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Jim AlbaranoJim Albarano

When my husband and I first found All Saints, we immediately wanted to take the New Members Class. But then life got busy! We had to miss our first chance, but thankfully it’s offered a few times throughout the year and were able to sign up in the fall. I loved the first part of the class, where the clergy members introduce themselves and tell their story, but I was a little nervous about the small group hour afterward. Meeting new people can intimate me, but luckily I had an amazing group leader. Edna helped guide our group and made everyone feel comfortable. It felt amazing to chat with a group of people on similar (and not so similar) journeys and find connections and common ground. Over the eight weeks our group really bonded and we became friends — and we continue to get together to this day!

After the class finished up, I knew I wanted more and I had fallen in love with the small group setting. Edna suggested that I become a leader myself and so I decided to take the plunge. It’s fantastic to continue meeting new people and learn new things from everyone who comes through the class. Through the New Members ministry, I have expanded my own sense of community and really feel plugged into All Saints. Between the various classes, I can always find a friend on the lawn and great conversation. I’m already excited to see who I get to know in this upcoming fall session. I still get nervous that first day of class when my small group meets, but I know that within a few weeks true bonds will form — because it always does!

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