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Welcome to
All Saints Church of England
Hengoed with Gobowen
Chirk Road
Gobowen, Shropshire

Priest in charge:
The Revd. Prebendary Adrian Bailey
The Vicarage
Old Chirk Rd
Gobowen
Shropshire
SY11 3LL
Tel/fax No 01691 661226
E-mail: arb2@totalise.co.uk




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*Last updated on Tuesday 4th March 2014




Sunday morning services
1st Sunday of the month at 11.00 am - Informal Family Service
2nd Sunday of the month at 11.00 am - Communion
3rd Sunday of the month at 11.00 am - Communion
4th Sunday of the month at 8.00 am - Communion (without hymns)
4th Sunday of the month at 11.00 am - Morning Prayer
5th Sunday of the month at 11.00 am - Ecumenical service
During 2014 these meet as follows:
Ash Wednesday 5th March at 7.30 pm at All Saints' Church Gobowen
30th March at 11.00 am Mothering Sunday Service at All Saints' - no ecumenical service
Good Friday, 18th March at 10.00am Starting at All Saints with procession to Preeshenlle United Reformed Church
29th June at 11.00 am Service at Preeshenlle United Reformed Church
31st August 11.00 am Service at All Saints
9th 10.00 am Remembrance service at All Saints and procession to war memorial.
30th November at 11.00 am Advent Sunday service at Preeshenlle United Reformed Church
Wednesday 17th December at 7.30 pm: Village Christmas Carol service, scout hut.

Sunday evening services
1st Sunday at 6.30 pm - Communion
3rd Sunday at 6.30 pm - Evening prayer
5th Sunday at 6.30 pm - Communion

Midweek services
Thursday at 9.30 am - Communion Service
2nd Monday of the month at 1.30 pm - Sparklers service for pre-school children

Please join us at any of our Services-you would be welcome. Our services usually follow the modern rites but the Sunday evening services follow the traditional rites. Coffee is usually served after the Sunday morning service and the Thursday morning service.

At special festivals (e.g. Christmas, Easter, and other special occasions) there may be additional services, and the Sunday programme may be slightly different. Please see the diary section of our website or contact Revd Prebendary Adrian Bailey on arb2@totalise.co.uk.




We at All Saints are a Christian Church and because we are, we are united under the belief:
That there is a God, and in the beginning He created the heavens, the earth and everything in it. (Genesis 1)
That people rebelled against God, so we need to turn back to him again. (Genesis 3)
That Jesus Christ came to show us the way back to God. (John 3:16-17)
That at first people did not believe Jesus was the Son of God (Mark 14:61-65)
But Jesus' teachings, and his subsequent death and resurrection proved that He was God's Son. (Acts of the Apostles 10:38-43) (John 14:6)
That through His Spirit Jesus is still working in our world today (John 16: 7-15)
That those who believe and trust in Jesus will be forgiven, live a better life now and enjoy the next life with him in eternity. (Romans 10:9)

All Saints' vision statement
All Saints is a community of Christians bound together in love and faith to learn, mature and work with each other as we serve those in the wider community and share our faith with them.




If you want information on someone who was baptised, married or was buried at St Barnabas Hengoed or All Saints Gobowen we will try to help you and if necessary provide a certified copy of marriage or baptism.

Please note that in accordance with normal Church of England practice a fee is payable for searches and copies of certificates. Contact the priest in charge for such requests: arb2@totalise.co.uk.




All Saint's Church hall is situated in the ground of the church. It is available for bookings for most functions and has a fully equipped kitchen.

2014 Hire cost per session (i.e. morning, afternoon, or evening): 25
2014 Hire cost for all day booking £75

Please contact our booking secretary, Mr Mike Stokes on 01691 662957.




If you are interested in being confirmed, or would like to find out more about the Christian faith, then contact The Revd Prebendary Adrian Bailey for the latest details of courses available (arb2@totalise.co.uk).




If you live in Hengoed or Gobowen, it's usually possible to be baptised at All Saints. If you don't live in Hengoed or Gobowen you would have to show a connection, and a baptism could only go ahead if the vicar in the parish where you live gave permission.

The baptism of babies and young children usually take place during our informal family service at 11.00 am on the first Sunday of the month. Guests coming to the service who are not used to church often find this more user-friendly than a communion service. However, if this is difficult for you for whatever reason, we are happy to consider having a baptism at one of our other 11.00 am Sunday services.

Preparation sessions are held with the parents beforehand to help them to understand the implications of the promises they will be making.

For older children and adults who want to be baptised, a lengthier preparation is usual.

The baptism service, and the promises you will be making, can be viewed on the Church of England website, www.cofe.anglican.org

To apply, please contact The Revd Adrian Bailey (arb2@totalise.co.uk).




All Saint's church is a perfect venue for your wedding. Not only will you have a warm welcome, but the traditional stone-built design, the award-winning churchyard (one of the best kept in Shropshire), and the light and airy interior make it perfect for photos. Having God's blessing on your wedding is the best way to start married life.

If at least one partner lives in Hengoed or Gobowen and neither of you has been married before, you should normally be able to get married at All Saint's. In accordance with the Church of England's practise, those who have been married and divorced cannot normally be remarried in church. However in certain cases, providing certain conditions are met, an exception can be made.

We are also happy to conduct services of blessing - both for those who have just got married in a civil ceremony and also for those who were married years ago but want their marriage blessed.

The marriage service, and the promises you will be making, can be viewed on www.cofe.anglican.org and www.weddingguide.co.uk is another useful site for making your wedding preparations.

The marriage service, and the promises you will be making, can be viewed on www.cofe.anglican.org. www.weddingguideuk.com is another useful site for making your wedding preparations.

To apply, please contact The Revd Prebendary Adrian Bailey (arb2@totalise.co.uk).

