The Chapel of All Saints is an Episcopal congregation which gathers every Sunday morning at 9:00 at the North Cornwall Meeting House at the intersection of Town Street and Coggswell. Most weeks we celebrate Holy Communion including readings from the Lectionary and a homily; once a month we conduct a Morning Prayer service that also includes a homily. An organist is with us on occasional Sundays. Attire is informal and most Sundays we share some homemade sweets along with coffee and tea immediately after the service.
We are a small, energetic and welcoming congregation. We have a particular interest in the communities of Cornwall and the Northwest Corner, but our outreach extends much farther as we support programs that make a practical difference all around the world. Our annual summer project is to make jams and other preserves to sell at the Cornwall Agricultural Fair in September; members of the congregation join with others from the community to pick and prepare the fruits, berries and vegetables we make to sell. The proceeds have typically supported both local food banks and international organizations like The Hunger Project. One year we donated more than $5,000 for the Sharon House Garden, which provides fresh vegetables for local food banks. Last year we divided our Ag Fair proceeds between the Cornwall Food Bank and the Community Soup Kitchen in Torrington.
Our priest, Mary Gates, is also a psychotherapist and a licensed social worker. Her personal example is as straightforward and thoughtful as her sermons.
We are a congregation of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT), but our governance is less hierarchically structured than that of many Episcopal churches. Instead of a vestry, we have a Steering Committee; our decision-making sometimes resembles a Town Meeting. Some visitors have commented that in their simplicity and lack of pretension, our services suggest what early Christian “house churches” may have felt like. The building is owned by the United Church of Christ in Cornwall; while we contribute towards its upkeep, we are largely free of the responsibilities and costs that weigh heavily on many congregations, and because of this we are able to support an extensive outreach effort.