All Saints is an Episcopal Parish of the Diocese of Connecticut, called the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. We celebrate our life in Christ and as other members of the Episcopal Church are "Christ Centered." As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ’s name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death. Our faith is Biblical, Apostolic, historic and rooted in Christ's mission here and now.
Historically our parish was a part of a regional ministry that shared staff and support facilities. That regional clustering ended in 2012 and All Saints continues as an independent congregation in the Diocese. We are joyful that we were able to share Ministry so closely with other congregations and we rejoice in our new opportunities.
The Diocese has recently reorganized into six regions. All Saints' is a parish in the North East Region. We are a participating congregation and were represented by lay and clergy at the initial Regional Convocation.
What We BelieveAt the center of our beliefs as Episcopalians are the following four tenants, adopted by the House of Bishops at the Chicago-Lambeth Quatdrilateral in 1886.
- The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments is the revealed Word of God.
- The Nicene Creed is the sufficient statement of the Christian Faith.
- The two sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist, ministered with unfailing use of Christ's words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him, are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.
- The Historic Episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the unity of His Church.
- As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
- The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
- Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.
- Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.
- We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
- Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
- Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
- We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
- We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous and gender inclusive. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
- We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.
- We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
- All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church and in our Parish!