Revd Herbert Aparanga
The Priest-in-charge of All Saints is the Revd Herbert Aparanga. He grew up in Uganda but came to the UK as a young man as a result of the insurgency in Uganda.
Revd Herbert worked as the manager of an outdoor pursuits shop before training for the ministry. All Saints is his first parish. Revd Herbert also serves as Chaplain to the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice for two days a week.
All Saints Church building
The original church, further up Ripon Road, was consecrated in 1881 was destroyed by enemy action in 1944.
The present church was started in 1956 and consecrated in 1957. It consists of brick walls and tower with pre-cast concrete mullions to the aisle walls. The architect was Thomas Ford. Our recently appointed church architect is from the same practice and has access to the original plans.
The nave roof is supported on timber trusses and covered in copper and the aisle and vestry roofs are flat and covered in built-up felt roofing. There are stone dressings to some openings.
The interior is plastered with a vaulted fibrous plaster ceiling with a fine Feibusch mural at the east end.
Our Parish and Mission
Most London parishes contain a real mix of people, and All Saints, Shooters Hill is no exception. A diverse group of faithful people, most brought up as Christians, have made All Saints their spiritual home. Some are long-term, even lifelong, residents of the area, others have only recently arrived from, for example, Nigeria and we have every variation in between.
The parish contains every kind of housing: lots of owner occupied properties, two large local authority estates and private rented accommodation of every kind.
Historically this part of London has been one of the cheapest to live in (though this is changing rapidly with the DLR and the Elizabeth line), and so has been a place which has welcomed many new immigrants.
It is an area where local authority housing is used to provide secure places for mums with their children and we have a high proportion of young people in the parish. Our call is to bring the gospel alive for a diversity of people: black and white, rich and poor, born in Britain and born elsewhere, some who already know the importance of the good news, some who need to hear it for the first time.
ALL SAINTS' MISSION STATEMENT
All Saints Church exists to help people live the best life possible through our commitment to serving God, the community and one another.
We are pleased that, in normal times, our church buildings are used by the wider community. At present, due to the coronavirus, all these activities are suspended.
IN OUR CHURCH
WOW opera We have been delighted to host Woolwich Opera Works' opera concerts since Sally and Jeremy Silver moved into Herbert Road. WOW have put on 4 or 5 concerts per year, sharing professional singing with Plumstead. Concerts have been free, with a collection being taken to cover WOW's expenses and All Saints selling refreshments. Tragically Sally Silver succumbed to a brain tumour at the age of 50 but the concerts continue. wowopera.co.uk
Greenwich Concert Band The Band has played annually at All Saints. The first was in aid of the restoration of our WW1 Memorial Plaque, and the second and third were Christmas Concerts in aid of, in 2018, the local Hospice and, in 2019, Welcare - a local charity supporting families on the Woolwich Common Estate. greenwichconcertband.co.uk
IN OUR HALL
Ripplings pre-school Ripplings have used our hall for many years during term time. ripplings.org
Little Darlings Breakfast and After-school Club Little Darlings is a family-run Breakfast and After School Club. Little Darlings
Morning Glory An independent prayer group that meets from 6-7am Monday to Friday
Plumstead Players A local amateur theatre group that rehearses in our Hall facebook.com/PlumstedPlayers
The parish of All Saints Shooters Hill 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 Officers, PSOs, currently Linda Bailey and Pauline Sheath.
The Diocese of Southwark’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs.
If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.