In order to implement our mission of sharing God’s love, All Saints has established the following ministries. Our church is blessed with a dedicated group of volunteers who make up our Church Council and Ministry Committees. We are always open to new ideas and new ministries, so if you would like to serve, please let us know!
The Witness Ministry assists the congregation to witness to their faith at every opportunity in daily life, works to restore those who have lapsed from active membership, and welcomes new members into the fellowship of the congregation. This ministry provides training and coordination for greeters and new member sponsors, provides for the communication and public relations needs of the congregation, and plans food and fellowship for special events and occasions. Witness also coordinates ministries of care for those who are ill, homebound or grieving.
Worship, Music and the Arts
Worship, Music and the Arts oversees that the services of God’s house are conducted regularly in accordance with the liturgies and practices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Areas of this ministry include the crucifers, assisting ministers, lectors, altar guild, arts and decoration guild, the flower team, ushers, and the choirs.
Memorial Prayer Garden and Columbarium
One of our most beautiful of sacred spaces is our Memorial Prayer Garden, now the location of our Columbarium. The Columbarium Ministry was officially established in May of 2009, and niches are now available to be purchased. Brochures, fact sheets, and policies regarding our Columbarium are available in the Prayer Garden corridor inside the church, as well as in the Church Office. The first phase of construction is now complete and the first 40 niches installed. A dedicated team of gardeners keeps the Memorial Prayer Garden looking beautiful all year round.
Mutual Ministry provides a confidential and supportive group for pastors and staff to address issues, grievances and conflict resolution. This ministry serves as a personal and confidential support group to the Pastor(s) and other staff, as an open communication channel regarding conditions and attitudes in the congregation, and as agents of reconciliation in time of conflict in the congregation.
The Finance Team oversees the finances of the congregation, ensures that sound business and accounting principles are used, and that all income and disbursements are accounted for properly. This ministry provides support for the ministries of the congregation through developing the annual Ministry Vision Plan, monitoring the congregation’s income and expenditures, and reporting to the leaders and the entire congregation.
The Service Committee provides opportunities for the congregation to share their time, talent, and treasures within the local community in an effort to relieve suffering. This ministry coordinates parish activities and seeks to involve youth and adults in all areas of social concern. The ministry also recommends organizations to receive benevolence funds from the annual Ministry Vision Plan and from special gifts for that purpose.
The Facilities Team serves as committed stewards of the physical facilities of the Church and leads the congregation to share in this commitment. This ministry provides for the planning, administration, care, maintenance, repair, inventory, replacement, protection, and use of all Church property, including all buildings and grounds, roads, fences, parking lots and landscaping.
Youth & Family Life Roundtable
The Youth and Family Life Roundtable aims to provide programming that meets the spiritual needs of our youth and their families in a safe and supportive environment. This ministry recognizes that youth are called by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament to full partnership in the community of faith. This ministry provides programs that offer Biblically-based, Christ-centered opportunities for learning, service, support, witness and worship. It aims to involve adults and youth from all parts of the congregation’s work in developing a planned program for children, youth and families.
Adult Education Committee
The Adult Education Committee provides educational opportunities for the continued spiritual formation of adult members of the congregation through Bible study and activities provided as part of the program of the church and such other resources as may be available. This ministry provides regular opportunities for Bible study, discussion of issues facing adults of faith, spiritual development, and for learning and understanding Lutheran theology.
Mission Endowment Fund Team
The Mission Endowment Fund was created as a way for our congregation to provide grants to ministries or needs outside our four walls. The Mission Endowment Fund Committee prayerfully manages this financial ministry in accordance with the MEF Bylaws and the All Saints Gift Policy.
The Stewardship Committee provides education, encouragement and support for the congregation in their stewardship of personal spiritual gifts and material resources to enable the congregation, synod, and the ELCA to carry out their call to minister to each other and to others. This ministry provides for a year-round stewardship program, makes provision for stewardship education in the congregation, and encourages faithful commitments of members’ time, talents, treasures.
All Saints is blessed with talented individuals and teams who work diligently to design and implement flower arrangements for Sunday mornings as well as additional events throughout the year. The All Saints flower ministry has been invited to participate in the Fall Flower Festival at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.