Welcome to All Saints, where we have been sharing and celebrating the story of God's love for us for well over 100 years. We have been a part of the community of Bayside (part of the City of New York in the borough of Queens) since 1892 when our founding families realized the vision of providing a place of worship for Episcopalians in Bayside. Today, we are the stewards of the beautiful buildings, and carry on the vision of providing a church home for all who seek a place of grace and peace in their lives. Our congregation reflects the wonderful diversity of Queens. People of many cultures, from all walks of life, and from many Christian denominations have come to call All Saints their own. On any given Sunday, you are likely to have something or many things in common with the person in the next pew or at Coffee Hour.
For many people, walking into a new church for the first time can be a formidable experience, full of wonder but also full of uncertain ties. All Saints is more than a lovely building; it is a loving and growing family. Everyone that passes through our doors is welcome here. You do not need to be born into the Episcopal tradition, nor do you need to be someone of much religious background or church experience. Our worship is unique, but it reaches out to a great variety of people on many different levels. We hope that your first experience at All Saints will be a pleasing and one that you will not forget, but most importantly we hope that you feel welcome here. If you are searching for a parish, we would like All Saints to be a community you can call your church home. If you are visiting, we love having you with us and hope that you visit us often and feel very comfortable and very much at home.
12:15 pm Holy Eucharist & Healing Service
8:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:45 am Sunday School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
All Saints Church traces its history back to the 1860’s. A Sunday School, organized by The Brotherhood of St. George, a missionary society of St. George’s Church in Flushing, began meeting in the local district school. In 1874, these services expanded to include lay services conducted by a seminarian, Mr. Van De Water. When Mr. Van De Water became the rector of St. Andrew’s Church in Harlem, the services in Bayside ended. Lay services resumed in 1891 under the direction of another seminarian, Mr. St. Clair Hester. He served until his ordination. Mr. St. Clair Hester was called to ministry outside the New York area. He was followed by Mr. George Bartow, who conducted services until after the church was built. Two women, Mrs. Mangles and Miss Frances Ahles, worked throughout this period so that Sunday School continued in Bayside.
In July 1891, Mrs. Frederick Lawrence donated four lots of land on Montauk Avenue (now 40th Avenue) for the construction of a church. Ground was broken in March of 1892. The Bishop of Long Island, the Right Reverend A. N. Littlejohn, granted canonical consent for the new church, named All Saints Episcopal Church, on October 3, 1893. The first service was held on October 9th. Mr. George Bartow became the first rector with a yearly salary of five hundred dollars. Critical support of the new All Saints church came from the Ladies Guild. The Guild, formed in 1891 before the church was constructed dedicated themselves to providing Christian Service to the area, increasing membership, and raising funds. The vestry asked them for donations on several occasions and even drew up terms for a loan of nearly three hundred dollars to help pay for construction of the rectory. They agreed to make the loan from funds they had gathered for construction of the original Parish House.
All Saints, Christmas Day 1900
All Saints Church & Rectory, 1927
All Saints grew during the early decades. From 1911 to 1930, the Reverend Charles Brown was the rector. He served for nineteen years. During his tenure, All Saints came into its own as an important community of faith in Bayside. Mr. Brown was succeeded by Reverend Richard Trapnell. In 1940, after keeping the parish both vital and solvent during the Great Depression, Mr. Trapnell resigned to take a parish in Seaford, Delaware. His successor, The Reverend Howard R. Dunbar presided over a period of both numerical and physical growth for All Saints. Clearly, it was time to build a Parish House to accommodate the needs of the growing congregation. In 1941, Mr. William Johns, Senior Warden, donated the building site, and offered a challenge grant of ten thousand dollars for the parish to match. Many parishioners contributed to the effort, some funds were obtained through a mortgage and despite the restrictions and hardships presented by the Second World War, the parish house was built. Sunday school attendance soared during the tenure of Reverend Howard Dunbar so the new Parish House was put to good use.
All Saints Church & Rectory, 1927
In the 1950’s and sixties All Saints continued to thrive in that golden period when it seemed nearly everyone in America attended church or synagogue. In 1962, under the Rev. Elmer Horstmann, All Saints began its last major building project, an addition to the front of the church. This addition provided room for several more pews, a spacious narthex, and a balcony. The late 1960s and the 1970s were, of course, times of a great deal of social change in our country, and in the Episcopal Church. With an increased awareness of ecumenism, came experiment and ultimately change in the Church. By 1973, a new prayer book was in the works, by 1976 it was provisionally adopted and made official by the 1979 General Convention. In that time, too, women were first ordained to the priesthood, and the Holy Eucharist became the primary worship service. The Rev. James Webster and the Rev. John Lawrence presided over these years of change and kept the parish strong. In 1982, The Rev. Alan Edmiston began his tenure of nearly twenty years. He was well loved as a pastor and preacher, and presided over the Centennial celebration of the parish in 1992.
