Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Save the date - Women's Lenten retreat at Chanco

Chanco on the James invites you to join women from around the Diocese as we gather together at Chanco on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 for our annual Women's Lenten retreat, Gravity and Grace: Exploring Themes of Darkness and Light In Our Lenten Journeys. Cost to Participants for Friday and Saturday is $95 ($135 for private room) and includes reception, accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and program. Cost for Saturday only is $35 and includes lunch and program. Register by calling 888-724-2626 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. You may also register by mail - include your check along with a note that indicates your name, contact information, and desired dates of attendance. Mail no later than February 21 to 394 Floods Drive, Spring Grove, VA  23881. Questions or assistance with registration, contact Ronda Toll at 757-869-8873 or at

Don't miss fantastic spring events at Chanco!

We have many dynamic retreats and events coming up this spring you won't want to miss! Save these dates:
  • Women's Lenten Retreat: March 6-7. Theme is "Gravity and Grace: Exploring Themes of Darkness and Light in our Lenten Journeys" featuring facilitator the Rev. Jackie Fulop. Registration coming soon.
  • Volunteer Work Weekend: March 20-22. This event will be FREE and will involve helping prepare Chanco for the busy spring and summer seasons! 18 and under must be accompanied by a guardian. Registration coming soon.
  • Open House Dates: March 21 and April 26 from 1-5 pm. Free and open to the public. Come see what Camp Chanco is all about!
  • Happening #72: March 27-29 for grades 10-12. Click here for more information and to register. Visit for more information and staff application.
  • Cursillo #168: Co-Ed Weekend: April 23-26. Adult retreat designed to help us grow closer to Jesus Christ and an opportunity to make friends all over our diocese. Visit or contact Rector Travis Kennedy, St. David's, Chesterfield at for more information and registration.
  • Chanco 1980's alumni reunion: May 1-3. Were you a camper, EYCer, or Happener in the 1980's?! If so mark your calendars and save the date! Registration coming soon.
  • Consecration of our Spirit Center: May 2 with the Rt. Rev. Susan B. Haynes officiating. More information coming soon!
  • May Weekend: May 15-17 for grades 6-12. More information and registration coming soon!
Have questions or need more information on any of our spring events? Contact us at or 888-7-CHANCO (888-724-2626).  We look forward to seeing you back on the banks of the James this spring!

Presiding Bishop encourages support for Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 1

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, encourages congregations and supporters to support the ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE campaign through observance of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 1, 2020.  
"Lent is a time of reflection and of following Jesus, demonstrating his love for the world," said Presiding Bishop Curry. "I invite all congregations to devote a Sunday in Lent to reflect on the transformational work of Episcopal Relief & Development, particularly their work with children, and to tangibly demonstrate God's love by giving generously to support ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE."   
Episcopal Relief & Development's 2020 Lenten Meditations focus on the spiritual lives of children and how they can inform the prayers and meditations of all Christians. These booklets and other resources including hope chests, pew envelopes, bulletin inserts and special prayers are available at Supporters are encouraged to sign up for daily email meditations in English and Spanish, and, new this year, meditations as podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Sound Cloud and Google Play.  
To have printed copies of the Lenten Meditations in English or Spanish by Ash Wednesday, February 26, Forward Movement must receive orders by Friday, February 7. To place an order visit or call 800-543-1813. For additional information and to download a planning guide for Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, visit

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Susan B. Haynes consecrated as bishop of Southern Virginia

The Rev. Susan Bunton Haynes was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia at 11 a.m. on February 1 at Williamsburg Community Chapel in Williamsburg, Virginia. Approximately 1,300 people attended the historic service, and over 1,000 watched the live stream, as Haynes became the first woman bishop in the diocese’s 128-year history. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry led the service as chief consecrator. The Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little II, seventh bishop of Northern Indiana, was the preacher.

Haynes was elected at a Diocesan Special Council in Dinwiddie, Virginia on September 21, 2019. One of six nominees, she was elected on the eighth ballot. Prior to the election, Haynes served as the rector of St. Paul’s in Mishawaka, Indiana, for 11 years.

