Wednesday Night: Oasis

 

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From fall throughout the spring we offer a weekly program on Wednesday nights called Oasis. This program offers supper, opportunities for fellowship, Christian formation for children, and occasional offerings for adults. This fall Oasis will be held September 14-December 14. There is no Oasis on November 23. Oasis will begin again January 11.

Oasis Schedule

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner, Great Hall

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Nursery*

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Little Lambs

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. – Children’s Choir

5:45 – 6:15 p.m. – The Good Shepherd Choir

6:15 – 7:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

7:00 – 7:45 p.m. – Instrumental Ensemble

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Atria are open (Children are welcome to join after dinner/choir)

6:45 – 8:45 p.m. – Adult Choir rehearsal

  *The nursery will only be open on March 8, 15 and 22, and April 5.

Dinner is served every Wednesday night we have Oasis, even when we do not have a special event. Dinner is $7 per person or $20 per family except where noted.

We would love your help setting up for and cleaning up after dinner. For more details please contact Janet Guest, Janet.Guest@SunTrust.com.

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Special Events

January 11 – Kickoff with red beans and rice

February – Contra dance

March 8 – Lenten Preaching/lecture series – preacher TBD

March 15 – Lenten Preaching series (TBD)

March 22 – Lenten Preaching series – The Rev. Danielle Thompson, St. Mary’s on the Highlands

April 5 – Lenten Preaching series (TBD)

April 19 – Confirmation instructed Eucharist and spaghetti dinner

May 3 – Children’s Music Spring Concert, 6:30pm in the Nave

May 17 – Final Oasis for the spring, cookout on the green and water games

 

Adult Choir

When: Practice is every Wednesday night, 6:45-8:45, late August – mid-May

Location: Choir Room

Contact: Melanie Couch, mcouch@allsaintsbirmingham.org, 769-3187

The adult choir sings at the 11:00 service on Sundays (September through June) and rehearses in the choir room Wednesday evenings from 6:45 to 8:45 (September through May). The choir loves to sing together, fellowship together and – most importantly – to serve God together. We are made up of and welcome a wide range of musical abilities. We sing a broad spectrum of beautiful traditional church music anthems and also include an occasional Choral Evensong and major work with orchestra during the year.

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Our Nursery Program

Ages 6 weeks – up t0 3 years

Wednesday nights*: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

(*The nursery will only be open on March 8, 15 and 22, and April 5)

Contact: Gretchen Lerner, gretchenlerner@me.com, 821-5506

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Choir Programs For Children & Youth

Contact: Children’s Choir Director, Susie Youngson, 870-4629, 317-1116, syoungson@bellsouth.net, or

Associate for Music and Children’s Choirs, Maggie Gill, (662)544-3791, Maggie.e.gill@gmail.com

Do you have a child who loves to sing?  All children age three and up are invited to serve God in His church by offering special music for some of our services throughout the year.

Music – Little Lambs

The Little Lambs is a class for parents and children (ages “walking one” through three) that meet to make music together. We will experience the basic building blocks of music through songs that explore and reflect our Christian faith. We will play simple instruments, dance, and have FUN! There are two options for this group—Wednesdays from 5:00-5:30 p.m. or Sundays from 10:15-10:45 a.m. in the children’s choir room. Please contact Maggie Gill with your preferred class time as space is limited to 12 children in each class.

Music – Good Shepherd Choir

The Good Shepherd Choir is for children four years old through first grade and meets Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:15 p.m. in the children’s choir room. During this time we will joyfully sing and dance as we learn new songs, with a focus on a love of music and an introduction to participation in worship through music.  Children will enjoy simple instrument play, movement, correct singing technique, and will work toward basic music competence. The children will sing choral introits before the 11:00 service a few times a year, as well as present special music for the Advent Lessons and Carols service in December and participate in a concert or musical in the spring.

Music – Children’s Choir

The All Saints’ Children’s Choir is for boys and girls in grades 2-6 and meets Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the children’s choir room. We will sing more challenging pieces, focusing on good technique and basic musicianship skills.  The Children’s Choir sings about one Sunday a month during the school year, and they will present special music for the Advent Lessons and Carols service in December and participate in a concert or musical in the spring.

Music – Youth Choir

The All Saints’ Youth Choir is open to boys and girls ages 11 and up (by Sept. 1).  This group will meet in the children’s choir room on Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:00 p.m.  Building on previously learned skills, this group will sing more difficult pieces, but all singers are welcome regardless of experience.  The Youth Choir will sing throughout the year at various services and outings, including a special Taizé service in November, Advent Lessons and Carols service in December, a birthday party at Episcopal Place in March, and a musical or concert in May.

Music – Instrumental Ensemble

This offering is open to all children ages 9 and up (by Sept. 1), and meets Wednesdays from 7:00-7:45 in the children’s choir room.  We will learn to enhance our worship music through playing Orff instruments (xylophones), percussion, hand bells, and recorders.  No previous experience is necessary, but ability to read music is helpful.  Come make a joyful noise!

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The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The atria are open from 6:00-7:30 PM each Wednesday when Oasis takes place.

Level I:  3 years – 5K

Levels II & III:  1st-6th grade – in Level II atrium

(Children are welcome to join after dinner/choir)

Contact:  Kathleen Busbee, Director of Children’s Formation, kbusbee@allsaintsbirmingham.org, (239)222-8549, or Jeannie Feldman,

jeanniefeldman@att.net, 205-516-2347

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Youth

When: Wednesday nights during the school year, 5:30-7:30 P.M.

Oasis offers youth the opportunity to take a break mid-week to connect with God and their friends at All Saints’. Youth will gather for dinner with the whole parish in the Great Hall, then go up to the youth space for age-appropriate programming.

For more information about youth and Oasis or any of our youth programs, please contact: Kristin Blackerby, Youth Minister, 769-3183, (256)652-2276, kblackerby@allsaintsbirmingham.org, or Associate Youth Minister, Doss Cleveland, (256) 483-3881, dcleveland@allsaintsbirmingham.org.