Our priest since 2008, the Reverend Claire Hunkins retired effective September 2018.
The Vestry has started the process of hiring a priest with the formation of the Search Committee. All questions and suggestions should be directed to our Senior Warden, Eddie Kelley. We prefer that you speak to him in person. However, he can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone 757-894-1114.
Members of the Search Committee
Nancy Kupar Page
Mary Brad Lambertson
Our Parish Profile: A Compilation of Responses from Our Parishioners
1. Moments in our worshiping community’s recent ministry which you recognize as one of success and fulfillment.
Palm Sunday visitation by Bishop J. Magness. Secondly, the September 9th final service for the Reverend Claire M. Hunkins, who retired after ten years with Emmanuel. In a moving and sincere addition to the service, she transferred the leadership of the church to our Senior Warden.
2. Our liturgical style & practice.
Eucharist centered with Sanctus bells. Rite II except during Lent and Advent, when Rite I is used. Lay led Morning Prayer usually once per month. Casual Rite II “said service” during summer months in Chincoteague in addition to the regular service at Jenkins Bridge. We have an excellent organist who accompanies the congregation but no organized choir. Enthusiastic passing of the peace.
3. Our practice incorporating others in ministry.
Active involvement of laity: greeters, readers, healers, acolytes, chalicers, lay ministers, lay Eucharistic ministers and Altar Guild. We encourage others to participate by heading UTO collections, the ECW group, the sending of greeting cards to congregants, etc.
4. How we care as a worshiping community for our spiritual, emotional and physical well-being.
Strong active adult Christian education program. Lay healers during most services. Coffee hours weekly after services. Church activities on-site and off, including game nights, taking altar flowers or snacks to the homebound and several outreach activities. Vestry retreats.
5. Our worshiping community’s involvement in either the wider Church or geographical region.
We are involved in the geographical area through several outreach programs: contributions to the local food bank, eyeglass collections for the Lions Club, collection of stamps offered to a veterans’ group, personal hygiene items collected for a nurse/family partnership. We have a bi-annual pancake supper as a fundraiser that brings repeat customers from the area. Our summer church service is an outreach. We do a formal outreach program where we might build handicap ramps or do small home repairs in the local community. We provide funds to several local charitable organizations on a yearly basis through our “Pennies from Heaven” funds. Our involvement in the wider Church is more often in terms of financial support for programs such as CPC, UTO, Episcopal Relief, special collections for ECW projects or disaster funds. We do attend our Diocesan Council and have members who have served on the Standing Committee or Financial Committee in the Diocese. Our ECW is involved in both the Convocation and Diocese.
6. How we engage in pastoral care for those beyond your worshiping community.
Church members engage in pastoral care to those who are not directly in our worshiping community by volunteering to assist in local charitable organizations such as food banks. Our parish hall serves as a meeting place for AA. We advertise and encourage participation in other community activities and fundraisers. Every Christmas we “adopt” a local family in need. Our annual outreach program most often serves non-church members. Our bulletins list those who wish to be kept in prayer.
7. Ministries that our worshiping community has initiated in the past five years.
Not long ago we added a video and sound system that can project services for viewing in the parish hall. It is also used for Christian Education. Additionally, the congregation decided to support a new ministry called the Nurse/Family Partnership. This is a program that supports new mothers, especially those with limited income and family structure. We gather personal hygiene items or other specialty items that are requested. We financially support their meetings. Kathy Lewis is the nurse in charge of this program. Her contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org
8. How we are preparing ourselves for the Church of the future.
As with most other churches, we struggle to encourage youth to attend and participate in our Episcopal community. We do continue to train new people in lay ministries. We make a point to recognize the achievements of extended family members of the church. We contact repeat visitors by postcard. We advertise church activities in local papers and hope to attract membership when the local Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport expands. We also strive to be open, caring individuals who welcome all in our small, rural church congregation.
9. Our practice of stewardship and how it shapes the life of your worshiping community.
Our practice of stewardship is a year-round activity that includes the giving of time and talents, not just financial support. We are a small group and our finances are limited but we always see a spirit of generosity when it is critically needed.
10. Our worshiping community’s experiences of conflict, and how we have addressed it.
Our congregation is made up of a collection of people with divergent political, social and even religious views. We try to provide a safe place for discussions where people are not criticized for their beliefs. We have most often addressed conflicts with frank but polite discussion with those who might be involved. A few years ago, we did have a CPA who volunteered to become the church treasurer. When some of his suggestions met with resistance, he resigned and then left the church.
11. Our experience leading/addressing change in the church. When it has gone well. When it has gone poorly. What we have learned.
We are often slow to embrace change. That being said, we were the first church in our Convocation to hire a woman priest, a novelty in this area at the time. In general, we have survived well as an active rural church on the Eastern Shore. We had some disagreement when asked to be advertised as an Integrity Welcoming Parish and decided not to do so. We learned we could work through conflicts and seek assistance if needed. We did have a conflict resolution retreat to help.
12. The gifts and skills essential to the future leaders of our worshipping community.
Pastoral, organized administrator, open-minded, and one who embraces local customs/lifestyle.