We offer traditional Christian Education for children during our 10 am services on Sunday. Children return to be with their parents for communion.
The first Sunday of the month is Family First Sunday. Children worship with their parents, there is a children’s sermon and usually a small activity for the children to do while parents listen to the “Adult sermon”. Children read lessons, help with the offering, and may sing special music or be invited up-close to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Nursery services are provided by a group of volunteer parishioners.
We also offer a Brown Bag Bible Study each Wednesday from 12 noon to 1 pm.
We try to offer at least one six-week session on a weekday evening during the year on Scripture, church history, and related topics.
Evening Guild, a women’s service organization of the parish, has met continuously at least since the 1920’s. In the 1930’s the Guild served lunches to local service clubs to raise money to pay off the mortgage on the building. Their fund-raising efforts on behalf of the church still continue through the annual sale of pecans. They meet monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the church or in members’ homes for a business meeting, educational program, and dessert. The current president is Linda Landsverk.
Choir and Music
All Saints’ has an active music program. The adult choir currently has half a dozen voices. They rehearse each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. except June, July and August, and help lead the congregation in song on Sunday and at special services. Much of the accompaniment is provided by a Clavinova, which now has over 700 songs in a pre-recorded repertoire. We strive for a “blended worship” with our music, drawing on a wide variety of musical traditions, including classical pieces, traditional hymns, gospel, Celtic, and contemporary music. New members are always welcome in the choir. Jim Myers is our Clavinova Genius.
Acolytes assist at worship by lighting the candles, carrying the cross and torches in the processional and recessional, and by assisting the priests at Eucharist. Adults and young people over the age of nine is welcome as an acolyte. Patrick Schwab currently serves as Acolyte Master.
Lay Worship Leaders
There are many opportunities for laypersons to help in worship.
- Layreaders read the lessons and prayers of the people at worship.
- Worship leaders lead services of Morning and Evening Prayer.
- Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM’s) were previously called “chalice bearers.” They assist at Eucharist by offering the wine at communion.
- Eucharistic Visitors (EV’s) carry communion to shut-ins.
- Lay Preachers preach sermons of their own composition.
- Catechists specialize in Christian Education, teaching church school and helping prepare students for confirmation.
Except for lectors, these ministries require licensing by the Diocese. Please contact the clergy for further information.
Community Lunch, aka The Soup Kitchen
All Saints is part of a coalition of churches that provides a hot lunch for the community seven days a week. Our day is Thursdays, from 11:30 to 12:30 when we serve homemade soup and sandwiches, normally to at least 30 people, sometimes to 60 or more. Our Soup Kitchen strives to meet people’s needs not only for nutrition, but for community. Volunteers are always welcome. For further information, please contact Margaret Zaharia at 701-838-2607.
The Altar Guild prepares the altar for services on Sunday and special occasions and maintains the worship supplies. The current coordinator is Margi Lee.
The 6-member Vestry provides leadership and vision for All Saints’ Church in consultation with the clergy; and oversees the property and financial business of the church. Members are elected to three-year terms at the annual meeting in January. They generally meet each third Monday at 6:00 p.m. The Senior Warden, elected by the vestry, serves a one-year term. In 2015, the Senior Warden is Margaret Zaharia, the Junior Warden is Patrick Schwab; and the other vestry members are Kathy Hintz, Chad Schmidt, Karina Stander, and Lucy Templer. Gregg Richards, our Treasurer, and The Rev. Deacon Erin Richards, our Vestry Clerk, have voice but not vote at our meetings.
Our greeters welcome worshipers each Sunday and maintain the pew materials. The Rev. Paul Zaharia is the current coordinator.
All Saints’ is a downtown church with a small lawn, a playground, and a parking lot, as well as an alley that tends to fill up with trash that blows in from other businesses in the area. We have a landscaping service that mows and trims our lawn and that shovels in the winter. But parishioners take care of beautifying the front entrance of the church with flowers and plants, and from time to time we do a major clean-up day to make our church tidy and welcoming. If you would like to help with the garden, please contact Lucy Templer at 734-735-5704.