Services for Holy Week and Easter 2016

Services for Holy Week and Easter

Sun 20 March – Palm Sunday
10.00 Parish Eucharist with procession of Palms, starting in the Church.
18.00 Readings and Reflection for Holy Week

Mon 21 March
20.00 The Passion and Compline

Tue 22 March
20.00 The Passion and Compline

Wed 23 March
20.00 The Passion and Compline

Thu 24 March – Holy (Maundy) Thursday
20.00—00.01 Eucharist for Holy Thursday and the Watch

Fri 25 March – Good Friday
11.00 CTSI Walk of Witness starting at Crossways
14.00 Liturgy of Good Friday
19.30 Maria Consolata

Sat 26 March – Holy Saturday
20.00 Easter Vigil Mass

Sun 27 March – Easter Day
10.15 Parish Eucharist

Services for Holy Week and Easter 2015

Come and celebrate Easter with us – all are welcome to any of our services!

Sunday 29 March – Palm Sunday
10am: Eucharist with Procession of Palms starting in the Church
6pm: Penance & Passion – Readings and Reflection for Holy Week (see Facebook event for details)

Monday 30 March
8pm: The Passion and Compline

Tuesday 31 March
8pm: The Passion and Compline

Wednesday 1 April
8pm: The Passion and Compline

Thursday 2 April – Holy (Maundy) Thursday
8pm-midnight: Eucharist for Holy Thursday and the Watch

Friday 3 April – Good Friday
11am: CTSI Walk of Witness starting at Crossways
2pm: Liturgy of Good Friday
7.30pm: Maria Consolata

Saturday 4 April – Holy Saturday
8.30pm: Easter Vigil Mass

Sunday 5 April – Easter Day
10.15am: Parish Eucharist

New louvres ring in the changes at All Saints

You may have noticed that we are currently having new louvres installed in our bell tower. This essential work is being undertaken as the old louvres were rotting away. We hope you’ll agree that the new louvres look beautiful, and they should last for many years. Additional repairs are also being carried out on some of the internal stonework (mullions). Fractured pieces of stone are being removed, cleaned and replaced using bonding to secure them in position. Temporary wooden wedges help to keep the completed repair in place. Though hidden from view, this work will help to ensure the integrity of the bell tower for years to come.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015

This week is the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Here in St Ives there will be a special service at a different church on each day, culminating in a United Service on Sunday 25th. We invite you to come along and support this important observance if you can. All services start at 10am, except the final one on Sunday:

Monday 19th: The Free Church
Tuesday 20th: Methodist Church
Wednesday 21st: Bridge Church at All Saints
Thursday 22nd: All Saints
Friday 23rd: St Ives Christian Fellowship in the Porch Chapel at the Free Church
Saturday 24th: Sacred Heart
Sunday 25th at 4.30pm: United Service at the Free Church

All Saints Autumn Fayre and Bake-Off – 1st November 2014

10am-2:30pm, Saturday 1 November 2014 at St Ives Corn Exchange

Following the success of the competition a year ago, All Saints Church will be hosting the second professionally judged Bake-Off competition at its annual Autumn Fayre in St Ives Corn Exchange on Saturday 1st November from 10am-2:30pm. This time the event will be split into two categories; a competition open to all comers and a junior competition open to entrants who are 14 or under.

Local people who fancy themselves as a star baker can bring their cake to be judged by the panel, which includes professional bakers from the local area and local dignitaries.

For an entry fee of £5, you can drop your cakes off between 10am and 11am on Saturday 1st November to be judged at the Corn Exchange for a chance to win a prize generously donated by the competition’s sponsors: John Lewis, Townrow and Hephers. The sponsors are delighted to support the St Ives Bake Off.

If you would like to enter a cake, you can download instructions and an entry form below:

St Ives Bake-Off entry form 2014 (PDF)

or collect a form from the Corn Exchange on the day or in advance.

The Fayre is now an annual event in the town’s calendar and includes a vibrant programme of family fun alongside craft and gift stalls including jewellery, cakes, sweets, ‘nearly new’ bargains and Christmas gifts, a book stall, which includes a number of specialist railway books, as well as fun games from “Whack-a-Rat” to the lucky tombola.

A volunteer run café will serve great value hot and cold drinks, lunches and snacks throughout the day.

The Fayre is free to attend with proceeds from stalls and the Bake-Off going toward the activities of the church.

The parish church is here to serve the whole community of St Ives and we do this by a lot more than holding services. Activities such as the Foodbank, the Monday Munchkins parents’ club, as well as maintaining St. Ives’ ancient, beautiful Grade 1-listed church building are all ways in which we try to put something back. The Fayre and Bake-Off is a way that we can raise much-needed funds to ensure such activities continue whilst having a lot of fun at the same time.

Concert by Vught Male Voice Choir

Saturday 31 May 2014 at 19.30

Admission FREE

The municipality of Vught lies just to the south of s’Hertogenbosch in the southern Netherlands. The Vughts Mannenkoor (Vught Male Voice Choir) was founded in 1917, making it one of the oldest associations in the community. The choir has approximately 70 members and has received several awards, most recently the prestigious Heinze Prize from the Royal Dutch Association of Choirs, marking its 90th anniversary in 2007. Since 2002 it has been directed by Coen Swinkels, a graduate of the Brabant Conservatorium in Tilburg and a well-known Dutch choirmaster.

