The church year
We are a church that tries to follow the story of Jesus, his birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension, week-by-week. Our journey is modelled on Christ's journey. We adapt our worship, our prayer, our teaching and all our public activities to the changing seasons of the church year.
All Saints follows the pattern of the church’s liturgical year according to the Revised Common Lectionary, the three year cycle of dates and bible readings used by most christian churches in the UK and around the world since its launch in 1994. The calendar revolves around events in the life of God’s son Jesus Christ, from the foretelling of his birth, through to his teaching, death and resurrection. Seasons are associated with the different colours - purple in Advent and Lent, gold (or white) at Christmas and Easter and for great celebrations, red for the Holy Spirit and when we remember martyrs, and green for ordinary time, ie the rest of the year. These colours and therefore the seasons and themes are reflected in our church’s decorations and the clergy team’s vestments.
Laid over this calendar is another schedule of festivals of the saints. Often these are barely celebrated unless you go to Morning or Evening Prayer on weekdays. In many churches the more important ones are transferred onto Sundays. At All Saints we like to keep all the festivals of Our Lord and of his mother, and other important dates like Corpus Christi, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, St Michael, Saints and Martyrs of England (when we focus on Lincolnshire's own saints) and some of the apostles and evangelists, with sung or solemn Eucharists on the correct day. See the church calendar for details.