The Ministries at All Saints
Buildings and Grounds
Building and Grounds Committee: As a standing committee of the Vestry, this group is responsible for oversight of the parish’s buildings and grounds. This includes interior and exterior maintenance as well as landscaping.
Columbarium: All Saints follows an ancient tradition of providing space for burial within the confines of the church’s grounds. In this regard, the Columbarium contains both niches and a memorial garden for cremated remains. Volunteers do light maintenance.
Finance Commission: A standing committee of the Vestry, its members make recommendations concerning parish finances. They work within the framework of a parish budget to supervise spending in a way that responds to the mission and ministry of the parish.
Offertory Counters: Volunteers work in teams on Monday mornings to count and record money from the weekly collections.
Christian Spirituality: Book Studies with discussions centering on individual’s spiritual journey in Christ. Meetings take place at the church on Thursday mornings for multi-week sessions, after the 10 AM Eucharist. Contact the church office, 843 681 8333.
Education for Ministry: A distance learning program of the Seminary of the South, aka Sewanee, EFM is a four-year course of theological education for lay people done locally in a small group setting that is led by a trained mentor.
Inquirer’s Classes: Designed for those preparing for Confirmation, Reception or Re-affirmation, this series of classes intends to help people explore their faith more deeply as well as learn about the church. Contact Mark Brinkmann, 843-681-8333.
Library: Located off the foyer, the Library contains a variety of spiritual, devotional, theological and educational materials. Books may be checked out at no cost to members of ASEC.
Men’s Morning Forum: A group of men gather weekly on Tuesdays at 8:00 AM to explore the bible, theology and other relevant topics from an open point of view. Breakfast follows at a local restaurant. Contact Mark Brinkmann, 843-681-8333
Saints Nursery: Care for young children and infants on Sundays beginning at 10 AM upstairs in the parish house. Safe Church training required for volunteers.
Small Groups and Seasonal Opportunities: From time to time, small groups emerge around an interest in a topic and seasonal classes and programs are offered, such as a weeknight series in Lent or our Bon Voyage Series. Contact Mark Brinkmann, 843-681-8333 or Pam Fahrner 1-843-885-0899.
Sunday Adult Classes: Offered at 9 AM in the library, these classes focus on biblical, theological, sacramental, spiritual, ethical and historical themes through a variety of discussions and presentations. Contact Mark Brinkmann, 843-681-8333.
Women’s Bible Study: A group of women gather weekly on Tuesdays at 10:15 AM to study the bible and grow in their understanding of scripture. Contact Sandy Grant, email@example.com.
Off Island Spiritual Book Group: Meets two Thursday afternoons per month..
All Saint’s Preschool: A well trained staff provides an affordable, high quality experience in a Christian environment for pre-school age children.
Contact Bonnie Fick, 843-681-8671.
Angel Tree: Advent Trees are placed in the parish hall, the foyer near the receptionist’s desk, and the narthex. These trees are “decorated” with cards and parishioners are invited to take one or more cards, buy gifts and place them back under the tree or donate towards gift cards. The gifts are donated to the Christmas shop at Bible Missionary Baptist Church in Bluffton to be sold at deep discount to families in need. Retail store gift cards are also purchased for children in economically distressed families. Contact Sandy Grant, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood Drives: Approximately twice a year, a bloodmobile comes to us.
Dominican Republic: All Saints has been a partner in ministry and mission with the clergy and people of our diocese and the Diocese of the Dominican Republic for several years. Opportunities to participate have included construction work, medical service and Vacation Bible School, funding scholarships for diocesan schools in the
MLK Weekend: An ecumenical, community wide five days of events in mid-January to promote racial reconciliation in recognition of the work and ministry of Martin Luther King. ASEC takes part in a walk to raise awareness.
Family Promise: This ministry addresses the needs of families transitioning from homelessness to employment and stability. All Saints is one of several area churches that supplies volunteers and financial support to provide one to three families with a warm welcome and food and shelter for a week.
Food Banks: A basket located in the narthex each Sunday serves as All Saints collection point for food donations to our local food banks—Deep Well and Bluffton Self Help, and on the third Sunday, Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Food Pantry. Contact the Parish Office, 843-681-8333.
Garden Tour: Held each May, patrons are treated to a tour of several beautiful gardens in the Hilton Head area. The event features lunch at the church, an auction of original artwork, and the sale of handcrafted wares and homemade baked goods. There are many opportunities for volunteers and all proceeds go to designated local charities.
