Catch up on all the news, events, audio and video recordings, essays and helpful information from the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.
At his Last Supper with his disciples, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. Footwashing was viewed as a humiliating, degrading task, done by the lowest ranking servant. And so his action was completely unexpected, even perplexing to his disciples.
"How come my church has reached a numerical number, and we are unable to increase that number?"
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The Bishop's Letter.
The talks presented at Life Summit 2017: Mobilizing the Church for Life.
Synod 2016 featured a wide-variety of teachings, workshops and reports. A full-list is available online here. On this page you will find a collection of videos teachings and reports from Synod 2016. For audio recordings, you may also subscribe to DOMACAST and receive the recordings as podcasts by click here. You may also listen online here.
The family of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic gathered together last weekend at All Saints’ Church, Woodbridge, VA, for our annual Synod.
Synod 2016 opens!
Giving thanks to God for an amazing year - here are highlights!
Synod 2016 offers a wide variety of workshops and teachings, including lunch time and afternoon breakout sessions.
Read more about what is happening in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic!
Learn how to build bridges to other racial, ethnic, and linguistic groups living in their communities.
IThere is tremendous power in a God-given vision. But such visions come not from the flesh or from strong personalities. They are born out of seasons of prayer, in which we earnestly seek the Lord and his will for us.
Wellspring Anglican Church in Denver, CO, was the place to be last week if you love church planting. More than 100 Anglicans from 30 states and parts of Canada gathered to pray, worship, share stories, and dream together about the churches they are planting or hope to plant.
If you would like attend Synod as a guest or observer and stay for lunch on Saturday please register so we have an accurate count for lunch. There is no charge for this event. Everyone who registers will receive a nametag and packet. Clergy and delegates are asked to register so that ballots can be prepared for them. An announcement will be made when Synod 2016 registration will open.
As I was preparing to write this article, I commented to the staff that I certainly wasn’t going to write about what I did on my summer vacation. But as I thought about it, I realized that that was just what I should write about. Taking time away from ministry and really resting is not exactly my strong suit and, blessedly, this summer has brought some needed renewal and refreshment for me.
Every congregation develops structures to facilitate the things they need to do on a consistent basis. We normally refer to these as our “ministries,” and depend on them to create order as we carry on the functions that are important to us.
One of the great questions we, the Church, have to deal with today is how to relate to our culture. This is a complex question that resists simple solutions, yet it is a vital part of learning to think and act missionally.
Truro is pleased to offer a very special seminar on Saturday, June 11, 2016 just for Dads—or Dads-to-be. The speaker will be Bob Hamrin, founder of the Great Dads ministry. “What’s a Great Dad?"
On the news, we see streams of people pouring over open countryside to escape desperate conditions in their homeland.
Pray for our most gracious God to protect those who suffer for the Name of Jesus and for him to turn the hearts even of their most hardened persecutors to true repentance and new life in the only Savior of the world.
"When we focus on Christ, we have our identity in him reaffirmed. We are sent weekly into the world to bring risen life, hope, and light to people." says the vicar of St. Brendan's in the City in D.C.
The talks from the Evangelism Training Day are now online. A team of world class teachers and trainers in evangelism equip you with the foundational building blocks for sharing your faith.
Exciting events are taking place at the newest church building in Northumberland County, Light of Christ Anglican Church. The new facility was dedicated on November 15, 2015. Then in Feb 1, their new rector, the Rev. Mike Moffatt, was installed.
NOW ONLINE: The Life Summit 2016 brought great teaching, testimonies, and opportunities to network around both beginning and end-of-life issues. Listen to the wide-variety of teachings and testimonies now available online and on DOMACAST.
For the first time, Anglican Christians have presented a conference timed with the national March for Life aimed at mobilizing U.S. and Canadian churches to address sanctity of life issues. Read the Special Edition of the Messenger!
The location for the Anglican Pre-March Prayer & Worship Service on Friday, January 22, 2016, will be at The Falls Church Anglican (6565 Arlington Boulevard, Lower Level, Falls Church, VA 22042) at 9:00 a.m. with Archbishop Foley Beach preaching.
BREAKING NEWS: Archbishop Foley Beach addresses the Anglican Church in North America about the upcoming Primates gathering next week (January 11-16, 2016) in Canterbury, England.
Learn five different approaches to evangelism, focusing on various strategies for using each style and how this style has been employed by churches in our diocese. Learn how to build an evangelistic culture in your church.
Anglicans will gather together to strategize, motivate, and mobilize our Church for life-based outreach. The Summit will have great teaching, testimonies, and opportunities to network around both beginning and end-of-life issues.
Plan now to join in two major opportunities to learn and grow in mission and discipleship in 2016: the “Mobilizing the Church for Life Summit” and March for Life in January, and the New Wineskins Missions Conference in April.
Our annual Diocesan Synod was such an encouraging experience. Synod has been growing every year, with more than 350 people joining in. Most were not official delegates—they simply wanted to participate, since Synod is open to all.
What an amazing year it has been in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. As we prepare for Synod 2015 that begins today and continues through Saturday, here are some highlight from the last year. To God be the glory!
Synod 2015 begins with the pre-Synod Workshop: Five Ways to Love and Reach Your Community. This is the first time the diocese has held a pre-Synod workshop and it is standing-room-only at All Saints' Church in Woodbridge.
There will be great music, bible teaching and breakout sessions on topics relevant to today. In addition about 14 mission agencies will be on hand in the exhibit area to explain who they are and what they do. Learn more and join us!
I praise God for those who courageously and sacrificially work for justice and speak the truth of God’s Word in the world of government. Here are some Scriptural principles that express our rightful relationship with civil authority.
The new Catechismis being utilized by a growing number of churches in our diocese. It is designed both as an introduction to the Christian faith for inquirers and an instrument of deeper teaching for believers.
Synod 2015(Nov. 13-14, 2015 • All Saints' Church, Woodbridge, VA) is a major event in the life of the Diocese of Mid-Atlantic. Meeting annually, it is the premier opportunity to gather together as a diocesan family.
As many of our churches are gearing up their fall education programs, I hope that you are looking for opportunities to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus and in your understanding of the faith.
An unfolding miracle has been the blending of two diverse churches into one over three and a half years. Those years have brought joy, comfort, companionship, and spiritual growth to two Heathsville churches: First Baptist Church and Light of Christ Anglican Church.
The Rev. Jack Grubbs serves in the inner-city of Baltimore with the Rev. Jay Baylor at Apostles in the City, an Anglican Mission in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. Read his recent article of his experiences participating in two recent prayer vigils as Christians gather to pray for healing of their city.
Last month, Meg and I had the privilege of going with a team from our diocese to Africa to lead a healing retreat for pastors who serve in some of the most conflicted areas of the continent, places we have read about in our news reports.
Like a llama, church leadership can be a strange animal. It is a wonderful blend of exhortation, encouragement, and perseverance...Yet the truth remains: the incarnational nature of our faith intricately ties who we are into what we do.
“Long before Church of the Good Shepherd was even an idea in my heart and mind, I had a strong sense of Jesus’ compassion for the shepherd-less people of Lynchburg,” said Tim Brophy, rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd.
We been a strong advocate for life. In fact, it important enough for the church to include a statement in support of life in its founding documents. We are called to promote and respect the sanctity of every human life.
We are deeply grieved by the stark departure from God's revealed order. We are concerned for the inevitable results from this action to change the legal understanding of marriage and family life.
With the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court on same sex marriage expected before the end of this month, there is great concern among biblically faithful Christians. As we prepare for the rulings, how should we prepare to respond?
