Hello, and a warm welcome to the website of All Saints’ Hampton, the local Church of England parish church for North Hampton. Our church building is located on The Avenue, and we meet there on Sundays and throughout the week. We are an inclusive church; we believe God loves and welcomes all people and so we seek to reflect God’s love by extending a warm welcome to everyone. Our church is fully wheelchair accessible and there are disabled-access toilets in our church hall.
We celebrate the Christian faith as revealed in the Bible and through the teaching, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We meet together week by week in order to worship God and we try to show God’s love in practical ways by serving our local community and the wider world.
Our pattern of worship normally includes the Eucharist or Holy Communion at the heart of the service. In our preaching, which is usually based on the Bible readings for the day, we try to be relevant as we apply our faith to everyday life.
There are three services on a Sunday. At 8.00 am we have a shorter service of Holy Communion, using traditional language, without hymns or music, but with a sermon.
Our main service at 10.00 am is a sung service of Holy Communion, using contemporary language. We are a growing community, welcoming families and children and adults of all ages. There is a small play area with books, toys and comfy chairs at the back of church and parents are welcome to take very young children there if they find that helpful. Most Sundays the school-age children leave during the start of the service for their own Sunday School activities in the church hall. For our first-Sunday-of-the-month Family Service, the children remain in church throughout the service.
Our 10.00 am Holy Communion service is always followed by a time of fellowship over refreshments in the church hall and on the first Sunday of the month breakfast is served in the church hall after both services.
Sundays at All Saints’ end at 5.00 pm with a said service of Evening Prayer, from the Book of Common Prayer.
We hope that you will join us for one of our services and we look forward to welcoming you to All Saints’ in the near future.
What happens when you come through the door?
We hope you will experience a warm welcome! In fact, most Sundays, when you arrive you will be greeted by a couple of members of our congregation, wearing name-badges, who will welcome you and hand you a number of things including:
- A hymn book
- A service booklet which includes the prayers and other details about the service
- A notice sheet with information on what’s happening at All Saints’ in the coming week.
You’re welcome to sit anywhere in church. We hope you find the service uplifting and thought-provoking.
After the service everyone is invited to stay for refreshments.
On the first Sunday of each month the main 10.00 am service is particularly geared for families and both our morning services are followed by breakfast in the church hall.
Reverend Gareth Wardell firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vicar is the Reverend Gareth Wardell. Gareth became our Vicar in January 2013. He was ordained in 2005 and after serving his curacy in Selby, North Yorkshire. He was Associate Vicar at a church in central London for several years. Prior to ordination Gareth worked abroad for many years in the field of international aid and development. When time permits, he enjoys going to the theatre and cinema and going for walks with his yellow Labrador, Libby.
Although I have lived in various parts of England for work and study purposes, I was born in Hampton and I have resided here most of my life. I taught in a Girls’ Grammar School, and was head of the Geography Department, for many years, before training for the Lay Ministry. After qualifying I was able to combine my Lay Ministry with part-time work for a local charity. I enjoy music (especially choral music), history and exploring places of interest, bird watching and the environment, floristry and detective novels/films. As a Lay Minister I’m involved in many areas of the life of All Saints’ including preaching and leading services, funeral ministry and pastoral visiting.
I have had a long association with All Saints’ Church, first worshipping here as a small child of 6! My husband and I were married at the church, 2 of our 3 sons were baptised here and one of them was also married here! I have now completed my training as a Licenced Lay Minister and I am enjoying working alongside Gareth, Anne and Chris to further the mission of the church. I am on the Sunday School Team, run the Coffee and Play sessions and Messy Church. I am also a member of the Pastoral Visiting team and very much enjoy the chance to spend time visiting people and chatting with them.
Chris is a qualified lay minister and husband to our former and very much missed administrator Karen.
I have been a member of All Saints’ Church since moving into Hampton in 1992 with my family. I became Church Warden in May 2018 having held the office a few years ago. It is a great privilege to serve the parish in this capacity. Singing in the church choir, leading the Church Social Committee and All Saints’ Ladies Club are also very rewarding. All Saints’ is known for its hospitality and excellent cake makers!
As Church Warden, I have learnt so much both spiritually and practically regarding the maintenance of buildings, i.e. drains, gutters, lighting to name but a few areas which require care and attention! I am now retired but worked as a Secretary/PA, mainly in church related organisations, then as a Classroom Assistant and lastly in a local stationery company. My interests include walking (which helps to burn off the calories from cake eating!) and local/national theatre.