Holiday Food Baskets: Families that might not otherwise enjoy a hearty holiday meal are given ingredients at Thanksgiving and Easter. Parishioners are invited to participate by purchasing food and assembling and distributing baskets.
Life Care & National Health Care Centers: A service of worship is held on the first Thursday for the residents of National Health Care Center, and the second Thursday for the residents of Life Care Center on Hilton Head Island. Volunteers bring the warmth of the parish community as they greet and assist the residents at the liturgy. Contact Sandy Grant, email@example.com.
Prison Ministry: Bible studies and seasonal services are held at the State Prison in Estill, SC. Sponsored and staffed by the Southern Deanery, please note that special training is provided.
Tumaini Fund: A ministry founded to support the HIV/AIDS widows and orphans in north-west Tanzania towards independent existence by improving standards of living and promoting health and education.
Sewing for Hope: Sews dresses for women in Tanzania.
Voorhees College: Voorhees is one of two traditionally black episcopal colleges. It is in Denmark, SC and is part of the southern deanery. ASEC houses students and provides meals and transportation whenever the choir comes to HHI for performances.
Coffee Guild: Following the 10:15 Sunday morning service, All Saints hosts a coffee hour. This is a time of fellowship for parishioners and guests to mingle and get to know one another better. Refreshments are provided by ministry groups or individuals and the Coffee Guild members take care of set up, serving and clean
Connection Station: A service desk located in Gordon Mann Hall with volunteers to assist guests and members by providing resources and assistance with parish life opportunities. Contact: Pam Fahrner 843-885-0899.
Episcopal Church Women: Also known as “ECW”. All women of the parish are welcome to attend. Meeting programs vary monthly.
JULIETS: Designed to promote fellowship, “JULIET” stands for Joy, Understanding, Love—In Eating Together. On the third Monday of the month, a group of women meet for breakfast at a local restaurant on the mainland.
Kitchen: A coordinator keeps the kitchen well stocked and instructs volunteers in the use of equipment involved in preparing and cleaning up.
Memorial Reception Committee: Members provide or coordinate much needed hospitality, in the form of receptions, for families and those who gather with them at funerals.
Men’s Breakfast Group: Men of the parish gather for breakfast at a local restaurant on the first Wednesday of the month.
Open Grill Night: The relaxed rhythm and pace of the summer affords us the opportunity to come together on Wednesdays to enjoy evenings of food and fellowship. Bring your favorite item to grill and a dish to share.
Pastoral Care Team: Not intended to replace visits by the clergy, these individuals’ visits provide an additional caring connection for those who are ill or isolated from their parish family. Safe Church training required.
Contact Pam Fahrner, 843 885 0899
Prayer Shawl Ministry: A caring heart and love of knitting are brought together in monthly meetings in which church members prayerfully create shawls for those in need of comfort.
Seasonal Saints: A gathering on the first Monday of the month (Fall-Spring), seasonal members and regular visitors are connected as they gather in homes for an evening of hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages.
Special Events: The parish sponsors a variety of special events throughout the year such as the Blessing of Animals and the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Contact the Parish Office, 843-681-8333.
Sunny Saints: Several times during the year, All Saints members who live in Sun City gather for food, fun and fellowship.
Supper Clubs: A delightful way to get to know fellow parishioners, supper clubs are made up of eight to twelve people who meet regularly throughout the year and share a meal. New groups are formed each January. At times parishioners who join All Saints during the year are added to existing supper club groups, if space is available.
All Saints Foundation/The Pelican Society: This foundation gives members the opportunity to support the long-range work and growth of All Saints through current, deferred or estate gifts to unrestricted or designated funds. Those who have provided for ASEC in their estates are considered members of the Pelican Society.
Environmental Stewardship: As the church is called to be a stewarding community, this committee seeks to encourage environmental awareness and integrate sustainable practices into various aspects of parish life as well as the lives of our members.
Financial Stewardship: Most of All Saints operating budget comes from payments on annual pledges made by parishioners during a fall canvass. Members are invited to be part of these efforts.
Spiritual Gifts Workshops: Sessions devoted to assisting members discover their gifts for ministry during workshops offered on an as-needed basis throughout the year.
Welcome and Communications
Bread Bakers: Volunteers bake and package small loaves of bread to be given to first time guests who introduce themselves or are introduced at Sunday services.
Greeters: Working in teams, they extend the parish’s hospitality by greeting guests at the door, inviting them to sign the visitor’s book and giving loaves of bread during the time of “Welcome and Announcements” just prior to the beginning of Sunday services.
