Established in July 2010, the Great Neck Episcopal Ministry (GEM) was a collaborative ministry among three churches, All Saints, St. Paul's and St. Joseph's, which are located in Great Neck, New York.
The missioners appointed by Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano, the Rev. Constance Lorenz, deacon, and the Rev. Joseph S. Pae, priest, share the responsibility of supporting and creating mission strategies for the changing contexts of the Town of Great Neck's communities and the needs of its people.
Each church congregation retained its own vestry and identity within the collaborative cluster, while participating fully in the life and witness of this joint ministry. Sunday services are celebrated at All Saints at 10 a.m. in English and by St. Joseph's in Korean at noon, sharing the same buildings and grounds in Great Neck.
In July 2011, the congregation worshiped at nearby St. Paul’s Church in Great Neck joined with All Saints' congregation. St. Paul’s Church facilities were converted to serve as GEM's St. Paul’s Ministry Center. However, in February 2013, the buildings at St. Paul's were closed so redevelopment could begin. Future plans include providing space for meetings, worship and prayer gatherings, in addition to providing community space for dance, yoga, scouts, and artists.
In March 2013, at a joint mission retreat, both All Saints and St. Joseph's leadership groups agreed to becoming 2 language speaking communities in 1 church with shared finances, with shared leadership, with shared mission and with shared programs (as appropriate based on language). On Sunday, December 8, 2013, a joint GEM Service and joint Annual Meeting was held to elect the new joint All Saints Vestry.
On November 8, 2015, The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, installed The Rev. Canon Joseph S. Pae as the Seventh Rector of All Saints.
GEM is one of the new mission initiatives of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island as the diocese explores new paradigms for "how we do and be church" in a rapidly changing world.
Through a renewed sense of mission, new friendships and new faith communities, emerging new lay leadership, and a strong and visible presence in the community, All Saints, the Great Neck Episcopal Ministry, envisions its congregation becoming even more life giving and more self sustaining in the years ahead.
This Tiffany window at All Saints is based on Psalm 121, "I will lift up my eyes to the hills - from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." All Saints Church has four Tiffany windows among its stained glass windows; many of the windows were imported from England.
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