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Acolytes

Acolytes are altar servers and can be of either sex and any age (although usually no younger than eight.) AS-SC acolytes assist in worship by carrying the processional cross (crucifer) or torches during the processional, recessional and for Baptisms. They accept the presentation of the communion bread and wine and offering plates from the ushers and pass them to the priest for consecration and blessing. Our acolytes wear a white cassock-alb with girdle, a twisted rope with knots on the ends which is secured around the waist and crosses or other special pins or symbols. We welcome one and all to acolyte service. No experience is necessary and training is provided.

 

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild acts as an extension of the Rector’s liturgical responsibilities, developing process and procedures for vessels and vestments, linens and hangings, flowers and candles, incense and other worship decorations and furnishings. The members prepare the church for worship services by drawing on knowledge of sacramental and worship theology, the priest’s desires, parishioners’ feelings and attitudes, and changes in art, technology, society and the economy. The Altar Guild oversees the functions of the sacristy to ensure the availability of the physical elements and proper disposition of the consecrated host.

 

Angel Food

The Angel Food group provides meals for parishioners who find themselves in crisis situations, such as a recent hospitalization or the death of a loved one. When the group coordinator learns of a need, the family is contacted and meals are offered. If the offer is accepted, group members cook meals and deliver them to the home, each on their appointed evening. The number of meals delivered is dependent upon the particular situation. The group also provides meals for receptions following parish funerals/memorial services in order to provide a time of comfort and refreshment to the bereaved family. There are no meetings.

Choir

The Adult Choir meets for rehersal every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. from early September to the middle of June. Throughout the year, they support the church's ministry by providing hymn support and choral anthems for all services. The Choir also provides special music for Christmas, Holy Week and other times of the year. All are welcome to join.  

 

Christian Education: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The goal of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) at All Saints-Sharon Chapel is to nurture the spiritual lives of children ages 2-12 years in a unique prepared environment called the atrium. 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 and immerses children in the life and liturgy of the church. The atrium is a place of prayer and celebration. Children meet in the Atrium in Gunnell Hall, Sunday Mornings begining at 9:15. Parishioners are encouraged to pay a visit to the atrium and see what this exciting ministry is all about. Assistance with sewing, crafts, woodworking and take-home projects is needed and welcome.

 

Christian Education: Journey to Adulthood

Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is a complete youth ministry program of spiritual formation for 6th–12th graders. It uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries, and both serious and playful activities to underscore its two guiding principles:

    1. Manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God;
    2. Adulthood must be earned.

Adult leaders of this fulfilling ministry must attend a week-end training.

 

Christian Education: Adult

AS-SC Adult Christian Education group meets Sunday mornings at 9:15 in Gunnell Hall, except for holidays, and is open to all adult members of the congregation as well as friends from the outside. The group's purpose is to provide a forum for Bible study and faith development.  Join us on that journey. 

Our study and discussion schedule:

2013–2014: Christian Compass: Navigating Everyday Life

2012–2013:  The Vine and the Branches: Sunday Morning Adult Forum Series

2011–2012:  Faith to Faith: Sunday Morning Adult Forum Series

 

The Fishers

The Fishers is the AS-SC newsletter. “Follow me and I will you fishers of men.”  Matthew 4:19.  We publish monthly, except during the summer.  The purposes of The Fishers are to inform parishioners of upcoming events, report on past events,
and present articles and items of interest.  The deadline for articles is normally the third Sunday of the month prior to publication.  Delivery is by e-mail to anyone who has an e-mail address and by postal mail to those who do not have e-mail access.  The current edition and archives, in PDF format, are available on the All Saints website (link above).

 

Greeters' Team

The All Saints - Sharon Chapel Greeters’ Team goal is to make all people, visitors as well as parishioners, feel welcome. The first contact for visitors is the team of two greeters who welcome them and ask if they would like to fill out a Newcomer Card so we can send them information on church happenings. We encourage visitors to put on a name tag. After the service, greeters invite newcomers to coffee hour and introduce them to the Rector. After the service the greeters “mug” people. We give them an AS-SC coffee mug of goodies to take home. Team membership is open to everyone. There are no meetings.

 

Helping Hands

A small group of parishioners assumes responsibility for stocking the rest rooms with paper towels and toilet paper and the kitchen with coffee, condiments, cookies, paper products, and garbage bags.  A family takes the trash to the bottom of the hill and returns the empty containers to the top of the hill weekly. Volunteers for this ministry are welcome.

 

Kitchen Care

A group of AS-SC parishioners work to keep the kitchen clean and all things in working order. We have general clean-up days several times during the year and handle the preparation and clean up for any events that occur in Gunnell Hall. You’re invited to be a part of this fun and necessary group

 

Landscaping

AS-SC parishioners who have a flair for gardening or are just interested in assisting with the maintenance of our lovely flower beds and shrubs are invited to join this ministry. 

 

Lectors

Lectors assist in Sunday worship by reading the appointed Lessons and Prayers of the People. All parishioners are invited to join this ministry.

 

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

AS-SC Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) assist with the distribution of the wine at communion and in some cases, take communion to those who are not able to attend worship. The LEMs are licensed by the bishop and are trained by the rector.

 

Prayer Chain

Members of the AS-SC prayer chain pray for the needs and thanksgiving of parishioners who request their prayers. All are welcome to join this ministry or to make a prayer request.

 

Women of Faith

AS-SC Women of Faith meet on the second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in Gunnell Hall for a time of fellowship, study and sharing our spiritual journey. It is a special time of sharing joys, sorrows, prayers and faith. All women of the parish are welcome.  Upcoming meetings appear on the events calendar.

 

Special Events Committee

The Special Events Committee plans and executes fellowship activities for the parish. Activities enjoyed by parishioners and their friends have included parish picnics, dinners of eight, Wizards basketball games and restaurant dinners. The Committee welcomes ideas for events which will assist church members in getting to know one another in a casual,
relaxed, fun-filled setting. Meetings are currently held on Monday mornings over coffee in a local cafe on an intermittent schedule. New members are welcome.

 

Vestry

The nine members of the AS-SC Vestry assist the Rector in the administration and financial management of the parish. The Vestry meets monthly and may have additional meetings for special projects or issues. Parishioners are invited to volunteer for this essential ministry. Vestry members are elected by parishioners at the annual parish meeting from the slate of volunteers. Members serve a period of three years.

 

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