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The foundation stone of All Saints' Church was laid on the 5th of October 1905.  The church was dedicated by Bishop Jacob of St Albans on the eve of Whit Sunday 1906.  At the time there was housing expansion in the Kitsbury area and therefore, a need for a place of worship in this area of town.

 

 

In 1923 due to financial difficulties and the need for repairs the church was closed.   Services continued however in the Tin Tabernacle (All Saints' Hall) for 15 years until 1938.  The building was then re-opened and essential repairs completed.

 

Methodist Chapel High Street

Bishop Jacob lays foundation stone 1906

 

 

 

It was only in 1956 - the Church's Jubilee year - that the building was consecrated.  This wasn't done at the time of dedication in 1906 as the church was still not completed.

 

 

 

Cradle Roll 1919

 

In the 1970s the Anglican Congregation and the Methodists in Berkhamsted began the first stages of coming together.  All Saints' was again in need of extensive repairs and financial support.  The Methodists were outgrowing their chapel in the High Street.   An offer was made to the Methodists that All Saints' should be a shared building which could be modernised and enlarged.   This was done at a cost of around £100,000.

During the 1980s the congregations learned to share the building and in the 1990s it was decided that they they should move to a new depth of commitment.   The Local Ecumenical Partnership deed was signed on 24 January 1993.

Twelve years later in 2005, our centenary, the two congregations were - and still are - acting in most matters, as one body.  The main Sunday Service of worship is a joint one and there is a joint Sunday School called Explorers.

 

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All Saints' today

The people who built All Saints' had a great vision.   Because of this, we today can make our church meet the needs of people of the 21st century in witness, worship and community.

                                                                              

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