We moved to Hampton almost five years ago to be near family. With years of PCC and Deanery Synod experience behind me from my parish in the West Country, I hope to learn fast and I am very grateful to the Church family here for all the support they are giving me. My working life has been spent in the creative arts, not as a performer but in various administrative roles within English National Opera, the Arts Council, Decca Records, the Greenwich Theatre to name but a few. My last full-time post was as CEO of British Youth Opera a company dedicated to giving post graduate training and performance opportunities to opera singers. I continue to maintain an interest in emerging talent and the arts in general. I am married to Bill, a retired theatrical costumier and we have grown up children and a granddaughter. I am also Safeguarding Officer for All Saints’ Church.
Jennifer Paynter email@example.com
I am the part-time Parish Administrator at All Saints’ Hampton, joining the team only recently. I have a young family and in between working can be seen doing the school runs and taking the children to their various clubs. Life at All Saints’ is so varied, no day is ever the same!
Samantha Gore – Treasurer
I was born in London but grew up near Wantage in Oxfordshire. I studied Chemistry at Cardiff University. I worked in a lab for a couple of years before re-training in IT and I worked as a programmer and project manager in foreign exchange and retail banking for about 20 years during which time I moved to Hampton. I started to retrain as an accountant in 2009. To fit around family commitments just now I am working as a freelance bookkeeper, but I hope to complete my accountancy exams sometime in the future. In my spare time I like swimming and the theatre and listening to live music, including folk and jazz, and I volunteer at the Landmark Arts Centre on their bar.
Mark Williams – Youth Leader and Member of the Sunday School Teachers’ Team
I’m the youth leader here at All Saints’. During the week I run a large computer network as an IT Systems Manager at a school. At the weekends I run our church’s youth group and Sunday School. I’m really passionate about bringing the Gospel to the youth and children at our church and outside it. Working with children is an amazing privilege and something I’m very passionate about. In my spare time I like to spend time with my friends, cycling, playing football, watching movies and playing games.
Veronica Barnes – Director of Music: Organist and Choir Mistress
Music is my life. At 11 years old I started having organ lessons at my Parish Church in Old Coulsdon, Surrey. I enjoyed playing short voluntaries before the services……and decided I’d like to become a church organist too! After graduating with a B.A. Hons. in Music and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education I went into the full-time teaching of classroom Music – 7-18 year olds! 30 years later and I am still teaching and enjoying music. I am very lucky to live quite close to the school where I teach, so there is no excuse not to use my ancient bicycle and help reduce my carbon footprint. I have enjoyed singing in church choirs since I was a young girl and this continues today. I have been very lucky that music has taken me to many cathedrals and abbeys in England and Wales, singing the services when the resident choirs are on holiday.
Margaret Bestley Social Committee and Ladies Club
Along with my duties as Churchwarden I also run the Social Committee and Ladies Club where members enjoy a varied and interesting programme of talks, outings and social events. Coffee, tea and biscuits are served giving an opportunity to chat with friends, old and new! A warm welcome is extended to all and I very much hope that you will join us.
At All Saints’ Church we take seriously our responsibility to care for those who are sick and house bound. We have a dedicated and specially trained Pastoral Care Team who visit people regularly in in their homes, in hospital or in residential care facilities, to bring Home Communion, and to help in various ways, as appropriate.
If you would like a visit from one of our Pastoral Visitors, please telephone the parish office on 0208 979 2102. If no one is in the office when you ring, please leave a message, along with your name and number and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We believe Prayer is a vital part of our lives as Christians. People pray in many different ways: silently or out-loud, in their own words, or using familiar and much-loved prayers written by others. Sometimes just sitting silently and lighting a candle can help us to focus our thoughts as we are drawn into the presence of God.
At All Saints’ there are many different opportunities to engage with God in prayer. Most mornings there is a service of ‘Morning Prayer’ in church (see our Service Times, for more details). The church porch is always open during the day for people to come in and pray. There is a prayer desk, facing the altar and some prayer books nearby to help you.
There are times when we don’t know how to pray and it is good to know others are praying for us. If you would like others to pray for you or for loved ones in need, please call the Parish Office on 020 8979 2102.
All Saints Hampton is twinned with Todos Santos in Nacala Port, Mozambique. The link is supported by the ALMA Partnership (London, Mozambique and Angola), with a base in Diocesan House in London.
Our two parishes could be seen as complementary. Todos Santos has a young congregation, with dynamic leadership from the Mothers Union. The parish ALMA reps, Richard and Bobbie Ennals, visited in 2007, when Richard was working in Maputo. The school which shares the site with the church now has 900 students, and is expanding to cover secondary as well as primary levels. All Saints Hampton contributed to funding the wall which protects the site from flooding.
Mozambique is a poor country, which is now peaceful and growing. The main language in Mozambique is Portuguese. One local problem at present is a shortage of water while a new pipe is being laid from a reservoir. Todos Santos is at the centre of the community, with ambitious plans to open a health centre.
