Welcome to All Saints Church
We're drawing the circle wider!
"What's all that going on up there with the tents?"
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All Saints Anglican Church, located on the corner of King and
Queen Streets in downtown Hamilton is currently dergoing redevelopment of its
property and the community is temporarily relocated in Erskine Presbyterian
Church. Our services are at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons and always include a
celebration of the Eucharist. All are welcome.
All Saints has a long history
of commitment to social justice, advocacy, mental health and supporting those
who are marginalized in our city. Our mission to “Draw the
Circle Wide” includes extending God’s compassion and justice to our non-human
friends as well.
As we move into a new era,
many of us have family members with no Christian memory. Others, may have
been raised in the church, but are no longer connected to those roots. In situations
like this, it is important to make your wishes known to your family so that
they might honor your religious traditions. For instance, if you are in
hospital, friends or family may call on your behalf and ask for a pastoral
visit. In times of sickness or at the end of life, clergy will come (if
we know you are in hospital) and bring you communion or anoint you for dying,
just as Jesus was anointed.
Because we live in a death denying culture, families often do
not want funerals when the time comes. Even some Christians choose not to
have one. In other cases, families opt for a “celebration of life” but
this is a cultural trend and does not honor the Christian life that the person
lived or have the same prayerful substance as a Christian funeral. While
it is indeed important that we take time to remember and celebrate the life of
the one who has died, it is also important to remember that the person who has
died, is not gone forever. Funerals help us to remember and celebrate
that. They affirm hope in the midst of loss, and their ritual provides powerful
words to carry families forward in times of grief, even when the families are
not themselves particularly religious. It is also a time for the Church
to pray together, to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ which the deceased
has been born into, and to journey with the family as together, we return our
loved ones to God. A loving church community is often a great witness and
comfort to the family of the one who has died.
So often, people will pre-arrange with a funeral home, but make
no provision for a Christian service. If this is something you would like
to do, please contact the church office and speak to the priest. We will
set up a confidential file – which might include some beloved hymns or
scripture readings or perhaps even a special reading or piece of poetry.
And remember that always, “Whether we live or die, we belong to the
Lord”. (Romans 14.8)
spirituality is deeply rooted in prayer and lived in community. At All
Saints, our primary act of worship takes place on Sundays and is always a
celebration of the Eucharist. This is known by various other names
as well: The Lord's Supper, Holy Communion and the Great
Thanksgiving. The weekly Eucharist recalls Jesus last supper with
his friends, which took place the night before his death. When he broke
bread with his friends around the, he gave them a new commandment: to love
one another. When we gather each week, we do so intentionally, praying
for the needs of one another and the whole world, recalling the stories of
God's people, proclaiming God's love for the world, forgiveness of sins and the
Resurrection of the Lord.
The sacrament of Baptism is available for all who seek it and are willing to make promises before God and in the presence of the community. For infants and children, these promises are made on behalf of the child by their parents. While not everyone agrees with infant baptism, the biblical record reminds us that whole households were baptized together, and this included children. Baptism is always a joyous occasion and is customarily done on specific dates within the church year. For more information, please contact the church office.
We love weddings! If you would like to get married in the church, please be sure to talk to the priest first and do not book the hall until that has been done. Normally, one member of the couple must be baptized in order for a Christian wedding to take place. All Saints is a church in the Diocese of Niagara and as such, we welcome all couples to marriage, regardless of gender.
Assisted Dying is now legal in Canada. Rather than fight a law which we
are unlikely to change, the position of the Anglican Church of Canada is to be
present with people regardless of where they stand on the issue, and to always
provide pastoral care for those who have made a difficult decision to move
forward with physician assisted dying. For more information, please
contact the church office.
The Christian life begins and ends with daily prayer. Not everyone does the traditional offices, but everyone can and should pray daily in the morning and evening. If you are not already doing so, here are two lovely prayers to get you started in your mornings and to help you finish off your day:
Sample Morning Prayer
Dear Lord, before I begin my day, I pause to be claimed again by you, to be reminded of what matters most, to offer myself to your service in whatever opportunities you give me this day. Thank you for another day and a safe night passed in your care.
Sample Evening Prayer
Dear God, soon I will sleep. Grateful for this day with all its joys and all its complications, I give myself to your loving care and am happy to rest in your love. Forgive me for my errors, my neglect, my hard-heartedness of today. Lord, have mercy. Amen.
May you and your loved ones have a safe and joyful summer. God Bless!