Worship & Education Leadership
The Music Ministry at All Saints’ Virginia Beach is all-encompassing. It spans the ages from working with preschoolers in Vacation Bible School to the Children’s choir to senior citizens in the Adult Choir. Music styles run the gamut as well from Gospel to Gregorian Chant. The Reverend Robert Scott Foxwell serves as Organist/Choirmaster.
The Sanctuary has great acoustics, making the choir and organ sound bigger than they are. The organ is a Moeller with about 10 ranks of pipes. It was installed in 1989. Congregational singing is strong. We usually sing four or five hymns each Sunday in addition to the service music which changes seasonally.
Children’s Choir: The All Saints Choristers sing at Sunday services as appropriate. Members of this group must be in grades 1-5. Rehearsals are held in the Choir Room at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Children who are unable to come on Wednesday evenings have a short music time prior to Sunday School at 9:10: a.m.
Adult Choir: Adults who are called to this important ministry at All Saints', meet weekly each Wednesday evening for rehearsal at 7:30 p.m., in the Choir Room. Anthems are usually rehearsed for several weeks before singing in worship to allow maximum familiarity with the music. The Senior Choir is open to all adults, beginning with high school age. This group is all volunteer and welcomes new members at any time. The only requirement of choir membership is regular attendance at rehearsals and services. Those who desire to sing and who can make this commitment are encouraged to contact the Parish Office, or the Organist/Choir Director.
Lay Readers/Eucharistic Ministers
The ministry of a lay reader is to assist the parish priest in the conduct of public worship. This ministry is open to adults who are active communicants of All Saints’ and who possess good speaking voices.
After receiving instruction in the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church, including the use of The book of Common Prayer, candidates are licensed for three years by the bishop of the diocese of Southern Virginia to serve in this ministry at all Saints’ under the direction of the rector. At the Eucharist, lay readers read the Old Testament and Epistle lessons as well as lead the Prayers of the People.
A special license enables some to assist further by administering the chalice. Anyone who is interested in serving in this ministry is asked to contact the rector.
Arrive at 9:45 and offer welcome and door assistance to folks as they arrive for the 10 a.m. service.
Two ushers are normally required for each principal worship service. The ushers’ duties include greeting the parishioners as they enter the nave, presenting a bulletin for the service and, as necessary, escorting them to a seat. The ushers are also responsible for collecting and presenting the alms, assisting the congregation during communion, and straightening up the nave and narthex after each service. A more complete description of usher duties is provided to each new usher.
The only requirement for service is that the usher should be a regularly attending member of the congregation aged 16 years or older. New ushers are always first scheduled to serve with more seasoned ushers. Anyone wishing to become an usher should contact the church office.
The Altar Guild is a hard working, behind-the-scenes group whose function is the preparation of the altar and the liturgical instruments for each worship service, as well as for each special service throughout the year.
Additionally, the Altar Guild maintains supplies, decorates the church for holidays, and delivers altar flowers to persons designated by the clergy.
Normally working in teams of three, members of the Altar Guild can expect to serve for a two-week period, three or four times a year. Other members of the Altar Guild include a wedding coordinator, a flower coordinator, and linen mistresses who make, launder, and mend the altar linens. We are always looking for new members and new ideas. If you are interested, please contact the church office.
Children's Chapel Leaders: Assist with leadership for our Children’s Chapel that runs concurrent with the 10 a.m. service. Children ages 4 through 2nd grade start in the open area in the Education Wing where they have a “Children’s Church” experience with lighting of candles, Bible reading, and age-appropriate activity connected to the story.
Sunday School Teachers: DESCRIPTION COMING SOON
Nursery Attendants: DESCRIPTION COMING SOON
Youth Leaders: DESCRIPTION COMING SOON
The Outreach Commission provides charitable services to individuals and organizations outside of the congregation of All Saints’. This commission meets on a monthly basis. Our activities are productive, exciting and rewarding for both the recipients of our service and for our members.
Coffee Hour Rotation
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