Follow the link below to access a series of four articles designed to provide members of All Saints’ with information about the Diaconate as we continue on a prayerful process to discern if it is God’s will that we should raise a Deacon at this time in the life of All Saints’
All Saints is a growing church and we are excited to offer a fresh form of worship at a new time. If you haven’t been to church for a while or have never been at all, now is a great time to come and see what’s on offer.
At 9:30 am, you’ll find a seeker-oriented, all-ages service with contemporary songs and favourite hymns, a sermon that connects to your lived experience, and fresh expressions of Anglican liturgy. This service includes Communion and lasts 45-50 minutes.
Then at 11:00 am, we offer a classic Anglican service of worship, with relevant biblical preaching, organ music, sung prayers, and choir music. This service runs about an hour and a quarter, includes Holy Communion, and follows the liturgy found in our Book of Alternative Services.
Or there’s the 8:00 am Communion service, with Bible readings and prayers from the traditional Book of Common Prayer and a brief sermon. This quiet and contemplative service runs about 40 minutes.
There is programming for children at the 9:30 and 11:00 services (summer months excluded). Between the 9:30 and 11:00 services, we gather for coffee/tea and conversation in the church hall. And every Sunday at any service, you will experience a warm respectful welcome, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey.
All Saints has a standing tradition of coffee and conversation on Sundays between services.
Many of us come early (9:30am) for about 40 minutes of music, worship, and prayer beforehand; some stick around afterward (11:00am) for an hour or so of classic Anglican liturgy, hymns, and prayer. Everyone is encouraged to meet in the middle.
Plus we have cake … on the 1st Sunday of every month.
“This church acknowledges being on the traditional territories of …”
At the opening of our Sunday worship on June 18, Cecile Wagar, Senator of the Oshawa and Durham Region Metis Council, led the congregation in a ceremony to dedicate a stone and plaque that acknowledges the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, the Iroquoian-speaking Wendat, and the 1923 Williams Treaties First Nations as the traditional owners of the land on which the church now stands and has done for 151 years. The indigenous lands marker is a symbol of All Saints’ ongoing commitment to pursuing truth, justice, reconciliation and healing for the children of God.
The All Our Relations Metis Drum Circle provided drumming and spiritual music of First Nations and Metis heritage, and the congregation processed to the front lawn and formed a circle around the stone marker for a smudging and blessing ceremony. The smudging feather and bowl were returned to the chancel steps for the service, filling the sanctuary with the scent of cedar, sage and tobacco as the Canon Vail delivered a moving homily on the Gospel call to pursue justice and the wholeness of the human family, so that we all might live in right relationships with each other and with the Creator.
from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name.
You have rooted and grounded us
in your covenant love,
and empowered us by your Spirit
to speak the truth in love,
and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness.
Mercifully grant that your people,
journeying together in partnership,
may be strengthened and guided
to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ,
who is our light and our life. Amen