All Saints Banstead runs a wide range of interest groups that are open to all

 

MOTHERS' UNION
Mothers’ Union has a flourishing Branch which meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2.30 pm in the Church Institute and 3rd Thursday of the month at 8.00pm in the Gable Room of the Church Institute.

Contact Mrs Joanne Aram via Church Office 01737 379289.

Everyone is most welcome to attend any of our meetings.

Click here to read more about The Mothers’ Union

BEER & BANTER

‘Beer & Banter’ is an informal discussion group which meets at 8.00pm on the last Thursday of the month at our local pub, The Woolpack.  You don’t have to drink beer, or be an expert on anything – just come and enjoy an interesting and sociable time.

Sorry – this group is currently suspended.

 

EXPLORING THE FAITH
Not a structured course, just get-togethers in which, over several sessions, we read a book together and discuss whatever ideas it raises for us in a relaxed and friendly way. We meet fortnightly from 10.30am to 12.00 noon on Tuesday mornings. We’re ecumenical – people from other Churches are very welcome.

Contact Rosemary Whipp or Susan Major via Church Office 01737 379289.

MEDITATION GROUP
A Meditation group associated with the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) meets every Tuesday morning, usually in the Lady Chapel. We follow the teaching of John Main (d. 1982), a Benedictine monk credited by Dr Rowan Williams with effectively putting the desert tradition of prayer to work in our own day. Sorry – this group is currently suspended
BIBLE STUDY GROUP
The Bible Study Group enjoys meeting to read and discuss various books of the Bible, helped by basic commentaries.  Over winter we wrestled with the Letter to the Hebrews, and as summer arrives we’re reading Genesis – and finding lots of questions to engage us.  We’re friendly and new members are welcome – or you can just drop in for a taster session. We conclude with a brief service of said Compline.

Contact Susan Major at susan@bansteadallsaints.com 

KNIT & NATTER GROUP
If you enjoy knitting, or just chatting, do come along to sessions of clicking needles! We’ve made simple garments for hospitals locally and in Lesotho, as well as other needs, and made new friends too.  Sorry – this group is currently suspended. 
DEEP WELL COMMUNITY

The Deep Well Community is an emerging New Monastic Community based in Banstead.

It started as a conversation 18 months ago between two people over a cup of coffee. We are a small locally dispersed group that is committed to social action and we believe this comes out of building a community that eats together, prays together, relaxes together and then works together.

We believe that this world is God-breathed and sustained and is beautiful and we have each been created in the image of God and, although we acknowledge that we are not perfect and get so much wrong, we trust we all start from a place of original blessing and are all firmly loved by God. We are committed to exploring ways to positively affect the physical, environmental, spiritual, mental wellbeing of the community of Banstead in which we live and globally.

Although we currently have strong links to All Saints’ Church (Banstead) and Banstead URC we are not officially linked to any Christian denomination and seek to explore and journey with other spiritual seekers, those of any faith or no faith, who wish to work for the well-being of Banstead Village.

Although we meet unofficially on several occasions during the week (we are always looking for excuses to go for a coffee) we currently meet twice a month in a more structured way. We gather at 8.00pm on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at All Saints’ Church, Banstead – the Anglican church in the middle of the High Street. At 8.15 pm we move into a time of silent contemplative prayer. This is a time where we try to find stillness amid the rush of life, to find silence amid the noise and to search for and spend time with God.

Contemplation has been described as the ultimate meditation and if prayer isn’t your thing then this time can be used as a time for meditation, or mindfulness to give it another title, or just to be quiet. As I have already said you don’t have to have a faith to come and join us. We believe that these times of silence are essential as it is from a contemplative stance to life, a place of inner strength, grace and peace, or to use my favourite Hebrew word shalom, that we begin to see ideas for compassionate action emerge. The time of silence finishes with a very short night prayer. Don’t worry if praying isn’t for you – it is just a way of marking the end of that section of our gathering.

We then retire to the pub where we allow these ideas for social action, that have started to flow from the time of contemplation, to take shape. This time is just as important for us as we firmly believe that contemplation and action are two sides of the same coin and one is always feeding the other.

PILGRIM COURSE

Pilgrim course imageAt All Saints’ Church we run the Pilgrim Course, which is a Church of England resource  for teaching and discipleship. Each course runs for six weeks (one session per week).

Would you like to explore the Christian faith with others in a small group?

No previous knowledge is assumed or required, just a desire to learn and share.

If this sounds interesting please contact the Vicar on 01737 202810 for details of the next course.