New To All Saints Church, Edmonton, North London
A warm welcome awaits you at All Saints.
Perhaps you are new to our area and looking to join a local church. Or maybe you have been introduced to the Christian faith and want to find out more. Either way, joining a new church can seem a little daunting.
Although all Anglican churches follow the same pattern of services, they all seem to do things differently ..... some churches sing parts of the service and others don't ..... and if they do sing parts of the service, they often sing to different tunes. It can all seem a little confusing if you're new!
Rest assured that here at All Saints, Edmonton, we do everything we can to welcome newcomers to our church. When you arrive at our church, there is always a team of people, that we call sidesmen, who will welcome you and give you a hymn book and service booklet. If you're not sure where to sit, please ask and you will be directed to a seat. Yes, like a lot of churches, some people do tend to sit in the same place every week, but even if you 'take' someone's seat, no one will mind! In fact, many a friendship at church has been started in this way!
One point to note, if you are hard of hearing and use a hearing aid, it is best to sit on the left-hand side of the aisle as there is a loop which can help you to hear better. Just set your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and you should be able to hear perfectly.
Further, if you have young children under 3 years old, you are welcome to enjoy the service in the carpeted area on the left-hand side of the church. This provides a welcoming and relaxed area, with soft toys, puzzles, books and opportunities for drawing, enabling you to stay together in a safe environment whilst still taking part in the service.
Our service booklet contains everything that happens during the service. Sometimes the service contains extra prayers which are not listed in the booklet but, rest assured, the service will take up again on the same part of the page. If in any doubt, there is sure to be someone sitting near to you who will help. And ..... the bit that always creates anxiety ...... when to sit down or stand up! The booklet pretty well tells you! However, you'll quickly see from the people around you, although it really doesn't matter if you get it wrong! Of course, if you are disabled or find standing difficult, please stay seated. Further, should you need assistance in coming up to the altar for communion or if you'd prefer to have communion brought to you, please do not hesitate to let one of the sidesmen know.
Finally, after the service, we warmly welcome you over to the church hall for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat! Sometimes the Vicar, Revd Stuart Owen, does get caught up with church business after the service but he does always like to get to know new people better. If you take a copy of the welcome pack at the back of the church, there is a little contact slip in there which you are warmly encouraged to complete so that Stuart can come and visit you for a chat in a more relaxing way.
So, we warmly look forward to welcoming you to our church family and sharing our worship together.