All Saints Episcopal Church

Ministries and Outreach

Mutual Ministry Cycle
We are in the process of moving the parish ministries into a “mutual ministry cycle,” where we intentionally rotate through three different cycles or phases of lay ministry, Doing, Reviewing and Planning. Oftentimes we become so caught up in our doing that we don’t take the time to review or assess and plan. We anticipate that “mutual ministry cycle” will assist the ministry process.

Ministries
Worship
The Worship Commission is an umbrella for all aspects of ministries that support and enhance our worship together. It encompasses the Altar Guild, Flower Arrangers, Lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Acolytes, Ushers, Home Eucharistic Visitors, Lit 6 (worship planning group), Choir and LifeStreams Band.

Spiritual Formation and Prayer

Adult Formation:  This ministry leads, designs, develops and presents spiritual formation classes. Recent and current offerings include Entering (a series of classes centered on the Episcopal tradition for those looking for a spiritual community and for those who want to become members or be more involved at All Saints’), Wisdom Classes (studies of various spiritual writings and how they inform our lives), Sunday Morning Adult Formation Classes, Special Academies, Education for Ministry (EFM), Christ Centered Prayer (meditation) and Labyrinth Walks.

Children’s Ministry:  Children’s Ministry serves children from pre-school to the 5th grade.  It includes a nursery, children’s room with age appropriate learning centers, and Godly Play© Classes.

Youth Ministry:  Youth Ministry gives Jr. and Sr. High School youth a firm foundation for their Christian formation and faith.  It includes Rite 13 (assisting youth in their passage away from their families and into their own lives), Confirm not Conform (preparation for confirmation), and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) (blending action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living.)

Newcomers
The Newcomers Commission seeks to welcome new members and help them find a home at All Saints’.

Stewardship 
Stewardship works to help the congregation strengthen individual relationships with God through speakers, the annual celebration Sunday luncheon and the recognition that “all we have is His.”  The parish has utilized the “Consecration Sunday” program for a number of years. 

Creative Expressions 
Our core value of innovation is expressed through our Creative Expressions commission. We live in an abundance of creative energy at  All Saints’, with many  creative individuals who share their gifts with the congregation via the “Labyrinth Art Wall Display”,  “Hall Gallery Exhibits” and “Quarterly Garen of Readin" gathering.

Pastoral Care and Fellowship
This ministry encompasses the Parish Life Commission, Bereavement Team, Supper Club and Daughters of the King.

Communications
The Communication Commission keeps the parish and community informed of events at All Saints’ through weekly E-Blasts, the church web page,  the church newsletter and on-line audio and/or video postings of  sermons and some classes,

Discernment
The Discernment Commission’s purpose is to encourage a culture of spiritual discernment for the work and formation of the All Saints’ community.  In particular the commission seeks to identify those among us who may be called for parish leadership including vestry, commissions, and other areas of ministry.

Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning’s goal is to help our parish family find creative ways of living into our Core Values and to plan for future ministries consistent with our mission: “We are a family committed to embracing the Divine in all through experiencing and sharing the compassionate story of Jesus Christ”.

Building and Grounds
The Buildings and Grounds Commission fosters the care and use of our facilities.

Outreach
Compassionate Living Commission
This commission aims to assist others in becoming centers of healing through service to humankind. It oversees volunteers and monetary support for various outreach programs including: Adopt-A-Caseworker Program, Alternative Gift Fair, Cliff Maus Housing Program, Habitat for Humanity and the All Saints’ Terri Marie Lee Food Pantry (twice monthly food assistance for low income people). A percentage of the pledge money as well as individual gifts received through the year go directly to support the work of the commission.