A Tour of All Saints' Church

At the entrance 


Welcome - This Parish Church , dedicated to all God’s saints, was built in 1964. The architect was Tom Mellor OBE. He borrowed from Le Corbusier and was influenced by the Scandinavian School of Hedquist, Asplund and Jacobson. In this tradition All Saints’ is a functional space of gentle structural beauty. It is a sacred space where Christians celebrate the sacraments and affirm faith in Christ Jesus.


Walk across the back of the Church 


Turn left past the War Memorial which lists the names of twenty eight men from the parish who gave their lives in the two world wars, step down into The Baptistry


Here new members are admitted to the Christian family by baptism in the cleansing and life giving waters of the font and receive a candle lit from the great Easter Candle to symbolise their acceptance of the Gospel message of the risen Christ.


The Baptistry window was designed by Hazel Titherley and depicts the baptism of Christ. It was executed in French hand made glass.


Proceed into the Lady Chapel 


 
This chapel dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus, is dominated by the banner of the parish branch of the Mothers’ Union. The image of the Annunciation reminds us of the real physicality of the incarnation and Mary’s role in our salvation, which she continues in her loving prayers for all Christians who turn to her in their need.


Leaving the Lady Chapel and baptistry turn right and walk to the front of the altar.


The Tabernacle is situated on the grey wall towards the right hand side of the altar. The Tabernacle where the blessed Sacrament is reserved for private prayer and adoration and from which Holy Communion is taken to the sick and housebound, is at the devotional heart of our Church. The presence of the Blessed sacrament is donated by the lighted candle.


The decoration to the right at the South end of the Church is the work of Tom Phillips CBE, RA. and was completed on 2003. 
The mural - ‘The Ascent of the Saints’ is a sequence of colour from dark to light is painted in mud. The dark colour at the base is of local soil from New Longton moss. The cross is of deep London clay and the light fawn colour at the top of the mural is soil from the Holy Land , the land of Our Lord’s birth. The work of art reflects the work of Christ who transforms humble materials into works of beauty.


The shapes near to and within the cross are more defined than those at the perimeter. Note too the deliberate, sharp acceleration in colour near the base which represents the decisive stage in our spiritual journey, the point of earthly death.


The line across the mural depicts the pilgrim road upon which Christians walk to their destiny. It is measured with the names of Anglo Saxon saints now long lost in time - St ‘Ainless, St ‘Eadfast, St ‘Alwart. 


On the stone altar we place the ‘Cross of Abundance’ which is worked in pierced metal and forms a celebration in a cluster of organic shapes echoing those in the mural.


Note the sequence of colours in the marble floor of the sanctuary reflecting the colours of the mural.


Towards the left, behind the Bishop’s Chair there is the ‘Ladder of Colour’. This piece, worked in water colour, is made from wooden slats. At the top the colour reflects that surrounding the lantern which is in the centre of the ceiling.


We hope you have enjoyed your visit to this House of God and found spiritual refreshment here. 


It costs more than £1500 per week to maintain the fabric and ministry of All Saints’ and we depend entirely on voluntary donations - please be generous.




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