This group, headed by our church treasurer and assistant treasurer, counts the collection money after the two Sunday morning services.
Founded 36 years ago by Ysaye Barnwell, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Jubilee Singers use music to promote social justice, healing, love, and ecology. Our repertoire includes spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz, anthems, and music from around the world. We typically sing two services at All Souls Church on the second Sunday of the month, and an average of once a month at community events throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
The church relies on all adult congregants, not just parents, to take turns teaching our 300 children and youth, pre-school through high school. CRE teachers explore sources and traditions of our UU faith, search for meaning about life’s big questions, and take time for worship and reflection with their Sunday school class. We value the uniqueness of every child and young person, encouraging creativity and self-expression as well as community building and service. Teachers are provided age-appropriate lessons and paired with a co-teacher.
The Children’s Choir exposes children to singing, integrates music into the CRE curriculum, provides music for the Children’s Chapel, and occasionally performs in the Sanctuary and at other venues.
Singing a diverse collection of music from all traditions, the All Souls Choir provides music leadership on the first and third Sundays of the month. Just show up on a Thursday and we’ll welcome you, or contact Jen.
We support the ministers in the weekly service and on other occasions as needed. An intentionally diverse and welcoming presence in the pulpit, we represent lay leadership and embody the meaning behind the name All Souls. Worship Associates serve for two years (beginning in March) and meet once a year for training. Applications are accepted year-round. We need new recruits, especially people of color.
We are All Souls’ primary committee for welcoming new members into our community. From coffee hour hospitality to membership orientation classes and events celebrating new members, the committee supports the life and growth of the congregation. We encourage welcoming spaces within the church and recommend practices that can topple barriers (e.g., fostering accessibility, inclusion, support).
We greet people at the sanctuary doors, hand them an order of service, and, during the service, collect the offering. We may also seat people and help them get comfortable. This is a rewarding way to perform a vital role for the Church. A head usher sends out reminders for the upcoming service. We also need substitute ushers.
We cook good food and serve it with love, aiming to accommodate diverse diets with menus that appeal to a variety of tastes. As part of our green commitment, we support zero-trash lunches and composting; although there is typically a small charge for lunch, we provide free meals to guests and low-income congregants. We seek individuals or groups to chef, prepare, serve, and clean up. You can sign up for just one Sunday, but many volunteers enjoy it so much they become regulars.
Before each Sunday service, two greeters set up in the narthex to help oriented visitors and others new to All Souls. After each service, we offer hospitality, chat, answer questions, and generally make newcomers feel welcomed amid the hubbub of congregants. If you’re outgoing and have a bit of spare time, we’d love to have you on our team.