All Saints’ Church Bolton dates from the 12th century and is Grade I listed. In 2008 the first phase of a restoration project, supported by English Heritage, was completed and we are now in the process of applying for a grant for phase two. Fund raising for this project within the community was supported with great generosity and enthusiasm in many different ways and is an indicator of the strength of feeling in the village that the church building is important.
The churchyard contains the graves of many ancestors and relatives of village families who see the church as a necessary part of their lives.
There are many people in the community who are active in supporting the church in various ways – financially, cleaning, doing flowers, organising fund-raising events, applying for grants etc.
The Parish Council have, in recent years contributed to the churchyard grass-cutting. Eden Grove School currently bear the cost of this, ensuring that the churchyard is neat and well-maintained.
Our church is small, warm and welcoming. We have recently removed some pews from the rear of the nave to make an area that is more suitable for children and for gathering for refreshments.
Our church is ‘disabled friendly’ and we have a loop system installed. However we have no mains water supply.
One of our aims has been to involve more of the younger people in the village. Links with Nursery and Primary Schools are well established and the Priest-in-Charge visits on a regular basis and leads the assembly. The school children are involved in special services in the church, such as Harvest, which brings more families into church and older pupils join in an annual Service of Remebrance led by church members and also held in the church. We now have a ‘Jesus and Me’ service once a month which 2 members of the PCC help to run. Approximately twelve children attend. One church member accompanies the children in their hymn practices in School.
We have contacts with a boarding school/orphanage in India through the connection of one of our parishioners.
There is a small Prayer Group in the village and two church members are bereavement visitors. The Mothers’ Union group meets regularly and goes into the school each year to help the children prepare posies for Mothering Sunday.