As part of its 2014 tour to England, the Vught Male Voice Choir will be performing at All Saints’ Church, St Ives on Saturday 31 May at 7.30 p.m. They will present a mixed programme of religious and secular music, including pieces by Schubert, Handel, Saint-Saëns, Puccini, Gilbert and Sullivan and Vangelis. There’s something for everyone, so do come and enjoy this very special evening of music.

Easter 2014

Here are the details of services and activities running through Easter week. You are very welcome to come to as many as you wish.

Sunday 13 April – Palm Sunday
10:00 Eucharist with procession of Palms starting at the Parish Hall

Monday 14 April
21:00 Reflection and Compline

Tuesday 15 April
21:00 Reflection and Compline

Wednesday 16 April
21:00 Reflection and Compline

Thursday 17 April – Maundy Thursday
20:00-00:01 Eucharist for Holy Thursday and the Watch

Friday 18 April – Good Friday 
11:00 CTSI Walk of Witness starting at Crossways
14:00 Liturgy of Good Friday
19:30 Maria Consolata

Saturday 19 April
21:00 Easter Vigil Mass

Sunday 20 April – Easter Day
10:15 Parish Eucharist

Autumn Fair & Bake-Off Competition

The Mayor of St. Ives presented prizes to three winners of the All Saints St. Ives Bake Off competition on Saturday 2nd November including one 10 year old winner.

Christopher Foster won second prize with his Fizzing Firework cake filled with his own homemade jam and received great praise from judge, Tom Dalby from Tom’s Cakes in Somersham; “That’s the sort of imagination I would like to see in my business and very impressive in such a young baker.  The flavours were excellent.  I would like to offer Christopher an opportunity to come to my shop and find out how our professional bakery works.”

The Bake Off competition was judged by Tom Dalby alongside Head Baker of Greggs, Gerald Fegan and Mayor of St. Ives Nick Dibbon.

First prize went to Carole Verneer for her excellent Autumnal pumpkin decorated carrot cake.  Looking professional even though she is an amateur baker, the cake took Carole a week to make.  Carole won a food mixer donated by John Lewis who also donated prizes for Christopher Foster who won second place and Iona Wilson who won third prize for her velvet strawberry cake.

The Bake Off  took place during the All Saints Autumn Fair which is now an annual event in the town’s calendar and included a vibrant programme of family fun alongside craft and gift stalls including jewellery, cakes, sweets, ‘nearly new’ bargains and Christmas gifts, as well as fun games from “Whack-a-Rat” to the lucky tombola.  The Fair raised over £2,000 for the church and is much welcomed support.

Elaine Midgley, PCC member and Fair Organiser said “The parish church enjoyed running the Bake Off for the first time this year which added a lot of fun to our Fair.  The support to the church can help us to grow and better serve the town.  All Saints is taking on new activities, such as running the town’s Foodbank to support people on very low incomes in need of food donations and support like this can help keep us running.”

New Foodbank launched in St. Ives to help the town’s needy

Churches Together in St Ives (CTSI) voted unanimously at its recent AGM to approve a proposal put forward by All Saints Parish Church to support an invitation to have a Food Bank in St Ives.

This will initially be based at the Parish Church and for the first six months will function as a satellite to the successful initiative started by Godmanchester Baptist Church, who have all too sadly proved the great demand for this sort of facility.

A Food Bank is a place where people who have fallen on hard times can come to collect a few days’ worth of food rations to help them when they are most in need.

Everyday people in Cambridgeshire, including St. Ives, go hungry because their circumstances become so challenging that they cannot afford the cost of living.

The Food Bank provides food packages of basic items such a tea, coffee, cereal, tinned fruit, vegetables, soup and dried pasta to keep someone going for up to three days whilst they seek help. A full list of what is, or is not, required can be found on our website (see the bottom of this page).

Local agencies such as the benefit services as well as participating healthcare professionals and other approved charities can issue vouchers to those in need. These can then be taken to a local Food Bank, however until now the nearest Food Bank has been in Godmanchester at the Baptist Church. Last year they issued 400 packages with people travelling from Huntingdon, St. Ives and St. Neots to collect food to meet their basic needs. This year they are currently on target to exceed 10,000 kilos of donated food, which shows how the demand is growing.

All Saints Parish Church has recruited a team of volunteers to work with Godmanchester who will prepare the rations to enable people from St. Ives to collect food packages using their vouchers from All Saints Church and save the cost of travel to Godmanchester.

Carol Dennis, Lead Volunteer for the St. Ives Food Bank at All Saints said, “Sadly, more and more people need to use food banks each year. This is a wonderful way for Christians in St Ives to actively support the most vulnerable in its local community. The church’s role is to support those in need and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

All Saints Parish Church on Church Street will open for “Open House” sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30am – 12:00pm so that people may come with their vouchers to collect their food packages starting on Tuesday 8th October.

Carol Dennis said, “When people are down it is a relief to know that they have somewhere to go not just to collect some basic provisions but to talk to someone about their problems. At our Open House sessions the kettle will always be on and we will gladly lend an ear and offer a cup of tea to those who need it”.

The church is open to more support from local volunteers wanting to help with Open House sessions.

For more information contact Carol Dennis on or leave a message at the Parish Office (Tel: 01480 384334), or visit to find details of what foodstuffs are needed.