Bayside is an ever-changing community. Like so many Episcopal parishes in the past ten or twenty years, our numbers are not what they were in the 1950’s and 60’s. However, the heart of the parish is strong and we are once again growing. All Saints has had many talented and dedicated clergy, and by the grace of God through the efforts of these spiritual leaders, and, perhaps more importantly through the dedication of her members, All Saints has grown into a loving community of faith. After a season of interim clergy, each of whom made unique contributions to the parish, our current rector, The Rev. Laurence G. Byrne is committed to ensuring that All Saints is a welcoming place for all to come explore and deepen their faith and to reach out to those in need in Bayside and beyond.
We invite you to come help us write the next chapters of our history.
Rector: The Rector is the chief pastor of the parish. He or she is responsible for preaching, teaching, liturgy, and celebrating the Sacraments. He or she is also in charge of the day-to-day operations of the parish church and overseeing the staff. At All Saints, the clerical team includes a deacon who assists with liturgy and pastoral care.
The Rev. Laurence Goodwin Byrne was born and raised with his four siblings in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from the Tower Hill School and went on to receive a BA, cum laude, in English from the University of Delaware. After college, he joined the faculty of The Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut where he taught English and served in numerous other capacities. He returned to Delaware to serve as Director of Christian Education and Youth at Christ Church, Christiana Hundred. In 1991, he entered Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. Following his ordination to the diaconate in 1994, he became Curate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fairfield, Connecticut, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1995. In 1999, Fr. Byrne accepted the call to be Rector of The Parish of Christ’s Church in Easton, Connecticut. Later, he joined the staff of St. Paul’s in Riverside. Throughout his ministry in Connecticut Fr. Byrne was active in the Bridgeport Deanery and in the Diocese. Fr. Byrne, his wife Susan, and their son Teddy first came to All Saints, Bayside in 2005. He was made Priest-in-Charge in December of 2005, and was elected Rector in January of 2011. In addition to his duties as Rector of the parish, Fr. Byrne is active in the Diocese of Long Island. He serves as the chaplain to the Diocesan Altar Guild, is a member of the Board of Managers of Camp DeWolfe, and is the co-founder of the Flushing Deanery Youth Fellowship.
The Rev. Marjorie Boyden-Edmonds is Chaplain at the University Medical Center in Hoboken, NJ. Marjorie was ordained to the Diaconate in 2015. Since then, she has served as Deacon for the Flushing Deanery. Although we share Marjorie with four other parishes, she is an important part of the ministry of All Saints. She oversees the Episcopal Church Women, created our bereavement support group, and assists with liturgy and preaching.
All Saints has a dedicated staff who help the parish to run smoothly:
A well known and gifted conductor, Leytush has directed orchestras in Europe and the United States to great acclaim. Critics as have described him as “a conductor in the Grand Russian Tradition” and his dynamic interpretations have made him an audience favorite. Leytush’s artistry is known throughout the former Soviet Union, but it was not until 1994 that he gained recognition in the United States when he, on a week’s notice, made a stunning debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, replacing Yuri Temirkanov. Leytush joined the staff at All Saints in Holy Week of 2015. He led us through the most challenging music week of the year seamlessly. Since then, he has worked consistently and successfully to improve the choir and has brought it to a much higher performance level. In addition to being a performer, Mr. Leytush is an accomplished composer and arranger. He wrote an anthem specifically for the 125th anniversary of All Saints which was debuted in 2017.
Nancy McCarthy has been with All Saints since 2003. She started as our receptionist, but the job quickly expanded. She is now not only the first person many folks encounter at All Saints, but is also our bookkeeper and manages the parish office.
Sexton (Parish Custodian)
Tom Espenshade has been Sexton at All Saints since 2013. His work in caring for the church is a very practical ministry of stewardship. Tom is also an accomplished musician who sings in the St. Cecilia Choir and often substitutes for Mr. Leytush when he is away.
