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Parish Ministries

Our parish supports a rich offering of programs inside our doors for spiritual nourishment. We are challenged to expand ministries outside our walls and neighborhood. Our programs of worship, pastoral care, finances, and fellowship help our church fulfill its mission “to be a Christcentered sanctuary where a diverse community worships and serves.”

 

Worship

AcolytesWorship plays a central role in our parish, and many activities revolve around maintaining and improving our beautiful worship services.

  • Altar Guild ensures that the altar is prepared and beautifully adorned.
  • Greeters and Ushers welcome guests and parishioners each Sunday morning.
  • Acolyte Guild, Choir, Oblationers, and Lectors assist during the service.

     

 

Christian Education

The parish offers activities for the Christian formation of children and adults. Both clergy and lay members lead Adult Forum at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday, which covers a wide range of topics. Although we offer children’s Sunday School each Sunday, we have struggled with attendance and programming. Because of the small number of children in the parish, we have a “one room schoolhouse” model of Sunday School, which makes it difficult for the instructor to pick developmentally appropriate lessons for all ages. Our parish survey indicated a strong interest in attracting more families and children to the parish and in having a more vibrant Sunday School. Woodley Park and nearby Cleveland Park have diverse and multigenerational populations. We hope that our new rector can help us act to engage these populations.

 

Christian Fellowship

  • Coffee Hour following the 11:00 a.m. Sunday mass, where we greet newcomers and strengthen friendships, is well attended.
  • The Breakfast Guild prepares breakfast for worshippers between services.
  • In the recent past, organized Foyer Dinner groups for Christian fellowship. Parishioners who signed up were randomly assigned to dinner groups, which rotated to the homes of each of the group members.
  • The Episcopal Men's Fellowship meets every other month over a meal in the church under croft and features a presentation along with an occasional singalong.
  • Similarly, Women’s Fellowship meets once per month for prayer, book discussion, and fellowship.
  • Garden Guild. We delight in the beauty of God’s creation, and part of that is keeping a colorful garden. Many of our parishioners find joy in working the earth.
  • The Wise & Mature Ministry consists of monthly luncheons following the Wednesday noon mass. They are specifically tailored toward our older members, but all are welcome.
  • The 20s and 30s Group gets together for brunch and Christian fellowship with young adults after church. This group is under new leadership and may expand its scope in the coming months.
  • The Internet Prayer Circle is a way for people to communicate requests for prayer and for the congregation to keep abreast of the needs of fellow parishioners.
  • The Wednesday Night Prayer group meets every week to pray over the needs of the church guided by the daily office.
     

Fellowship

 

Evangelism

The parish survey indicated strong interest in growing the size and diversity of the church and we would welcome energetic, creative proposals from the new rector towards that goal. We are not afraid of evangelism. Our Communications Committee organizes well-attended outreach booths at community festivals (Adams Morgan Day, Cleveland Park Day) and at the annual DC Gay Pride celebration. Recently, we celebrated a short outdoor mass at these events (complete with smells and bells) that has drawn a crowd and facilitated good discussions.

 

Service and Outreach

Serving All Souls is our umbrella ministry which focuses on supporting seven selected ministries: 

  • Christ House, the first 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless men and women in the U.S., is the only facility of its kind in the Washington metro area.
  • Transitional Housing Corporation provides housing and support services to homeless and at-risk families so that they can transform their own lives.
  • Cleveland & Woodley Park Village helps our senior neighbors live safely and confidently in their homes and engage in community events through the support of a network of dedicated neighborhood volunteers.
  • Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. The Heifer Brigade at All Souls conducts one activity at least every other month to educate, invite, and encourage donations to Heifer International. Events include speakers, visits to a Heifer Farm, movies, Christmas gifts, and Heifer gift catalogues and other activities.
  • Ending Hunger in Washington D.C. We are discerning how we can be most effective in addressing hunger; in the meantime, we take donated food to the Capital Area Food Bank or Martha’s Table.
  • Samaritan Ministry helps improve the lives of more than 1,000 people in the Washington metro area who are homeless or otherwise in need.
  • Support to the Episcopal Church in Cuba is provided to support neighborhood groups that work to ensure food security.

The programs listed above were developed after prayerful consideration of our 2014 RenewalWorks survey, which identified the lack of opportunities for service as a way that the church was not meeting the spiritual growth priorities of the congregation. However, our recent parish survey indicated strong continued interest in greater service, and we would welcome ideas and leadership from the new rector towards creating a culture of service at All Souls. 

 

Service

 

We also participate in environmental stewardship through All Souls Are Green. We are committed to environmental sustainability as a part of our role as Christian stewards of God's creation. In our Prayers of the People we pray: "Give us all a reverence for the earth as thine own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to thine honor and glory.” All Souls Are Green has:

  • Re-lamped the parish Administration wing and Undercroft with CFLs, re-lamped the Nave of the church with LEDs, and installed programmable thermostats throughout the church that have saved thousands of dollars in avoided energy costs.
  • Started a recycling program for plastic, steel, aluminum, paper, and other recyclables.
  • Installed weather stripping around doors, windows, and window air conditioners.
  • Eliminated Styrofoam cups and other plastics at coffee hour in favor of recycled products.
  • Insulated the ceiling of the Administration wing.
  • Partnered with Rock Creek Conservancy to plan a Habitat Garden in a corner of our front yard. 

 

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Last Published: April 21, 2016 2:26 PM
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