Welcome to All Saints!

What to expect when you visit All Saints’

The basics of our service
Visiting a church for the first time can sometimes be intimidating. Many people who visit and join All Saints’ come from other denominations, and we promise do our best to make your first visit as comfortable as possible. We hope the following section will answer some questions you may have about our services.

What are the different books in the pews?

When you come in an usher will give you a leaflet that will guide you through the service and tell you what book to use when. The primary service book, which has a red cover, is called the Book of Common Prayer. It contains all the services authorized for use in the Episcopal Church in addition to many other helpful resources.

Our hymnal, which has a blue cover, is used at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. for congregational singing. The music at 5:30 p.m. comes primarily from a songbook called Alleluia II.

Also in the pews are blue visitor’s cards. We encourage you to fill one out and put it in the offering plate when it is passed to you. This way we can send you more information about All Saints’ and put you in touch with a member of our clergy, if you wish. You can also fill out a visitor’s card online.

How will I know when to stand, sit, or kneel?

Generally, we stand to sing, recite the Creed, for the reading of the Gospel, and to pray. We sit while the Bible is being read, during the sermon, announcements, and when the choir is singing. During the prayers, most people in the congregation kneel, although some people prefer to stand – either is appropriate. But please don’t worry about doing the wrong thing at the wrong time – what matters is your communion with God during the service!

Receiving Eucharist at All Saints’
The center of our worship each week is the sacrament of Holy Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper). In the Eucharist we share in bread and wine in remembrance of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, just as Christ commanded at his Last Supper with his disciples. But we also experience the mystery of Christ’s presence among us here and now.

All baptized Christians, regardless of denomination, are welcome to participate in the Eucharist. When you come to the altar you may choose to receive the bread and wine, or just the bread. Those who have not been baptized may come to the altar rail to receive a blessing from the priest if they would like to do so.

Where do I take my children?
Children are always welcome at services. As you come in the front doors of All Saints’ there is a rack with bags hanging on it for your children to bring into the sanctuary if they wish. The folders have colored pencils and pages of activities they can do during the service. We also have professionally staffed nursery care available for all services on Sunday (except the 7:30) if you prefer to take your children there.

Would you like more information about All Saints’?

  • Please fill out the form below, and our church office will send you a Newcomer packet with information about all of our programs.
  • You may download our Newcomer brochure here.
  • You can learn more about Christian Formation by downloading our 2015 Winter/Spring Christian Formation brochure.
  • To find opportunities for service and fellowship, download our Ministry magazine .

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