The day began contemplative hard work as approximately 25 members of the community, students, teachers, and gardeners met for the first day of clearing invasive vegetation from the “Sam Moore Slave Cemetery” at Corhaven. It was a day filled with sweat and tears.
Just about every media outlet in America is prominently displaying a photograph this week of one-time Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn. Jenner’s experience is prompting questions and concerns for many Christians.
When God became human in Jesus Christ, he was limited to being in one place at a time. When Jesus was on earth, only a few people at a time could encounter him. But the Holy Spirit can be everywhere at once, working through each and every Christian.
In the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic "all of us in all of our churches need to consider how we can work for racial reconciliation and be more engaged in bringing the Gospel to all peoples in our communities."
Zahid Yousaf saw a terrorist running to enter a building and rushed to stop him. If the terrorist got past him and into the crowded building, he could kill all those inside. Zahid was shot—but before he died, he would save hundreds of Christians.
Bishop Alf Stanway, founding Dean/President of Trinity School for Ministry (Ambridge, PA), previously served for over thirty years in East Africa with the Church Missionary Society. He brought that society’s missionary principles with him and they remain firmly embedded in our corporate life.
Do you sense a call to reach out to the homeless and suffering in your local community and church family? Are you currently serving the Lord in this way and desire to be recharged, refreshed, and inspired?
“When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.” (Luke 24:30-31)
Daniel saw that God is always at work at a much deeper level than we can understand or even see. Daniel also found that God always works powerfully for the glory of His Name and for the ultimate good not only of those who trust in Him now, but also of those who will come to trust in Him in the future.
This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court addresses same sex marriage, and what is at stake is not only the very nature of marriage itself, but also our society’s commitment to religious freedom—please read and learn about this.
ould you commit to making prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters a central part of your devotions, for their witness and for their deliverance? Would you pray for God to turn even these acts of evil for his Kingdom purposes?
I now believe it’s critical to think in terms of multiplication. Doing so will not only make reproduction a normal part of who we are in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, but will also lead us to exponential growth.
“I’m always moved by the number of young people here—it is very encouraging,” said Ken Fisher of the Falls Church Anglican, one of several churches in the diocese joining in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Twelve Anglican bishops, including Archbishop Foley Beach, are joining Anglicans for Life and hundreds of thousands of Christians to March for Life on Thursday, January 22, 2015, in Washington D.C.
"Surrounded by a number of clergy and spouses of the Diocese, who were gathered in our home earlier this month, I commissioned the Rev. Tom Herrick as our new Canon for Church Planting." Read more from Bishop John Guernsey.
Get all the info you need to join the Anglican bishops and thousands of others on the Mall on Thursday, January 22, 2015, for the annual March for Life, including maps, travel info, meeting place location, and much, much more!
We live in a culture where fewer and fewer people who don’t know Jesus Christ seek out a church on their own. Consequently, our reaching out to share what the Lord has done in our lives has become all the more important.
As I have read and pondered numerous articles by respected leaders, particularly from the evangelical Christian world, and considered what I have heard in my own conversations, I have been struck by the depth of the disconnect within the Body of Christ.
This month the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is celebrating new ministry as Bishop John Guernsey ordained the Rev. Mary Amendolia (December 4th) and the Rev. Jay Baylor (December 9th) to the priesthood. To God be the glory!
The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic met for Synod 2014 to seek the mind of Christ in the mission and ministry of the diocese, to be inspired by sound scripture teaching, and to be mobilized for ministry to share the love and Good News of Christ in our neighborhoods and around the world.
Synod continues for a full day of worship, Bible teaching, mission reports, launching new churches, voting in new committee leaders, breakout sessions, and fellowship. We will again be posting live updates of Synod 2014 with photos here and our Facebook page - so stay tuned for more!
Synod 2014 kicks off today with the Opening Eucharist at 7:30 p.m. Over 300 clergy and lay leaders are gathering for this annual meeting. We'll be posting live updates of the gathering with photos right here and our Facebook page - so stay tuned for more!
Click here for the complete Synod 2014 Schedule (Nov. 14-15, 2014) at All Saints' Church, Woodbridge, VA. FYI: Online registration is now closed. To register or to change your registration, call 703-590-5470 or email Heather Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
St. Stephen's Anglican Church couple will champion the rights of unborn children during round the world journey.
Anglican Communion Primates of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and the Global South welcome Archbishop Foley Beach to the Anglican Communion.
Liberia and neighboring nations in West Africa are undergoing a new horror, the outbreak of Ebola...I write simply to urge you to join me in prayer, and not simply because Ebola has reached America. Pray for an end to this plague.
Listen as Bishop John Guernsey addresses the clergy of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic at their annual Clergy Day on the topic, "What are clergy called to do?" in the latest episode of DOMACAST, now online!
Looking for an adventure? Want to see something perhaps you've never seen before? Come join the Road Trip (October 8-10, 2014) to Atlanta for the historic Investiture of Archbishop Foley Beach. Learn more!
Wardens gather • Investiture of Archbisohp • Restoration Anglican consecration • Diocesan Photo Project • Village of Living Hope • Pray for St. George's Church in Baghdad • 40 Days for Life • Welcome Home Initiative - and more!
Fresh Expressions Vision Days are a great way to discover more about what it means to be involved in starting fresh expressions of church! Next Fresh Expressions Vision Day: Friday, September 5, 2014 (9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) at Truro Anglican Church (Fairfax, VA). Learn more!
Don't miss the amazing teachings presented at the ACNA Provincial Assembly this year. The Assembly brought together a wide variety of speakers and all the teachings are on video - learn more!
The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic's Great Commission Committee is calling all evangelists, aspiring evangelists and anyone who just loves people, to gather with us on August 9, 2014, in Charlottesville.
Bishop Foley Beach becomes new Archbishop of the ACNA • Watch the teachings and events from Assembly 2014 • Provincial Council • Proclaiming Christ in a Post-Christian Age • Becoming a Healing Church • Theologian Christopher West and much more!
Bishop Foley Beach of the Diocese of the South has been elected Archbishop of the ACNA. "I praise God for the unanimous election by the College of Bishops of the Rt. Rev. Foley Beach, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, as our new Archbishop," said Bishop Guernsey.
The doctrine of the Trinity is widely misunderstood, even among Christians...The Trinity is the reality of God, and the full expression of the doctrine of the Trinity was the great triumph of the Christian Church after four centuries of battling against heresies which threatened to destroy the faith.
This Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the first disciples in power, enabling them to fulfill Jesus’ call to share the Gospel with the whole world. Hear what Jesus told them.
Short-term missions can be life-changing for the missionary, have lasting benefit for the sending church and significantly support the work of the host church. They show us more of how the Lord would have us live each day.
41 American Bishops (including Archbishop Duncan and Bishop Guernsy) have signed on to a Pledge of Solidarity & Call to Action on behalf of Christians and Other Small Religious Communities in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria.
Canadians held their annual March for Life across their nation, including in the capital city of Ottawa and Bishop John Guernsey joined Canadian Anglicans and other leaders to witness for the sanctity of human life.
If we need to be told, “always to pray and not lose heart,” then obviously, in our sinfulness, we are inclined to do just the opposite ... we must persevere in faithful prayer for the Lord to break through in power.
One of the turning points in my life happened sometime after midnight in a dorm room. I was alone, and I was praying. My first year of college had shown me that my faith wasn’t a strong as I thought it was and that my life was not in the order I wanted it to be. I didn’t know what to do.