New Member Events: As persons join the parish, they are invited to attend a new member event designed to begin their integration. Held in the library, the event includes a social time followed by a buffet dinner and a program designed to help them get connected. In addition, once a year, new members are incorporated on a Sunday morning with a Liturgy of Welcome and a Coffee Hour in their honor.
Contact Pam Fahrner 843 885 0899 or Mark Brinkmann 843 681 8333.
Publicity: Advertisements are placed in local publications on a regular basis and periodic press releases highlight ministries or announce special events.
Contact Jessica McIlwee, 843-681-8333, ComCoord@allsaints-hhi.org
Website: Learn about all things All Saints at www.allsaints-hhi.org. The website includes regularly updated calendars and provides information about ministries and upcoming events. Minutes of meetings are posted as are recordings of Sunday services. Contact Jessica McIlwee, 843-681-8333, ComCoord@allsaints-hhi.org.
Welcoming Visitors: An effective approach to welcoming includes an intentional system designed to respond to our guests wants and needs and ensures that they do not get ignored or lost. This includes affording our guests the opportunity to explore the parish through periodic gatherings called “For our Guests. . .” At this gathering in the Library following the 10:15 am service guests are invited to ask questions and learn about the church and take a tour. Contact Mark Brinkmann, 843-681-8333.
Acolytes: Both young people and adults assist in worship by participating in functions such as carrying the cross in procession, lighting and extinguishing candles, and helping with the offering and serving at the altar. Training provided. Contact Kerry Smith, 1-410-507-3546.
All Saints Ringers and Novus Ringers: Working usually in small groups of two to three ringers in preparation for psalms, sequences or tracks, and hymn descants for worship from Labor Day through Trinity Sunday. Rehearsals are Thursdays 4:15-5:30 PM and for Novus Ringers rehearsals are Sundays 11:45 AM-12:30 PM. Contact Dr. Jason A. Wright, 843-681-8333.
Altar Guild: Members are organized for the purpose of preparing the church for worship. Duties include preparing the altar, Eucharistic vessels, hangings, linens and vestments for all services, including baptisms. They also prepare the sanctuary for weddings and funerals. Apprenticeships are encouraged!
Centering Prayer: People gather for a simple method of prayer that emphasizes silence to practice how to rest in quiet awareness of God’s presence. Mondays 11:15 AM upstairs in the Deacons’ office.
Contact the church office, 843-681-8333
Children’s Music Ministry: Sundays 11:45AM-12:30 PM, following the Children’s Sunday School Schedule. Contact Dr. Jason A. Wright, 843-681-8333.
Daughters of the King: Open to all Episcopal women, members of the order are committed to lives of prayer and service and dedicated to the spread of Christ’s kingdom and the strengthening of the Church. Meetings are held Wednesdays of each month at 1:15 PM.
Eucharistic Ministers: Lay persons, who are trained and licensed, read appointed lessons, lead prayers and administer the chalice at Sunday services and on other occasions.
Eucharistic Visitors: To extend the parish’s Sunday Eucharistic celebration, these licensed lay persons take the sacrament to those who are in a local nursing home. Contact Sandra Grant, firstname.lastname@example.org, Pam Fahrner 843 885-0899 or Mark Brinkmann 843 681 8333. Safe training required for volunteers.
Flower Guild: Often working in teams, members create a beautiful environment for our worship by selecting and arranging altar flowers and special flowers as needed. On Mondays, flowers from the altar are made into smaller arrangements for these who are ill or isolated.
Friends of Music: Designed to support the music program, individuals serve in a variety of ways providing hospitality at designated events, database maintenance, and other office tasks. Contact Dr. Jason A. Wright, 843-681-8333.
Healing Ministry: After receiving Holy Communion at the 10:15 AM service, parishioners are invited to the Hay Chapel to receive healing prayers for themselves and/or others.
Parish Choir: Comprised of people who love to sing, the choir contributes to the celebration of the church’s worship by supporting congregational singing and offering special music of its own. Rehearsals are Thursday, 6:15-8 PM, Sundays 9 AM, September through May. Contact Dr. Jason A. Wright, 843-681-8333.
Sacred Story Tellers: Members come together to prepare and dramatically present the stories of scripture on selected Sundays and other occasions.
Saturday@5 Ensemble: Music rehearsals are every Saturday, 4:15-4:50 PM.
Contact Dr. Jason A. Wright, 843-681-8333.
Ushers: Working in teams, they greet and distribute bulletins to parishioners and visitors upon arrival at services of worship. Additional responsibilities include collecting the money offering and directing the orderly flow of people to and from the altar during communion. Contact Mark Brinkmann, 843-681-8333.