A Little Bit of History
All Saints Episcopal Church came into being in Bellevue on Easter morning, 1995. By word of mouth the word spread that there would be a service that day, and 187 gathered for a festive celebration of the Eucharist. The people of All Saints have continued to worship together since. Others have come to join while others have moved on to other ministries in other places.
A committee of twelve members was elected to handle routine business of this early congregation, and after officially becoming a mission of the Diocese of Olympia at its Convention in 1996, this group became our first Bishop’s Committee. The Rev. William D. Boyd, a retired priest, served as interim priest in charge. In October 1997, The Rev. Stephen E. Moore was called as our Vicar. We are also blessed to have the services of The Rev. Deacon Kenneth Grabinski. Father Steve retired in March, 2018, and we called The Rev. Josephine Robertson to serve as our new vicar, anticipating an exciting ministry on the Eastside as the Spring District development continues.
Originally, All Saints rented space for Sunday worship from a church in southeast Bellevue, using parishioners’ homes and offices for small group meetings. More suitable space was found later at the Redmond Senior Center several miles to the north. This move provided space for larger worship services and children’s Christian education, and at the same time enriched our lives by the addition of new members who live in nearby communities. In 2001, the decision was made to lease space near downtown Bellevue to serve our growing needs for a chapel for weekday and evening services, as well as a place for library, meeting rooms and fellowship gatherings. Affectionately called “12th Place,” this facility has contributed greatly to our life together. Today we hold our Sunday morning Eucharist service at “12th Place” at 9:30 a.m.
The worship services at All Saints are traditional, as we use the Book of Common Prayer and celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays and Holy Days. Joy, informality and strong lay leadership are hallmarks of all we do, and can be easily noted in our worship, where adults and youth take an active part in the liturgy as readers, chalice bearers, acolytes, musicians, and occasionally even as preachers.
We are a church without walls: as we rent our spaces we are free to focus on our call from God to the wider world through worship, education, and pastoral care. In groups and as individuals, our members are involved in serving others in a variety of ways such as feeding the hungry, providing clothing and school supplies for needy children, and supporting both homeless men through Congregations for the Homeless and teenagers in need through The Landing.
We invite you to join us at All Saints. We welcome your prayers, your ideas, your skills and your commitment to God and to the needs of others in God’s world.
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