All Saints is an Anglican parish church within the Diocese of Llandaff in the Church in Wales. Our Parish of All Saints Penarth has two places of worship – All Saints Church, Victoria Square, Penarth and St Peter’s, Old Cogan near Penarth. All Saints Church was originally consecrated in October 1891- 125 years ago - to serve the fast growing population of Penarth and became a separate Parish in 1895. The original organ was built by Sweetland of Bristol and had three manuals. In 1926 that building was nearly completely destroyed by a fire. It was rebuilt and re-hallowed in 1928 with a new organ by Willis. In March 1941 that building was again nearly completely destroyed, by enemy action. It was rebuilt after the war and re-hallowed in September 1954 with another new organ, this time an organ with 34 stops made by Compton of North Acton costing £4,200. This is the present organ. Bought new now the cost would be over three times the cost of our renovation plans.
All Saints is a large church with a current electoral roll of over 240 and good congregations. There are three regular Sunday services as well as services every week day plus special services as appropriate. The Church has a flourishing choir, Sunday School and Worship Team. Church organisations include 12+ Group, Toast, Messy Church, Mothers’ Union, Women’s Evening Group, Work Party, Who Cares Coffee Bar and Missionary Link. It is in frequent use for baptisms, weddings and funerals. We try to ensure the church is also open every morning of the week.
Music at All Saints offers a wide range of attractions which are growing in popularity and feature strongly in the local Arts Community calendar. During three separate weeks each year, daily free lunchtime concerts are given by local professional and amateur musicians. Additionally, the Church hosts a series of events which feature prestigious choirs local to Penarth and Cardiff and is also one of the venues used by the highly regarded Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival of contemporary work. It is also used for Civic functions and by local schools for concerts, educational visits, and special assembly services; annual carol concerts feature strongly in the calendar as does the Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance. All these events serve to open the Church to the wider community of the town and to casual visitors