When are services?
A full schedule of our regular services is published here.
Special or occasional services are announced in church, published in our weekly Announcement bulletin (distributed in church each Sunday), and can be found on this site under News & Events.
You can also find hem on our Events Calendar.
How can I become a member of All Saints Church?
Becoming Christian, becoming a member of the Episcopal church, and becoming a member of the parish (All Saints church) are closely related, but separate issues.
One becomes a Christian by the grace of faith in Christ and through baptism by water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Regardless of who baptized you, or what church you were baptized in, or when you were baptized, if you were baptized this way, the Episcopal Church recognizes you as a baptized Christian.
If you have never been baptized, baptism is ordinarily conferred after a period of instruction and scrutiny. Adults who are considering baptism should contact Fr. Tom Malionek in person, by e-mail, or by calling 301-654-2488.
If you were baptized by an Episcopal priest or deacon or in an Episcopal church; you are already a member of the Episcopal church.
If you were baptized in another denomination, you can already take part fully in the worship, fellowship, sacraments, and life of the Episcopal church, including All Saints.
If you wish to affiliate formally with the Episcopal church, you can be "received" by the Bishop, who visits the parish periodically. From time to time, All Saints holds classes for those who wish to know more about the Anglican tradition and the Episcopal church — the beliefs, practices, traditions, and customs that are distinctive to us. Anyone is welcome to attend these classes.
If you are already an Episcopalian, you become a member of All Saints church (Chevy Chase parish) by transferring your membership from the Episcopal church where you are currently registered as a member. This may be the church in which you were baptized or confirmed, or another Episcopal church that you attended before coming to All Saints.
If you have not attended an Episcopal church before coming to All Saints, becoming a member here is a matter of registering.
Registration and transfer are free of charge and easy to accomplish.
To register, or to transfer your membership to All Saints from another parish in the Episcopal church, please contact Beverley Kennedy in person, by e-mail, or by calling 301-654-2488.
I am an adult who has never been baptized (or confirmed). How do I go about it?
Please see one of the clergy or call the office during the week to make an appointment to arrange for preparation.
A series to introduce adults to the Christian faith and to the Anglican tradition, of which the Episcopal church is part, meets weekly.
This series is open to all, and may be especially helpful to anyone joining us from another Christian denomination.
It is required for those considering confirmation.
Watch the announcements bulletin for more information.
We would like to be married in this church. What do we do?
A wedding begins a lifelong relationship that is lived out in the context of a supportive, loving, stable Christian community.
Consequently, any couple seeking to be married at All Saints should be an active participant in our worship community.
You will need to have a series of conversations with one of the clergy for counseling and preparation for Christian married life. This preparatory work is vitally important. For that reason, and to make sure schedules are properly coordinated, you must make arrangements for marriage preparation at least six months before you plan to get married.
For additional information, contact any of the clergy or call the church at 301-654-2488.
How can my child be baptized here?
Baptism is a significant spiritual event in the life of an individual and a family: baptism joins us to Christ in his death so we may join him in his resurrection.
Baptism also means publicly becoming a committed, active member of Christ’s Body on earth, the Church.
It is important that a child be baptized in the church community where his or her whole family participates actively.
To prepare for baptism, parents or guardians will meet with one of the clergy one or more times over the course of a couple of months.
For additional information or to make arrangements, contact any of the clergy or call the church at 301-654-2488.
I would like prayer for healing, or for particular needs or concerns.
Prayers are offered publicly in Church at Sunday services and daily by the clergy and staff in their private prayers.
To add a name or personal concern to these prayers, please call the office. Make sure to leave your contact information so we can clarify if necessary.
Members of the healing and intercessory prayer team, are available to pray for and with you individually before, during, and after each Sunday morning service. At other times, please see a member of the prayer ministry (wearing a yellow name tag) or one of the clergy. You can also call the parish office to request prayers. Make sure to leave your name and contact info so we can reach you for clarification, even if you are requesting prayer for someone else.
Prayers are offered publicly in Church at Sunday services and also three times a day each weekday. To add a name or personal concern to these prayers, please call the office. Make sure to leave your contact information so we can clarify if necessary.
You may also use our Prayer Request form.
For further information, please visit our pages on the Healing Prayer Ministry and the ministry of Intercession.
Our Health and Wellness Ministry may also be of assistance. Contact Linda Hall in person, by e-mail, or by phone at 301-654-2488.
If you wish to learn more about the ministry of healing prayer in general, you may also want to learn about the Order of Saint Luke the Physician.
I want to speak to a priest.
Our clergy are available by appointment for consultation, counseling, and confession with sacramental reconciliation. Please call the office at 301-654-2488.
How is All Saints structured?
Within the church, each individual is precious. The Holy Spirit empowers all Christians for the work of discipleship, ministry, and mission. Each person has discernible gifts which he or she is called to use for the benefit of all.
The Reverend Ed Kelaher, our Rector, is responsible for the spiritual life, vision, and governance of our parish.
The Revs. Alex Large and Tom Malionek each supervise particular areas of our ministry.
The Rev. Ted Lewis, our theologian in residence, teaches, writes, and assists with liturgy.
Wardens (lay officers) and the Vestry (an elected council of laypeople) are responsible for enabling ministry and share in the work of leadership and governance.
For more information, see About Us, or speak to any one of the clergy or officers of the Church.
What's the difference between a deacon, a priest, and a bishop?
In the Episcopal church, and many other Christian traditions, the church is seen as consisting of various "orders" or members. Each order has particular functions, graces, and privileges attached to it. You may also want to consult the FAQ, "How do I address the clergy?"
Four orders are recognized in the Episcopal church:
The other three orders are known collectively as "ordained" (meaning that they have been set apart to belong to another order for a particular purpose; cf. Acts 13:2; Romans 1:1; II Timothy 2:21). They are also known collectively as "clergy" (singlular: "clergyman" or "clergywoman" if a specific individual is meant; otherwise, generically, "cleric" or "clergyperson").
Like baptism, ordination is irreversible: once a person is ordained, they remain in their order permanently, though they may be dispensed from or denied the duties and privileges associated with that order. They also undergo scrutiny prior to ordination.
In English, "priest" also renders other Hebrew and Greek terms in the Bible. Episcopalians vary in the degree to which they attach these other meanings to their understanding of what it means to be a priest, but all recognize the legitimacy of a range of interpretations of the meaning of priesthood.
How do I address the clergy?
A variety of forms of address are in use. A lot depends on the degree of formality or informality you are comfortable with, perhaps what religious tradition you grew up in, and the preference of the individual clergy. In general, most clergy are content simply to be addressed by name, without titles. If you prefer to use a title, the following explanations may help.
You may also want to check out the FAQ, "What's the difference between a deacon, a priest, and a bishop"?
In the Episcopal church, "Father" is a form of address used only with those who are ordained priests or bishops.
Some people read Matthew 23:9 as a literal prohibition against using the term "father" to address a religious figure. While we have no examples in the New Testament of any Christian leader being addressed as Father, Saint Paul clearly describes himself as a father to communities and individuals, and it is not unreasonable to think some of them referred to and addressed him as such, in much the same way as children today might call a technically unrelated but beloved adult "uncle" or "aunt."See I Corinthians 4:15; Philippians 2:22; Philemon 1:10; and I Thessalonians 2:11-12.
In writing, "Father" is often abbreviated "Fr.", less commonly "Fthr." or "Ftr."
Women who are ordained priests or bishops may be addressed as "Mother" (abbreviated in writing as "Mthr." or "Mtr.").
Some priests simply prefer to be called "Mr." or "Ms."
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