Listen as the Rev. Sam Ferguson, Assistant Rector of The Falls Church Anglican (Falls Church, VA), speaks on the topic "God's Story and Your Body." You can hear it on DOMACAST, the official podcast of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.
St. Brendan's in the City (Washington, DC) has launched a Literary and Arts Journal called Macalla. Macalla brings together writers and artists from across the community - read more about it!
The Rev. Dr. Tory Baucum, rector of Truro Anglican Church (Fairfax, VA) was installed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a Six Preacher at Canterbury Cathedral today. Archbishop Robert Duncan also attended the installation in England.
The prayer retreat and the ministry I received was a powerful time, not just personally to me but in emphasizing the power of prayer and the need we have for prayer.
Thousands from across the nation, including bishops from the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), braved the massive snowstorm and joined the annual March for Life on January 22, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
The Archbishop of Canterbury announced today the appointment of the Rev. Dr, Tory Baucum, Rector of Truro Anglican Church, as one of the Six Preachers of Canterbury Cathedral.
The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America released their communique following their meeting this week in Orlando.
“They are my best friends. The people I want to be around. I just couldn’t ask God for anything more.” This is how the Rev. David Hanke describes the people of Restoration Anglican Church, the church he planted in Arlington, Virginia.
Here are talks (sermons, sessions, and testimonies) from Synod 2013. You may also find featured talks in the DOMACAST Podcast, available for free in the iTunes Store.
In 47 days, thousands of marchers will be attending the 2014 March for Life in Washington DC, and Anglicans will be joining them. Why do we march? And why should you join us?
The family of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic gathered together last weekend at All Saints’ Church for our annual Synod. Over two hundred sixty clergy and lay members of the Diocese gathered for Synod 2013.
What an amazing weekend! Such an encouraging time to gather together, share stories, laugh together, pray together, and learn more about the Lord we follow and the church we serve.
What is L10-2? Equipping church planters is our main focus in our diocese. We recruit, assess, train, resource, deploy, coach, network, oversee, and mobilize prayer for Planters. And now we have a new website!
More than 10,000 people are estimated to have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan in the central Philippines and over 600,000 have been displaced. Please pray for quick disaster response, overflowing generosity from donors around the world ...
The Synod of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic a time set aside for the whole diocese to gather together to worship, govern, fellowship, and learn. Register Today! Diocesan Synod 2013: November 15-16, 2013 at All Saints Church, Woodbridge, VA.
On Sunday, September. 29, 2013, at Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, VA, please join Anglican and other Christian churches for an ecumenical discussion and time of prayer about the current volatile situation in Egypt.
Advance the work of the Gospel in mission and action by volunteering at diocesan special events! Special events include Clergy Day, the Intercessory Prayer Conference, and Synod 2013. Learn more what you can do - and have fun doing it too!
Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations in order to reach a changing world. Vision Day, Sept. 20, is a great way to discover more about Fresh Expressions.
Here at New Creation Church, people from all over the Diocese joined to pray for Hagerstown and to again “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers.” It was a powerful time of ministry both to our community and to our budding church family.
Christianity Today shares this stunning fact from new research at Gordon-Conwell’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity...Of non-Christians in North America, 20 percent do not “personally know” any Christians.
St. Stephen’s is about to launch a curriculum that presents the Christian worldview in contrast with the universal Darwinism. This eight-week course - A True & Reasonable Faith for a Skeptical World – is being offered to the Christian community this fall.
Planting Hispanic churches in North America is important for the overall health and growth of the church. The conference illustrated that Anglicans are serious about cultural engagement and promoting the rich diversity.
For more than twenty years, The Marriage Course has been helping couples build strong marriages. You too can deepen your relationship. You can move from dull to dynamic. You can even turn away from separation or divorce.
To read Paul’s Letter to the Philippians is to get a glimpse of a church that was marked by joy, humility, unity, generosity, and mutual love. This fruitfulness and grace are all the more surprising in light of the extraordinary group of initial believers around whom the church was founded.
This summer three churches three churches from the diocese partnered together with three other local churches for an extraordinary outreach to children to share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ. 565 children showed up!
The L10:2 Prayer Project continues! Justin Clemente and his family are planting New Creation Church in Hagerstown, Maryland, we will gather with them to pray for their city.
Sometimes the blessing comes in getting an answer to our deepest feelings or even desires. But whether or not we get the answer we want, the greatest blessing in wrestling with God is knowing that He is near us, and that He loves us.
Read the reports from our delegates to the Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America, Dan Morgan, Chloellen Miller, and Ward LeHardy as they reflect on their work and ministry at the annual meeting at Nashotah House.
Recently, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Heathsville, Virginia, broke ground for a new church campus and celebrated with a special event that included the bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.
God is on the move! We’ve been praying in obedience to Jesus’ direction in Luke 10:2 for “the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” One of the specific communities we’ve been praying for is Charlottesville, Virginia!
No doubt you have been moved with compassion for the people hit hard by tornadoes in the Oklahoma City, OK region – especially in the hardest hit area of Moore, OK. Here's what you can do!
For many years, the pro-life movement has emphasized the link between abortion and infanticide. But in recent months the support of infanticide in the pro-abortion movement has grown and become increasingly clear.
The Rev. Clint Kerley, Senior Associate to the Rector at Christ Church, Plano, Texas, has accepted the call as the new rector of St. Margaret’s - which also voted to change it's official name to Immanuel Anglican Church, Woodbridge, VA.
Every river in the Diocese of South Rwenzori burst its banks and wrought destruction on roads, gardens, and homes. Five people have been confirmed dead and 3,000 people have been displaced from their homes. Learn what you can do!
In our Diocese, we have begun a prayer movement to undergird our work of church planting and evangelism. We’re calling it “L10:2,” based on Luke 10:2, where Jesus says to “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Admired and reviled - who was this man who became one of the most influential theologians of all time and whose teachings may be as relevant in the 21st century as they were in his day - Jonathan Edwards?
I have very few absolute rules, but one of them is to NEVER turn down an offer of prayer. As these dear saints were praying over me the Lord spoke audibly to me, saying, “I am delivering that building to you.” I immediately burst into tears.
The question the Lord would ask us about the lost in our communities is akin to the question confronted by those on the streets of Boston: In the face of pain and brokenness around me, will I retreat?
South Riding Church has been praying for a better worship situation for the entire 3.75 years I’ve been rector. We continued to pray. And then God spoke. What does it mean when God says, “I am delivering that building to you”?
SOMA Executive Director, Dr. Glen Petta and the newly consecrated Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, spoke at All Saints' Church, Woodbridge, VA, April 13-14, 2013, inspiring the next generation for mission.
I have the most interesting cocktail conversations when asked what I do for a living. I explain I am (both) a public policy advisor for an international Christian relief and development organization and an Anglican priest and spiritual director. I often get a gracious “huh” followed by, “how does that work?”
Last summer All Saints’ Church together with two partner churches took Vacation Bible School out beyond its church walls - including to the Sudan where 500 children came to Christ. They plan to do it again - and you can help!
Often we may find ourselves want to pray for others, but not sure how we can be most effective in our prayers. How do we learn to pray for others? Come join us for a workshop on April 13, 2012 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and learn more!
We long for the Body of Christ to reflect the unity for which our Lord Jesus prayed (John 17:20-23), but there can be no reconciliation with The Episcopal Church apart from its repentance for false teaching and practice and its return to the truth of the historic Christian faith.
Bill and Tara Haley work with Coracle, a ministry of spiritual formation, in the Shenandoah Valley, VA. Recently, a local television news station focused on work that Tara Haley is doing to provide health care services for the homeless.