Church School Director
Susan Byrne has has served as the Church School Director at All Saints for over 10 years. Susan holds both a BS and an MS in Early Childhood Education from Queens College. She is a Head Teacher at the St. Paul’s Nursery School of Fairfield, CT. Prior to coming to All Saints, Susan led and directed multiple church schools.
At All Saints, she has designed a curriculum that meets the changing needs and age groups of the Church School, guides the Church School teachers, directs the Christmas pageant, and assists in leading the St. Nicholas Choir.
The Vestry is the council of the church made up of the Rector and members who are elected at the Annual Meeting of the parish. The Vestry’s role is to make financial and policy decisions for the parish, give counsel to the Rector, and to lead the parish by word and example.
Thomas Ramsay has been a long standing member of All Saints Episcopal Church since 1955. He was baptized here, and was confirmed here in 1968. He attended Sunday School, was a member of the Junior Choir, and served as an acolyte. He was a member of the EYPF (where he held the position of Treasurer for several years). As a young adult he joined the Social Saints, and has been a member of the St. Cecilia Choir since 1971. Thomas has served as a member of the Vestry several times. He was first elected in 1978 at the age of 23, the youngest member ever to be elected, and has served multiple terms and roles over the years. He was elected Junior Warden (1999 – 2002), and Senior Warden (2008 – 2011). Thomas has served on the Buildings and Grounds, Communications Committees, and is currently the Events Committee Chairperson. Thomas is a member of the choir, chair of the Events Committee and the Holly Bazaar, lay reader and chalice bearer. Tom’s weekly “All Saints Update” e-mail spreads the news of the parish far and wide. He is currently with the Ruhof Corporation as an Account Executive and is married to Eileen, with one daughter (Kathleen).
Nancy came to All Saints in 1993 and has been active ever since. She and her husband Edwin were married at All Saints in 1998. Nancy has been a member of the Event’s Committee since 1995 and currently is a member of the Stewardship Committee. She also serves as a Chalice Bearer, and coordinates the scheduling of the ushers, lectors and Chalice Bearers. Nancy obtained her Bachelors degree of Science in Education from SUNY Cortland in 1975, and following graduation Nancy taught in private schools in NYC then became a fulltime member of the staff at LaGuardia College.
MemberAlthough relatively new to All Saints, Judy is an energetic member of the parish who has entered into the mission and ministry of the parish enthusiastically. She brings with her previous Vestry experience, having served on the Vestry at Grace Episcopal Church, Whitestone, NY. Judy works as the Food Service Director at Highland Gardens Care Center in Manhasset, NY. She is married to Michael Batashoff and her sons, Christopher and Daniel, are both active members at All Saints and both serve as Acolytes and are members of the Flushing Deanery Youth Fellowship.
MemberFrancesca has been a member of All Saints Church since spring of 2009. She and her husband Edward Bergenn were married at All Saints on June 12, 2010. Francesca is a member of the St. Cecelia's Choir, the Altar Guild and the Events Committee. This past fall Francesca was also served on the All Saints 120th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance committee, and co-chaired the Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival with Tom Ramsay. Francesca is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh (Class of 1995) and works for the New York City Council as an investigator and compliance analyst.
MemberOlive has been an active member of All Saints for several years. Although she is a retired teacher, Olive lends her teaching skills to the Church School. She can also be found almost anywhere a hand is needed at All Saints. Olive never stops learning as she travels extensively. She is in her first term as a vestry member at All Saints, but she brings skills and experience from being a member of the vestry in her previous parish.
MemberJim Doyle is a long time member of All Saints who has served in many capacities over the years, including previous service on the vestry. He is a well-known local general contractor who is always ready to lend a hand. Away from the job site or the church, Jim can generally be found on the golf course or at home helping to take care of his three young grandsons.
MemberMegan Monfiston is a life-long, active member of All Saints, holds a B.S. in Photojournalism from St. John’s University and works as a Photo Researcher/Photo Editor for Scholastic, Inc. in Manhattan. As a student, Megan attended a number of different religious schools. Her experiences helped her to become “more knowledgeable about other religions but also made me grow to appreciate my own faith even more.” Megan further states, “All Saints is my family and I do my best to make sure that my family is in the best possible position to grow and thrive as long as possible.”
Kem has been a member of All Saints since 1979. She has been involved in numerous ministries over the years, including prior service on the vestry and two terms as Junior Warden. Currently, Kem is bringing a second generation of children through All Saints, and is a chalice bearer and a member of the Altar Guild. She helps to manage our Thrift Shop (an important outreach ministry of the parish) and is our Delegate to Convention.
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