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Koinonia and United Community Ministries

AS-SC has been a long-time supporter of two local agencies that provide for the disadvantaged in this area. One is the Koinonia Foundation, located on the grounds of Franconia United Methodist Church on Franconia Road east of Beulah Street.  (www.koinoniacares.org)  The other is United Community Ministries (UCM) located on Richmond Highway near the Hybla Valley Shopping Center.  (www.ucmagency.org)  Both agencies provide food, clothing, furniture and funds to their clients.
All Saints parishioners contribute food, household and personal cleaning items each week when they come to church. The recipient alternates each month with Koinonia receiving donations on the odd months and UCM on the even months. On the last Sunday of the month at the 10:30 service a basket of food is brought forward for a prayer by the Rector for those in need. The children of the parish load the supplies into the car for delivery to the appropriate agency.
In addition, the parish donates school supplies at the beginning of August and toys in December. The recipient agency is alternated each year. Checks are always welcome and they are delivered along with the other donations.

 

Carpenter's Shelter

On the first Tuesday of the month, AS-SC parishioners gather at Carpenter’s Shelter at 930 North Henry Street in Alexandria (www.carpentersshelter.org) to prepare and serve a meal to the 50–75 men, women and children living there. These families have a temporary home at the Shelter and either are working or participating in job skills training. All Saints and many other churches and organizations donate time and treasure as volunteers to shop, prepare and serve the evening meal. New members are always welcome.

 

Mother Toddler Group and Toddler Pre-K Montessori Atrium

A ministry and a support group to mothers of young children that meets for morning prayer and toddler atrium time for children 18 to 36 months. The children use Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) materials developmentally appropriate to the age of the child. Ecumenical in its approach families from all faith backgrounds are welcome. Volunteer assistants to staff, help publicize events and provide baked goods for Open Houses at various times of the year are needed.

 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Weekday After-School Outreach

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Weekday After-School program provides a ministry to children and their families in the surrounding community and neighborhood. The CGS program is rooted in the Bible and liturgy and uses the Montessori approach with hands-on materials, developmentally appropriate to the age of the child. Ecumenical in its approach, children from all faith backgrounds are welcome. Volunteer assistants to staff, help publicize events and provide baked goods for Open Houses at various times of the year are needed.

 

Dinner for Learning Families

A small group of AS-SC women help provide supper for families in Fairfax County’s Nurturing Parenting Program. These are people who need help to effectively raise their children. Then have been referred by Social Services, the Court, or have come on their own. They and their children come for classes which they attend separately and then together. They break for supper at 6:30, have a brief social period and then return to class. Other churches and organizations also participate in providing the meals. Each group selects a date well in advance that is workable for them.   As our date nears, we plan the menu, purchase the food and prepare it either at home or at the church. We serve the food family-style at round table in the church social hall and sit down to eat with the participating families. Afterward our crew along with others connected with the church, cleans up and goes home, usually by 7:30. We leave after having had a good time and knowing we have done something useful.
The events take place on Monday evening at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church on Sherwood Hall Lane. We meet at our church parking lot at 4:45 p.m. and carpool with whatever we are planning to serve. The kitchen there is marvelously equipped so we don't have to bring any utensils. Our group would love to have new volunteers, men or women.

 

Sunrise Senior Living Worship Service

All Saints - Sharon Chapel conducts a worship service at Sunrise Senior Living of Springfield on the first Sunday of every month. Sunrise of Springfield is located at the corner of Franconia and Frontier Roads across from the Springfield Mall. We meet in a Gathering Room where there is a piano and we sing hymns before the service using a book of words for hymns which we provide. We also provide large-print booklets with Rite 1 prayers and distribute communion.  Volunteers assist the leader with readings and help the residents follow in their booklets. The service begins at 4:00 p.m. and lasts less than an hour.

 

American Red Cross Blood Drive

AS-SC hosts three to four American Red Cross blood drives each year. Parishioners advertise the blood drive, find and sign-up donors, greet the Red Cross staff and the donors and try to give the community a peek at the character of this parish, a warm welcome and a sincere invitation to come back anytime.

 

Christmas Trees

A tradition:  Every December since the early 1980s, All Saints' parking lot has been turned into a Christmas tree stand.  AS-SC sells Christmas trees as fundraiser and as a way to tell the community, “There’s a CHURCH up here on this hill!”   We sell about a hundred trees and many buyers are repeat customers who have been getting their trees from us for many years.  Trees are ordered from a farm in Western Maryland in September and are delivered around Thanksgiving. We set up the tree stands, pull the shed out to the parking lot — for shelter from rain and cold — and begin sales the first weekend of December. This is an opportunity for many volunteers as we try to be open most nights and on the weekends and we like to have at least two people on duty.   A couple variety of trees is usually available, and we can guarantee that you'll get friendly treatment. The first sale was held to raise money to save an old oak tree on the church's property; you can still see part of that tree as the wooden cross hanging over the altar in the sanctuary. Since then it's become a holiday tradition, and yet another way for parishioners and families to spend quality time together.

 

Our Little Roses

Our Little Roses (www.ourlittleroses.org/)  is a Christian program that runs a school for girls in Honduras. The girls come from extremely poor backgrounds and are often rescued from turning to prostitution and other dangers of the street. For $750 a year, AS-SC sponsors a girl at the school.  Our annual donation is made in the fall.

 

For more information, contact the church office at 703-960-4808 or by e-mail.