How Firm Our Foundation

Sanctuary Preservation and Readiness Project

Preparing All Saints’ historic Sanctuary for its next 117 years of worship, mission and ministry

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Ensuring our Sanctuary remains standing for generations

Planning for the All Saints Sanctuary Preservation and Readiness Project formally began in 2014 after several years of study and “visioning” as to how to address safety and accessibility issues, preserve the magnificent look and feel of the historic Sanctuary, and provide other important benefits. Thanks be to God, we’ve reached our initial capital campaign goal and are working on the myriad details to make the project a reality. Please take a look at the information below; we look forward to your involvement in this critical effort.

May God Bless,
Sanctuary Preservation and Readiness Leadership Team

Initial Campaign Goal Reached! More Than $10 Million Raised

Proving this was truly a parishwide endeavor, 245 families made contributions large and small to help reach this goal. While work will begin in the coming months to raise $1.5 million for invested reserves/endowment, we pause at this moment to reflect on the generosity of our collective family; ensuring that our spiritual home remains as strong as our faith. We now a new journey together to that end.

To obtain a donation form and to read more details about the “How Firm Our Foundation” Capital Campaign is available by clicking on this link.

The June 2017 Town Hall gathering provided an in-depth project update. Click here to read all about it.

Check out the most recent campaign newsletters by visiting this page – click this link.

The Bell Tower dedication was beautiful; read about it here.

See all the latest construction photos here: the removal of the bell, the block-by-block removal of each stone and the rebuilding of our beloved tower.


foundation-photoSanctuary foundation is in disrepair.

Sanctuary Preservation & Readiness Project Elements

  • Bell Tower and Sanctuary Foundation
  • New Pipe Organ
  • ADA restrooms, working areas and Seaside Chapel
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Memorial Chapel
  • Landscaping
  • Endowment and Invested Reserves

Please click here to see a summary of all Project Elements.

“We come to church to bring ourselves closer to God and the elements of this project address the whole of our lives lived out in the church.” – Rev. Aimée

Rev. Aimée gave a thorough presentation on the theological reasons for the various elements of the comprehensive work envisioned inside the Sanctuary.

Read Rev. Aimée’s framework

Latest Project Information: Bell Tower Rebuilt, Town Hall Gathering Provided Phase 2 Details

The fourth of our Sanctuary Project Town Hall meetings took place Oct. 23, 2016. Rev. Aimée and Senior Warden Tom Mack opened with an overview of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Chip Nichols, Bob Easton and Sheri Benninghoven provided budget, architectural and visuals of the Sanctuary update.

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Theirs are the Shoulders…

Upon which we stand today. For 116 years, our beautiful and sacred Sanctuary has served as the foundation for our worship, formation and outreach. With its iconic craftsman design of stone and wood, the Sanctuary has been a warm and welcoming beacon that has brought us together in Christian community and provides a base for us to reach out to neighbors near and far.

The physical improvements and endowment will help to ensure All Saints’ future vitality.

A Place Where Many Turn to Worship

The solemn beauty of All Saints has provided solace and consolation to people in grief, in trouble, and in transition. It has been a place of celebration and thanksgiving for life’s many blessings: marriages, baptisms, confirmations and other rites of passage. All Saints is a place where parishioners, community members and visitors to Santa Barbara can turn to worship, pray and reflect, and where neighbors enjoy our hospitality.

We Invite Your Input

If you have any suggestions, questions or comments about the project, please send them to Numerous committees made up of members of the parish are working to develop ideas, work with the architect and gather input from parishioners, clergy and staff. Your input is critical and you are welcome at any project meeting. Just send an email or call the Church Office and we’ll make sure your voice is heard.

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“We come to church to bring ourselves closer to God and the elements of this project address the whole of our lives lived out in the church” – Rev. Aimée