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All Hallows Episcopal Church 2021 Parish Profile

All Hallows Wyncote Parish Profile 2021


Wyncote, Pennsylvania

2021 Parish Profile

All Hallows Parish Prayer

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, You search
us and know us better than we know ourselves. All our thoughts and ways lie before
You. Set us free from opinions and perceptions that bind and imprison us. Give us
hearts and minds to discern Your will as we search for a new rector of All Hallows. 
We ask that you prepare that faithful servant as you know best to come and join us,
even as you prepare us to receive them. We lay our request before you and wait in
expectation. Grant us patience and understanding throughout this process, that we
may grow in faith, hope, and love through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Table of Contents

3 Welcome
4 A Season of Opportunity
7 The Context of Our Search
9 The Leader We Seek
10 Who We Are
13 Worship
14 Music: Tradition & Trajectory
17 Christian Formation
21 Fellowship

Caring for One Another
22 Outreach
23 Stewardship
24 Our History & Our Campus
28 Clergy & Staff

29 Appendix A: Parish Data
30 Appendix B: Annual Budget

Welcome 3

At All Hallows, we recognize that a parish is its people, not its buildings. That
said, there is no denying that our historic church informs us with a sense of place
and mission and radiates our presence to the surrounding community of historic
Wyncote, a thriving suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

All Hallows began as a mission of the Church of Our Savior in the neighboring
town of Jenkintown and soon grew into a full parish in 1909. Though we can point
to many achievements over the 130+ years of our history, we also recognize and
embrace the multiple challenges ahead.

Today, All Hallows is a community of faith centered in worship, grounded in
Scripture, with a desire to grow ever more faithful in our lives centered in Jesus
Christ. We seek to continue our journey of faith, grounded in the beauty of tradi-
tion, while we discern new ways to seek God’s presence. We invite you to come
and see, to pray, and to discover a spiritual home that nurtures your soul.

A Season of Opportunity

Behold, I am about to do a new thing. Isaiah 43:19

All Hallows stands at a crossroad. On one side, we have the 130-year history of
spiritual growth, musical excellence, liturgical richness, energetic outreach, and
service to the community that exemplifies who we have been. On the other, we are
a parish diminished in numbers, but not in spirit, searching for ways to revitalize
our worship and our ministries.

In response to recent challenges, including the loss of our pastor of twenty years
and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are preparing for the future by
looking closely at all of our practices and at the health of our collective body.
We want to enhance and extend our liturgical practice in a way that continues its
Christ-centered focus, its locus within the Book of Common Prayer and its ability
to touch the lives of parishioners. We are looking for ways to amplify our worship
to overcome the noise of the surrounding society.

4 There is unanimous and intense agreement among parishioners that hands-on
ministry to the local community is ardently desired. We recognize that this visible

outreach is absolutely vital to our continuation and growth as a parish.

We are open to a wide range of ministries. Food insecurity, music, and education
top the list, while we also yearn to attract the larger community to some of our study
groups and spiritual programs. We aspire to create new youth and elder ministries.
Some more novel ideas that have been discussed include teaching self-sufficiency
skills to communities of need through micro-loan programs and business training,
new ministries in music and the arts, and the creation of an Innovation Fund in
support of these new endeavors and of the spiritual growth of the parish. In all of
this, we seek to increase the diversity of our parish. No matter what we end up
doing for our outward-facing ministries, we aspire to work for social justice, follow-
ing in the healing, reconciling way of Jesus.

All Hallows is blessed with a beautiful campus: an architecturally significant
church, glorious stained-glass, an historic organ, and a Parish House large enough
to support an ambitious mission. We have a passion to serve our local community.
We will roll up our sleeves to create a renewed, vibrant parish.


The Context of Our Search 7

To say that we live in extraordinary times somehow does not begin to cover the
post-COVID upheaval–politically, economically, and culturally–that our country
has experienced. This upheaval is not lost on the parishioners of All Hallows,
where we have seen rapid and disconcerting change to our church over the last 30
months, including loss of parishioners and the departure of our rector of 20 years.

At a time when treasured institutions in every domain are under extraordinary
stress, All Hallows is still a beacon for those who seek a familiar, welcoming path
to Jesus Christ.

Although small by comparison with many parishes, we hope to extend our role
in the community: to discern our area’s needs, and to match those needs with our
talents, experience, and belief in our Christian mission to serve.

