Sunday, September 22, 2013

All Saints Church, Frederick, Maryland

All Saints Episcopal Church in Frederick was founded in 1742, making it the oldest Episcopal church in Western Maryland. Thomas Johnson, the first governor of post-colonial Maryland, and Francis Scott Key, national anthem writer, both worshipped at this parish. The original building was replaced in 1814 by what is now the parish hall. In 1855, a neo-gothic church was built next to the hall and still stands today.

All Saints' Church, Frederick

The church is simple and unassuming. It was pleasantly cool inside during our August visit.


Main Altar

J and A in the pulpit

The church still has numbered pews, presumably from the days when members would sponsor a pew or perhaps be assigned pews.

Pew 54

We were pleasantly surprised to discover several bags in the back of church with simple and quiet activities for the children. It's a nice addition that would be useful in many other churches.

Maybe use a more subtle fabric, though

The back wall has a memorial to those who died in the World Wars.

Memorial to soldiers

The best part of the church is the stained glass windows, which unsurprisingly follow a saint theme. Many of the great saints of the early church are represented as well as events from Jesus's life.

St. John the Evangelist

Sts. Augustine and Monica

Madonna and child

Suffer the little children to come unto me

Jesus about to comfort Mary at His Tomb

Angels are saints too, right?

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