The Church of England in Hempstead
All Saints' Church dates from the 14th century but an earlier 11th century building stood just a few yards away. When the Saxon building was demolished parts of it remained and were used in the construction of the present church. Over the centuries the building has been altered considerably as parts of the structure have deteriorated. In 1928 a new apse was added.
The tower, much altered over the years, now contains just one bell. The church is fitted with pews and an electrically pumped organ. The church is open at all times, day and night.
The PCC comprises of 10 members of the congregation, and it is a strength of the church that each take a particular responsibility in the upkeep and running of the church.
Another particular aspect of our church community is our belief that charitable giving is central to Christian life. To this end the PCC give an annual sum to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, and to Norfolk Venda Educational Trust which supports the education of children in the poorest part of South Africa. In addition, we have an annual Charity Lunch open to all, whether church goers or not, to raise more money for Norfolk Venda, the founders of which return to tell us exactly how the money is being spent.
Another major fund-raising event is Hempstead Arts Exhibition and Sale, the proceeds of which go to ensuring that we can meet our annual Parish Share commitment. It is a lovely occasion which gives pleasure to those who live here, the many visitors, and also the artists who take part.
The Millennium Tapestry
This fine tapestry depicting the houses and life in the village was worked by the Kneeler Group and many other people of the village. It is now hung in the church and is often commented on in the visitors book.
The Kneeler Group no longer makes kneelers – we now have a full complement of beautiful kneelers – but they continue to raise money to fund the church flowers and other incidental expenses. Two main activities are on Easter Monday when tea, coffee and cake are available all day, and an exhibition in the church on Fête day.
Joins us by car or bike on a tour of eleven of the churches local to Hempstead. Click here to see a copy of the booklet that should always be available in every church on the route.