By Bishop John Guernsey - It’s not experience that makes us wise. If experience alone made us wise, we’d all be brilliant! It’s reflection upon experience that opens us to the Holy Spirit’s conviction and insight and redirection of our lives.
Over eighty people gathered at All Saints' Church, Woodbridge, VA for two consecutive Saturdays in February for a special "Marriage Savers" series of training workshops.
Does religious freedom help societies flourish? Does the freedom of religious individuals and institutions to put their faith into practice make a difference to the economic and political well-being of the world's people, especially the very poorest?
On the 40th observance of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, fifteen bishops of the Anglican Church in North America joined a significant number of other Anglicans for the March for Life, emphasizing the sanctity of human life.
We do not say that we are responsible and God is powerless, or that God is only somewhat Lord and we are only somewhat responsible for our actions. No, we hold onto both ropes...Jesus is fully divine and Jesus is fully human. God is sovereign and we are responsible.
The College of Bishops dedicated a week to meet together in Orlando, Florida under the leadership of Archbishop Bob Duncan to worship, pray, take counsel together and do Bible study.
Join the bishops of the ACNA for the 40th March for Life on Friday, January 25, 2013 in DC. Free busses will be departing from Truro (Fairfax) at two separate times. To reserve your free spot on the bus, please call Katie Vaughan, 301.752.4785 or AnglicansForLife@yahoo.com.
In our culture you can say a lot of things about religion and people will yawn, but if you bring in the Name of Jesus, there will be opposition. The Name of Jesus is “the Name above every name” (Philippians 2:9). There is power in His Name and He alone is the means of salvation.
In Britain, 2,000 new missional communities have been birthed through the Fresh Expressions (FX) Movement in the last eight years, resulting in 66,000 new believers in Jesus! We want to get on board this exciting movement.
Hurricane Sandy, one of the largest and fiercest storms to strike the East Coast in years, affected more than 20 states. The winds and water destroyed thousands of homes, left millions without power and killed more than a hundred. The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) is working with Anglican Dioceses and Parishes by the storm.
St. Brendan's has been located at Central Union Mission on 1350 R Street for many years. Central Union Mission, though, will soon be moving out of their R Street home to their new building at 50 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Anticipating this move, the people of St Brendan's have been praying and searching for a new place to worship for over a year.
More than 200 enthusiastic clergy and lay members of our Diocese gathered for our workshop on intercessory prayer. Prayer is at the heart of the Christian life, and it was so encouraging to see such eagerness to learn and grow in prayer.
200 prayer intercessors from all over the diocese gathered for a workshop on prayer. Hear talks by Bishop John Guernsey, the Rev'd Valarie Whitcomb, and Betty Mallory as well as two sessions of Q & A's - now all online!
How can we reach people outside the church? It may begin with a new discussion group in a tavern, hanging out with kids at a skate park, or something new that God leads us to do.
Learn how it is possible to eliminate divorce and reduce cohabitation in your church, as well as slash your community's divorce rate in half.
The Virginia Supreme Court has accepted on all points the appeal of The Falls Church Anglican (TFCA) regarding the ruling handed down last January by Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows.
Synod 2012 was a wonderful gathering of over 250 clergy and laity hosted by All Saints’ Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. We began by celebrating Holy Eucharist together on Friday evening
It's been twenty years since the LAMB Center opened its doors to the poor and the poor in spirit, seeing the love of God transform lives when so many had given up hope.
This time of year we find the Alpha Course, a practical introduction to the Christian faith, breaking out all over the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.
What should we do when faced with being told to do something the Bible forbids? When is civil disobedience an option? When is it okay to disobey?
"Making Disciples Jesus' Way: First Century Wisdom for Today," focuses on what it means to be a biblical disciple of Jesus today and how we are to follow Jesus' command to make new disciples.
John & Susan Yates and The Falls Church Anglican host the Love & Respect Conference on October 5-6, 2012, at Immanuel Bible Church.
It was clear to me that most of my new neighbors do not make church a priority, so we need to be the church right here, on our own front porch.
The first sign that people are coming back together following a traumatic event is when they gather around a place or symbol that defines them.
All Nations DC - a church plant from The Falls Church Anglican - officially opens its doors for their first public worship services this Sunday!
Christ Our Lord Anglican, Lake Ridge, VA will install their new rector, the Rev'd Sam Horowitz, Sept 16th, 2012.
The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is joining an amicus curiae brief in a religious liberty case.
The litany of things not available was familiar - but there was no shortage of enthusiastic people eager to learn.
God gave us a vision for a mission field right next door to our church. We have a Mobile Home Park literally next door.
I have mosquito bites from sitting out in the grass with the neighborhood children as they pet my guinea pigs. I get grass stains on my knees as they tell me stories about their lives, little stories, but I am listening hard for the wind of the Spirit blowing in their hearts and in their lives.
More than 150 parishioners of the three churches supported the local sites and served more than 400 children. Eighty percent of the children attending were not affiliated with any of the participating churches. Another 400 children heard the Gospel in Port Sudan each day...
How can a congregation lose nearly everything – its buildings, its property, and most of its money – but worship God with more unity and joy than ever before? When that congregation knows that it has everything it could ever need in the precious cornerstone and sure foundation of Jesus Christ.
A group of nine friends from Truro Anglican Church and its Hispanic congregation, La Comunidad Hispana, will be traveling for a week to the town of Petion-Ville in Haiti, east of the capital city Port Au Prince, in August, to volunteer at an orphanage called God's Littlest Angels.
Benjamin Franklin spoke these famous words as he was trying to educate people of his time in the area of fire prevention. In those days, there were few things like fire that threatened families, and business, and books!
With the power out and unable to access their worship space at a local school, Christ Church Vienna got creative - they went to the ballfield!
Nine members from Potomac Falls Anglican Church spent two weeks serving at Green Leaf Orphanage in in Shinyanga, Tanzania that serves sixty children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.
Earlier this year, 1,000 congregants and musicians from The Falls Church-Anglican - along with its sister churches and joined by professional musicians from Los Angeles and Nashville - all gathered together for an amazing experience of worship recorded for a live worship CD.
I was reading an interview with Bono, and he just started preaching the gospel to the interviewer in the context of Grace v. Karma. The interviewer didn't like it, and he kept saying to Bono that he didn't believe in any of the Jesus stuff, but Bono kept plowing ahead ...
If you had told me two weeks ago today that I would be going to an Anglican conference in North Carolina, I wouldn’t have believed you. And that’s exactly what happened.
I am extremely hopeful, exuberantly optimistic and substantially blessed by my experience this past week at provincial assembly. As a delegate to provincial council and assembly, I arrived with a sense of joy as the church assembled looked to the future ...
On that great morning, the church flashed from 120 souls gathered upstairs into the genesis of a body that would turn the known world upside down. With the sound of a violent wind and the manifestation of fire lighting upon individuals, those present were immediately empowered to speak words of light and life to those gathered in Jerusalem that day.
Today I’m not going to challenge you to do Big Things. Instead I’m going to challenge you to do small things. Yes, small things! I’m taking my cue from chapter four of the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus relates three kingdom parables that are all about seeds: The parable of the sower of seed and the soils, the parable of the farmer and the growing seed in the field, and the parable of the Mustard Seed.
The ACNA Provincial Assembly is June 6-9, 2012 in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. During the week of the Provincial Assembly, the Archbishop's Cabinet and Executive Committee will meet on June 4, followed by the College of Bishops on June 5. The Provincial Assembly then kicks off the following day on Wednesday, June 6.
