All Saints Church, East Garston
Address: Station Road, East Garston, Berkshire, RG17 7HH
The church is in a peaceful area on the edge of the village and is approached through the grounds of the adjacent Manor Farm. It is a Late Norman (1190AD) cruciform building of flint, with a later south aisle and porch and a north chancel chapel. The church was rescued from a state of poor repair by the Victorians and little of the original building remains visible apart from the Norman door inside the south porch. The Victorian stained glass installed in all the windows is noteworthy, being painted by Nathanial Westlake, as are the wall painting of the Tree of Jesse in the nave, and the painting of the Nativity on the reredos in the chapel. The tower contains a ring of six bells which are rung regularly for normal Sunday services as well as for Weddings and sometimes Funerals and Baptisms. The church is mentioned in the updated Pevsner Guide to the Buildings of Berkshire, published in 2010.
In addition to the regular services of Holy Communion at 9.00am on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, there are festival and group services as well as family services for Christingle, Nativity, Mothering Sunday, and Harvest Festival with children taking an active part.
The church is there for everyone, a place of celebration and happiness as well as a refuge for worship, tranquillity, peace and prayer. Many parishioners, of varying levels of commitment volunteer to help in a myriad of ways and are happy to be associated with the church. We welcome all people not just regular churchgoers and would love to be thought of as lively, vibrant and forward looking, not bound by the past, but respectful of tradition.