The service, held on the Eve of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, began with a Candlemas ceremony by candle light. Congregants held candles blessed at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem especially for use at this service.

A hymn written especially for the consecration by the Rev. Canon Henry G. Randolph, Jr. was sung during Communion.  Randolph’s text is set to the tune Kingsfold, a well-known tune from The Hymnal 1982. Randolph, a friend and colleague to Haynes, is also distantly related to The Rt. Rev. Alfred Magill Randolph, the first bishop of Southern Virginia.  The hymn was also shared with parishes in the Diocese of Northern Indiana, from which Haynes came, in order to be sung on February 2 during worship, as their way of supporting a priest from their own diocese who has become bishop. 

Haynes earned her Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School and was ordained in 2004. She is married to the Rev. Thomas Haynes, and they have two adult daughters, Sarah and Avery.

Haynes succeeds the Rt. Rev. Herman Hollerith IV who served as the 10th bishop of Southern Virginia, who served the diocese for 10 years, retiring in January 2019.

The Diocese of Southern Virginia encompasses 101 congregations from Virginia’s Eastern Shore to the Dan River.

Photo: Bishop Haynes is presented the Pastoral Staff by the Rt. Rev. Herman Hollerith IV, 10th bishop of Southern Virginia. Photo by Susan Pederson (St. Andrew's, Norfolk)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

VBS Curriculum Resource Fair on Feb. 10

Selecting a packaged vacation bible school (VBS) program can be challenging - especially when one is limited to exploring vendor websites and print advertisements.  The best way to determine if a VBS program fits your context, theology, space and staffing parameters is to actually put hands on the resources and explore what's included in the VBS kit. A wonderful opportunity to do just that is just around the corner!  
The Resource Center, at Virginia Union University (Kingsley Hall, 1500 North Lombardy Street, 4th floor, in the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Richmond) is hosting a Vacation Bible School Curriculum Fair on Thursday, February 6, 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, February 7, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of colleagues from the Resource Center, Diocese of Southern Virginia is able to host a VBS Curriculum Fair on February 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the diocesan offices (11827 Canon Blvd. Suite 101, Newport News). 
Whether you travel to Richmond on February 6, 7, 8 or to the diocesan office on Feb. 10, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the 2020 vacation bible school resources in detail. Join us!

Bishop-Elect Haynes visits Chatham Hall

The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia will consecrate Rev. Susan Bunton Haynes as the 11th bishop of the Diocese on February 1, 2020 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Just before this historic occasion, Rev. Haynes made a trip to Chatham Hall school to meet current students, tour campus, and participate in a chapel service on January 19. Established in 1894, Chatham Hall was founded as the first girls' Episcopal school in Southern Virginia.

When she described her visit, Rev. Haynes noted how impressed she was with Chatham Hall and how much she is looking forward to connecting with students and faculty in the future. "I was hoping my tour guides would be students. They talked about how Chatham Hall is a place that prepares girls to be leaders. All I could think about as they spoke was that I can already see that they are leaders. If that is the kind of girl Chatham Hall is striving for, it's truly doing well." 
When Rev. Haynes reflected on her experience celebrating with the community for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, she expressed how moving it was. "I know students crafted the service. The readings were powerful, and the students were very well engaged. I could tell that justice is an important value for them and this community."

Theological scholarships available

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for the following scholarships. The 2020-2021 theological scholarship application is due April 1, 2020. Students may visit our website at to view the list of available scholarships and complete an online application. Applicants should be native or long-time residents of the specified geographic.
  • Barron F. Black Theological Scholarship- For students at Virginia Theological Seminary (Alexandria, VA) who are candidates for the ministry. Students must be residents of the geographic region served by the Diocese of Southern Virginia. 
  • Richard D. and Sheppard R. Cooke Memorial Scholarship - For students from Hampton Roads attending Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond who are candidates for the ministry. Preference will be given to students from Norfolk churches within the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia.
  • Hy Smith Endowment Fund - For students at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria who are candidates for the ministry. Students must be residents of the geographic region served by the Diocese of Southern Virginia.