We meet to worship in the beautiful building in Church Lane set next to the duck pond; it’s very clear why the church is popular for weddings and baptisms! The church originates from the 10th century and has been adapted over the years. Eight new bells were installed in 2009 and in recent years some of the pews were replaced with moveable benches which means the space can be adapted for a range of uses including concerts and our regular toddler group. None of the ‘history’ has been lost, however, and there is wonderful architecture, stained glass windows and memorial plaques.
The churchyard is well maintained and is currently still ‘open’ for burials and interments. There are some interesting historical graves to see including some brick barrel graves and a memorial to Diana Rowden, a former agent with the Special Operations Executive during World War II.
The Church of the Holy Rood is an Anglican Church and part of the Parish of the Resurrection, the other churches being St Lawrence and All Saints, both in Alton, and St Peter’s Church at Beech. We are also linked with Alton Methodist Church via the Greater Alton Project.
Our Sunday morning services are usually at 9.30am and last for up to one hour, alternating between services of Morning Worship and Holy Communion (see the parish website for details, link below).
We sing hymns accompanied by the church organ; we have been introducing more contemporary worship songs with a band (guitars, keyboard and flute) once or twice a month. The services are relaxed in style and usually follow the Church of England Lectionary. Pre Covid19 coffee was served after the services giving the chance to have a good chat; hopefully we will be able to resurrect that again soon.
This is currently held twice a month in the church building at 4pm on Sundays. This is a relaxed informal gathering of people of all ages, is lots of fun and lasts for one hour. It is aimed at families but everyone is welcome. For dates please see the parish website below.
Tuesday Morning Coffee and Prayer
Pre Covid 19 we used to meet between 10am and 12noon for coffee, cake and good company at our regular coffee morning. We end the session with a short time of prayer and visitors were always welcome to stay and join us – they often did! We hope to be able to resurrect the Coffee Mornings again very soon.
On a Wednesday morning the ‘Teddies’ meet from 9.45am; this is a preschool group for babies and young children and those who are caring for them, not only mums and grandparents, often dads and carers join in too. There is no charge, but it is best to book (please contact Rev Gordon, contact details below). You will always find a warm welcome, however, along with a simple craft, stories, songs, prayers and a ‘teddy bear hunt’. Once Government guidelines allow we will be able to offer refreshments again; in the meantime you are welcome to bring your own.
The building is usually open during daylight hours; we love to have visitors popping in and once Government guidelines allow we’ll have our Visitors Book out again!
The Church is on this popular long distance walking trail which leads from Winchester to Canterbury; if you have an official Pilgrim’s Way ‘passport’ you may be able to get it stamped here.
For further information about the church and the parish you are invited to take a look at the website (www.potr-alton.co.uk) and the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/potralton). Alternatively you can contact Reverend Gordon Randall on 01420 549567 or at firstname.lastname@example.org – he will be pleased to hear from you.
Holyrood Church, Church Lane, Alton GU34 4HD