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Welcome and Introduction
Welcome
On behalf of the congregation, I would like to welcome you to All Saints’ Episcopal Church. We are a part of the larger Episcopal fellowship of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Through the preaching of God’s Word and the administration of the Sacraments, we seek to know Christ and to make Him known in our community.
It is our hope that this information will tell you a little more about who we are and how we live out our faith together in this place. If you are looking for a Church home, we invite you to join with us as we strive to grow in the knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ through our worship, education, fellowship, and outreach.
The Rev. Dr. Stanley W. Sawyer, Rector
Vestry
The Vestry is the lay board of the parish which is canonically responsible for electing the rector, cooperating with him in promoting spiritual welfare, maintaining the church property, and performing such other duties as may be required for the benefit of the parish.

The Vestry is composed of twelve lay members and the rector. The lay members are elected by the congregation for a three-year term. The terms are staggered so that four vestry persons are elected each year.

All confirmed members of the parish who are sixteen years of age or over and are regular participants in the religious life of the church are eligible to vote and be elected to the Vestry.


Vestry elections are held in the fall with new members taking their places at the first meeting in January. Regular meetings are held on the second Monday of each month.


It is also the responsibility of the Vestry to elect the wardens, who must be members of the vestry, and to elect the register, the treasurer, the delegates to Council, and other parish officers, who may be other than members of the Vestry.
Becoming a Member
1. Letter of Transfer: If you are already a communicant of another Episcopal Church, our secretary will write that church upon your request and ask for a letter transferring your membership to All Saints’.
2. Baptism: Full initiation into the Body of Christ and is a non-repeatable sacrament. See the rector for arranging for this sacrament.
3. Reception: If you are Roman Catholic or if you have been confirmed by an Orthodox bishop, you need to write the parish in which you were confirmed to secure the place and date of both your Baptism and Confirmation. You will be “received” into the Anglican Communion by the bishop.
4. Confirmation: If you have never been confirmed in the Episcopal Church, you may receive instruction in classes held yearly in preparation for this sacrament. The bishop alone administers this sacrament, thereby making one a communicant of the Episcopal Church at All Saints’.
Religious Formation
Religious Education and Formation take place whenever anything happening within the life of the parish adds to or deepens our faith. Therefore, very special attention is paid to the Sunday classes, the services, the music, and the celebration of Seasons and Feast Days in the Church.

The children's classes use age-appropriate material drawn from a variety of published curricula and other resources. Classes explore the meaning of a Lesson or the Psalm or Gospel appointed for the day. Vacation Bible School is offered in the summer.

The adult class is a discussion group open to any adult, 18 or older, and is designed to welcome everyone. Special opportunities for study are offered during Advent and Lent.
All Saints’ Day School
All Saints’ Day School is licensed by the State as a religiously exempt preschool for children from two through 5 years of age. The school operates on a calendar which runs as concurrently as possible with the public school calendar.

The Day School seeks to provide a stimulating program in which children can learn how to think, to solve problems, make friends, make choices, develop new skills and refine existing ones. At All Saints’ Day School we celebrate your child’s unique qualities, personality, talents humor, learning style, and energy. We want all children here to feel successful and to enjoy their first school experience.

The aim of our program is to support the development of the total child. Using these goals, we seek to provide a balanced growth in each of the major developmental areas.
For up-to-date details on what is happening at the All Saints’ Day School, please visit the school’s website at www.allsaintsdayschoolvb.com.  
You may contact the school at allsaintsdayschool@gmail.com or phone the director at 757-481-0577, ext. 2.
Music Ministry
Worship is the beginning point of all ministry. Music at All Saints' helps us in our worship to enter into the very presence of God, energizing and mobilizing us to do the work to which we are called.

Adults who are called to this important ministry at All Saints', meet weekly each Wednesday evening for rehearsal at 7:30 p.m., in the Choir Room. Anthems are usually rehearsed for several weeks before singing in worship to allow maximum familiarity with the music. The Senior Choir is open to all adults, beginning with high school age. This group is all volunteer and welcomes new members at any time.

The All Saints Choristers sing at Sunday services as appropriate. Members of this group must be in grades 1-5. Rehearsals are held in the Choir Room at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Children who are unable to come on Wednesday evenings have a short music time prior to Sunday School at 9:10: a.m.

