Founded in 1869, All Saints was established primarily to serve the English-speaking employees of the Pontiac Mills, original maker of Fruit of the Loom underwear. The mills now are home to apartments.
All Saints has seen the decline of the village of Pontiac, which is now slowly being reversed. In 2018 the congregation experienced a number of changes, including creation of a website, Facebook page and “For All The Saints” newsletter. Members established a prayer shawl ministry and woman’s spirituality group. The church building features new Stations of the Cross, given in memory of the Rev. John Hall, a former rector, and a Shrine of the Holy Family — installed when the baptismal font was moved to the front of the church.
Along with members of St. Barnabas, Warwick, All Saints members experienced a Seder led by Rabbi Joe Murray, and the church hosted an ecumenical Thanksgiving service shared with the people of the neighboring St. Paul Lutheran Church.
The picture accompanying this article shows the baptism of a fourth generation of one of the congregation’s families.
All Saints, 111 Greenwich Ave., Warwick; 401-739-1238; the Rev. Alfred Zadig, priest-in-charge. Bishop’s visitation February 10.