Earlier this spring, The Church of the Holy Spirit (CHS) sponsored its third annual mission team to Haiti. Eight missionaries representing three denominational (Anglican, Baptist, and Methodist) churches went to the Lacroix New Testament Mission in Lacroix, Haiti. The Lacroix New Testament Mission feeds and educates over 3,500 children each day in seven locations. In addition to the schools and churches the ministry also has two medical and one mobile clinic staffed by doctors, a dentist, and it also has birthing center.
The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic continues to grow and expand. At their May meeting, the Standing Committee voted to accept the applications of both Christ Church Vienna and Church of the Good Shepherd Lynchburg to join the diocese.
Twenty years after the return of the Jews into Judah after the Babylonian Exile, discouragement had set in. The great rejoicing at their homecoming - the hopes of establishing the temple and worship and reclaiming the promised land had all stalled. Instead only the foundation had been laid and the Jews faced strong opposition.
You may have noticed that we've been running "Save the Date" announcements for the ACNA Provincial Assembly coming up June 6-9, 2012 in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. During the week of the Provincial Assembly, the Archbishop's Cabinet and Executive Committee will meet on June 4, followed by the College of Bishops on June 5. The Provincial Assembly then kicks off the following day on Wednesday, June 6.
Now that most of the defendant congregations have reached settlement with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, it seems like a good time to sit back and reflect on what has happened, what it all means, and how we can move forward.
What would cause over 600 people to show up early Easter Sunday morning at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan? Could it be that they wanted to enjoy a special Sunrise Service and celebrate that they are followers of Jesus Christ? Or could it be that they wanted to run a special race that honored their faith in Jesus? Or finally, could it be that they wanted to get a fabulous race tee shirt and proudly show their friends? Well, I think the answer is “yes” to all of this.
One of the things Jesus had a outstanding ability to define spiritual truth in terms of the activities people were already engaged in. He didn’t teach like the scribes and the Pharisees (precepts, propositions and concepts about God and how to live). He taught in word pictures and stories that reflected the every day life experiences of the people who listened to Him, particularly the poor. The basis of the Scripture never changed, He quoted it accurately, but was able to translate the fullest meaning into the lives of His hearers.
One of the movies I love to watch again and again is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, in which Jimmy Stewart plays an executive in a Building and Loan company who is beset by financial woes, only to find at the end of the story that the most important things in his life are friends and family. It is played endlessly every Christmas, but the story always seems fresh, and I always enjoy it. I’m reminded of that story when I hear the updates on our congregations who are coming out from under the shadow of five years worth of litigation. A casual observer might expect the story to be that in the wake of our devastating loss in court, we are in disarray, and trying to put a brave face on a bad situation in order to try to survive. That casual observer would be dead wrong! Yes, we lost a legal case, but we have gained so much more!
Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. marks what will be our last service in the building at 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive. We will commemorate what God has done with us in this special place with a service of worship, thankfulness, prayer and JOY! The Lord gave us the gift of this building for a season and want to celebrate His love.
My wife Brenda and I began attending Truro in 1981. Like many of you, we were not cradle Episcopalians, but we were drawn here by the combination of the liturgy and the clear presence of the Holy Spirit. Truro had been drawn into the charismatic renewal while Raymond Davis was rector, and we flourished under the ministry of his successor, now Episcopal Bishop, John Howe. We knew the life of the Spirit, the light of Christ, the love of the Father. We knew it – we know it – because Scripture teaches that Jesus came to give us life in all its abundance, and because we have experienced that life. We wanted others to experience it too, so we became an inviting church.
As the sun streamed through the large stained glass windows of First Baptist Church in Heathsville, the congregations of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church and First Baptist Church celebrated a joint Palm Sunday worship service this past weekend. The service was the first for the Anglicans in their new church home at 3585 Courthouse Road. Nearly 200 members attended the 9 a.m. service, held in O.A. Brinkley Fellowship Hall inside First Baptist. As palms were waved, the pastors of both congregations expressed their gratitude to each other’s members for the efforts that went into making the collaboration possible.
In conjunction with the City of Fairfax's Spotlight on the Arts, Truro Church of Fairfax will be hosting its Third Annual Spring Arts Festival April 27-28, 2012.
Did you know that there is a traditional practice of making Good Friday offerings to the Church in Jerusalem? Last year, with the enthusiastic endorsement of ACNA Archbishop Bob Duncan and fellow bishops across the ACNA, Good Friday offerings across the Anglican Church in North America were sent to Christ Church Jerusalem.
The Standing Committee of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic officially accepted the applications of Christ Church Between the Rivers, Yorktown and Church of the Messiah, Chesapeake, and welcomed them as two new members of the diocese.
Rector Robin Rauh and clergy Peter Frank, and Dave Welch are seen here in the workshop building an "Exodus" altar for Church of the Epiphany, Herndon.
Church of the Apostles and St. Paul's Haymarket moved this month into their new worship spaces. Church of the Apostles is now meeting at Whole Word Fellowship in Oakton on Sunday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. Their offices are located at 10195 Main Street, Suite T in Fairfax.
On March 2-3 at The Falls Church 1,000 people gathered to lift their voices in praise to God, to celebrate His faithfulness, and to capture a sense of vibrant, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled worship.
A Stewardship Workshop For Clergy and Vestries: March 10, 2012 In a special workshop designed especially for rectors, clergy, all vestry members, stewardship chairs and any other interested persons, Bishop John Guernsey will be teaching about tranformational biblical and practical stewardship principles on Saturday, March 10, 2012, 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at All Saints' Church in Woodbridge, Va. (14851 Gideon Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192). Bishop Guernsey taught the financial stewardship education course at the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) for 12 years, as well as led stewardship education workshops in dozens of parishes and dioceses. In this workshop he will teach biblical perspectives of stewardship that are transformative and life-changing for individuals, vestries, and congregations. You won't want to miss it! Please call Heather Adams at the diocesan office at 703.590.5470 to register.
The Connection newspaper profiles the launch of a new Anglican Church in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Christ Church Vienna: Johnny Kurcina grew up in Vienna, going to local schools, playing local sports. Like many teenage boys, Kurcina wanted to get away from his hometown after graduating from James Madison High School. He did get away for a while, as far as seminary school in the UK. But he discovered he couldn't wait to get back to Vienna. He did return, married and became a father of three. Now, he's "planting" an Anglican church in his hometown. #While at James Madison High School, Kurcina considered applying to a military academy. He was very involved with a youth Christian group, Young Life, in high school and found that "something really fit" with his role with his peers in relationship to his Christian faith. He made a life-altering decision as a junior. "I decided I wanted to go into the Christian ministry and I never looked back," said Kurcina. We pray that there will
In an open letter on January 11, ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan took a public stand that many Christian clergy and laity should increasingly be prepared to take. The highly ecumenical letter was signed by 35 Christian and Jewish leaders. In it, the leaders reaffirmed the monumental importance of America’s blemished-yet-nonetheless-exemplary history of affording religious freedom to persons of all religious faiths. The letter was an exceedingly timely expression of Jesus’ admonition that His followers are the salt of the earth and light of the world. Recent legal and policy decisions have grown increasingly hostile to religious freedom. As recent news and commentary attest, such decisions include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ regulation mandating that religious schools, religious charities, and other religious employers fund “free” contraceptives, sterilization services, and prescription drugs that can terminate pregnancies. The co
Christians throughout Northern Virginia are encouraged to take part in the 40 Days for Life campaign to save unborn babies from the tragedy of abortion and to save their mothers from a lifetime of regret. This campaign is an international effort to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigils. Everyone can help in some way.
