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Community Ministries

Habitat Build 2010 Dedication DayAll Saints’ has been both life-giving and given life by reaching out into Atlanta since the earliest days of the twentieth century, when parishioners opened their homes to”board and protect working girls.”

We are a city church. Our identity has been deeply formed by the challenges and opportunities of urban life. Our presence has been felt in the civil rights movement, inner-city educational experiments, and emergency shelters for homeless persons.

Through the following ministries, we continue reaching out to our city and our neighbors:


Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing

The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing offers a model of prayerful education that forms and reforms individual and collective action: a defined curriculum, thoughtful training, pilgrimages, and dialogue. Guided by faith and led by intention, the Center will continue its important work until our work is no longer needed. We seek the beloved community and the rewards of living life in that community – free of racism.

The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing’s Website: centerforracialhealing.org


 

Canterbury Court

Canterbury Court, co-founded by All Saints’ and St. Luke’s churches, is a continuing care retirement community located at 3750 Peachtree Road in Atlanta’s Brookhaven community. Several members of All Saints’ are residents of Canterbury Court. Our clergy rotate on a bi-monthly with St. Luke’s in celebrating the Eucharist each Wednesday morning.

Canterbury Court’s Website: canterburycourt.org


Above: All Saints’ parishioners help serve the annual Covenant Community Thanksgiving dinner in Ellis Hall.

Covenant Community, Inc.

Covenant Community is a residential life stabilization program for addicted men, located on the Spring Street side of our campus. Most residents arrive after detoxification to live in the Covenant Community for six to nine months, building a new life without addiction and learning new life skills to enable their success. Upon successfully completing the program, the men move to Sterne House, a drug-free residence. Parishioners participate primarily through preparing and eating Monday night suppers with the residents. A commitment can be as simple as preparing and sharing one meal during the year.

Covenant Community’s Website: covenantatlanta.org


Earth Stewards

Earth Stewards Mission: To enhance awareness of Environmental issues in our parish and to promote opportunities for All Saints’ to be an advocate for and an example of environmental stewardship in our larger community.

Earth Stewards logoMore importantly, we recognize that our individual actions have an effect on our brothers/sisters and future generations. Good stewardship of the earth’s resources is intimately tied to social justice, since the poorest among us are the first to suffer the effects of environmental degradation.

Earth Stewards regularly offers programs to reduce our impact on the earth, including CFL light bulbs, Georgia Power’s Power Credit Program, the Ecology Pledge, the All Saints’ Reusable Grocery Bag, and Advent Light kits. We sponsor Sunday School series and Wednesday night lectures, along with the annual women’s luncheon and other parish life activities. We believe that all work and no play not only makes us dull, but it wears us out, so we have fun through regular get-togethers, hikes, etc. We also share ideas via email for reducing the size of the carbon footprint we leave on the earth.


Meals on Wheels

Parishioners volunteer for one day a week to deliver noon meals to elderly residents of Roosevelt House, located near the church.
Parish Contact: Lee Walter


Midtown Assistance Center (MAC)

Midtown Assistance Center (MAC), located at First United Methodist Church, is an interfaith ministry proving assistance to the working poor. Midtown congregations support MAC’s distribution of clothing and food, emergency funds for rent and utility bills and it directs clients to appropriate agencies to assist in meeting a particular need.

MAC’s Website: midtownassistancectr.org


Refugee Ministries

Refugee Ministries is rooted in the transforming relationships that develop between parishioners and newly-arrived refugees in the Atlanta area. We are connected with refugees from Bosnia, Vietnam, Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and other countries.

Parishioners help families in many different ways, including English and GED tutoring, arranging and driving to medical and other appointments, helping refugees pay bills, and offering advice on life in the U.S. We also support, with prayers and presence, the Sudanese Episcopal Church of Atlanta, a congregation within the Diocese of Atlanta.

We are partners with Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries) and the International Community School (a DeKalb county charter school).

Contact Louisa Merchant, Director of Refugee Ministries, at 404-403-5908

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Respite Care Atlanta (RCA)

Respite Care Atlanta, Inc. (RCA) is a congregational respite care program serving community-dwelling families. Our mission is to provide spiritually integrated respite care for adults with cognitive challenges and support their primary caregivers through free time, information and community resources. We provide an environment for intellectual stimulation, physical exercise and meaningful connections for our participants to counteract the forces of social isolation. Our social-recreational model of care serves families by strengthening caregivers’ ability to maintain their loved ones at home. We have many opportunities for volunteers to serve their community and want to hear from local families in need of our program and services. If you are interested in learning more about us, please visit our website.

RCA’s Website: respitecareatlanta.org


The MICAH Project

In fulfillment of Micah 6:8, we nurture racial healing as a part of our spiritual formation by facilitating and engaging in honest conversation about race. We seek, as a church community, to act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God and one another.

Learn more: allsaintsatlanta.org/the-micah-project

The MICAH Project’s Facebook Pagefacebook.com/THEMICAHPROJECTALLSAINTS

To join the email list, please contact Nancy Wade: themicahprojectas@gmail.com.


Threads

Threads

Threads is an All Saints’ mission devoted to clothing children in need with dignity. Located in Tate Hall on the All Saints’ campus, Threads serves families referred by neighboring social service agencies. Threads is a volunteer ministry driven by a desire to provide children from birth through fifth grade with clean, durable clothing and footwear.
Contact: Lori Guarisco, Threads Coordinator, at 404-267-4317

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United Thank Offering (UTO)

UTO boxUTO is the daily, prayer-centered practice of thanking God for the blessings of the day. During prayers, tangible thanks are given by putting coins or bills into blue UTO mite boxes. Each year, 100% of the offering collected throughout the Episcopal Church USA is granted to support mission programs in the United States and around the world. United Thank Offering is encouraged as a Lenten discipline at All Saints’, though many parishioners practice daily, prayerful thanksgiving during the entire year. Information, envelopes and blue UTO boxes are available on the round table outside the church office.

United Thank Offering’s Website: unitedthankoffering.com

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