Parish Life

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The Parish Life Commission supports activities necessary for the creation of a vibrant and faithful community. These ministries include opportunities for fellowship and fun, as well as chances to assume leadership in worship and pastoral care. Please see the following ministry descriptions to see where you feel called to participate.

Parish Life Commissioners:

Patsy Andrews, pchandrews@gmail.com

Jessica May, jessjjm@yahoo.com

Tom Richeson, tomricheson@bellsouth.net

Breakfast CrewCursilloEpiscopal Church Women (ECW)Guild of the Christ ChildOasis
Oasis DinnersParish RetreatParish PicnicSt. Martha’s UnitSaints AliveSpecial Events
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Breakfast Crew

The breakfast crew prepares a hot breakfast each Sunday morning for the parish, with an occasional Continental breakfast also served. The crew works in teams, with each team serving one Sunday per month.

How to get involved:
… Sign up to work on a team. Breakfast is served from 8-10, and crews come early Sunday morning to prepare the food.

Contact: Rick Moore, 879-9742, rick@mooresyndication.com

Community of Artists

Throughout the year the artists meet for different occasions. Sometimes we are joining simply to do art together. Other times we work on large collaborative projects to be installed in the church and integrated into the church’s worship. All the while, we are exploring the integration of art and theology: how our experience as artists informs our experience with God. Contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

How to get involved: Join the group by signing up on their mailing list

Contact: Adelaide Booth, 999-2839, abooth4324@aol.com

Cursillo

Cursillo is a movement of the church. Its purpose is to help those in the church understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. The Cursillo weekend brings together a diverse group of Episcopalians to share the richness of many modes of worship and to broaden each one’s appreciation for our Church. Lay people conduct the weekend with two or three members of the clergy functioning as spiritual advisors. Cursillo presumes that those who attend are already well grounded in the faith. It often provides new insights into our faith as well as fostering ministry among lay people. There are 5 Cursillo weekends a year and they are all held at Camp McDowell.

How to get involved:
… Attend a Cursillo weekend
… Become a Cursillo leader
… Sponsor a pilgrim

Contact: Jessica Parris, 205-936-7130, jessparris@yahoo.com

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

The vision of the ECW is that we bring the women of All Saints’ together in a vibrant blend of all ages. Whether we are serving our church, organizing fundraisers or participating in fun social events together, All Saints’ ECW stays quite busy and offers something to every women in our congregation. The ECW helps plans and host numerous receptions throughout the year. We put on several fundraisers, including the spring bake sale and fall/winter soup sale. In the fall of 2012, we are extremely excited to introduce a live wreath and greenery sale for the upcoming holiday season. All proceeds will go toward the new building. If entertaining and cooking are not your cup of tea, no worries! Join us for one of our fun fellowship events. Whether it’s a Cinco de Mayo fiesta or our upcoming “A Few of My Favorite Things” party, the All Saints’ ECW brings together women of all ages, cultivating valuable and meaningful relationships. The ECW invites you to become engaged, share your talents, give a little or a lot of your time and join in a fellowship with other All Saints’ women. Please join us!

Guild of the Christ Child

The Guild of the Christ Child is a support, social, and service group that provides a means of social and spiritual interaction between mothers of young children. The Guild meets the second Monday of each month, September through May. They also get together for an occasional “Mom’s Night Out”, and also to prepare Mercy Meals to stock in the church freezer.

How to get involved:
… Join other moms for fellowship and support once a month
… Help make Mercy Meals at the church

Oasis / Oasis Dinners

From fall throughout the spring we offer a weekly program on Wednesday nights called Oasis. This program offers supper, opportunities for fellowship, and Christian formation for the whole family. The evening begins with Children’s choir while the adults have time for fellowship and an opportunity to slow down from the busy pace of the day. Supper is offered, and then programs are available for all ages. The nursery is open for children ages six weeks – three years, the atrium is open for children aged three – 6th grade. Youth in grades 7-12 meet in the youth rooms upstairs for a short devotional and recreation. A committee is being formed to manage the schedules for classes and dinners.