Yesterday I was able to join in the March for Life in Washington, a public witness to the sanctity of life, held annually to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion. It was a joy to go on the bus from Truro Church, joining with their chapter of Anglicans for Life and folks from a number of our churches. I was heartened to see both in our group and throughout the Mall that more and more young people—young adults, teens and families with young children—are standing for life.
We wanted to share with you an important statement signed by Archbishop Duncan and other religious leaders: “Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together.”
On a hot summer day in 2009, Nar Taing, Local Outreach Coordinator at the Falls Church (TFC), pumped gas into her car at a Culmore area gas station, watching as a day laborer approached the man at the pump next to hers. To Nar’s surprise, the two men bowed their heads and started to pray together. After a few moments, the spontaneous prayer session ended and the day laborer went back to his post on the corner of the intersection. Moved, Nar asked the man at the pump how the day laborer had known to come to him for prayer? The man at the pump explained that at one time he had been on the streets too and was known to be a Christian. “Life on the street is very hard. That man is in a desperate time and just wanted someone to pray with him; He knew I would pray if he asked me.”
You are invited to participate with us in bearing witness to our conviction that all human life is created in God's own image and, as such, ought to be protected. The thirty-ninth March for Life will be held on January 23, 2012, from noon until 3:00 pm; this annual event commemorates the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade which legalized abortion, the destruction of unborn children, throughout all fifty states and throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Since January 1973, at least 52 million children have lost their lives before they could even be born.
Each year in January, the outreach ministry at The Falls Church hosts an annual Week for the World event. As the outreach programs have grown in the past decade, so has this event! We are growing new ways for the church to learn about sharing Christ’s love with our neighbors. This annual event started off as a Sunday for the World program, then grew to a Weekend for the World event, and now is an annual full week of activities for the whole family focused on learning how we can reach out to our neighbors locally, nationally, and internationally.
As we enter the New Year, many people in our culture are thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions are usually things that are externally motivated; that is, they are things we feel we ought to do, but which we haven’t really owned, we haven’t really counted the cost and chosen them with our whole heart and mind and strength. And so when it gets tough to keep them, we fall away. Think of our under-used work-out equipment or fitness club memberships, half-done projects, partly-read books, abandoned hobbies and neglected honey-do lists! My concern is not to get you to finish those projects—it is rather to exhort you not to treat Jesus that way. Don’t let your relationship with Jesus be just one more thing you began because you thought you ought to, and then drifted away from, lost interest in, stopped working at.
But the Lord’s greatest promise was not merely about architecture, but it was a promise that He Himself would be there, abiding with His people. “I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst” (2:5). He would be their protection outside the city, since Jerusalem had no walls of defense. And His very presence would be within the city as He once again came to dwell among them.
He advised us to make time in our materialistic world to be with God, and to let the Lord speak to us through Scripture. He cautioned, “Your ability receive God’s word is determined by our willingness to do what he says.” “He will reveal His will to you if you truly seek it.”
Off we went to St. Stephen’s, Heathsville. We did not know that we were at the very onset of an amazing new and unexpected course. My interest in Anglicanism, from before seminary, was just dormant. We did not know yet, in the car that Sunday, that the Lord sets up stopovers in his own fashion, prepares unexpected inns for travelers, and has surprises and gifts in reserve, not unlike the ones we prepare for Christmas.
In 2006, the DC Government determined that a shelter for the homeless was the best use for the historic Gales School at 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW. The city was concerned about not only renovating the decrepit structure but also providing services for the community. After failing to sell the facility, the District requested proposals for a long term lease. Out of three applicants, the proposal submitted by Central Union Mission (where St. Brendan’s in the City worships) was selected. Following a lengthy lease negotiation, this July, the District Council agreed to release the property from government use and to allow the Mission to lease it for 40 years with a subsequent 25-year extension available.
Members of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic came out for testimonies, praise, worship and fellowship during the first annual Diocesan Synod on November 18-19 at All Saints’ Church in Woodbridge, Va.
Here is one testimony, from St. Brendan’s in the City, offered by Jason, a 26 year-old with a life filled with broken relationships, addiction and prison, who has been touched and transformed by Jesus Christ through the ministry of His people.
On November 6, CCV started to gather weekly for Sunday worship, but on Monday, November 7 we all went to live our lives to the glory of God and to bless the town of Vienna. I am not sure where we will be in a few years, after all, as a kid eating tater-tots in the cafeteria at Louise Archer I never imagined I would be leading a church in that same room. But for now, I am grateful that God has given us this new gospel driven, externally focused mission for Vienna, Va. Wherever he takes us next is up to him anyhow.
Last week, we held our first Clergy Day as 60 of our priests and deacons gathered at The Falls Church. We began with the Eucharist and I preached on 2 Timothy 4:1-5, focusing on Paul’s two commands: “preach the Word” and “do the work of an evangelist.” We then spent all but the last hour of our time together sharing about the joys and challenges of our ministries in these two areas and praying for each one to be more effective in proclaiming the Gospel. (That’s the priority I’m hoping we’ll live out in this Diocese: give most of our time to the central work of our mission and let the business matters fill in as needed.)
Christ the Saviour Anglican Church (XTS) began without a building or a priest, but with a group of parishioners from a Mount Vernon, Va., Episcopal Church meeting one night a week for Bible Study around the dining room table of one of the participants.
The Rev. Richard Treacy at member church St. Brendan't in the City imported an Irish tradition of giving thanks to God for his bounty and provision during the fall season.
In early September, the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic learned of a budding partnership between Kirsten Ball, a parishioner of Truro Church, and Angela Clark, a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Manassas. Through a connection via Pro-life Unity, the two began discussion and partnership to defend the sanctity of life through a mobile ultrasound and pregnancy resource center (PRC), considering strategic locations for the center at universities, abortion clinics and PRCs without ultrasound. Anglicans for Life, which Kirsten heads up, has supported the initiative, as well as Dan Steiner of Mission Pre-born in Indianapolis, which donated an RV and ultrasound to Angela in hopes that her ministry could hit the road. We are delighted to see the unity and support being built across the parishes and ministries involved. Below are excerpts from an article shared with permission from Katie Bahr of the Catholic Herald, who re
All Saints’ Church celebrated the dedication of their new building Friday through Sunday, October 7-9, 2011 starting with a classic car show and outdoor Christian band performances on Friday night. The car show included a variety of cars such as a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 2010 Dodge Challenger. Embrace the Flood, a band of All Saints’ youth, was the first band to perform for a large crowd at an outdoor venue behind the church. Other performers during the weekend included the Brother Sister Band, Addison Road, Shane and Shane, and Dan Morgan & Friends. Visitors from the local community came to participate and find out more about the new building. Kids played in “moonbounces” and there were tents with prayer teams available throughout the weekend.
On Saturday, September 17, parishioners of All Saints’ Church walked the nearly 5 mile stretch from their former church building on Saratoga Lane to the new church on Gideon Drive. The march began with prayer and praise as children and adults left the old parking lot, too small to handle the Sunday morning traffic, and ended with laughter, clapping, and cheering upon entering the new parking lot, large enough to hold more than double the capacity of the new building. Once at the new building, a few hundred parishioners gathered to celebrate the completion of the 10 year building project with the annual church picnic and tours of the new facility.
I received a major healing about a family member, transforming my response to that person. I embarked on a major campaign of forgiveness, touring through vast episodes of my history as the faithful Hound of Heaven would suddenly stop and point. By this time, I was completely sold. No holdbacks. Whatever had been done to me, it did not matter, I wanted to forgive them, and get more of that grime out of my soul. God was truly faithful to continue to point me out yet another period in my life where I had debts unpaid, uncovered by the blood of Jesus in my experience, and stinking to Heaven.
