All Saints Church is part of the United Benefice of Lyndhurst, Emery Down and Minstead.
- Rector: Rev David Potterton email@example.com or 07468 527820
Please click All Saints Stewardship Letter 2020 to read the recent letter from our Vicar, David Potterton, about the present financial situation.
In line with official advice, the door of All Saints’ Church is currently kept locked. However, Revd. David and team are working hard to keep in contact with you and your loved ones. We are reaching out to you in the following ways:
· a weekly “Together News” as well as a “Worship Together at Home” booklet. If you would like to receive either of these, please phone Kate on 07776 221663. You will also find a link to the booklet on the front page of the Benefice website.
· “Priest in a PANdemic”. Revd. David is recording regularly; usually a spoken message followed by a hymn tune. You can find the recordings on any of the Benefice Facebook pages or on YouTube, which is easily accessed through the front page of the website.
More detail can be found on the website or by requesting a copy of “Together News”.
Revd. David’s Tuesday afternoons in Minstead
On Tuesdays from 12.30, Revd David is usually in Minstead, for anyone who would like to speak with him. To make an appointment to see him, you are warmly invited to contact him in advance on 07468 527820.
TOWER FUND APPEAL
As you may be aware our much loved Church is in need of funds to keep this beautiful building in good repair.
Do you have any unwanted possessions, in reasonable condition, which you would be willing to donate to the Tower Fund Appeal?
If so either Helen Bennett or Sylvia Dibben (details below), authorised by All Saints Church PCC, will visit you with their identification. You will be asked to give written confirmation of your gift. the process will be confidential and, if you wish, anonymous. Items will be sold or, as appropriate, auctioned, using reputable local auction houses
Anything suitable for sale/auction will be acceptable, for example, Pictures, Paintings, Rugs, Ornaments, Crockery, Small Furniture etc etc
On behalf of All Saints Church Minstead PCC please contact:
Sylvia Dibben tel 02380 812967 e.mail Sylvia@dibben.net
Helen Bennett tel 02380 812358 e.mail firstname.lastname@example.org
All Saints History
In the 12th century a Norman Church was built and various additions have since been made. Although the present church building is not mentioned before 1272, the list of Rectors dates from 1279 and parts of the church are definitely of an earlier period. The 17th century three decker pulpit is one of the most interesting features in the church. The lowest ‘deck’ was used by the Parish Clerk and was entered from the Nave, where he sat and was responsible for saying the ‘Amens’. The Parish Clerk today is responsible for the maintenance of the Parochial Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths, but is no longer required to participate in services. The middle and top levels were entered from the Chancel and were used respectively for the reading of the Scriptures and Preaching of the Sermon, as they are today. This type of pulpit is very rare and few examples exist. The Font is possibly Saxon. In 1893 Henry James Abbott, who was doing some gardening, dug it up in the Old Rectory garden. He wheeled it up to the Church in his wheelbarrow and it was placed where it belonged.