The name 'Benhilton' derives from 'Benehyll', which first appears in 15th century sources. The parish of Benhilton came into being by 'an Order of Council' on 15th September, 1863 which sub-divided the parish of S. Nicholas, Sutton. Portions of the new parish were later ceded to the new 'districts' of S. Barnabas (1881) and S. Helier (1931).
The foundation stone of the church was laid in November 1863. Dominating the northern approach to Sutton High Street, the building was opened under licence from the Bishop on 1st January, 1865, but it was not until the 3rd March, 1866 that it was consecrated by Bishop Charles Sumner, Bishop of Winchester, as the parish was then in that Diocese.
Today, Benhilton is a suburban parish with a wide variety of housing, and with different cultures and backgrounds being reflected in the church's congregation.
The people of All Saints' are a community gathered around the risen Jesus who live and worship according to the traditional Catholic Faith of the Church of England. In other words, our worship and outreach is centred on the Mass and the Eucharistic presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. For help in knowing God’s truth we look to the ancient Church before it started dividing up (and we long for its unity to be restored). We have an inspiring musical tradition, and a liturgy that reflects our belief that we are part of the Catholic Church of the ages proclaiming the Good News of Jesus.
We are a Forward in Faith parish of The Society of Saint Wilfrid and St Hilda. Our bishop is the Rt Rev’d Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham. Visit his website at: http://www.bishopoffulham.org.uk
Father David Chislett SSC became our Vicar on 19th March, 2018, the Solemnity of S. Joseph. As part of his ministry he maintains a blog at: www.fministry.com
We are dedicated to making the love of Jesus known through worship, prayer, teaching the Scriptures, and actively caring for others. These are all ways in which we encounter Jesus in our daily lives.
We are proud of All Saints' Benhilton C of E Primary School with its 450 students, located right next to the church and vicarage. We maintain strong links with the school's life and activities.
If you are curious to find out what makes us tick, or if you would like to find out about the Good News of Jesus, the Catholic Faith, getting baptised, growing in the life of prayer, being confirmed, making your confession, having your wedding in church, or any other matter, come to our 9.30am Sung Mass one Sunday and then stay for a chat over tea or coffee. Or come to "Office Hour" which is held in the church on Saturdays commencing at 11:30 a.m. Or contact Father David directly to arrange an appointment (07860636270) Email: [email protected]
Our Churchwardens are: Mrs Linda Roots (020 8644 7271) and Mrs Carolyn Melius (020 8642 4276).
Our Reader is Mrs Marjorie Whitehouse (020 8395 0289).