We believe our country and our community need to engage in thoughtful and
muscular efforts at truth and reconciliation around the issues that challenge us
all. At All Hallows, we embrace this call—we hope for a rector who will help us
to identify, illuminate, and execute Christ-centric solutions so that our aspirations
to serve the community may be realized.


The Leader We Seek

We're a parish with a strong internal faith life, but we're looking to be
challenged to an external manifestation of that faith. Though worship is
the heart of All Hallows, we know the true challenge of being a Christian is what
happens outside the sanctuary. We yearn to shine our faith beyond our stone walls
through outreach to our community. We’ve asked God to lead us to where we are
needed, but we know a pastor can help us discern this mission. We're looking for
a bold leader who sees that social outreach can not only be a road map to service,
but also the way to energize a wounded parish.

We seek a visionary, entrepreneurial leader with the energy and enthusiasm 9
to help us discover our better angels as we pursue a vision for development and
outreach. A collaborative, attentive listener who heeds not only the words of All
Hallows' parishioners but also the inward guidance of the Holy Spirit. A pastor who
will delight in the diversity and cultural differences of our neighboring communities.

We seek a community-builder who is intensely pastoral, a healer for a parish
that has suffered loss and fragmentation. A compassionate, pastoral caregiver imbued
with a sense of what is needed to serve parishioners at all stages of their lives. A
priest who can moderate debate and resolve conflict when it arises. A priest who can
help us to increase the diversity of membership.

We seek a gifted preacher whose sermons don't shy away from the hard parts
of Scripture but dig deep into the Biblical and societal context of both ancient times
and our own. Preaching that we can respect from an academic point of view but
is also engaging and relevant to our lives, showing us how to be a Christian in
today's world.

We seek an educator and teacher grounded in faith, able to recite the Nicene
Creed without irony, but also grounded in science and reason. Someone committed to
the liturgy and traditions of Anglican worship but also open to creative ways to renew
that worship within the boundaries of a traditional style.

Who We Are
As the deer longs for the water brooks, so longs my soul after Thee, O God. Psalm 42

The people of All Hallows have a deep spiritual thirst. We value spiritual
growth and development, to continually learn and grow in our faith, and to foster
an ever-deepening understanding of Jesus Christ. We value the Anglican liturgical
tradition and consider that central to our worship and life together. Music and the
arts, in both worship and spirituality, are important to us.

A Christ-centered community: Many of us came to All Hallows because we
wanted to be part of a church where the focus is on Christ crucified and risen to a
new life, Christ our sole salvation. Everything else is secondary. Living our Anglican
heritage of Scripture, reason, and tradition, we look to God’s word to point us to how
10 to live our lives as Christians, while also showing respect for reason and science,
in the tradition of C.S. Lewis. These things unite us as a congregation that also holds
a wide variety of theological opinions on other issues. We feel that our diversity
of church backgrounds and theology enriches us as a parish, even as it also poses
some challenges.

We long for vitality and vibrancy and the numbers that will enable us to
attain that. We are so small at this moment that the future is scary. In the midst
of our fear, we sometimes have to be reminded to trust in God. So much of what we
want and who we want to be feels almost unattainable at this moment. But we long
to see children and youth in our church once more, and to reach out with hands-on
ministry to our local community.


Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 96:9

Our Worship nourishes all of us in different ways: from the light streaming through
our stained-glass windows, the occasional sung liturgy, using Rite I and Rite II
throughout the liturgical year, the sermons, the music—there is something that
touches us all.

We value the quiet, contemplative space that precedes Sunday worship: when you
enter the church, you sense that it is holy. Our previous rector brought that quiet,
reverential posture into the sanctuary by praying at the altar before the service.
Announcements are made afterwards, a transition back into the world.

Several members mention being drawn to a high liturgical style, one of them stating 13
that it gives a sense of the mystical, especially to those coming out of a mainline
Protestant tradition. This is something people are seeking.

We aspire to renew our worship by paying attention to liturgical nuances. Small
changes such as reading the Gospel from the middle of the church rather than the
altar steps or altering just one word in a prayer can have enormous impact.

