Welcome to All Saints’ Episcopal Church

10 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824. Phone: 978-256-5673 (LORD)

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  • Just some of the All Saints' Day Celebration musicians

We are a welcoming community that seeks to follow Jesus Christ with all that we are and all that we have. Through worship, fellowship, education, and outreach we open ourselves to God and our neighbor.

Our Sunday worship services are at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM in the main church. There is a staffed nursery for the 10:00 AM service. Church School begins at 9:45 AM. Wednesday worship is at noon in the chapel.  10 Billerica Rd. Chelmsford Center. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith: we invite you to join us!

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Daily Prayers – “Forward Day By Day” online

Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer.

You can get access to it online online, or you can sign up for an email subscription.

Here’s the link

 

 

Christmas memorial gifts

The poinsettias surrounding the altar on Christmas represent the memorial gifts of parishioners in remembrance of loved ones. You may also donate to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund or to the ‘In Thanksgiving For’ category that we are adding this year for donations to the Endowment Fund in memory of a loved one.  The names of all those remembered will appear in the Christmas service leaflets.

The donation page is here along with details:

2018 poinsettia

 

Sermon–Hope when the world is falling apart: 12/1/2018

Sermon

Advent 1—Year C–December 1, 2018

William Bradbury

Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-9, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36

What do you do when the world is falling apart? Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Tom Friedman, quoting the International Rescue Committee in a recent Op-Ed in the New York Times, says today there are 70 million people who hit the road looking for “zones of order” after their world falls apart. Some of these are: Continue reading

Church School Notices for Dec. 9th

All Church School Classes are meeting this Sunday.

Colors of Christ, Godly Play and Weavers are meeting at their regular time and place.

The kids in grades 7-10 will either be helping with the Pageant and need to check in with Elizabeth Danieli in the Colors of Christ room, or attending the Service and Learning Class in the Cranberry Room with Deb Forsberg. Both activities start at 11:15 and end at noon.

Pageant Rehearsal is this Sunday from 11:20-noon. Check the PAGEANT bulletin board for specific directions.

ADVENT doesn’t mind if you missed a week- you can still join in! You can pick up one of our ADVENT calendars to take home and a ADVENT FOOD DRIVE grocery bag. Both can be found in the Narthex.

We will have programming for the kids on Sunday, Dec. 30th. We will be having a Christmas Story Time in the Godly Play room for kids of all ages!

 

Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

Our annual service of Lessons and Carols will take place on Sunday, December 16, at 4p.m. All are welcome to hear the story of the birth of Jesus told through scripture and song. The Parish, B#, Disco Penguin, and Handbell Choirs have been preparing for this special service, which will also include plenty of congregational singing, and ends with the church bathed in candlelight.  We hope that you will find the time to center yourself and find the “reason for the season,” and feel free to bring a friend.

Church School Notices for Sunday, Nov. 18th

  • Church School classes are meeting at their regular times this Sunday.
  • Christmas Fair Fun! Church School Families are asked to donate items to their child’s class raffle basket for the Fair on Dec. 1st! The class themes are: Colors of Christ: Art Supplies! Godly Play: Game Night! Weavers: Animals! Upper School (7-10): Gift Card Basket! Donations to the raffle baskets can be left with teachers.
  • Pageant! A few quick facts about the Pageant: All kids are encouraged- no one will be turned away! (there were many shepherds in the field that night, and a multitude of angels!) Costumes are provided, though may need some tlc. And if you wonder about the time needed, here is a helpful chart:
    ROLE TIME COMMITMENT
    LITTLE KIDS ‘ANIMALS, ANGELS AND SHEPHERDS

    All kids who attend the service are enthusiastically encouraged to join in! 

    NO REHEARSALS REQUIRED.

    ARRIVE 20 MINUTES EARLY TO THE SERVICE TO PICK OUT A COSTUME. DIRECTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING ARE IN THE PROGRAM

    Kids are welcomed to attend the Dec. 23rd rehearsal on Sunday for a run through. Rehearsal on the 23rd ends at 12:30  with a cookie party.

    BACKSTAGE CREW, DANCING ANGELS, SKIPPING STARS, THE STAR, SHEPHERD POSSE, DONKEY

    These roles require rehearsals, but do not have lines to memorize

    REHEARSAL EVERY SUNDAY DECEMBER 2ND – 23RD

    These roles require practice time during rehearsals. 11:15-noon on the 2, 9, 16th. 11:15-12:30 on the 23rd.

    NARRATORS, GABRIEL, MARY, JOSEPH, INN KEEPER, HEAD SHEPHERD

    These roles require rehearsals,  and have lines to memorize- and/or read- though on the night of they will have their lines on props for help.

    REHEARSAL EVERY SUNDAY DECEMBER 2ND – 23RD

    These roles require practice time at home and during rehearsals. 11:15-noon on the 2, 9, 16th. 11:15-12:30 on the 23rd.

Sign up to join the fun at coffee hour the next two weeks, or e-mail Laura at DRE.Allsaints@gmail.com

What’s Happening for Kids this Week!

  • All Church School Classes are meeting at their regular times this Sunday:
Colors of Christ, Godly Play and Weavers: 9:45am- Peace
7th &8th Grade, 9th & 10th Grade: 11:20-noon.
  • Be sure to pick up the NEW November Church School Newsletter this Sunday! Important information about upcoming events in the church school!
  • Parents of 7th-10th graders need to register their kids for Advent Intercession- its easy to do! Go to the registration HERE

Singing and ringing opportunities at All Saints’

As we begin to plan our schedules for the fall, I urge you to consider joining a choir at All Saints’.

We have two youth choirs, a parish choir, and a handbell choir. Our youngest choir, the Disco Penguins, is for children who can read words (usually K/1) through grade 4 or 5. The Penguins meet on Thursdays, from 6-7pm in the Choir Room. The B# Choir is for unchanged voices, and welcomes graduating Penguins and all others through grade 12. This group meets on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm in the Choir Room, and includes a half hour overlap with the Disco Penguins. Each group sings separately, as well as preparing jointly for the annual Three Choirs Festival which will be on May 5, 2019 at All Saints’. Both the Disco Penguins and the B# choirs will begin rehearsals on September 13.

Our Handbell Choir, under the dedicated volunteer Debbie Psilopoulos, meets Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm. The ability to read music is a plus for this adult group, but is not mandatory. This group rehearses in the sanctuary, beginning September 13.

The Parish Choir meets Thursdays from 7:45-9:15pm, beginning September 6. If you enjoy singing, and are interested in becoming further involved in the life at All Saints’, we would love to have you. We welcome all voice parts, but are especially in need of men.

Please speak to any current choir member, to Debbie P, or myself if you would like to know more.

Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music, maggie@ccc.com

 

All Saints’ Thrift Shop Needs YOU!

Our Thrift Shop is 50 years young, and needs some help to stay strong. This volunteer run shop is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10a.m. – 3p.m., and most volunteers work one 2.5 hour shift/month. We have several shifts in need of coverage and are hoping that you will join this small, but mighty group.