All Saints is blessed to have a professional florist and designer as the Coordinator of the Altar Flower Guild who trains volunteers as part of his ministry. About six volunteers from the parish are trained on-site or at the Coordinator’s place of business and learn by ‘doing-along-side’. Some of the parishioners are teachers, one is a student, one is a university financial aid ‘geek’, one is retired, there is a real estate agent; thus all the volunteers represent a wide diversity of background. People who thought they could not ‘even arrange a flower or some ferns in a vase’ are surprised. As is customary in many other churches, persons who wish to donate altar flowers as a memorial for someone or as a thank offering for a birthday, anniversary or other intention, contribute to the Altar Flower Fund and state the intention.
This ministry uses the services of a wholesaler in the area. Volunteers in this ministry go early on Saturday morning to the wholesaler to select flowers, etc. Sometimes the style or type of flowers and greens are kept in mind depending on if (for example) the occasion is a child’s birthday, an anniversary or an arrangement in memory of a departed loved one. Certain colors and themes will be considered esthetically in terms of the arrangement when it is a major holy day such as Pentecost, Trinity, St. Michael and all Angels, and the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin. All Saints is fortunate to have truly beautiful arrangements every Sunday all done by volunteers who are given a wide range of flexibility in design and none of them are professional florists except the Coordinator. The Guild also decorates the church for Easter, Christmas, Pentecost and other special occasions such as All Saints Day, our Feast of Title.