Dinner is served each Wednesday night during the school year as part of the Oasis program. The food is prepared by volunteer cooks and clean-up teams and they serve once every six weeks. Our objective is to serve great meals to 75-125 people, work with volunteers and get to know them, and to Go Green – no throw away dishes, and we recycle everything.

How to get involved:

  • Help teach a class
  • Help organize dinner
  • Join the clean-up crew
  • Help in an atrium, with the children’s choir, or with the youth.

Contact: The Rev. Anna Russell Friedman, 769-3191, afreidman@allsaintsbirmingham.org

Parish Retreat

Every few years All Saints’ holds a parish-wide retreat at Camp McDowell. This is a great opportunity for all members to come together to talk, laugh, pray, sing and take advantage of all the activities available at Camp McDowell. We also need lots of volunteers both before and during camp, and would welcome your help with the next retreat!

How to get involved:
… Help organize the retreat
… Cook a meal during the retreat
… Oversee games
… Lead a workshop

Contact: any member of the clergy

St. Martha’s Unit

St. Martha’s unit is a group of women, mostly retired, who meet monthly for fellowship. We have brief programs, a telephone committee to inform members of any necessary St. Martha’s unit, ECW or other church news, and a fund raising effort in the sale of knives and other kitchen utensils. Raised funds are used to fund memorials and some long range church goals.

How to get involved:
… Join us at our monthly meeting for a brown bag lunch and fellowship
… Help with our annual fundraiser, the Rada knife sale, in November. Members of St. Martha’s vote on where to best use the money at All Saints’. In the past funds raised have been given to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, the Rector’s Discretionary fund, and Memorials, among others.

Contact: Jenny Blackmon, vablackmon@charter.net

Saints Alive

Saints Alive is a seniors/retirees group who meet once a month for fellowship and lunch at local, designated restaurants. From time to time, the group visits a museum, local gardens, wineries, or a symphony matinee and other sites of interest such as a day trip to Mentone or a historical landmark. A highlight of the year for the group is the Lenten Lunch at The Advent, which is planned in advance and reservations made. The main purpose of Saint’s Alive is to bring parish members together for getting to know each other, for support, for discussions of interest and at the same time, discover what each has in common with one another. Saints Alive welcomes anyone in the parish to participate in this ministry at anytime.

How to get involved:
… Come have fun with us!

Contact: Lydia Purnell, lydiapurnell@gmail.com

Special Events

This committee is involved with planning and hosting special events for the All Saints’ parish. Some of these occasions include receptions for the Bishop and new confirmands, the Pentecost birthday celebration, and parish celebrations. Special Events committee members plan and provide decorations, flowers and food for these occasions. This is a fun and creative way to serve at All Saints’.

How to get involved:
… Provide food, flowers, or decorations for events
… Help set up for events, and clean up afterwards

Contact: Adelaide Booth,  abooth4324@aol.com

Meet N Eat

All Saints’ is blessed to be a growing parish, but it can be hard to get to know each other in the rush of Sunday mornings. Our “Meet n Eat” fellowship groups are designed to help parishioners get connected to other adults in the parish. These informal supper groups are for all interested adults of the parish (21 and older, please). Groups consist of six to eight people and meet approximately once a month as determined by the group. Married couples, singles, people with kids and without, whether you are new to All Saints’ or not so new, you are invited to participate.

How to get involved:

  • Sign up for a group!

Contact: Amanda Ennis, agennis4@gmail.com

Men’s Softball

Throughout the year, the All Saints men dust of their cleats and pull out their old gloves for a fun-filled season of softball. It is a semi-competitive league that is perfect for all levels of softball expertise to hone their skills. These games have become a great way for men in the church to meet and fellowship with not only other church members, but others in the community. If you are interested in learning more about the All Saints’ softball team, please contact Stephen Powell.

How to get involved:

  • Play ball!

Contact: Greg Rhodes, grhodes@sirote.com