Welcome to All Saints Church

We're drawing the circle wider!

Woman:  "What's all that going on up there with the tents?"

Man:  "Oh, it's probably those All Saints people. They do stuff like that..."


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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.

SPIRITUALITY


A Word about Funerals

 

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)

 




Christian 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.

 

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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.

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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.  



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Pyshican Assisted Dying

 

Physician 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. 

Daily Prayer


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!