Many years ago, my husband, children and I tearfully said our goodbyes to the small southern town we called home and moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry. One thing we knew we would miss dearly was our church — Saint Philips Episcopal Church, which was so small that we were all more like a family than some families actually are. We took part in almost all aspects of church life there, from vestry to choir to teaching bible school to lay reading.
I was a part of the Prayer Shawl knitting Ministry from the very beginning. I was involved because I loved to knit. Never attended a meeting. I just made shawls. Toni Larsen, a crocheter, took over the ministry and I was ask to lead the knitting part.
Having been in choir for about 12 years, you could say I’m a lifer. I started in mini-singers, and now continue to sing in the high school Trouveres. Over this time I’ve come to realize the meaningful opportunity that the choir program has given me: the opportunity to break down barriers and touch people emotionally in a unique way.
Kyla McCarrel and Lora McManus
I joined the All Saints Youth Choirs when I was four years old and attended fourteen years of weekly rehearsals and early Sunday morning services. This program was my first introduction to the world of classical choral music, and I know that without it, I would not be where I am today. I will be starting my senior year at Chapman University this fall, with a double major in Music Education and Vocal Performance.
Last year the Foster Care Project launched a family visitation program in partnership with the Department of Family and Children Services (DCFS) using a newly decorated, toy filled room at DCFS. Here parents whose children have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care can visit their children in a family-friendly environment monitored by a trained volunteer family visitation coach.
The All Saints Master Plan for our expanded campus has achieved an important milestone, receiving final approval from the City’s Design Commission.
Since we first envisioned the space the new buildings will provide, our need has continued to grow. We are committed to ensuring that our exceptional ministries and programs have the necessary facilities so they can continue to serve as beacons of God’s light and love for many years to come.
ASC’s Peace and Justice Ministries, along with the Office of Creative Connections, have just published the new edition of the newsletter “Faith into Action,” with stories about Homeboy’s Father Greg Boyle, transformational journeys to El Salvador and China, among others.
Part Two of the All Saints Church annual meeting, Sunday, March 9, 2014
All Saints Annual Meeting, Part One, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014