The purpose of local missions at All Saints Church is to love and serve our neighbors by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. Our neighbors are the people we live near, work with, and play with, and those in need.
Four Forms of Local Mission
Our involvement in local mission is Spirit-led and takes four different forms:
PARTNERS: All Saints Church partners with others who are participating in the mission of God. These partnerships involve prayer, relationship, financial giving, and participation in the work of our partners.
ANNUAL PROJECTS: Our church plans and organizes annual projects aimed at loving and serving our community.
PROGRAMS: All Saints Church is a founding member of the Oak Creek Village Partnership, which sponsors an after-school tutoring program for elementary school students, an ESL program, and other ongoing ministries to our neighborhood.
242 GROUPS ON MISSION: Each 242 Group at All Saints Church discerns together where the Spirit is calling them to participate in God’s mission and intentionally plans a missional event or gathering at least once a quarter.
The Rev. Thomas Kortus oversees local mission at All Saints Church. Please contact Thomas with any questions.
Hank Tarlton is on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Graduate and Faculty Ministries at the University of North Carolina. firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Densmore is on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and serves undergraduates at Duke University. email@example.com
Ralph Ennis is the Director of Intercultural Training and Research for The Navigators. firstname.lastname@example.org
Samaritan Health Clinic serves residents and former residents of the Durham Rescue Mission and Good Samaritan Inn who lack a stable source of primary medical care or adequate health insurance. The clinic offers services that supplement the holistic care already provided at the Durham Rescue Mission. Contact All Saints Church member Karyn Stitzenberg at email@example.com.
Young Life reaches out to local high school students with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Contact Area Director Rob Crocker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Relief helps refugees and victims of war and persecution replant their lives in Durham and Chapel Hill. For more information visit the Word Relief Durham Office website.
UrbanHope raises up generations of young heroes in Durham—who are beating the odds by the grace of God—through creating safe places in our neighborhood to grow together into wholeness. For information visit the UrbanHope website.
Oak Creek Village Partnership
All Saints Church is a founding member of the Oak Creek Village Partnership (OCVP). This is a group of churches and community members committed to loving and serving the community of Oak Creek Village for God’s glory. To read more about the OCVP click here.
Eagles’ Nest is an after-school tutoring program that seeks to love and empower children from the Oak Creek Village apartments by teaching basic reading skills, helping with homework, and building positive relationships between volunteers, students, and their families. This program, which serves fifteen to twenty students and is sustained by over thirty volunteers from All Saints Church and other local churches; meets twice a week at our church building during the school year. Contact Eagles' Nest Director Laura Yost-Grande to find out more.
English as a Second Language Class
Working as part of the Oak Creek Village Partnership, All Saints Church offers free and much-needed ESL classes on Saturday mornings for our non-English-speaking neighbors. Most of the ESL students live in Oak Creek Village. Contact Teri Adelman for more information.
World Relief Resettlement Partners
All Saints Church members partner with World Relief to help international refugees as they begin a new life in the U.S. Resettlement Partners spend time with these individuals and families regularly to help them adjust to a new culture and a new place. Contact Tim McGee to learn more.
Back to School Backpack Project
Each fall All Saints Church works with other members of the Oak Creek Village Partnership to provide much-needed backpacks and school supplies to under-resourced families from Creekside Elementary School in Durham and Ephesus Elementary School in Chapel Hill.
Summer Kids Club
Youth and adults from All Saints Church and other Oak Creek Village Partnership churches plan and organize an annual summer kids' club for the residents of Oak Creek Village. Throughout the week, children play games, sing songs, do crafts, and learn about Jesus. The week culminates with a community celebration.
242 Groups On Mission
Each 242 Group at All Saints Church discerns together where the Spirit is calling them to participate in God’s mission and plans a missional event or gathering at least once a quarter. Groups serve local nonprofits and ministries, plan outreach events, and think about how they can proclaim the gospel in word and deed in their particular contexts.