Although All Saints is just a decade old, we have relationships created long before that built our church into a welcoming, warm and caring worshiping community, where fellowship does not end with coffee hour. We are a blended parish that came together as two other parishes splintered. We value relationships and friendships new and old – those who came together as the splintered parishes joined and new members who have come to us since the church’s founding. We celebrate with parents at baptisms and confirmations, offer support when members face struggles, and mourn with family members at funerals.
We are a diverse and welcoming community to all who enter our doors. All Saints recently welcomed members of the Quad-Cities Karen community that came here from Myanmar. Our services are thoughtful in combining liturgy and music because we see music as a form of prayer, integral to the worship experience. All Saints takes advantages of opportunities to change up worship from time to time, whether it is welcoming in a visiting preacher, guest musicians or participating in a broader ecumenical service.
Our members offer diverse skills and interests that make for varied ministries within the church and the wider community whether it is local or in Belize or South Dakota. We have a member who is currently studying for the diaconate and invite all who feel called to that or another ministry.
All Saints Episcopal Church was formed in February 2009 at the initiative of a group of laypersons from two parishes that chose to leave the Episcopal Church. This group not only wanted to remain loyal to the Episcopal Church following the secession by members of the Diocese of Quincy, but more importantly wanted to have a place to worship on the Illinois side of the Quad-Cities for all Episcopalians.
Two months into All Saints’ existence, we welcomed the Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Katherine Jefferts Schori on Palm Sunday 2009 to our rented space. The original enthusiasm and hard work continued. A mid-week Eucharist was added to our Sunday morning service. Groups like an Episcopal Church Women’s Guild and bible study were started.
In 2018, recognizing the need for more and better space, we accepted the invitation from a parish of Lutheran brothers and sisters to join them in their church space where we currently worship. Early in All Saints existence, members created a building fund in hopes that we will one day have our own worship space.
Aspirations for a New Rector
All Saints seeks a rector who reflects our diverse, inclusive and welcoming parish and uses those traits to continue to build our parish to where we can have a permanent church home. The successful candidate will strive to balance traditional liturgy with opportunities to expand our worship through music, guest preachers and new programs. All Saints seeks a rector who can synthesize the mysticism of the liturgy with our everyday lives; respecting tradition yet offering new ideas. We have a tradition of pastoral care that would require a rector who is willing to uphold the need to visit the homebound or hospitalized.
We have a member who is currently studying for the diaconate, so we expect our rector to be supportive of that ministry. All Saints seeks a rector who can provide thoughtful, collaborative leadership and can delegate, nurture and inspire leadership of personal ministries and guide them to the best use of their skills.
All Saints’ Sunday school for our youth is new while we have long had an on-going adult Bible study program, so a rector candidate should be able to improve and expand Christian education and discipleship for all our members.
After several years of leasing a space in neighboring Moline Il, All Saints shares space with a Lutheran congregation in Rock Island, Illinois. Rock Island is part of the Quad-Cities, a metropolitan area of about 400,000 that straddles the Mississippi River, about 150 miles west of Chicago. The city has many historic homes and offers a beautiful riverfront park and trail system. The corporate headquarters of Deere and Company is in Moline and the area is also home to the Rock Island Arsenal, a U.S. Army installation. Home to several colleges, the Quad-Cities offers a variety of cultural opportunities, such as museums, ethnic festivals, and a symphony.
The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, led by the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee, has 123 member congregations in northern Illinois, stretching from Lake Michigan on the east to the Mississippi River on the west. Its headquarters is in downtown Chicago.
The Diocese of Chicago is known for its leadership initiatives designed to support congregational vitality. To this end, the Diocese invests its energies to these key programs: The College for Congregational Development and Fierce Conversations. The Nicholas Center in the diocesan office provides classroom space and accommodations for these programs and other leadership opportunities.
To apply for this position, please complete the Clergy Information Form for Transitions found on the diocesan website: https://episcopalchicago.wufoo.com/forms/m1poxgz40cwsj2w/.
For more information about this position, please contact Director of Ministries Andrea Mysen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 751.4203.