Celebration Of Ministries (COM)
On the Sunday after Labor Day each year, all parish groups, approximately 90+ of them, are represented in a parade of ministries during both the 9:00 and 11:15 services. Between the services, a ministry fair takes place in the courtyard where you can inquire about the various ministries and find out how you can be involved in any one or more of them. Many parishioners have said that this particular Sunday will leave you awestruck at the depth and breadth of all that we do here at All Saints’. You won’t want to miss being a part of this great parish celebration.
Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga
Our annual parish retreat is always the first full weekend in October. We retreat to Kanuga Conference Center in beautiful Hendersonville, North Carolina where a fun filled weekend is always on tap. The weekend includes abundant fellowship, fun, worship, music, special children’s programs and a great time for all ages and all sorts. The parish retreat is typically the first weekend in October. Each year an invited guest/retreat leader leads our adult program and Sunday morning worship.
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Fall Festival And Artists Market
A popular tradition at All Saints’ is a weekend long celebration of our Feast Day – All Saints’ Sunday. Typically the first weekend in November which is full of events for all ages that include children’s programs on Saturday, evening entertainment for the older set, a day long market of fine arts and crafts as presented by our parishioners and invited guests, great food and great fellowship throughout the day on Saturday. The market opens on Friday evening with a cocktail reception, continuing on Saturday, the day and will include lunch, shopping the fine arts and crafts, children’s performances and other programs. The proceeds for the weekend help to fund scholarships for our annual youth pilgrimage.
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St. Nicholas Supper
An annual tradition where we celebrate St. Nicholas day with a holiday supper and children’s program. St. Nicholas himself has been known to appear to read the story of St. Nicholas and share some candy with the kids. There are 2 dinner seating’s that are available (5:00 and 6:45 p.m.) and the dinner typically takes place the first Wednesday in December.
Epiphany/12th Night Wednesday Night Supper
The first Wednesday in January we resume our weekly suppers with a special epiphany celebration. An epiphany service in the chapel will be held at 5:00 p.m. followed by supper fit for a king. Epiphany is the Christian holiday in many churches and is an observance of the wise men’s arrival to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. Christian tradition dating back centuries, Twelfth Night, the last day of the 12-day Christmas season is celebrated with food, music and merriment. Not many of us celebrate Christmas with 12 days of gift-giving from December 25 to January 5, as in the famous Christmas carol. But in some Christian churches, the liturgical celebration of the Christmas season concludes on Epiphany. Epiphany was one of the earliest Christian feast days. In the early church, Christmas and Epiphany were the same day. The birth of Jesus and the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River were considered two epiphanies, or events in which God revealed himself. This special night of celebration we will enjoy King Cake and a hearty meal. Reservations are needed for this supper.
Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday
Each year we celebrate Mardi Gras and Shrove Tuesday with either or both a Mardi Gras, New Orleans style party with pancakes incorporated into the evening as part of the menu. Some years we celebrate with just a pancake supper, other years we offer a full Mardi Gras experience with NOLA inspired Cajun menu, Dixieland jazz, lots of beads and masks. Reservations can be made at the Parish Life table on online.
Men’s Annual Retreat
Each spring, All Saints’ men of all ages gather for a weekend program that challenges mind, body, and spirit. The program is designed by the Men’s Retreat committee. Golf, fishing, hiking, relaxing, and many other activity options are always in store for the participants of this retreat. The date is usually mid to late spring and the location is determined by the committee.
Once or twice a year the men of the parish gather as a community to break bread together here at the church over a great meal prepared by different men of the parish or a caterer. The meals have included the very popular Low Country Boil and a grill-your-own Steak Night, another and recent favorite is the Men’s Night Out complete with brandy and cigars. September is when the group always gathers, and if another supper is planned it will typically take place in the spring.
Pentecost Sunday typically marks the date of our annual parish picnic each year. An early evening affair of barbeque picnic fare, relaxing musical entertainment, kids activities and fun for everyone. Fellowship time at its best takes place on the grounds of All Saints’ and often takes place on the first Sunday in June.
Women’s Annual Lenten Retreat
Each Lent we gather for a weekend of learning, prayer, worship and fun! Destinations vary but typically we choose a fairly close venue (Montara Farms) and occasionally a beach destination for a 3 night retreat vs. 2 nights. Each year an invited guest speaker/retreat leader joins us for inspiration and learning. The weekend always includes plenty of time for rest, relaxing, various activities for the more active and an abundance of fellowship. Watch for registration information as the dates vary depending on when Lent falls each year.