The 2014 fees are as follows:
      392 standard Church of England fee
      21 calling of banns of marriage*
      4 marriage certificate (fee may rise from 1.4.14)
      12 verger
The following are optional extras:
      40 organist
      10 ringing of bells
      20 license to use video




On 16th August 1849 the foundation stone was laid for St Barnabas Church, Hengoed. Built and designed by the Revd Albany Rossendale Lloyd, the church was built of stone and strengthened with buttresses, between which were Lancet shaped windows. The roof had a long pitch constructed of rafters.

The church was opened for Divine Service on the feast of St Barnabas, 11th June 1850. It was not consecrated until 15th August 1853. A North Transept was added in 1855 and in 1871 a stained glass window was installed in the transept in memory of Albany Rossendale Lloyd's father, the Revd Charles A.A. Lloyd, who had been Rector of Whittington and Selattyn. The window was called 'The dawning of the last day' by Ashwin of London. In 1873 a bell turret was erected which housed three bells. The Revd Albany Rossendale Lloyd built Hengoed Vicarage close to the church. He was the first Incumbent, and served the people of Hengoed for 42 years. He died on 23rd March 1895 and is buried in the churchyard.

In 1950 the centenary was celebrated. In 1975 a flower festival was held to celebrate the 125th anniversary. But a devastating quinquennial survey that year uncovered dry rot in the timbers. On 20th May 1979 the last service took place. On 1st June it officially closed. A legal battle to save it was lost and on 4th January 1985 it was demolished. It had served the community for 135 years.

Today St Barnabas churchyard is a peaceful place to visit. The font remains as a memorial, standing on a base of stone, one of which is the original foundation stone. Further information can be obtained on 01691 658876.




All Saints Church Gobowen was consecrated in June 1928. Previously the Parish Church was St Barnabas Hengoed, so Gobowen became a daughter church. The parish was in the Diocese of St Asaph prior to the disestablishment of the Welsh church when it became part of the Diocese of Lichfield.

The chancel and the main part of the nave were erected first, including a vestry at the east end. Then the west end was added, a tower in 1935, and a belfry in 1948. In December 1979 it was burned down and all that was left was the choir vestry, four walls and tower. It was rebuilt and in October 1981 rededicated by the Bishop of Lichfield.

It is worth noting the East Window which was designed by Lawrence Lee, and also the West Window which was donated from a redundant church near London in memory of a previous incumbent and his wife. The Royal coat of Arms was removed from St Barnabas Hengoed when it was declared redundant. Also worth noting is the Maquette of the Virgin Mary and child given in memory of a member of the congregation who worked for many years at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District hospital, which lies within the parish. The Millennium window is also worthy of mention since many of the congregation contributed to the painting and design. The Reredos of the Last Supper was also given by the parish for the Millennium.


Map of Area
If you would like to see a map showing the position of All Saints' Church in a separate window then click here.

All Saints' Church can be seen near the middle of the map near the arrow. St. Barnabas can be seen near the south western corner next to the spot height 146. Both are near the A5 a few miles north of Oswestry.




Below are two small pictures of All Saints' Church - one showing the outside of the church and the other showing the view up the Nave. If you would like to see much larger pictures (56kb and 54kb) in a separate window just select the appropriate thumbnail.





Organisations for children/young people
Sparklers for pre-school Children and parents

This meets on the second Monday of the month from 1.45 to 3pm. First there is a short informal service in church, including a Bible story, songs and simple prayers. Then there is an activity on the theme of the story in the church hall and refreshments.

Sparklers started in 1996 and all pre-school children and parents/carers are welcome. Older children are also welcome during school holidays.

Acorns (Sunday School) for primary school age children
Organisations for parents/families
Mothers' Union
The Mothers' union (MU) is a world-wide organisation which exists to promote and strengthen family life and Christian marriage. Details of it's history and aims can be found on it's website.

All Saint's Hengoed with Gobowen members meet at 2.30pm on the 4th Thursday of the month in the church hall. They attend Holy Communion together on the first Thursday of the month at 9.30 am.

Organisations which serve the community
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For further information please ring 01691 672983

Organisations concerned with deepening Christian faith
There is usually a Study course during Lent and sometimes groups at other times studying a particular theme. Additionally there are courses run on a deanery basis (i.e. the Oswestry and district area) which serve a number of churches. Contact The Revd Prebendary Adrian Bailey (arb2@totalise.co.uk) for the latest information.




Friday 7thFebruary at 7.00 pm: Bingo Evening in the Church Hall

Friday 28th February at 6.30 pm: Welsh themed Pancake Evening and Beetle Drive in the Church Hall

Wednesday 12th March at 7.00 pm: Ecumenical Lent Course with supper at Presshenlle URC Church, Gobowen - also to be held at 4 subsequent Wednesdays

Sunday 30th March at 11.00 am: Mothering Sunday Family Service (No Ecumenical Service).

Thursday 3rd April at 7.00 pm:
Church AGM in Church Hall

Sunday 13th April - Palm Sunday at 10.45 am:
Procession around village followed by Holy Communion

Monday 14th April - Thursday 17th April at 7.30 pm:
Holy Communion

Friday 18th April - Good Friday at 10.00 am:
Ecumenical service and procession, starting at All Saints

Saturday 19th April at 9.30 am:
Church Decorators' Service

Sunday 20th - Easter Day:
8.00 am: Holy Communion
10.45 am: Easter ceremonies, renewal of baptism vows and Holy Communion

Monday 5th May - Bank Holiday:
9.30 am: Family Walk and Picnic.

Saturday 28th June at 11.00 am:
Summer Fete and Photographic Competition

Saturday 26th July at 2.00 pm:
Commemoration of start of WW1 Display, music, teas.