In Remembrance is a “pop up” (temporary) contemporary, interactive, sculpture installation. The installation commemorates the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11. The installation will be on display from 9am to 11pm Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11. The garden features life-size sculptures and corresponding poetry by Virginia artist Karen Swenholt.
On Sunday, July 10, more than 145 Christians from two churches in the Northern Neck of Virginia gathered under a tent on Northumberland Highway in Heathsville for a picnic. St. Stephen’s Anglican Church hosted First Baptist Church of Heathsville, reciprocating in a second annual “Brotherhood Sunday.”
Over 4,300 children are alive today as a result of previous 40 Days for Life campaigns. When their mothers saw someone praying outside the abortion facility and holding a sign with a positive pro-life message, they changed their minds about getting an abortion and allowed their babies to live. They also spared themselves a lifetime of regret.
Church of the Holy Spirit’s Historic Faith Ministries was present at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Manassas Reenactment on July 24th, 2011 with a public worship service led by the Rev. Clancy Nixon, Senior Pastor at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Leesburg, Va. Clancy preached an 1862 style message to an audience of more than 230 people gathered in 93 degree heat at 7:30 Sunday morning under a large tent pitched near an encampment area by the battlefield. During his message Clancy said to the congregation several times, “It is hot now, but it might be hotter if you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.” The audience reacted with nods of approval and laughter.
In 2009, God spoke a new vision for VBS. He said, “Go and tell!” VBS was taken out from behind the church walls and held throughout the community. That first year there were 10 sites; last year there were 15; and this year, VBS is being hosted at 20 different sites (18 homes plus two homeless prevention shelters). Nearly 120 parishioners supported the sites and served more than 300 children, over 70% of whom were not members of the church.
On August 6, 2011, Central Union Mission and Mission Partners will be hosting Operation Backpack, an annual event where children in need, grades Pre-K through High School, are given backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year. Your help with the event will be instrumental in making it successful.
We have our own inside joke telling people to come and worship with us as we can “baptize you, confirm you, marry you and bury you without leaving the building.” As the only Anglican presence under the Anglican Church of North America and the Anglican Diocese of the mid-Atlantic in Chesterfield County, we look forward eagerly to how God will use Holy Cross to spread the Gospel in our community.
The fundraiser was an unbelievable success. Just over $200,000 was donated in cash and pledges for the purpose of building a primary school at St. Nicholas. An overwhelmed Tony Moscati exclaimed, “To God be the glory! We are thrilled to be building a school at St. Nicholas. The August 20 ground¬breaking that the Archbishop announced in faith will become a reality. We now have about 2/3 of the construction costs for Phase I of the school and every expectation that God will continue to provide.”
My wife, Eleni, and I attended The Falls Church Healing Ministry’s ‘Wednesday Evening Healing Prayer Class’ that ended in April and are so much better for it! We encourage anyone with a passion for prayer, a desire to know more about Jesus’ commission of healing and deliverance and how one can learn to be a yielding instrument of the Holy Spirit with your hands literally serving as God’s gloves, to take this opportunity and surrender one Wednesday evening a week to this part of God’s plan for you.
Throughout history God has provided holy sites where people come to encounter God. The Taize Community is one of those places. A small group of parishioners from Truro Church will be travelling to France in August to learn about the community and their gifts of worship and reconciliation as we worship and experience Christ together. Interested yet? If the following resonates with you, it might be just the trip for you!
Serve the City Chesapeake (STC), VA makes it possible to help those in need in our own community without the need for a passport or more than a few dollars. What the volunteers of STC do spend is the time and talent with which the Lord has blessed them. Begun in 2007, from the vision of Tony Torres, a Christian, and Chesapeake Police Officer who wished to reduce crime by building neighborhood pride, STC continues to build relationships, offer hope, and build trust among members of the same community, who often do not interact.
The Mission is pleased to announce a special event at Nationals Park this July to raise awareness about homelessness in our area and the Mission's efforts to help DC's homeless population. Join us on July 29 for Central Union Mission's Advocacy Night at Nationals Park. You can help us turn a triple play on a Friday night in DC -- contact us to purchase great seats at a great game for a great cause! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Central Union Mission.
Mission Haiti 2011 Team, Family and Friends: What an awesome mission trip that exceeded expectations! Thank you for going. You did an outstanding job representing yourself, your family, your church, Jesus Christ, and the United States of America. Now that you are back home and have settled into your routines I wanted to let you know of my great appreciation for your sacrifice to go to Haiti with me. You did an outstanding job serving the children and adults at the Lacroix New Testament Mission. We accomplished more than thought possible in such a short period of time. You reflected the image and power of Christ Jesus in your service. Thank you for a job well done.
(The following essay was written by Oliver Le, age 12, as a reflection on a time when his father was out of work. His father is Fr. Anthony Viet Le.) This topic might seem weird, so I know that you’re asking the question in your head, “What’s good about not having a job?” Well, I’m going to show you. When people hear that you don’t have a job, they always give you a lot of sympathy and encouragement. Almost everybody thinks everything about it is bad, but not everything about it is bad. It may sound crazy to you, but not having a job teaches you a lot about your relationship with God. It also helps you learn to spend your money wisely, and tells you who your real friends are in your time of need.
Through the grace of God, fourteen CANA clergy from Virginia, Texas, Ohio and Maryland spent April 5-7 being refreshed and healed at Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded by Judith and Francis MacNutt, CHM reaches out internationally to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring physical healing, inner healing and deliverance to those who come for prayer. Most of us have not previously experienced this kind of sustained, intensive individual prayer.
St Brendan’s in the City is a daughter congregation of The Falls Church. We are a community of fifty people and meet at Central Union Mission at 1350 R St NW every Sunday at 5pm. I became Rector of St Brendan’s in December last year. I had visited the church in June 2009 and then heard about the opportunity through friends who worship at St Brendan’s. After much prayer, discussion and discernment Lisa and I felt a call to come to St Brendan’s and the community felt the same!
Mission Haiti 2011 is in the final days of getting ready to go and minister at the Lacroix New Testament Mission in Lacroix, Haiti which is found about 80 miles north of Port au Prince along National Road One. Founded by the Rev. Vaugelas Pierre and his wife Ermithe in 1980 the mission now feeds and educates 3,500 children in seven locations every school day.
Each year TFC sends several short-term mission teams (“Global Engagement Teams”) to countries around the world. Though these teams, we seek to be the hands, feet and lips of Jesus Christ as we travel to places off the beaten path, embrace people who others avoid, and lovingly share the Good News of Jesus Christ through our words and service with those who have not heard.
Restoration Ministries (RM) seeks to bring healing to men, women and children who are trapped in the slavery of sex trafficking and lead them into the freedom of Jesus Christ. RM is a member of the DC Task Force for Human Trafficking and International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP), as well as a member of the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM). ADV member parish St. Brendan’s in the City is very supportive of RM’s work.
I first heard of 40 Days for Life a few years ago, after I began attending Christ the Saviour Anglican Church. There were announcements describing the campaign in several of their newsletters, and I sensed the Holy Spirit’s nudging to not only join in the prayers and fasting for an end to abortion, but to actually go to the vigil site to pray. I had never done anything like that before, and the thought was rather intimidating, but with God’s help I finally gathered the courage to go. It turned out to be a blessing, and not difficult at all.
This past Super Bowl Sunday, February 6th 2011, Church of the Epiphany in Herndon Virginia participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring for their sixth year. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national organization dedicated to supporting charities that feed the hungry and help the homeless across the nation and all over the globe. As of today, February 8, 2011, over five million dollars has been raised to help people in need.
