All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

Young People and Children's Programs

ASYG (All Saints' Youth Group)

Our Youth Group Program is offered for young people in Jr. High and older. This program meets 2 Sunday evenings per month from 3:30-7:30pm as well as for special programs. During the year a variety of special events are planned for and by our young people. Take a look at our calendar for upcoming ASYG dates and email Hilary Waldron for more information.

Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation preparation is offered for anyone 13 or older. The overall goals of the confirmation process are to equip the students to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their baptism and to prepare them to participate fully in the life of the church. Anyone interested in becoming confirmed should contact our Rector, Bonnie Perry to get more information.

Children's Outreach Projects

All Saints' Church School organizes or encourages children to participate in a variety of projects to benefit others. Our children often participate with their families in the Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. Each fifth Tuesday we hold a Family Night at the Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. Parents and children are invited to join us to help serve up a delicious meal. The menu will be designed with tasks perfect for little hands (ages five and up with adult supervision, of course) – it’s a guaranteed fun time! Contact our Associate Rector Emily Williams Guffey to express your interest in participating. The next Family Nights will be on:

  • November 29, 2016

  • January 31, 2017

  • May 30, 2017

  • August 29, 2017

In the spring children plant a vegetable garden with the goal of providing the Community Kitchen with fresh produce during the summer. Other activities include children in the Youth Group and the 9 to 12 group organizing a “Family Fright Fest” for Day of the Dead to help support All Saints’ outreach programs and the Youth Group-led, incredibly successful annual “Bake Auction” fundraiser that benefits Africa ministries.

youngpeople.minChristmas Pageant

The children are the stars of All Saints’ slightly non-traditional version of the Christmas story, known in some households as "The Donkey (and Jesus)." This pageant experience allows our children to share with the congregation some of the joy they have in their relationship with God. While adults take supporting roles, our children portray the main characters of the story. This encourages them to spend time thinking about the Biblical traditions. Children don't have to participate in the church school program to take part in the pageants. Often being in the pageant helps children get started with their involvement prior to joining a church school class or stay connected to the church when they have outgrown church school. A strong tradition has begun; as we now watch children "grow into" roles that they watched someone else do in years past. The 2016 Christmas Pageant will be on Sunday, December 18, at the 9am and 11am services. Rehearsals begin on Sunday, December 4. Contact Polly Tangora Coordinator for Youth and Children's Formation, for more information.