Episcopal lay services began in West Plains in 1883 with services held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lyle Thomas, a banker. All Saints became an organized mission on January 18, 1887. Featuring a rare Hook and Hastings organ, All Saints opened its doors on January 16, 1889. In 1972, our mission church achieved self-supporting status in the Diocese of West Missouri.
The congregation at All Saints reflects a wonderful balance of families who have been an essential part of the region for many generations and families who are relatively new to the area. Although some of the same names and faces appear in our documents year after year, many new names and faces have become welcomed and active members of the congregation blending tradition with change in ways that are positive and productive. Members are always encouraged to contribute to the work of the church in any way possible and to participate in the activities, programs, and special events.
Each Sunday, All Saints offers two worship services. The early service is held at 8:30 a.m. (usually without music) and the regular service is held at 10:30 a.m. (usually with music).
Sunday School and coffee hour are held from 9:15-10:15 a.m. each Sunday, accommodating parishioners attending each service. Sunday School is divided into age groups: primary-aged children, intermediate-aged children, teenagers, and adults. Once a month, on the third Sunday of the month a potluck luncheon is held following the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.
The Church Vestry meets every third Sunday after church. The Altar Guild at All Saints includes dedicated women and men whose service insures that the alter is attractive and ready for worship. Newcomers are warmly welcomed.
Financially, All Saints has no debt other than low monthly bills. We support ourselves entirely on our congregational offerings and investment income. However, our financial resources are limited reflecting the local economy. To show our continuing commitment to stewardship, All Saints’ parishioners have voted to give 5% of their monthly income to outreach. Recipients of the 5% giving will be selected on a rotating basis by members of the Vestry. All Saints’ Church supports the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) annually with recent support for clean water initiatives including well drilling in the developing world.