The 10 AM service is the liturgical centerpiece of our worship. It always includes
music centered on our organ and hymns from the 1982 Hymnal and Lift Every Voice
and Sing. Our small but dedicated choir lend their joyful voices on feast days and
other occasions. In addition, we have a tradition of praying the Daily Office in the
church. Holy Week services include Stations of the Cross held outdoors on the
church campus.

We aspire to make our worship more visible and inviting to the surrounding com-
munity, perhaps with outdoor processions or services beyond Good Friday and Palm
Sunday, or worship that reaches out into the neighborhood, such as a Blessing of
Pets on St. Francis Day.

Music at All Hallows: Tradition & Trajectory
Serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.Psalm 100:1

Cyrus Curtis (1850-1933), a publishing magnate (The Saturday Evening Post;
The Ladies’ Home Journal), was a central figure in the life of All Hallows and
energized its musical tradition.

The Curtis family gave generously to All Hallows. Until the end of his life, Curtis
provided thousands of dollars for a quartet of the best singers, an adult choir of
about 25, and a boys’ choir as well as an organist and choir director. This made
All Hallows famous for notable music in our little corner of the Diocese. Curtis’
benevolence was carried on by his daughter, Mary Louise Curtis Bok Zimbalist,
who had a close relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra; today, the Curtis-
Bok legacy lives on not only through the Curtis Institute, but also through music
at All Hallows.


Our music reflects the traditions of the Episcopal Church. The Skinner Organ
sets the stage for worship and carries us through the liturgy and the repertoire
of preludes and postludes that enhance our worship and provide a musical
education and an auditory delight. We welcome musical guests throughout the
year for worship and concerts. Open to the public, concerts have been presented
by Christopher Kehoe, Kathleen Scheide, and the Renaissance recorder group
The Noble Rock Consort, among others. In the past, we have supported an adult
and a children’s choir.

We believe that the future of music is bright for All Hallows. We aspire to extend
congregational singing. We anticipate growing our concert tradition of organ
performance and classical and jazz ensembles to embrace a variety of experiences
and to reach out to the children and adults of our surrounding area. We anticipate
creating musical partnerships that will grow our tradition of integrating music into
our spiritual life.


Christian Formation
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10

The Spiritual Life Committee
This committee was formed in 2018 as part of the response to our Long-Range
Plan. That fall the Committee organized a Jesuit retreat for the beginning of Advent,
led by Father Kaminsky of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth at Wernersville,
PA. We advertised in local venues, including other Episcopal churches in the area.
Repeated the following year, after our rector’s departure, we asked Father Kaminsky
to focus on the timely topic of discernment. Post-COVID, we hope the retreat will
become an annual tradition that reaches out beyond All Hallows to bless others in
the wider community.

For the spring of 2019, the Committee organized a Lenten Bible Study focused on 17
the Immerse Reading Bible translation. In the summer of 2019, following our rector’s
departure, the Committee organized a series of after-church forums on N.T. Wright’s
book Surprised by Hope. These were followed by a similar series in the fall focusing
on You are What you Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K.A. Smith, and
a 3-part series in February 2020, where we delved into the topic of discernment,
using Grounded in God: Listening Hearts Discernment for Group Deliberations by
Suzanne Farnham, Stephanie Hull, and R. Taylor McLean.

Weekly Bible Study
Weekly Bible Study has become an important vehicle for attracting new people to
All Hallows. Still a vital part of the parish, it continues in Zoom format, led by our
interim priest, the Rev. Mary McCullough.

Lenten Series
This has taken various forms over the years. Originally held Wednesday nights along
with a simple supper of soup and bread, more recently we have varied the format
with after-church sessions for the whole parish, followed by small groups the last
couple of years.

Adult Forums
Under our previous rector, these were held after church every second Sunday of the
month, each focusing on a different topic. These ranged from discussions of everyday
devotionals to intercessory prayer in the face of terminal illness and death. Since his
departure, these have been replaced by the Spiritual Life Committee's Sunday
forums as mentioned.

The Theology Reading Group
Every month we gather to read and discuss excerpts from classical and contemporary
theologians. Our most recent book was On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius.


Children’s Sunday School and Youth Group
A core ministry of All Hallows for many years, we long to restore these ministries
to life. Though at present we have no children formally enrolled in the congregation,
we still have enthusiastic church-school teachers eager to reach out to children in
the community.



