The Spiritual Formation Ministries Team supports and develops learning opportunities for spiritual growth. Members of this team include heads of ongoing ministries (such as Godly Play and EfM), as well as parishioners preparing to offer seasonal or one-off presentations and learning opportunities. All parishioners are welcome to participate in these meetings, to bring their own ideas to this group for discernment.
Alexandra Stephens, Team Leader
Children & Youth Learning Opportunities
Alexandra Stephens, Ministry Head
All Saints’ is pioneering the integration of Godly Play into its liturgical life, during the Liturgy of the Word portion of our weekly Choral Eucharist. Children are welcomed into their sacred space in the front of the nave, a story is presented, and the children choose their own responses. If you’re new to the circle of children, you might want to arrive a early to get oriented.
Crossroads Youth Group
Joshua Lucero, Ministry Head
Young parishioners and their friends in middle school, high school, and beyond gather semi-monthly for fellowship and service, sharing their time, ideas and gifts.
All Saints' youth participate in the Diocese of Northern California Pathways Youth Pilgrimage.
Adult & Inter-generational Learning Opportunities
Seasonal Offerings 2019-2020
Book Study: Let Your Life Speak,
Sundays, October 13 & 20, 9am
Alexandra Stephens, Facilitator
Vocation and the discernment of spiritual gifts for ministry is the focus of this book by Parker Palmer, renowned Quaker teacher and author. The book is available for purchase from the Spiritual Formation Ministries Team or from commercial vendors.
Ministry Transition Information & Question Time
Sundays, dates tbd, 9am
Informational meetings will be offered at various milestones in All Saints’ process of calling and welcoming a new rector.
Monthly Parable Journaling Group,
Thursdays, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12, 5pm
The Rev. Gregg Churchill, Facilitator
Journal keepers enter the well of their inner lives through attention to personal situations, then move beyond the personal into the stream of God’s love to which life is connected. This is for anyone who wishes to lead a life “on purpose” rather than by accident.
Advent Wreath-making, December 1
Wendy Little, Facilitator
Sign up to make and decorate a wreath for your home devotions.
Group Reflection on Migration
Bill Rich, Facilitator
Led by participants’ own questions, and honoring all perspectives, All Saints’ will explore this challenging issue using Episcopal Migration Ministries’ study materials.
Lenten Learning Series
Spiritual Formation Ministries Team
A multi-week series of learning opportunities on prayer.
Ongoing Spiritual Formation Groups
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
Jo Churchill, Ministry Head
Cursillo, a “little course in Christian living”, is a diocesan retreat experience available to parishioners who seek to be renewed in their spiritual walk and equipped to provide leadership in their congregations. People who’ve made their Cursillo, prospective Cursillistas, and guests gather semi-monthly, in a private home, for reflection and fellowship.
The next Cursillo retreat is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend 2020, near Auburn.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Tuesdays, 6:30pm, September–June, Eaton Hall West
Rick Harrison Smith, Ministry Head
EfM is a 4-year course of theological learning, reflection, and articulation, preparing lay persons to listen for and respond to God’s call. EfM helps participants to discover and exercise their gifts for ministry in the places where they live and work. EfM alumni are invited to participate in on-going practice of study and theological reflection with the Sophia Study Group.
Episcopal Church Women, ECW
Meeting dates tba, Memorial Hall
Jan Logue, Ministry Head
ECW presents All Saints’ annual Harvest Bazaar on the last weekend of October, raising funds to support the parish in tangible ways, including construction and installation of the church spire, stations of the cross, and recent upgrades to our sound system.
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Tuesdays, 7am, Memorial Hall
Ken Westrick & Alden Bailey, Ministry Heads
A ministry group for the men in Episcopal and Anglican churches, with more than 100 years of history, weekly meetings include a brief prayer, breakfast, and a review of the Scriptures for the following Sunday.
All Saints’ Library Guild
Meeting times vary
Tatzia Langlo, Ministry Head
The Library Guild is a resource for inquiry-based learning, offering materials on a wide variety of theological topics, for people of all ages. Meetings include cataloguing of books.