Wherever you find yourself, come, explore, and enliven your faith.
Exploration, not answers. Time to connect deeply with God and one another. Topics and speakers that challenge us to think in new and creative ways about our faith. Adult education and formation at All Saints’ is this, and so much more.
Many of our programs invite participants to examine the theological foundations of our work in the world. What does breaking bread together on Sunday have to do with sharing a meal with our hungry neighbors on Tuesday nights? Are there resources in our spiritual tradition that compel us to act to put an end to the epidemic of violence that is killing our children in this city and nation? Why should we care about our brothers and sisters in far off Sudan? Are there scriptural mandates to reach beyond our borders of race, class, nation, and religion?
Other programs invite us to find rest and renewal, to play and celebrate, to explore the deeper meaning of prayer and ritual, to learn the basics of Christian history and the Episcopal Church, and to reflect spiritually on the cycle of our lives, from birth to death.
Some programs are focused on study and discussion, others on simply being together. We are often surprised to find out how much Coffee Hour means to people. Sure, it’s nice to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a pastry after the 9 AM service on Sundays. More than that, it is an opportunity to meet and get to know people. Coffee Hour really is a ministry.
After the 11 AM service on the second Sunday of the month, our dedicated volunteers bring bubbly refreshments and small treats out into the sanctuary after the benediction, where we can all enjoy some sparkling conversation and fellowship, in addition to bubbles and sweets!
Lenten Supper Groups
Each year during Lent, All Saints’ parishioners share food, wine and conversation at weekly “Not the Last Supper” Lenten suppers. People gather in homes for potluck suppers and discuss all sorts of subjects in small groups. “Nine o’clockers” get to know “eleven o’clockers.” Some groups even get together for reunion potluck suppers post-Lent!
These get-togethers are a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and great way to form new friendships in the All Saints’ community in an intimate setting.
The All Saints’ Book Group is a conglomeration of people who love to read and either have books they want to share or are looking to expand their circle of familiarity. We have no book bans, no guidelines, no restrictions. We work on curiosity, interest, and sharing. The books (both fiction and nonfiction) are selected jointly by the group usually several months in advance. We try to select books that are readily available in the Chicago Public Library.
We meet at 7:30 PM on the second Thursday of every month over wine and food at people’s homes and talk about our books, but we also maintain a healthy online record of our discussions for those who can’t make it on Thursdays. Visit our Facebook page — All Saints’ Book Group for more information.