All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Chicago is a welcoming, inclusive and prayerful community, which celebrates and embodies the love of God for all people (period).

Collect for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost  

God of hope,
you are ruler of night as well as day,
guardian of those who wander in the shadows.
Be new light and life
for those who live in the darkness of despair,
for prisoners of guilt and grief,
for victims of fantasy and depression,
that even where death's cold grip tightens,
we may know the power of the one
who conquered fear and death. Amen.

All Saints Episcopal Church

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60640


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Dear Friends, 

I, like many of you, am utterly rejoicing in the Supreme Court's ruling yesterday on marriage equality. Thanks be to God!

These are exciting times in The Episcopal Church as well. Today General Convention will elect a new Presiding Bishop, and next week it will make its own decisions on marriage equality as well as on the structure of the church. Let's keep Bonnie and all of the other delegates from across the country in our prayers.

Meanwhile, I'm so enjoying getting to know all of you! Tomorrow morning, I will be the deacon and preacher, my husband Andy (a priest) will be our guest presider, and as usual Scott has some excellent music lined up.

Let us go forth into this marvelous Pride weekend rejoicing in the power of the Spirit!


Our new Associate Rector, Emily Williams Guffey, is enjoying getting to know everyone in our congregation. Help her put names and faces together by adding yourself to our online directory!

If you are a member of All Saints' and haven't already registered for the directory, please contact our resident web guru Jim Crandall at and he will send a user name, password, and instructions.

LAST CHANCE to sign up!!

Is your child interested in serving as an acolyte? Join our All Saints Acolyte team. We are holding training for new and experienced acolytes. New acolytes will learn what to do. Experienced acolytes will learn new roles, brush up on liturgical behavior, and help new acolytes.

And.... Then we all go to GREAT AMERICA!!!!!


Who: Kids 8 years or older who are interested and ready to be in the acolyte ministry.

When: Wednesday July 8 for training at 8 AM. Then, we will leave around ~10 AM for Great America. Returning for a pizza dinner.

Where: Meet at All Saints

Cost: Training is free. Great America is $35/kid (assuming we have enough kids for a group discount), but we have subsidies to make sure everyone can go.

Help Needed: We need some adults who are willing to drive, chaperone the kids, and ride the rides at Great America.

RSVP: Please contact Ken Jones ASAP so we can plan for transport and tickets. or (773) 575-1629

We still need volunteer hosts for the following Sundays:

July 12
July 26
August 9
August 23
September 6
September 13
September 27

Please check your busy summer schedules and sign up here to keep Coffee Hour going throughout the summer.  


July 1 at 7pm on the front lawn 

Guns account for over 30,000 deaths in America annually. How do we as people of faith and citizens respond to the place of guns in our country? Is there a spiritual element in (or missing from) the national discourse? 

As a father who lost a son to gun violence and a member of the All Saints' community, Steve Pike invites All Saints parishioners to join in a conversation about guns. He will share his story and Lee Goodman, an area activist and author of a recent book on the issue, will also be present. 

We will gather on the front lawn along Hermitage Ave on Wednesday, July 1 at 7pm. In the event of rain, we'll move to the Reading Room. We look forward to a sane and humane discussion on a difficult issue - and joyful fellowship.



The situation in South Sudan continues to be very serious. Click here for a recent piece in the Washington Post that provides an overview of the issues on the ground. 

We are in communication with Bishop Joseph of the Diocese of Renk. He reports that there are currently two crises affecting Renk Diocese. They are: shortage of food, and of necessary plastic sheeting to protect shelters during the rainy season. The rains damage houses, which are made of straw and mud, and plastic sheeting protects people when leaking occurs.

The Renk Development Relief Agency was established specifically to meet the humanitarian needs on the ground in Renk. This is the most direct way to ensure funds and assistance reach Renk to meet the specific needs on the ground. The organization serves people from all tribes and religions - everyone is welcome.  

