Monday, December 16, 2019

2019 Seeds of Hope Grants awarded

Seeds of Hope Grants are diocesan grants available to congregations and groups to begin or expand ministries for social and economic justice causes as they relate to the Five Marks of Mission. 
Christ & St. Luke's, Norfolk
A Community Garden: Many Hands Make for Light Work. Grant will be used to purchase equipment for the garden which supplies the parish soup kitchen and local food bank.
Mission of the Holy Spirit, Norfolk
Bridging the Gaps. Grant will provide funds for facilitators, transportation, supplies and snacks for this educational program for Mission families.
St. Andrew's, Lawrenceville and St. Paul's, Lawrenceville
Seed & Feed Program and People in Need Program. Grant funds will fund a variety of educational programming for senior citizens, youth, dialysis patients and children being raised by single parents or grandparents. Grant will also provide funds for join program with Dept. of Social Services to assist with basic needs for residents of Brunswick County.
St. Andrew's, Norfolk
Mentally Healthy Norfolk Initiative: Stigma Free Campaign. Grant will fund production of brochures and posters, training expenses for identifying people in crisis, and re-design of program website.
St. James, Warfield
Senior Citizen Outreach Program. Grant will fund printing of program materials for participants and food for healthy lunches program.
St. Thomas, Freeman
Senior Pals Program and Youth Empowerment Project. Grant will fund presenters, food and supplies, transportation for cultural trips for programs serving the senior citizens and youth of the community.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Kairos Prison Ministry team forming

Kairos Prison Ministry
shares the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to incarcerated men, women, youth and their families. Kairos sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from the 4th Day movements such as Cursillo, National Episcopal Cursillo, Presbyterian Cursillo, Lutheran Via de Cristo, The Upper Room's Walk To Emmaus, and independently ecumenical Tres Dias, as well as by volunteers from independent and non-denominational churches. As a ministry, Kairos embraces a diverse group of volunteers working together to fulfill Christ's call to action in Matthew 25:36.
The team is forming now for KAIROS 18 at Sussex II State Prison which will be in April, 2020. If you would like to learn of the many opportunities to serve, or if you would like to have a presentation for your parish, please contact Lee Davis, or 757-679-3249.

Boys Home Christmas Tree Farm open for 26th season

Boys Home of Virginia is marking the Christmas season with the 26th year of harvest from its Christmas tree farm. The boys and staff work on the trees throughout the year to ensure they are ready when the Christmas season rolls around. The tree farm features family activities like choosing your own tree, refreshments and hot chocolate, a photo booth, a children's craft table, small petting zoo, and drawing to win a gift basket. The gift shop is decorated with traditional Christmas trimmings selling fresh garland, ornaments made by the students, a variety of Christmas items, as well as wreaths of various sizes.

The 2019 Boys Home Christmas Tree Farm season began Friday, November 29 and will extend to Saturday, December 21. The tree farm, located in West Augusta, is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa will visit our tree farm on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 and Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to stop in for pictures and hot chocolate with Santa!
The tree farm is located off of Route 688 at 1118 Bear Wallow Flat in West Augusta, Va. For more information call 540-965-7700. You can also visit the Boys Home website at

Clergy transitions

The Rev. Daniel Crockett conducted his final services at Hungars Parish, Machipongo, and Christ Church, Eastville, on November 24, 2019.
The Rev. Ross Wright will retire from Church of the Good Shepherd, Richmond, on January 5, 2020.

Ridley Scholarship applications due January 15

The Ridley Foundation board will meet in February to consider new applicants for the second semester. New applications and documents are due by January 15. Current recipients need to send their first semester transcript in order to receive the second half of their grant. Complete information about Ridley Scholarships is available here.  

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Registration for 128th Annual Council is open

Registration for the 128th Annual Council is now open for attendees and exhibitors. Council will be held February 28-29, 2020 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia. Go to for complete Council information, including registration and lodging.  
The Very Rev. Cynthia Kittredge
Keynote Speaker 
The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, ThD, is our keynote speaker for this year's Council. She is dean and president of Seminary of the Southwest. The focus of Kittredge's leadership is the formation of Christian leaders in community for the vitality of the church and to advance God's mission of reconciliation. Read more here.  
Nominations for Elections at Council
The following elections will take place at Annual Council: Standing Committee (one lay and one clergy); Disciplinary Board (two lay and one clergy); Provincial Synod (one lay), and General Convention 2021 (4 clergy deputies, 4 lay deputies. Note: Alternate deputies will be elected in 2021). More info and nomination form can be found here.  
Youth Delegation & Adult Advisors
Every year a special delegation of 12 youth in grades 9-12 are invited to attend Diocesan Council. This is an annual gathering of clergy and lay people from all over our diocese. This weekend is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the Episcopal Church, to find out more about the life of our diocese, to participate in and help to lead worship, to hear inspiring keynote speeches, to meet new friends, and to serve the church. Two adult leaders are selected to serve as advisors for the youth delegation to help them engage in and process Council. More info and application forms can be found here.  
Communicator Credentials
Church communicators are an integral part of connecting their Convocations and congregations with Council while it is in session and, afterward, through their reporting. Credentialed communicators (whether volunteers or church staff) have their registration fee waived. More info and application form can be found here.