We are a welcoming & inclusive Christian community built on the understanding that God accepts us equally, irrespective of gender, sexuality, race, age, ability or belief
An Anglican church, in the Catholic tradition.
We are the Church of England parish church for the Bernards Heath area of St Albans, and pastorally serve the Marshalswick South Ward. Established originally as a daughter church of St Leonard’s in Sandridge during the city’s expansion in the Victorian era, St Saviour’s has always been in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of Anglican spirituality and worship. This means we use ritual and ceremonial to express those things which go beyond words; and try to provide a space in which each of us can encounter Jesus, especially in the words of Scripture and the bread and wine of Communion at the Sunday Mass.
If you live within the parish then you automatically have the right to use the church for baptisms, weddings, blessings and funerals. But of course if you have a particular connection with St Saviour’s (or would like to make one!) then you are very welcome. You can find more information by following the links .
If you have a particular enquiry then please contact the Vicar, Fr Richard.
The Bernards Heath area of the city of St Albans was originally in the Parish of Sandridge, which had been given to the Abbey of St Albans by King Offa in the 8th century. In the late 1870s small dwellings sprang up on Sandridge Road, overlooking the Heath, near the brickyards. Known as ‘Snob’s Island’!, it was cut off from the rest of the city by mud wastes. In 1882 the Vicar of Sandridge acquired a plot of land in Culver Road, and at the cost of £250 erected a small iron building to serve as a school-church for the area. In 1888 a permanent school building was opened and the ‘little tin trunk’, as it became known, was improved and continued to serve the area as a Mission Church. In 1895 the Diocesan Mission Society assumed responsibility for the area, and plans were made to erect a permanent Mission Church on land gifted by the Earl Spencer on Sandpit Lane. The foundation stone was laid in July 1896 and work began building the chancel. Notably most of the bricks used in the building the church were from the local brickyard.
Work began building the nave in 1901, and the completed church was dedicated by the Bishop of Colchester on All Saints’ Day, 1 November 1902.