In the tenth century, the first Kings who can be called Kings of England were anointed and crowned in Kingston in a predecessor of the present church – Kingston crowned Kings before Westminster Abbey was built.
The All Saints Development Project plans to raise the profile of this national heritage by providing a restored Church that tells the story of the Coronation Stone and the formation of the Kingdom of England. We will also be providing new community facilities that enable this central Kingston location to be the hub of the community, as it was 1,000 years ago. Visit the website
All Saints is the ancient church of Kingston parish that, at one time, stretched from Molesey to Richmond. It is set between the ancient Market Place and the busy shopping centre and has strong relationships with the residents, businesses, schools and University in Kingston but draws its congregation from a wide area.
The church is open every day, and visitors are very welcome. On Monday to Saturday mornings, coffee is available in the church, and from 11-12am a group of trained listeners is available if there is something you want to talk about in confidence. See here for times of weekday services.
The Church has a long-standing, strong musical tradition. It has a choir of forty men, boys and girls, with sung Eucharist and Evensong every Sunday and occasional weekday choral services. The Frobenius organ enhances the worship of the Church and has been used for recordings and recitals by some of the world's finest organists.
The church has a fascinating history: Egbert, King of Wessex, held his great council here in 838 and Athelstan and Ethelred the Unready were two more of the seven Saxon kings of England crowned here in the 10th century. Construction of the present church began in 1120. There is a 14th century wall-painting of St Blaise, the impressive 16th century tomb of Sir Anthony Benn, a 17th century marble font attributed to Sir Christopher Wren, twelve bells and an 18th century Carillon, the great west window of the 19th century, and the magnificent Frobenius organ installed in 1988. There is a Memorial Chapel of the East Surrey Regiment.
All Saints is part of an Anglican Team ministry with its sister churches St John the Evangelist, Grove Lane, and St John the Baptist, Kingston Vale, as well as a member of the Local Ecumenical Project with the United Reformed Church in Eden Street and Kingston Baptist Church in Union Street.
For those who live or work in the Royal Borough, this church touches their lives in many ways: as a place of worship, as a location for community events, as a major arts venue and concert hall, as the civic church and, beyond all these, as a place to rest and reflect in a busy town centre.
All Saints Church seeks a design for seven embroidered panels illustrating the lives of the seven Saxon Kings crowned in Kingston for the East End wall. One fully designed panel and six outlines should be submitted by April 5th 2015 and there will be one prize of £2,000 for the winner. Details are here.
Sponsor a Choir Stall
All Saints has a long tradition of very fine choral music supporting two services a week to a Cathedral repertoire. As the refurbishment of All Saints Church comes to completion, there is an opportunity to sponsor the new stalls from which the choir will sing. The new stalls have been specifically designed to fit the rather unusual space in which they need to work. For further details, download a leaflet or email Keith Long.
Charity Christmas cards are available from Cards for Good Causes in All Saints. The shop will trade Monday to Saturday from 18 October – 20 December, 10am to 4pm, and then on Sundays 23 and 30 November and 7 and 14 December, 12 noon to 4pm. Cards are on sale from nearly 40 charities, including some local ones – All Saints Church Appeal, Kington Samaritans, Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice and the Royal Star & Garter Home. There are also traditional Advent calendars as well as a wide range of gifts and wrapping paper, tags etc.
Download Saints Alive, the Parish magazine, published every three months.
Download the current pew sheet, containing readings and hymns for the Sunday morning service, also news and notes. (Usually available from Friday lunchtime)
Access into the church is through the West Door, from Thames Street.
Thames Street has blue badge parking bays.
All Saints is a member of the