 1727. Edmund Humphrey also left and endowment which founded Rettendon Primary School.
The vestry is a 15th addition to the church and the upper story may well, at some time have been occupied by and Anchorite or similar religious.
There is also a memorial to Richard Cannon (1605) who founded a trust which still support those in need in the parish.