If you would like to contribute to the humanitarian assistance in Renk, donations can be made to the Diocese of Chicago, designated for "ECS-REDRA-Food & Shelter Assistance"

If you would like regular updates, consider subscribing to AFRECS (American Friends Episcopal Church Sudan) bi-weekly updates by clicking here. You may also email Abigail Sylvester to learn more about All Saints' Friends of Sudan ministry and stay informed.


Here is a collection of photos of the progress of our 1883 Project. Here is a collection of bell tower photos. Check back often for updates.

vestibuleWork on This Old Church and the 1883 Project continues! The secondary peak and roof of our vestibule has been removed uncovering the initial roof and its original shingles. Apparently the only thing attaching the secondary roof to the East wall was the flashing between the vestibule roof and the East Wall and two nails. (My O My!)

It seems clear that the vestibule sank very early in its creation. If you stand on the South side of the vestibule and look at it in relation to the East Wall it is now wildly apparent how the front portion of the vestibule has sunk. Next week scaffolding will be erected around the East wall and the bell tower. Then having shored up the underside of the East Wall our amazing contractors will begin to jack up the wall, bit by bit, day by day, using a manually turned “screw-jack.” How cool is that?

Monthly Forum for Leaders & Caregivers at ASEC

While it is indeed "more blessed to give than receive," those who provide pastoral care to others need care, too. These monthly sessions will offer participants a chance to de-brief their experiences, enhance skills of empathy and communication, learn strategies for maintaining healthy boundaries, and explore the spiritual foundation of caring for one another. Sessions will be facilitated by M. Jeanne Wirpsa, long-time member of ASEC, Keeping God's People Safe Trainer, and professional chaplain.

WHO MAY ATTEND: Ushers, lay chaplains, Sunday school teachers, Tuesday night volunteers, vestry members, youth group leaders, and others involved in leading various ministries and in providing hands-on care at ASEC.

WHEN: 1st Monday of the month, starting Monday, May 4th, 7:30-8:30

WHERE: ASEC Reading Room

Contact Margaret McCamant with questions.

The book club continues to meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM rotating among the homes of participating members.  We post the details of the club on Facebook. Currently we have 5 active members. Anyone who likes to read and share their thoughts on what they read is welcome. Here is the lineup of books for the coming months:

July 9, 2015 “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. This book is about the joy of reading and the enhanced enjoyment from sharing your reading with others.
August 13, 2015 “Maus” a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman.
September 10, 2015 "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn

October 8, 2015

 "Empire Falls" by Richard Russo

November 12, 2015 

"A Fighting Chance" by Elizabeth Warren

December 10, 2015

"Three May Keep a Secret" by Susan Van Perk

January 14, 2016

 "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy

Contact Mike Burke here with any questions. 

Do you pray? How? Do you keep a list of intentions to meditate upon while praying? Do you pray while moving? Do you pray most often alone or with other people? Do you want to pray more but feel stuck? If you’re interested in exploring the ways in which other women pray and how we may lend support to one another, please join us in our exploration of prayer and how we fit it into our lives.

Launching during Lent, 2015. Email Angie Schlater: for more information.

This is the handout from the Annual Meeting that explains the development of our new logo.

Registration is now open!

campOur hope at Camp Chicago is to give our campers the best week of their entire year. We want them to have fun and know what it means to laugh so hard you're gasping for air. We want them to feel challenged and know they can dare to attempt new things. We want them to make lasting friendships. And we want them to know they are loved by God and called to a life of purpose and meaning. So if that sounds like something you'd like to be part of, you can sign up today!

Online Registration for 2015 camp sessions is now open!

Learn more about Camp Chicago here.

Sunday Service Times

8:00 am Inclusive Language Eucharist
9:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir
10:00 am Children's Church School
10:00 am Coffee Hour
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir


Contact Us

4550 N. Hermitage in Chicago, IL 60640 (Directions)

Phone (773) 561-0111


Information about pastoral care.


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