The only requirement of choir membership is regular attendance at rehearsals and services. Those who desire to sing and who can make this commitment are encouraged to contact the Parish Office, or the Organist/Choir Director.
Lay Readers/Eucharistic Ministers
The ministry of a lay reader is to assist the parish priest in the conduct of public worship. This ministry is open to adults who are active communicants of All Saints’ and who possess good speaking voices.

After receiving instruction in the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church, including the use of The book of Common Prayer, candidates are licensed for three years by the bishop of the diocese of Southern Virginia to serve in this ministry at all Saints’ under the direction of the rector. At the Eucharist, lay readers read the Old Testament and Epistle lessons as well as lead the Prayers of the People.

A special license enables some to assist further by administering the chalice. Anyone who is interested in serving in this ministry is asked to contact the rector.
Ushers
Two ushers are normally required for each principal worship service. The ushers’ duties include greeting the parishioners as they enter the nave, presenting a bulletin for the service and, as necessary, escorting them to a seat. The ushers are also responsible for collecting and presenting the alms, assisting the congregation during communion, and straightening up the nave and narthex after each service. A more complete description of usher duties is provided to each new usher.

The only requirement for service is that the usher should be a regularly attending member of the congregation aged 16 years or older. New ushers are always first scheduled to serve with more seasoned ushers. Anyone wishing to become an usher should contact the church office.
Acolytes

Acolytes play a very meaningful and enriching role during the worship service. The acolytes are responsible for lighting and extinguishing the candles at the beginning and conclusion of each service, bearing the cross in procession, and serving the celebrant in preparation for the Holy Eucharist.

Any person 10 years of age or older may become an acolyte and bear the cross and/or light and extinguish the worship candles. Confirmation is an additional prerequisite for those who serve at Holy Eucharist.

The acolytes at All Saints’ are led by one or two of the adults in the congregation who provide guidance and training to prospective servers. The parish priest is also instrumental in providing training.

Becoming an acolyte is a meaningful step in a youth’s religious life as that young person becomes an integral part of the worship service. Contact the church office for further information.
Altar Guild
The Altar Guild is a hard working, behind-the-scenes group whose function is the preparation of the altar and the liturgical instruments for each worship service, as well as for each special service throughout the year.

Additionally, the Altar Guild maintains supplies, decorates the church for holidays, and delivers altar flowers to persons designated by the clergy.

Normally working in teams of three, members of the Altar Guild can expect to serve for a two-week period, three or four times a year. Other members of the Altar Guild include a wedding coordinator, a flower coordinator, and linen mistresses who make, launder, and mend the altar linens. We are always looking for new members and new ideas. If you are interested, please contact the church office
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Outreach Commission
The Outreach Commission provides charitable services to individuals and organizations outside of the congregation of All Saints’. This commission meets on a monthly basis. Our activities are productive, exciting and rewarding for both the recipients of our service and for our members.
Adult Group
The Adult Group of All Saints’ is open to any adult of the congregation aged 21 or over, its purpose is fellowship and fun. Announcements of the group’s activities are publicized in the newsletter and sign-up sheets are placed in the narthex. Please join us for our next gathering. For information, call the Parish Office.
EFM (Education for Ministry)
Continuing Education by extension from the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee).

Baptismal promises and confirmation commitments make all of us ministers. This four-year course gives you the foundation for your ministry. First year students study Hebrew Scriptures, second year students study the New Testament, third year students study church history, and fourth year students study theological issues and the theologians who study them. Commitment is for one year at a time. For more information, please call the church office.
Foyer Groups
Foyer groups are informal gatherings of adults for dinner, good conversation and fun. They are offered in the Fall and Spring. Sign up sheets for hosts are usually in September and February. Hosts select the date and time of their dinner - one for each of the three following months; e.g., the first Sunday at 7:00 PM in October, November and December - as well as the number they can accommodate. Attendees then sign up for the foyer group they are interested in attending. Each attendee brings an appetizer, salad, vegetable, entrée, or dessert as agreed upon by them and the host. Look for notices in the bulletin and sign-up sheets in the narthex.