All church services are to be suspended until further notice but Hawton Church will be open on Thursday mornings between 10am and noon for quiet reflection and prayer.  Access at other times can be made by contacting a keyholder. 

Those living in the neighbourhood will be aware that each hour between 9am and 8pm is rung at the church tower. This could be a reassuring sound at this time of crisis.  


We have also just received this message from the Church of England - an alternative form of worship to accommodate the need for social distancing:


During the coronavirus crisis please check our "Services and events" page for ways that we can worship while staying in our homes as required by the authorities.

All Saints' church is much more than the glorious medieval Ancaster and Blue Lias stone building that soars high above the surrounding fields and water-meadows. It's much more than its world-renowned carved stone Easter Sepulchre. It's much more than 7-800 years of history. It is a living, vibrant place of worship where one senses the presence of God, and of the thousands of saints who have worshipped here down the centuries, as soon as one enters the building. There is a deep peace about the place. It is a place that our Celtic forebears might have described as "thin"; one where the boundary between earth and heaven seems to stretch almost to breaking point.

All Saints' church is all of those but it is much more, for the church is not just the building. It is the people who gather for worship here today; people from the village and the surrounding area who come to express their faith in God - the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer - in word and in song; who come and are nourished in that faith by Word and Sacrament; and who then go out to live out that faith by their words and deeds among their friends and neighbours, their work colleagues, the strangers that they meet in the street.

There is so much that the church in Hawton, both the building and the people, has to offer you. In the words of Jesus, "Come and see." S. John chapter 1, verse 39.


The parish of Hawton w Cotham is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). 











The Church of England is preparing to take the church into people’s homes – through TV screens, laptops, computers and mobile phones – ahead of the first Sunday without public worship.

Hundreds of churches and cathedrals across the country are to live stream services without congregations, marking Mothering Sunday and a National Day of Prayer and Action tomorrow, which is being observed by all major Christian denominations.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will lead the Church of England’s first national virtual service tomorrow morning. It will be broadcast simultaneously at 8am on the 39 BBC local radio stations in England and as BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship. It will then premier on Facebook through the Church of England’s page at 9am.

Meanwhile the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu will be live streaming a short prayer time on his Facebook page at 10am, 12 noon, 4pm and 6pm on Sunday. The time of prayer will include the Lord’s Prayer and two Taizé Chants and will be around 10 minutes long. 

The Church of England has also issued a special prayer for the National Day of Prayer and Action. The text is below.

Across the country cathedrals, parish churches and non-traditional church gatherings are adapting to the challenges posed by the restrictions on public gatherings to help limit the spread of infection in different ways.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, said: “The Church has never been a building, it has always been a people.

“We are about to discover what that means.

“From this Sunday onward the Church will meet as usual, but it won’t be happening in our buildings.

“It will be happening in our hearts and in our homes.”

The Nave at Hawton Church (photograph by Peter Mason)
The Easter Sepulchre at Hawton Church (photograph by Peter Mason)
Early 20thC aerial view of Hawton Church and the Rectory (now demolished)

History and present activities at Hawton Church

The west aspect of All Saints' Church across the fields

This is intended to be a comprehensive website for all who wish to know about the life of All Saints' Church in Hawton. We have come to realise that there are many people who have links with, and affection for, this historic and beautiful church but are not necessarily worshipping Christians.  our aim is to make the church the centre of a community, not just Hawton village (which only has a population of 54) but involving a much larger area, especially the village of Cotham to the south and the new housing development taking place just north of Hawton. We lost our village hall several years ago as it had become unsafe, and events that used to take place there can now be carried out in the church itself, so at one level the church can be said to be a community centre also. So, in addition to church services, baptisms, weddings, and funerals we have a panoply of other activities, including open church events on Saturday mornings, with erudite expositions of the amazing stone carvings in the chancel, historical talks, plays, operettas, international links to Canada and to Hawton in the United States, arresting lectures, and invitations to open gardens in the spring and summer. There are two fairs held in the church, in the summer and a month before Christmas, and these are popular events, especially as the quality of the refreshments is universally praised. We are also establishing links with Newark Academy and Magnus Academy schools, whose Art and History departments are including the church in their curricular activities. Ther are many other ways that those interested can become involved in safeguarding the future of this church for our children and their children, and we are keen to explore all of them.

This website exists to raise awareness, promote the importance of the church in the community, and to inform and educate in the broadest sense. A building such as this needs to be celebrated and extolled as a lasting heritage of the past and a beacon for the future. Many improvements have taken place already, but many more are planned, and you can find out about these as you explore these pages.  Please be enthused, and join in when you can.


View of All Saints Church, Hawton in a winter landscape (photograph by Carole Sutton - 1st March (shown on East Midlands Weather in the evening)

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03.01 | 19:19

We look forward to seeing more of you, Tom and Carol, and others from the village. Please let us know what you think of the bells.

03.01 | 19:07

My wife Carol and I are new to the Village of Hawton and our first visit to the Hawton Church was made after only a few days from our arrival, very interesting.

24.12 | 10:24

Hello. I will see if I can get any ringers together. If I can it will only be rounds and call changes and maybe only six bells. Margaret

23.12 | 18:41

We'll see what we can do!

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