Oh, how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133

Pre-COVID, we had many seasonal get-togethers throughout the year: an Advent
Cookie-Swap, our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, the Parish Picnic, and the Fall
Fire Pit. Jazz & Joe evenings, with a Coffeehouse style ambience and music provided
by the Jazz Sanctuary, are a more recent addition.

Christmas Caroling at nearby nursing homes is a much beloved tradition that
typically attracts busy families who do not always come to regular services. In the
past, we gathered in the parish hall afterwards to share a simple meal of spaghetti
or lasagna, salad, and desserts. In addition, parishioners get together for occasional
outings. Most recently, two of our members who participate in a local theater organ-
ized parishioners to see two of their plays. We have also toured the Philadelphia
Museum of Art and gone together to Phillies games.

All these events represent a pre-COVID world. We have continued with virtual 21
Coffee Hours and some virtual education and spirituality offerings, but caroling,
outings, and other face-to-face forms of fellowship are impossible to replicate on
the small screen. Post-COVID, we hope to eat and sing together once more! We
also aspire, post-COVID, to include the neighborhood in some of these celebrations.
Jazz & Joe, Christmas caroling, and the Fire Pit seem especially good opportunities
to reach out beyond our walls.

Caring for One Another
Soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous. Book of Common Prayer

As a small parish, we have a network that allows us to take care of one another.
If someone is sick, the church community helps with rides to the doctor, or a drop-
off casserole. We pitch in when there’s a baptism to celebrate, or a funeral reception
to plan. We’ve even collectively supported a parishioner in gaining asylum in the
U.S., a group of us petitioning at the courthouse on his behalf.

Our Long-Range Plan discussed other ways that we might foster better communi-
cation and an even greater depth of caring, but these aspirations have yet to be
implemented. This is another area we hope to discuss with our new priest.

And They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love. Paraphrase of John 13.35

Our Outreach Committee sponsors projects throughout the year. In Advent parishio-
ners donate to Bethany Children’s services, providing gifts for foster children, and
to the Seamen's Church Institute, which furnishes ditty bags filled with gifts of
22 appreciation for seafarers and the maritime community. At the beginning of each
school year, we gather school supplies for the Fill the Bus campaign sponsored by
Episcopal Community Services.

We also participate in Caring for Friends, an organization that provides meals to
shut-ins and the elderly, hosting occasional after-church cook-ins where we prepare
meals as well as collect items for breakfast bags. The Parish House has a collection
box onsite for Throw Back Thrift, which raises funds for various charities. On a more
personal scale, a couple from the church hosted Thanksgiving dinner for temporary
workers from Guatemala. Until December, our biggest outreach was our Nursery
School, now closed due to COVID.

COVID has made us realize that the Sunday services we hold online reach beyond
our parish, leading us to think of other possibilities for online outreach, including
music. In a time of turmoil, the simple act of listening to music and worship can
bring pastoral healing to people we may never even meet.

You have given them dominion over the works of your hands. Psalm 8:6

Our church has a legacy of faithful stewardship of time, of talents, and treasure.
In times of relative abundance as well as when resources have been stretched, our
congregation has been characterized by generosity. In addition, provisions are made
to care for our historic property, including church, parish house, and rectory, as
well as our organ and memorial garden, legacies of our founders.

We have been beneficiaries of a Rorer family trust since the early 1970s. Knowing
that the trust would not continue into perpetuity, in the 1980s our parish leaders
established the Fund for the Future, which has grown over the years to be a replace-
ment for the trust, which ends in 2022.

Giving includes Memorial gifts, an annual pledge campaign and special seasonal 23
offerings. While we are aware that membership growth will be required to sustain
our church financially in years to come, we believe that God is at work in and
around us as we strive to bring the love of Christ to a hurting world. He who began
a good work in us has promised to carry it on to completion.

Our History & Our Campus

All Hallows is the central focus of Wyncote’s Victorian Historic District. The
church, situated at the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Bent Road, occupies
a central place in Wyncote. It faces Robinson Park with its fountain, large green
space, community garden and flock of geese. It lies a few blocks south of the Curtis
Arboretum and a few blocks west of the Jenkintown-Wyncote train station, a central
node in SEPTA’s Regional Rail System that makes the area easily accessible to
Center City Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. The station also provides
a link to New York City.