St. Margaret’s hasn’t stopped at getting its free clinic operation up and running. The clinic has also turned into a catalyst for outreach. One example includes parishioners who contributed coats for patients, which are given out by the clinic staff as the need presents itself.
In particular, we are all invited—summoned, actually—to discover, through following Jesus, that this new world is indeed a place of justice, spirituality, relationship, and beauty, and that we are not only to enjoy it as such but to work at bringing it to birth on earth as in heaven. - N.T. Wright, Simply Christian One of the commitments that St. Brendan’s has held since our 2005 beginning is to give away for outreach purposes 30 percent of the tithes and offerings we receive. Although a small congregation, we are grateful to have met this commitment almost every year with the help of God, and the generous financial support of The Falls Church and other donors during our early years.
Our very own ADV Deacon, The Rev. John Nuzum (Associate Pastor, Church of the Holy Spirit in Leesburg, ACNA Diocese of the Holy Spirit), heads up the education arm of this ministry and is coordinating a short-term mission trip during Holy Week of 2011 (the week of April 17, 2011). Churches from Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia serve the mission of Pastor Pierre and his wife, Ermithe.
St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Heathsville, VA will host the final in our three-part series: China: the Emerging Giant at 6:30pm on Friday, January 21st, 2011. Our speaker will be Dr. G. Wright Doyle, Senior Associate of the Global China Center in Charlottesville, VA. His subject will be "Christianity in China".
Christ the Saviour Anglican Church Partners with the Lorton Community Action Center to deliver for Christmas
ADV member parish St. Brendan's in the City recently participated in the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon in Washington, DC.
Holy Cross Anglican Church in Richmond shares their holiday spirit in tangible ways that make big impact in their community. As a “start-up” congregation made up of only about 30 regular attendees, their resources are necessarily somewhat limited, but they are making great contributions of time and commitment to their community. Their report below goes to show that a little contribution, given with a lot of spirit, goes a long way to create impact in the Kingdom of God on Earth.
I have been to Ukraine four times before on short-term mission trips, and I loved introducing a new team to the charms of Ukraine, including the beauty of Kiev and the delights of Ukrainian food. But most of all I loved seeing my American friends immediately warm up to the Ukrainian people, finding friendships and a spiritual kinship that transcends distance and culture. It was a great joy introducing Alpha to such an enthusiastic group, knowing that at the end of our two days of training they were well prepared and determined to start Alpha so that they could reach their friends and communities with the love of Christ.
Ten years ago, Church of the Holy Spirit had its first meeting in the Nixons’ living room. At that time, the church had no name, no place, and no money, but we did have a vision from God. Nov. 22, CHS will celebrate its new space at 908 Trailview Blvd., Suite 200, Leesburg , VA 20175. And on Jan. 6, during the dedication of the space, they will pray these words: “Lord Jesus, make this a temple of your presence and a house of prayer … May it be here, Lord Christ, that we are made one with you and with one another, so that our lives are sustained and sanctified for your service.”
Is your parish looking for a new way to engage the community in discussion about faith and a hearty meal? St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Heathsville, Va. takes this unique approach to outreach in its community, pairing conversation and a meal over topics that raise awareness of Christianity in other parts of the world and how other faiths intersect.
When Rector Elijah White of The Church of Our Saviour – Oatlands met Mother Superior Clare in Fiji, the parish’s Third-World Scholarship Fund for educating young Anglicans in impoverished countries came to life. Mother Clare suggested 12-year old Anita for the program, who became the first child from St. Christopher’s Home for the orphaned to graduate from high school. Fulfilling Mother Clare’s assessment, she earned a coveted admission to the University of the South Pacific, the only one in the Islands, where The Church of Our Saviour paid for four years of education and she graduated well in her class. Anita then became the only Christian teacher in a Hindu Indian high school, where she bears quiet but unashamed witness to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In January 2009, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church launched its “Sharing Our Faith” seminar, which was intended as a low-key effort to provide our members with the tools they would need to spread the gospel to friends, family, and associates. At the end of that seminar, we promised everyone that we would develop a more pro-active community outreach program for all who felt led in that direction. In our two seasons, we have called on 323 homes and have been blessed with 152 visits. Read More.
The ADV is offering a three-workshop series this fall to help all churches increase their capacity for ministry and lead them into greater growth. This series is designed to break the cycle of fatigue and attendance decline. “Retooling Your Church for the Harvest” will energize church leaders and provide the tools to engage a rapidly changing culture with the Gospel.
In July, sixteen ADV members from Potomac Falls Anglican Church and Church of the Word set out on a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Organized through Orphanage Outreach, the trip gave them the opportunity to stay on the grounds of a boys’ orphanage in a town called Jaibon. Liz McCaslin, youth director at Church of the Word, and Amanda Holz, volunteer youth leader at Potomac Falls Anglican Church share their experience below.
The Anglican Mission of Southern Maryland (AMOSM) recently moved from its old worship location at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Md., into its new location at 41695 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, Md.
For some years now, we have been praying that God would bless us with children at St. Stephen's. He has been answering our prayer in wonderful ways. If you were there on Youth Sunday to hear our graduating seniors, you will know how God has prepared their hearts to face adulthood as disciples of Jesus Christ.
CANA concluded its Annual Council meeting on Saturday, July 24 in Herndon, Va., with an ordination ceremony for three new chaplains. Attendees also voted to recognize and affirm the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes and the Anglican Diocese of the South, both part of the Anglican Church in North America, as well as to support the "Anglican 1000" church planting movement.
The Rev. Neal Brown and St. Margaret's Anglican Church hosted the first ADV Anglican Fourth Day (A4D) Ultreya on Saturday, July 10.
"A few months ago our car died just as were in the middle of a very difficult financial situation. We were stranded--not able to even get to work--and had no way of paying for car repairs. Several people at Truro told us we should talk to Roger Penn who is in charge of The Car Ministry...
Although the book was intended for business leaders, church leaders are taking note that our models for church would benefit from a more organic, rather than mechanistic viewpoint.
Recently, I had the pleasure of taking part in a picnic that was sponsored by the ADV for all of its youth. It was such a wonderful time of coming together as a Christian family to serve the Lord in a way that even I didn't expect.
The 2010 ADV Men’s Spiritual Life Weekend recently held at the Clarion Conference center in Shepherdstown, WV was filled with excitement as the men of the ADV listened to Holy Spirit-inspired teaching, worshiped together, and spent time in fellowship in small groups or around a meal.
God has made us stewards of this wonderful instrument to do His will. We ask for your prayers as we attempt to follow the path upon which the Holy Spirit is leading us.
Easter presents a great opportunity to reach unreached people without leaving the country, let alone your community.
While most ADV churches continue the family-friendly tradition, some churches are introducing new ways to capture the youth and to celebrate those that are beginning to have a mature understanding of the Gospel. At Truro Church, the youth have a lot to look forward to leading up to the Easter celebration this year.
Finger foods, games, girl talk, gifts...not altogether surprising for a baby shower, but the event Church of the Messiah's women's ministry is hosting on March 16 will be extra special.
Fr. Walter Barrientos is the Rector of Jesus, El Buen Pastor Church in Tarija, Bolivia. The church, which he founded in 2006, has become the second fastest growing church in South America.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, ADV churches are busy reaching out to their communities with food, blankets, and much, much more.
The following is a Q&A with the Rev'd Patrick Ware, the mission pastor of the newly-formed Winchester Anglican Church, Winchester, Va.