Welcome To All Saints Church Darfield

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The Revd. David Hildred
All Saints Church Darfield

We are a congregation of mixed ages seeking to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ under the authority of the Bible, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our Sunday morning service is at 11:00 and varies between Holy Communion, Morning Prayer and All-age worship.
The evening service is at 18:00, again with a variety between Holy Communion and Evening Praise. Precise details can be found on the notice board in the church porch or on our website. We try to include a mix of modern and traditional music.

Children are encouraged to attend the service, and if they need it, there is a room at the back with toys, with speakers through which the service can be heard.
Our services are shaped by The Church of England’s “Common Worship” and occasionally midweek we use the Book of Common Prayer.

We look to support Christian mission at home and abroad, currently we specifically support Scripture Union, CPAS, Release International and a worker in Cambodia. We are part of the Diocese of Sheffield.

The Mission Partnership is based upon an agreement between four churches to work together to support and encourage mission in their three parishes. The four churches are Christ Church Ardsley, All Saints Darfield, St Michael and All Angels Great Houghton and St Helen's Thurnscoe. The two Clergy, three Readers and other lay leaders cover the services on a Sunday and pastoral services on other occasions. There are times when all four congregations are encouraged to meet together in joint services and or study meetings, such as in Lent. There are representatives from all four churches that meet as a Steering Group to keep the partnership mission focussed. By way of examples the partnership has jointly run Enquirers' Courses, Confirmation preparation and a Teenagers' Group.

Open The Book is resource material prepared for use in primary schools, to share Bible stories during school Assembly. There are two Open The Book teams that meet during school term time. One meets every week, currently on Wednesday mornings, alternately to practise and deliver the stories in all Saints Academy, Darfield. The other team meets monthly, currently on a Monday morning and goes to Upperwood Academy. Each session consists of the dramatised story, sometimes using puppets, application, prayer and song.
It is a real joy and privilege to be able to talk about God and share Bible teachings in our local school communities. Team members also provide a recognised link with the church when the schools visit, or when we meet families out and about. Any enquiries, particularly from potential new team members are very welcome.

Kids Club is “church with more wriggle factor” where the younger members of our church family have their teaching separately from the main congregation, except at All Age services when we all worship and learn together. We meet every Sunday in church at the beginning of the morning service during school term time. Soon after the beginning of the morning service, we leave the church building and move to the church hall where we continue to learn from the Bible in age – appropriate ways, including interactive role play, games and crafts. We look at what the Bible says, then think about what it meant when it was written and what it means to us today. New members are most welcome!

Messy Church is a different way of running a church service, in that it is 'messy' in two particular ways. Firstly it involves crafts and other activities which are hands on, hands in, and sometimes feet in too! Secondly there are parts of the meeting where people are doing different things rather than everyone doing the same thing at the same time. A typical Messy Church meeting involves singing, a Bible story, prayers, crafts, and then a two-course tea together. We meet monthly on a Wednesday afternoon just as school finishes, (at 3:30pm until 5:00pm.) It is open to any child so long as they are accompanied by an adult, who is responsible for them during our time together. Our aim is to learn together more about Jesus Christ, and through Him to experience more of God's love and grace in our lives.

A Christian basics course that runs for five weeks .We meet at an agreed time that suits those on the course and each session lasts around sixty minutes. The session consists of a short talk followed by the opportunity to ask any questions. The course is open to anyone. You will not be asked to do anything that you don’t want to, such as sing or pray or read out loud. All questions are welcomed, no prior knowledge needed.

Christianity Explored is a DVD based Christian basics course based on the gospel of Mark that runs for eight weeks. We meet at an agreed time that suits those on the course and each session lasts about ninety minutes. The session consists of a short DVD and opportunity to ask any questions. The course is open to anyone. You will not be asked to do anything that you don’t want to, such as sing or pray or read out loud. All questions are welcomed, prior knowledge is not essential.

Discipleship Explored is an 8 week DVD course based on the book of Philippians and is suitable for those wishing to deepen their knowledge of God and the Christian faith.