All Hallows Church began as a mission from the Episcopal Church of Our Savior,
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1891, a prayer service was held in Mr.
and Mrs. W.W. Frazier’s home, on the corner of Greenwood and Maple Avenues
closest to the Jenkintown train station. By Easter of 1892, a wooden frame structure
was built on the current property, on what is now the rear driveway and lawn, and
it was called the Wyncote Mission. This building, a mere schoolhouse, functioned
as a worship space and parish hall for the entire community. The Philadelphia firm
24 of Furness, Evans & Company laid the cornerstone of the present edifice on March
28, 1896. The building was finished by the end of the summer at a cost of $18,000.
On February 12, 1897, the Right Reverend Ozi William Whittaker, the V Bishop
of Pennsylvania, consecrated the Wyncote mission as All Hallows Church. In 1898,
the first chapel was enlarged again, to be used as the parish house.

All Hallows was modeled after an English countryside parish church, exhibiting
simple gothic arches, a porte-cochere, amber-colored glass windows, open-beam
roof structure, and naturally finished interior walls. The complete original chancel
furnishings such as the altar, given by Louisa Knapp Curtis (1851-1910), the pulpit,
lectern, communion rail, choir stalls, and lamps, as well as the window over the
altar, dedicated to the Rev. Dr. Fleming James in 1902, were made or designed by
the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (Tiffany Studios). The Curtis Memorial
window, unveiled in 1911, was made by John La Farge (1835-1910) and was the last
window he designed before his death. The Jennings window, opposite the Curtis
window, is based on a painting by Franz Von Defregger (1835-1921) and is believed
to be by Tiffany as well.

The rectory was built in 1909, the same year the church officially became a parish
and elected its first rector and vestry. In 1926 the current parish house and cloister,
then known as All Hallows Hall, were built.

The parish makes full use of its beautiful campus for Palm Sunday processions, 25
Good Friday Stations of the Cross, and an Easter sunrise service. The campus hosts
parish picnics, weddings, memorial services, and community meetings, and serves
as a polling location during election season. The campus has hosted the Wyncote
Women’s Club, Wyncote Players and the All Hallows Episcopal Nursery School, and
the sanctuary has been home to Ignatian Retreats and numerous organ, vocal, and
instrumental concerts over the years. We aspire to use our campus and all its assets
as tools to return the parish to its traditional vibrancy.

Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Mary McCullough, Interim Rector
Christopher Kehoe, Organist & Music Director
Sherry Geoghan, Parish Administrator
Matt Capitolo, Sexton, Property Manager


Tom Wilson, Rector’s Warden
Tom Hamel, Accounting Warden
28 Nancy Adams, Secretary

Laura Barrett
Dave Conly
Jan Gregson
Jennifer Kasius
Stasie Nicholaides
Jane Toczek

Appendix A

Parish Data
All Hallows Episcopal Church
Wyncote, Pennsylvania

Year Activity Number

2018 Communicants in good standing 126
Average Sunday attendance 55

2019 Communicants in good standing 100
Average Sunday attendance 49

2020 Communicants in good standing 60

30 Average Sunday attendance 35

Appendix B

Parish Budget
Consolidated Balance Sheet & General Operating Fund
December 31, 2020


Total Cash & Equivalents 3,539.23
Total Assets

Accounts Payable 4,156,595.77
Fund Principal 4,154,367.89
Total Liabilities & Fund Principal

Total Congregational Giving
Other Revenue 72,258.39
Endowment Transfer 99,606.66
Total Revenues 30,000.00


EXPENSES 24,579.98
Nursery School Support* 580.25
Christian Education 7,702.52
Church & Worship 184,927.58
Clergy & Staff 23,244.79
Administration 16,035.06
Property Repairs & Maintenance 12,092.87
Utilities 17,463.47
Building & Grounds


*Nursery School closed as of 12/2020

The Discernment and Search Committee
Nancy Adams, William Bowie, Jennifer Kasius,
Ellie Reinhart, Jane Toczek, Karen Wilson,
Al Tedesco, Chair
Search Consultant The Rev. Richard Ullman
Parish Prayer Tom Hamel
Organ and Parish History Christopher Kehoe
Photography DeBalko Photography
Parish Sketch Diane DeBalko
Parish Profile Design Maria Demopoulos

N.B. With the exception of the historic photographs and All Hallows line art,
the images appearing in this Parish Profile were taken between 2000 and 2021.


Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
262 Bent Road Wyncote, Pennsylvania 19095

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