The origins of the All Saints Anglican parish
The initial responsibility for planting a new parish in the Fourways area fell upon the worshipping community of St Michael's in Bryanston. The project was initiated in the late 1980's. The process was accelerated by the late Rev. Jimmy McConnell when he appointed a priest to the chapelry of St Justin's with the objective of beginning to build the human bricks as the foundation of Christ in preparation of establishing a new parish.
The small Anglican chapels of St Justin's and St Peter's were merged in 1999 and became known as the All Saints Chapel. The name of All Saints was a careful and purposeful selection by the members of the newly combined chapel, mirroring their strong belief in "every member ministry", whose collective task it was to establish a place of welcome and worship for everyone.
In January 2000 the chapelry was inaugurated as a full parish by the then Bishop of Johannesburg, the Right Reverend Duncan Buchanan, with the Reverend Gerald Steward as Rector. The parish initially worshipped at the school chapel at St Peter's Preparatory School, a very generous offering by the school.
However, it was deemed necessary to build a new church in the rapidly expanding Fourways area to cater for the religious needs of the people locating themselves in the new northern suburbs of Johannesburg. A demographic study, based on the 1996 census, was commissioned, which projected the massive expansion of the population in the Fourways area and the growing need for a place of worship.
A 2.1 hectare stand north of Fourways Gardens was purchased for the sum of R500 000. The cost was generously covered in full by a donation made by the Richard Savage Family Trust.
The site is well situated between that which is already developed and future suburban development in the area. The grounds have an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity in a rapidly developing area, due to the ambience created by the many large trees on the property.
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