Our doors are open wide to our community as we promote justice, peace, and love.
Follow the links below to explore several ways we “walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…”
Loaves and Fishes - Saturday Lunches
On the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays of each month, All Saints’ invites our neighbors to enjoy a delicious, hot lunch with plenty of socializing and fellowship. This ecumenical ministry of hospitality is conducted by several congregations in Portsmouth. All Saints’ members (and friends) coordinate the meal on the fourth Saturday of each month; however, everyone is welcome to help prepare, serve, clean-up, or simply enjoy a meal with plenty of fellowship, any Saturday you’re available. Preparation usually begins at 10:00 a.m., the meal is at 12:00 p.m., and cleanup is usually finished around 1:30 p.m.
Saints Paul & Silas Prison Ministry
The Saints Paul and Silas Prison Ministry is dedicated to reminding prisoners they have not been forgotten by the church or by God. We send inmates greeting cards and our special blessing packets. These packets include items such as writing paper, embossed-stamped mailing envelopes, and puzzle books. For many inmates, our cards and packets are the only forms of contact they receive while in prison. On occasion, the ministry receives personal letters from inmates who have been blessed by the packets and cards. Upon release from prison, life can be difficult and challenging for many former inmates. Many women and men leave prison without clothing and basic personal supplies. The Sts. Paul & Silas ministry provides personal care packages for these folks as they transition to life outside of prison. This ministry is fueled primarily by our donations to fill blessing packets and personal care packages. Financial support comes from donations, fundraisers, and a special recycling program. If you feel moved to help this important ministry, please contact the parish administrator or Donna Russell, ministry founder/coordinator.
Women & Men In Recovery
All Saints’ doors are open wide, especially to those in our community seeking to become or remain sober and clean from all mood and mind-altering drugs and alcohol. The following meetings occur weekly in the Samuel Gunn Hall (fellowship hall) or in the multi-purpose classroom on the second floor of the education wing: Narcotics Anonymous Group (Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM); AA 12 & 12 Group (Monday and Friday evenings at 8:00 PM); AA United Group (Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM); Women’s Freedom Recovery Group (Wednesdays at Noon)
Bear Necessities Pantry at Shawnee State University
In March and October, All Saints’ donates food products and other supplies to the Bear Necessities Pantry at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth. Research continually shows increasing hunger and food insecurity among college students across the country. Sadly, many students at SSU reflect this trend, making this ministry an essential source of support and empowerment for students unable to afford meals and supplies. Any Shawnee State student with a valid SSU ID is eligible to receive non-perishable food goods and supplies by visiting the pantry in the Morris University Center. Your donations make this powerful effort possible. Recommended donations during the months of March and October include toilet paper, paper towels, peanut butter, snack/meal/protein/candy bars, and blank notebooks (spiral bound or composition). Please, no canned food or ramen noodles. Place donations in the collection box in the rear of the nave. If you have questions, please talk to Anna Settle at church.
Red Cross Blood Drive - Last Tuesday of each month
The Samuel Gunn Guild Hall is home to a monthly blood drive on the last Tuesday of each month. Schedule your appointment now: at https://www.redcrossblood.org/ February 25, 2020 – 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 221 Court St. (across the street from All Saints’); March 31, 2020 – 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Church; April 28, 2020 – 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Church; May 26, 2020 – 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Church