Services last Sunday at All Saints Church celebrated the church’s “name day” on the Sunday nearest to All Saints Day. There were four services across the day ranging in style from the contemplative prayer and sublime music of Choral Evensong led by All Saints Church Choir to the lively action-packed Family Service earlier in the day. The largest attendance of over 120 parishioners of all ages was the All Together Communion service. Those attending took part in creative activities both traditional and technological, including making a paper-chain of themselves and creating a photographic montage of the congregation using “selfie” photos taken and uploaded on the fly. There were prayer-stations which invited prayer for other churches and Christian communities in Wokingham and reflecting on modern-day saints. An inspiring video produced by an Egyptian church which was firebombed in an anti-Christain hate attack recently reminded the congregation of Christians across the world who live with persecution and restricted human rights because of their faith.
Canon David Hodgson, Rector of the parish said: ” We wanted to remind ourselves and celebrate that we here who worship God at All Saints Church in Wokingham are part of the bigger family of followers of Christ, the saints on earth, both locally and globally and to pray for them. We remembered too that the whole body of Christ suffers when one part of it is hurt by the hatred of others.”
The day before All Saints Church bellringers had rung a peal to celebrate.