Who We Are

A Community—

We are a Christian community, drawn together by a desire to know, love, and serve God.

We are an inclusive community, offering opportunity for ministry and service to women and men equally, and welcoming all ages, races, cultures, and orientations.

We are a diverse community: while we affirm the historic faith of the church, participation in the life and worship of All Saints’ is based on a shared commitment to the spiritual journey that forms the heart of life’s meaning.

A Parish—

We are a local body of the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church” which for nearly two thousand years has committed itself to the teaching of the apostles, the breaking of bread, common prayer, and service in Christ’s name.

We are a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of California. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion made up of independent national churches tracing their origins to the Church of England and united with it in continuing fellowship.

We are Anglo-Catholic: participants in a movement in Anglicanism begun over 150 years ago to deepen the church’s spiritual life through sacramental worship and neighborhood service.

Worship—

Our principal form of worship is the Holy Eucharist, or Mass, by which we give thanks on Sundays and weekdays for all of God’s blessings, in remembrance of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.  Parishioners and friends of All Saints’ serve as members of the choir and altar guild, as acolytes, readers, intercessors, and ushers; and arrange for flowers and greens as honoraria and memorials.

Organ—

Built in 1989 by M. L. Bigelow & Co., Inc., All Saints’ organ is one of the best mechanical-action organs in the Bay Area.  The organ is dedicated to the memory of the Rev. Leon P. Harris, Rector of All Saints’ from 1949 to 1971.

Shrine to Michael and All Angels—

Designed and built by Louise Patton in the Parish Garden, the Shrine is dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels, in memory of the many members and friends of All Saints’ who have died of AIDS.

Parish Life

Sacraments

In addition to the Eucharist on Sundays and weekdays, we celebrate the full range of Christian sacraments, including Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage and Holy Union, Reconciliation, Anointing for Healing, Last Rites, and Burial.

Hospitality

Receptions for newcomers; greeting at Mass, and refreshments after the 10 A.M. Mass on Sundays and special Holy Days.

Parish Garden

Volunteers are always needed to help design and maintain this lovely space.

Buildings and Grounds Committee

Long range property use and care, funded in the Parish budget and by the “Saints at Work” program.

“For All the Saints”

Parish calendar and other pertinent information published monthly by the Church Office.

Parish Seminarian Committee

Oversees the ministry of the Parish Seminarian from either the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, or the School for Deacons.

Parish Vocations Committee

Provides assistance for parishioners who are preparing for Holy Orders.

Parish Retreat

The annual retreat is held on a fall weekend at the Bishop’s Ranch, Healdsburg, California.

Community Service

Haight-Ashbury Community Services Committee (HACSC)

Saturday Neighborhood Food Program.  Serving up to 200 guests weekly.

Eldercare

We visit residents at the Grove Street Extended Living and Care home, on the fourth Sunday of every month.

Neighborhood House

Many 12-step groups and other organizations use our facilities.

Labyrinth Project

Walk the way of the labyrinth for personal growth, community worship, and neighborhood outreach, on the first Wednesday evening of each month.

Pastoral Care

We provide pastoral care to members and friends of the church and to patients in the five hospitals in our neighborhood.

Parish Representatives

Members of the Parish officially serve in many neighborhood and diocesan organizations: Episcopal Charities; Commission on Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Chemical Dependency; the School for Deacons; the Church Divinity School of the Pacific; the diocesan Commission on Ministry; the Episcopal Peace Fellowship; San Francisco Night Ministry; and the Commission on the Environment.

Education

Children

Church School and Child Care are available from September through May on Sunday mornings.

Youth

Youth from All Saints’ participate in a COOP Youth Group, sponsored by All Saints’, St. Aidan’s, and St. Francis parishes.

Adults

We offer Wednesday evening and Sunday morning education programs and other special events.

Inquirers

Annual program for all interested in refreshing their basic knowledge of the Christian faith, especially those seeking to be baptized or to reaffirm their faith.

Summer Book Club

Discussion of fiction, theology, spirituality, and current events.  Recent selections have been Gilead, The Water Will Hold You, Grace (Eventually), and Alive in Necropolis.

Library

Small but good collection of resources in Bible, Church history, theology, and current issues.

Millennium Development Goals (MDG)

All Saints’ participates in the diocesan MDG initiative, contributing .0.7% of the parish budget to programs dedicated to eliminating extreme global poverty.

Columbarium

The Chapel of the Good Shepherd houses a columbarium to honor deceased members and friends of All Saints’.

Memorial Fund

The Memorial Fund is an endowment that receives designated memorials and other gifts to provide for the future of the church.  The proceeds from our Annual Jumble Sale go to the Centennial Project, funded in part by the Memorial Fund.

Stewardship

A Pledge Drive is conducted every fall.  We affirm that Stewardship is:

Our joyful response of gratitude for God’s love.

The expression of our awareness that we have been created by God to share the gifts that God has given us.

How we share our gifts and talents with our local parish is a part of our spiritual community.

Remember that our worship and ministry depends on the stewardship of your time, talent, and treasure.

Vigil for Peace

Members and friends of All Saints’ participate in the Quaker Vigil for Peace every Thursday, at the Civic Center in front of the Federal Building.