What Can I Expect When I Visit?
You will receive a warm All Souls' welcome when you arrive. You will have an opportunity to join us for fellowship, ask questions about the parish, and provide us with contact information so we can tell you more about what we are up to.
We have designated visitor parking spaces, and it is accessible from Chatsworth Blvd. Greeters will welcome you at the front of the church and ushers will provide the service bulletin. Feel free to sign the guest register on the way into the church, it will be right inside the front doors.
Regular Sunday worship at All Souls' is the celebration of Holy Eucharist. We are a liturgically traditional parish which follows the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and maintains the rituals of the church which have been celebrated by Christians for nearly two millennia. The service includes readings from scripture, a sermon, and prayers. All these build up to the sacrament of Holy Communion at which we share the bread and wine, which we understand to be the real presence of Jesus Christ.
SATURDAY: 5 pm HOLY EUCHARIST
This service lasts about 50 minutes and includes music and a conversational sermon. The service also includes some time of silence. The prayers used at this service are taken from liturgical resources in Scotland, Ireland, and England. The sermon is a time for reflection on the readings and comment, discussion, and questions are encouraged.
All people are welcome at our worship services, including children of all ages. We have several options for families with young children. If your little ones need a way to keep their hands busy while they participate in worship, there are "Play & Pray Bags" available at the back of the church, feel free to bring them into the pews with you. We also provide an age-appropriate component to our worship, which we call Small Souls. It is available to children on all Sundays save for the third Sunday of each month (which is Family Sunday). In Small Souls, the children will hear an age-appropriate sermon and offer prayers together prior to rejoining their families before communion. Finally, If you prefer, we provide nursery care for children up to age 6. The nursery is open from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm every Sunday, and it is staffed by qualified professionals who have completed Safeguarding God's People training. The nursery is located just inside the door in the building by the flagpole.
8 am HOLY EUCHARIST: Rite II: Said
The 8 am service can be described as quiet and contemplative. No music accompanies the service. This service is typically 45 minutes in length.
10:15 am CHORAL EUCHARIST: Rite II
The 10:15 am service can be described as a family service. A choir leads the church in Hymns and offers Anthems and Motets at the offertory and during communion; infants and children (and their accompanying noises) enliven this service. This service usually lasts about an hour and 10 minutes.
On most Sundays, Children's worship (Small Souls) is offered at 10.15 am. Small Souls is an age-appropriate worship service which includes readings, prayers, and an age-appropriate homily. The children are then escorted back into the church to join their families for communion.
On the 1st Sunday of the month, we often include a children's sermon and children join their families in church for the entire service.
5 pm CHORAL EVENSONG (Third Sunday of the Month)
Choral Evensong is offered utilizing the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. This service originates from the monastic hours and has been part of Anglican worship since the development of the 1549 Book of Common Prayer.
As mentioned above, children are welcome at all of our worship services. We believe the best Christian formation occurs when children attend church with their families.
At 9:10 am we also offer education for Adults in the Sherman Room. These Sunday morning forums may include a discussion of scripture, church history, or contemporary topics. We look forward to lively conversation and fun informative presentations.
ONE FINAL WORD
Attire ranges from beach casual to coat and tie. Whatever you feel comfortable wearing is fine! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our ushers or seek out a member of the clergy or vestry following the service. And remember, no matter where you are in your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.