Who are we? All Saints' is a community of Christians who seek to follow Jesus Christ and invite others to follow Him.We practice the Christian faith in the Anglican tradition.We read and study the Bible, through which, we believe, God has declared the Good News of salvation from sin and hope of eternal life.We celebrate Eucharist (Holy Communion) each week. All baptized Christians may receive the bread and wine.When worshiping God through song, we blend traditional and contemporary music.We offer a range of ministry programs for children and youth.We seek to serve God and our neighbors with a range of ministries.We have prayer teams available at each service for anyone who wants to receive prayer for themselves, their family members, or friends.
Is All Saints' a new church?We are an "old" community, going back 100 years, in a new place.We are rooted in the ancient Church and the Anglican tradition.All Saints' community moved to Amesbury from West Newbury in 2007.We now worship in the buildings that previously belonged to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.The Archdiocese of Boston and our Roman Catholic neighbors at Holy Family Parish helped make our move possible.We are now All Saints' Anglican Church and Ministry Center, and pro-cathedral of the Anglican Diocese in New England under the Anglcian Church in North America.
Anglican? What's that?Churches like ours have their beginnings in the Church of England.The Anglican Communion is the name for the association of national churches that grew from the Church of England. There are about 75 million Anglicans worldwide, with the largest number in Africa. The national churches are called "provinces."Anglican churches around the world are "in communion" with one another. We follow a common pattern for worship. Priests from one Anglican province may celebrate Eucharist in another Anglican province anywhere in the world, and members of one Anglican parish may take communion (the bread and the wine) in any other.
How is All Saints' governed?Like all churches in the Anglican tradition, we are governed both by clergy (bishops, priests, and deacons) and by lay persons (vestry).All Saints' clergy include our Rector, the Rev. Dr. Nathan Baxter, and assisting priests, the Rev. Canon Dr. Susan Skillen and the Rev. Canon Ross Kimball.Our vestry consists of elected lay officers (Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Clerk) and several elected vestry members.
Who may be a member of All Saints'?We invite everyone to come and worship with us.You don't have to be a believing Christian to come to our services.If you are a "seeker," please feel welcome to seek God with us.