All Saints' Episcopal Church

All Saints' Episcopal Church

Episcopal: Millington, NJ
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CHURCH’s Corner

Church Vision:

The Episcopal church is a Descendant of the Church of England. It was formally organized in 1789 as the successor of the Church of England in United States. The church accepts both the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed, as well as a modified version of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England. The highest authority in the church is the General Convention.

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What Makes Us Special:

Our formality comes from the tradition of our liturgy - we follow the Book of Common Prayer. This helps the congregation to pray and praise together, even while there is ample time for private prayer and devotion during the service. Several Bible passages are read aloud. The congregation sings hymns, accompanied by organ or piano, and our Adult and Junior Choirs sing anthems from a wide variety of sacred and spiritual music. The congregation prays for the the needs of the world and the Church, and we celebrate the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper) together. Our clergy and the lay people who assist in leading worship wear vestments, and the decorations of Church and altar reflect the times and themes of the liturgical seasons. It is our goal to offer God worship that is beautiful and reverent - the best that we can give.

Our worship is also personable and warm. We expect that you will bring your whole self to Church - joys, worries, sorrows, humor - and that you can feel free to share some of that with others. Some of us dress up for worship, others prefer to be more casual. Mid-way through the service we engage in passing the Peace with one another - a handshake and the words "Peace be with you" - sharing a sign of Christ's peace. Some people come out of their pews to greet friends or family elsewhere in the Church; others stay put and greet the person next to them. We know that children (and some adults!) are not always quiet. Everyone at All Saints' has been new to the congregation or new to faith at some point and knows that it can be hard to be new. After the 10 a.m. service there is always a social time of refreshments and getting to know one another at Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall. You don't have to drink coffee, and you don't have to stay an hour, but we would like to get to know you. Please be sure to speak to someone sitting near you after the service, introduce yourself to the clergy and sign our guest book next to the front door.

Most of all we expect that when we come to worship, God walks in the door with us and will fill our hearts and deepen our experience and our faith when we gather as a congregation. This gives us strength and courage to go out into the world and do God's work wherever our daily lives take us.

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Leadership Corner

Victoria Geer Mc Grath

Victoria Geer Mc Grath

Our rector The Rev. Victoria Geer McGrath has been at All Saints’ since 2002. Her favorite Bible passage is Matthew 24:37-40: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind...You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Vicki is originally from New York State. There she was involved in Girl Scouts, church choir, camping and musical theater. She attended Wells College as an undergraduate where she majored in Medieval Studies. After graduation she moved to New York City and sang with ensembles that specialized in varieties of musical genres, including Gilbert and Sullivan, Early Music, and sacred music. Vicki has a master’s degree in Historical Musicology from Columbia University. Before going to seminary, Vicki and her family spent two and a half years in Japan. Her theological training was at Drew Theological School. Vicki is married to John and they have two grown children, Jack and Meg. Her hobbies include reading, knitting, singing, family history and spending time at the beach in Rhode Island.

Why did Vicki become a priest? " My relationship with God has always been central to who I am. I felt called to ordained ministry when I was 16, but it took me a good number of years and a variety of experiences before I was ready to answer that call. As a priest it is a privilege and a joy to accompany people on their spiritual journey and their walk with Jesus. I find that God has a wonderful sense of humor and I believe that laughter is a spiritual gift!"

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