In February 2017 we were pleased to welcome Bishop Manuel of Mozambique who was visiting the UK and came to stay with our vicar Gareth. Bishop Manuel spoke to us at a joint meeting with St Mary’s Hampton and St James’ Hampton Hill. It was encouraging to hear about his vision for the church to be a community that influences values and we look forward to strengthening our links with the parish of Todos Santos. We agreed, as a Parish, to raise £2,500 to support our link Parish.
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We aim to support the international development charities Tearfund and Christian Aid and the work of the local homeless charity SPEAR. Please click here to find out more information about the Tearfund www.tearfund.org, Christian Aid www.christianaid.org.uk and SPEAR www.spearlondon.org
Shooting Star Chase Hospice
Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice is located within the parish of All Saints’ Hampton. Shooting Star is a wonderful resource, providing care and support to over 600 families living in West London, Surrey and West Sussex. Their aim is to make every day count for children and teenagers with life-limiting conditions and their families. All Saints’ is privileged to host their annual Christmas Carol Concert.
Our Vicar, Gareth, serves as a part-time Visiting Chaplain. He calls in most weeks to have lunch and to chat with staff, children and parents. However, the warmest welcome is always reserved for Libby, his Yellow Labrador, who is a firm favourite with many of the children!
You can find out more about the work of Shooting Star by visiting their website. www.shootingstarchase.org.uk
Welcome to All Saints’ Church Hampton. As you wander up the gentle paved slope and through the beautiful glass doors welcoming you to All Saints’ for the first time, you may wonder “What is your story?” “Why were you built?” So what is the story? Until 1850 Hampton was a small country village by the River Thames, bordered by farmland and heath. The building of the railway linking Hampton with London in 1864 encouraged both residential development and the establishment of market gardens. By the end of the century the need for a new church in the northwest of Hampton as a place of prayer and worship became clear.
Soon plans were underway: a site was selected and a competition was held to design a new church with a large detached bell tower. The winning plans were chosen and a variety of fund raising events were held. In June 1908 the foundation stone was laid by Princess Helena (a daughter of Queen Victoria). It was a happy event with bands, flags, processions, presentation of gifts and tea parties. Finally the church of All Saints’ was consecrated in November 1908.
However, the church was not built to its original design! Why? Quite simply the money ran out! Initially two phases of building were planned. Phase 1, which involved building the first two thirds of the church, was successfully completed as scheduled and a temporary plaster board wall was built at the west end. But the outbreak of the First World War and the financial constraints of its aftermath put an end to further fund raising and building. The west end wall and porch were finally completed in 1970, but the bell tower was never built.
The “new” church
After its consecration in 1908 All Saints’ began a life of its own, and although not independent of St. Mary’s parish church for another 22 years, it had its own priest-in-charge, church council and churchwardens. Set amidst fields, lanes, hedgerows, over 100 market gardens and newly built houses, the church had its own special rural charm. From the beginning it served the needs of its growing population in a genuine but unpretentious way with Sunday services, baptisms, weddings, funerals and a variety of social and pastoral activities. It finally became a parish church in its own right in 1929.
Further change and growth
After the Second World War change came to the parish. The pressure for residential development in Greater London increased dramatically and between 1950 and 1970 the market gardens gradually closed. A variety of houses were built on the vacated land catering for most age groups and needs. Fortunately, parks and open spaces were also included in the plans so the area around the church today remains a pleasant and leafy area. To provide for the further needs of the growing population the congregation financed a new church hall which was built in 1965 and extended in 1985. This is now a popular and affordable venue for many community groups, social functions and church activities. Also in the 1960’s the vicar and congregation decided it was time to complete the church building so after a great deal of fund raising a graceful west wall and porch were built in 1970 to replace the rough and ready plaster board construction. In 2012 the front garden was completely re-modelled to provide a gently inclined entrance facilitating access for families and those with limited mobility.
Recent major changes have taken place inside our church building: the floor has been repaired, the lights renewed, a new kitchenette installed, the altar screens restored and all the chairs replaced. One particularly exciting feature is a dramatic new wall-hanging, created from the church’s embroidered kneelers. At a service for our Patronal Festival on 1st November 2015, the Bishop of London blessed the re-ordered church interior and the assembled congregation.
All Saints’ is a small, rather simple, church building – but nevertheless precious to its congregation. But a church is not just a building: it is a body of people. Week by week its congregation meet to worship God and learn more of God’s love for us – a love that changes lives and calls us to love and serve our neighbours. Over the years it has tried to reach out in a variety of ways to meet the needs of the people living in Hampton. It is a living church witnessing to the love of God and we hope you will feel able to join with us at some of the many services and activities.
*We are very grateful to Malcolm Lomas, Alistair Lomas and others for the photographs on this website.