Around the diocese committees governing summer chapels are organizing work crews, preparing bulletins and posters, and filling last minute clergy vacancies. On Southport Island All Saints by-the- Sea has the additional task of confirming with Bill Campbell, Captain of the Novelty out of Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor, the time of departure that best serves the church congregation.
One can also drive onto Southport and south on Route 238 about two miles to the All Saints Road, either parking on the main road or, if necessary, driving down All Saints Road to one of the seven parking spots in the lot above the chapel. From there one can either walk down the path or accept a ride on the golf cart to the chapel porch. Many persons linger on that porch through the organ prelude to enjoy the view across Boothbay to Squirrel Island, and, following the service enjoy coffee, punch, and light refreshments either on the porch or around the deck and dock. Or you can come to church on your own boat and tie up to the dock, being mindful of the tide and nearby rocks.
This season the services begin Sunday, June 19 and continue through Sunday, September 11 with Holy Communion each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and the first, third, and fifth Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer and sermon constitute the 10:00 a.m. services on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Clergy from near and far will fill the pulpit including local clergy, The Rev. Frank Strasburger, for the opening service on June 19 and The Rev. Wes Shields on June 26. The Rev. Sandra Moyle and The Rev. Dr. Allison Moore will fill the pulpit during July; the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith and the Rev. Kit Sherrill in August; and in September from London, the Rev. Stuart Nattrass returns for the second time to All Saints.
In addition to Sunday worship, the visiting clergy offer Bible study every Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. outside on the church porch, weather permitting, or inside the church if not. The church, dock, and grounds are open every day. Visitors during the week are sometimes fortunate enough to arrive when resident organist Dr. Calvin Johansson is practicing.
So if you are in the area on Sunday, please plan to join us for worship, arriving either by sea or by land. Anytime you are welcome to enjoy the peace and beauty of All Saints by-the-Sea.
– Leigh Sherill