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All Saints Church

All Saints Newmarket is an Anglican church within the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and the Mildenhall Deanery. It is a growing Church and as such is looking to the future and how it can best serve current and future generations of Christians in Newmarket and the surrounding villages, as well as the wider community, and be a beacon for the good news of Jesus Christ. The church site has a long and varied history. The land on which All Saints is built was first used for worship from around the 13th century. The current Church building dates from 1877. The Consecration service took place on Wednesday September 19th 1877 with the Bishop of Ely preaching. The Bishop ended his sermon with the words: “ Let this new Church ... be a voice exhorting us to increased earnestness, and worship, and usefulness in the world”.

Updated:
6 February 2018
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Our mission is "Seeking God’s heart, serving God’s world”. Our aim as a Church is to: worship God with joy and reverence. Tell of God's love in Jesus Christ. Learn about and live our Christian faith. Pray and learn about prayer. Serve God's world through prayer and action. Offer Christ's ministry of wholeness and healing. Encourage all to discover and use their gifts for God. Engage with and nurture children and young people. Welcome everyone warmly and offer generous hospitality. Value and care for each other. In all this, we will use the resources we have - our time, buildings and money - wisely in God's service.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We would wish to review what we do on a regular basis and endeavour to improve our facilities and our awareness of the needs of all within our church family and community. Helping to support those living with dementia, to have a sense of belonging and being a valued part of family and community life.   We would seek to resolve specific problems that may occur with individuals from time to time. 

2. Actions

  • Being aware of dementia and its affects

    Periodic dementia awareness sessions for our church family as required, for example for those that meet and greet people as they enter church, delivered by a Dementia Champions who are members of All Saints.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Work in partnership with Newmarket DAA

    All Saints church will work with the Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance to support Newmarket to become a dementia friendly community and encourage other organisations to attend Dementia Friends sessions and sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Take into account needs of those living with dementia

    Simple changes that would help, for example readability of screen project slides colours, fonts … colour contrasts in any changes to facilities such as toilets, kitchen … clear signage and printed word.

    Status:
    Planning