New To All Saints
Welcome to All Saints! Whether you are just having a look or are searching for a place to worship, we are delighted you are here. All Saints is a warm and caring community of families and singles, young and old. We have members from all backgrounds and religious traditions. We want to offer you the same welcome and friendship that were extended to us when we came to All Saints. If you would like more information about our church community, or if you would like to know how to get connected, please contact the church office (301-654-2488) or fill out a visitor pew card when you visit.
First Time at All Saints…What to Expect at a Service
If you are walking to All Saints there are three entrances to our facilities: the main doors are off Western Ave. and there are doors on the lower level off Grafton St., and from the parking lot, off Oliver St. From the ground floor you can take either the stairs or the elevator to the first level, where our worship space, the Nave, is located.
If you are driving, there is street parking available on all neighboring streets. On Sundays, our parking lot off Oliver St. is reserved for handicapped spaces and the elderly.
Sit Where You Would Like
For all services, ushers will be at the entrances to the Nave to greet you and welcome you to All Saints and to give you a copy of our worship bulletin. Before the service is a time for quiet prayer and reflection as we prepare our minds and hearts for worship.
We have listening devices available; please ask one of our ushers and they can provide you one.
We generally stand when singing hymns and either stand or kneel while praying. During the Scripture readings, we sit for the first reading and stand for the Gospel. However, please stand, sit, or kneel throughout the service as is easiest and most comfortable for you.
Our 7:45 a.m. service is a traditional, spoken Holy Eucharist Rite I service from the Book of Common Prayer. This service lasts 45 – 50 minutes.
This summer, we also have a combined Family Service at 10 a.m. During this service children will leave to attend Kids’ Church and return to their parents in time for communion. Nursery is also offered for younger children. This Rite II service runs about one hour and includes a small choir and congregational hymns.
At all services, an offering is taken and presented. All that we have comes from God and belongs to God: in joy, gratitude, and faith we return what God has entrusted to us, to spread the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. If you are visiting, you are our guest. Please take a moment during this time to fill out a Visitor Pew Card that can be placed in the collection plate.
At the time of communion, our ushers direct congregants to receive the sacrament distributed by our priests and lay ministers. All baptized Christians who are able to receive communion in their home church are welcome to share at this table. Baptized children may receive communion at the discretion of their parents or other accompanying adult. Communion can be brought to you in your seat if mobility is difficult for you; just let an usher know. We invite those who do not receive Communion to come forward for a blessing.
Please Join Us
There was a long time in my life when I wanted to believe in something but could not see how it could be Jesus Christ and the unconditional love and forgiveness promised in Him. Now that seems to be about the only thing I can truly believe in.
If you have an obstacle to belief, a lack of peace of mind, or perhaps a problem with relationships or situations, please know that I would be very glad to sit and listen, or to just see you among us.
Having walked your path myself, maybe I can listen and offer something to help. The Bible says that if you ask you will receive and if you knock the door will be opened. For a long time I never believed that, but now I know it to be true.
Please come to visit this or any Sunday.
Or, just give me a call so we can set a time to sit together. I genuinely enjoy listening and sharing matters of faith and heart.
Ed Kelaher, Rector