Saints Episcopal Church
W. Washington Street
Las Vegas, NV 89107
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All Saints’ was formed as a mission under Bishop William Wright on December 12, 1960. In 1976 a preschool was established, and grew almost immediately to include a Kindergarten. The school continues to thrive and is the only Episcopal School in Nevada. In 1996, a new church building was consecrated, replacing the original church built in 1962. The new space has chairs instead of pews and an open and inviting feel. In 1999 the recently retired organist donated a custom-build pipe organ and a grand piano.
Since late 2004, the parish has grown in overall membership and in the number of communicants in good standing (increased by 28%), and in average Sunday attendance (18% increase). The parish budget is growing (18% increase in average pledge), as is mission and ministry. A new energetic church school and youth program is giving new life for ministry with children and young people. Outreach ministries have expanded to include sponsorship of two orphans in Kenya and supporting the homeless youth shelter in Las Vegas.
All Saints’ is a leader in the diocese for ethnic ministries with Holy Child Filipino Ministries, which began in 2004 and led by a Filipino priest. We also began a Hispanic ministry in September 2007 using the talents and experience of a former Roman Catholic priest who is Hispanic and an experienced Hispanic missioner. We believe we are the Fastest growing Episcopal Church in Nevada, and try hard to live up to our mission statement “To know Christ, and to make Christ known,” seeking God’s spirit for growth in mission and ministry from our little corner of Las Vegas.
The Rev. Eldwin (Ed) Lovelady, Rector The Rev. Bede J. Parry, Assisting Priest and Music Director
The Rev. Arsolin Almodiel, Assisting Priest for Filipino Ministries
The Revs. Karl Gustafson, Sandra Oetjen, and Emma Jean Gregory, Deacons
MUSIC AT ALL SAINTS’
Sunday, September 16, 2007 – 10:30 am
Choral Eucharist with Sun City Ringers
Sunday, November 4, 2007 – 5:30 pm
Choral Evensong & Organ Recital by Bede Parry
Sunday, December 2, 2007 – 10:30 am
Ceremony of Lessons & Carols for Advent
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2007 – 10:30 pm
Christmas Carol Prelude to Midnight Mass
Epiphany Sunday, January 6, 2008 – 5:30 pm
Choral Evensong & Organ with Instruments Recital
Saturday, February 2, 2008 – 5:30 pm
Candlemas Procession with Choral Eucharist
Ash Wednesday, February 6, 2008 – 7:00 pm
Solemn Liturgy with Allegri “Miserere”
Maundy Thursday, March 20, 2008 – 7:00 pm
Choral Eucharist with Duruflé “Ubi caritas”
Good Friday, March 21, 2008 – 7:00 pm
Solemn Liturgy with Chant by Choir
Easter Day, March 23, 2008 – 5:30 am
Great Vigil of Easter with Festival Eucharist
Whitsunday, May 11, 2008 – 5:30 pm
Choral Evensong with Special Anthems by Choir
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
4201 West Washington Avenue – Las Vegas, Nevada 89107
All Saints’ Parish began with a worship service in
the home of The Rev. Duncan McCoy on August 29, 1960 and was organized
as a mission on December 12th. The letter of institution from Bishop
William G. Wright, Bishop of the Missionary District of Nevada, reads
that the new mission is “to have primary responsibility for churching
the area of Las Vegas west of Rancho Road and North of West Charleston.”
The first church building was completed in 1961 and worship began in
the new church without pews; each family brought folding chairs and the
children sat on rugs on the floor. By 1963 Church school enrollment was
135, and increased by 1966 to 160 and the average Sunday church attendance
On April 11, 1969 All Saints’ was approved for parish status and
in September The Rev. Donald Cole was installed as All Saints’ first
rector. By 1974, All Saints’ was recognized as the fastest growing
Episcopal Church in Nevada and All Saints’ Day school opened in
October of that year, with an initial enrollment of 12 students.
In 1981 a joint project with Christ Church established a food pantry.
Fellowship grew with the membership and an annual custom of “Alls
Fair” and “Oktoberfest” celebrations still draw members
and guests from all over the valley. A new worship space was completed
and dedicated by Bishop Steward C. Zabriskie on September 15, 1996, and
a custom-built organ was installed and dedicated in 1999.
The parish had some difficult years and declined in membership and ministry
and is now in full recovery, claiming once again the title of “the
fastest growing Episcopal Church in Nevada.” Outreach programs
continue, with the food pantry in its 25th year and the relationship
with a neighboring middle school growing in new ways each year.
The congregation represents the full diversity of the Las Vegas valley
in the geographic diversity of its membership, and the broad spectrum
of ethnic, economic, and church backgrounds.
Child Filipino Church began at All Saints’ in 2003, and this year became a Ministry of
the parish with the full membership joining All Saints’ parish.
They continue to have worship and fellowship appropriate to their culture
and tradition and have their members in leadership roles of the parish.
All Saints’ Day School is now a Day Care, Preschool, and Kindergarten,
with 80 children, age 3 to 6 enrolled.
The area Bishop Wright gave to All Saints’ care now has a population
greater than the entire Las Vegas valley in 1960. The growing city population
challenged the parish to adopt a philosophy of “keeping the doors
open” to whomever comes in, and offering welcome and hospitality;
good music, liturgy, and preaching.
New member incorporation is a high priority to keep up with growth,
as well as a growing Christian education and Youth ministry. Advertising
is key in this “high tech” world where seekers are more likely
to do an Internet search than read the yellow pages. A significant challenge
is in the area of ethnic ministries, with an active and growing Filipino
congregation whose goal is to grow into an independent parish, and to
reach out to the neighborhood that has become predominately Spanish speaking.
Each week presents new opportunities for ministry and mission. The parish
mission statement “To know Christ and make Christ known” is
a reminder of the challenge to remain faithful to seek God’s guidance,
and to be open to new ways of encountering others in the name of Christ.
[Thanks to The SMALL
CHURCHES web section of the National
Episcopal Church website]