(Christian Care for Families Worldwide)

The Mothers Union is the largest Christian Organisation in the world with over four million members in 83 countries. Darfield Branch was founded in 1910. Our meetings are held fortnightly, 1st and 3rd Thursday of a Month (excluding August) in the Church Hall at 18:45.We have a short devotional service with hymns, Bible reading and prayers, followed by a good speaker. The speakers are from all walks of life so we really get a good insight of what is going on around us. The meeting concludes with a cup of tea and cakes and there is always time for a chat with one another. Our speakers often tell us there is a lovely warm atmosphere at our service and that they would like to come again. The Mothers Union is a wonderful organisation which seeks to promote Christian values in the sphere of marriage and family life. It has many wonderful projects. We would love to see you at our meetings and you can be sure of a very warm welcome, men too, we do have male members which is wonderful! Please contact the Branch Coordinator, Tel: 01226 752630.

The prayer ministry team meets before each Sunday morning service (to pray for the Church) and on a Thursday afternoon between 15:45 and 17:00. We pray together and bring into God’s presence our concerns for our Church, community and any specific prayer needs and requests we have received from others. We offer prayer and a listening ear in the South Chapel after each morning service and during the Holy Communion and Healing and Wholeness services. On occasion (on request) we do visit people in their homes to talk with them and pray with them. Often, we are asked to pray for people or situations beyond our own church community, we respond to these requests at our Thursday meetings and cards are posted out saying we are indeed praying. We are actively involved in encouraging our family to pray, we have a prayer tree and a prayer box in our resource area of the Church, a prayer square in the weekly notice sheet and arrange events throughout the year such as prayer walks, fast and prayer days and prayer labyrinth. The prayer team can be contacted through the Rector or by ringing Carol Hunter on 01226 755829

Our Bereavement Ministry is available for everyone, although we specifically make contact a few weeks after each funeral service. For some this is an opportunity for a friendly conversation and an opportunity to hear again of the hope that God offers us at such times, and for others it is sufficient to know that we are thinking of them and praying for them and no further contact is sought.

We are a small contemporary music group that meet every Thursday evening in church 19:00 to 20:30 for practice, to learn new songs for inclusion in the fortnightly Sunday Evening Service. We have various musicians and singers. The objective of our group is to come together in fellowship to praise and worship God. We are always open to new members either singers or musicians. Contact the Rector for further details.

If you enjoy singing, then come along and join us. We meet on Tuesdays in Church at 19:00. From early September we begin our Christmas music preparation. Why not give us a try without any initial commitment? Rest assured that there will be no audition. You will be made very welcome- whether soprano, alto, tenor or bass.

All Saints Bell Ringers

We practice in the tower every Thursday between 19:30 to 21:00 and we ring for Sunday morning services from 10:30 to 11:00 every week. We also ring for weddings by request and often for other important Christian festivals or national events. Our aim is to call the people of Darfield to worship and to remind them of the existence of the church. We have regular Darfield ringers, with a wide range of ages! We have friends from nearby towers such as Barnburgh and Monk Bretton who regularly help at our practices for services or weddings and we help them in return. We would love to welcome any new learners; ideally we need at least 12 to 15 ringers in order to keep all 8 bells sounding regularly. Bell ringing is a very interesting hobby and is also a chance to meet other people. As a bell ringer you will be most welcome at other towers, either in the local area or when you are on holiday. Our ringers often go on “bell ringing outings” with other local ringers. You do not need to be musical, you do not need to be strong, and we can teach you. Being able to count to 8 would help, but we can even teach you that! If you are aged between 10 to 100 and want to give it a try please let us know. See David or Hilary Hildred, Chris Walton or Kay Valentine for more information or simply phone the Rectory. We are a happy bunch and our practices are filled with laughter as well as learning.

There are a number of fellowship groups running within the area. These meet at various locations and times throughout the week. People meet to share and encourage each other whilst discussing the Bible, often over a cup of tea .The object is to draw closer to God through a deeper understanding of his word that strengthens our faith and trusting our Lord Jesus Christ and be assured of his guidance of the Holy Spirit, as we travel our Christian journey. If you are interested please contact the Rectory.

The Hall is used for Church meetings and can also be hired by groups from the village on a weekly or monthly basis. It can also be hired for meetings, such as children’s parties, exhibitions etc, for a very reasonable fee. For more information please ring 07415 249746.

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