The ministry of Jesus had three main emphases: preaching the Kingdom of God, teaching, and healing. Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue his ministry of healing. We also affirm and are committed to the ministry of the priest-hood of all believers, and recognize that through our baptism we are all ministers, mutual partners in Christ’s mission to the world.
Church Office Hours
By appointment, call Pastor Claire: 757-894-7078
Pennies from Heaven
Each Sunday throughout the year we make small coin and cash contributions to be used to support various local charities. For 2017, we distributed $1,600 to the following local charities: H & H Pharmacy, Center for Independent Living, Lighthouse Ministries, Accomack Interfaith Crisis Council, Habitat for Humanity, Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Lower Shore “Y” Swim Scholarships, E. S. News Basket of Cheer, and Nurse Family Partnership.
For 2018, the total collected through July 29 is $603.
— THE MINISTRY OF HEALING AT EMMANUEL —
The ministry of Jesus had three main emphases: preaching the Kingdom of God, teaching, and healing. Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue his ministry of healing. We also affirm and are committed to the ministry of the priest-hood of all believers, and recognize that through our baptism we are all ministers, mutual partners in Christ’s mission to the world. It is in this tradition that we offer a Ministry of Healing here at Emmanuel, Jenkins Bridge.
The healing ministry is a part of our approach to worship and pastoral care and is a vital component of the strong and committed lay ministries that have been part of Emmanuel’s long and proud history. With every Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist we offer the opportunity for prayers and the laying on of hands in a Rite of Healing. The physical touch through the laying on of hands is a rich tradition in the Christian faith and transmits the power of the Holy Spirit to those who seek God’s grace in bringing healing and wholeness to their lives. The rite is administered by Lay Healers who are devout members of the parish especially commissioned for this ministry. These “healers” serve as a channel for God’s healing grace, and will pray with you and offer the laying on of hands.
You are welcome to receive a prayer and the laying on of hands in the name of Christ, for whatever reason. Perhaps you may have been ill and desire physical healing or you are facing an operation; you may feel anxious or depressed and come for healing of your mental distress; you may wish to offer Intercessions for someone else for whom you would like to pray; you may wish to come forward for spiritual deepening, of offering yourself to be more available to God; you may wish to come for a blessing or to offer thanksgiving for an occasion of joy in your life; or you may come simply to receive the touch of Christ through a Lay Healer. “Come unto me who, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:8).
PARTICIPATING IN THE RITE OF HEALING
If you wish to participate in the Rite of Healing, as you come forward to receive the Holy Communion, take a purple ribBon from the bowl in the Font close to the organ. Place the ribbon around your wrist and proceed to the Altar Rail. Following your receiving the bread (Christ’s body) and wine (Christ’s blood) from the Priest, a Lay Healer will stand before you and lay his/her hands upon you. Share quietly with the Lay Healer anything special needs to be prayed for. Feel free to say “no” when the Lay Healer asks if you have a special prayer. The Lay Healer will then offer a prayer asking God’s healing and blessing for you. (What you offer in prayer will remain absolutely confidential. The lay healer serves as a channel of God’s healing grace and what you pray for is turned over to God and God only.)
— COMMUNICATIONS —
From Bishop Hollerith – August 14, 2018
The 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas
A summary and reflection
General Convention is a rare experience! It is demanding of its participants. It can often be tedious and arduous and at the same time deeply moving and inspirational. It sometimes feels like a “zoo” – given the cultural, regional, ecclesiological and theological diversity it embodies. It is the Church in all its glory and in all its fractiousness. I’ve attended 4 General Conventions now, and I am truly convinced that there is something holy about the gathering. Not holy as in “perfect.” But holy as in “blessed” – that kind of favor of love that God bestows on a community of people who, in all their finitude and fallibility, are willing to show up and struggle to be Christ’s body in the world. It isn’t always pretty. But God loves us for trying, even if we don’t always get it right, and that fact makes it holy.
As at all previous conventions, during the 79th General Convention held in July in Austin, Texas, hundreds of resolutions were taken up for debate and legislation. At the end of convention there were four particular resolutions adopted that stand out as having potential impact on our life together in Southern Virginia. Some clarification about these seems in order.
- Prayer Book Revision
General Convention voted not to revise the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. In fact, it passed a resolution to “memorialize” the Prayer Book – which, in essence, says that for the next several years the BCP ’79 is our standard for liturgy in the Episcopal Church.
Having established the ’79 book as the norm, General Convention also affirmed the need to create and authorize new supplemental liturgies for the Church to use between now and when we do eventually revise the Prayer Book. These liturgies may include texts with inclusive language and/or other expansive language changes, and new updated non-English translations. As has always been the case, these new supplemental liturgies will be for optional usage.
- Marriage Rites
General Convention voted to authorize the new marriage rites for same-sex and opposite-sex couples as ‘trial use” liturgies. The transition from being “proposed rites” to being “trial use” will result in the liturgies becoming available for use by any clergy person who is presently authorized to perform the BCP ’79 marriage rite. In other words, soon it will no longer be necessary for a priest to receive a bishop’s permission to use the new marriage rites in his/her church.
In light of the fact that a handful of bishops in the Church remain opposed to same-gender marriage and do not presently allow any of their priests to marry same-sex couples, General Convention established a special allowance. Rather than violate their consciences, bishops who are opposed will designate another non-opposed bishop to provide “pastoral support” to any couple desiring to be married with the trial rites. This allowance is based on the general understanding that any same-gender couple who qualifies for lawful marriage will have reasonable access to the marriage rites no matter where they happen to reside.
Although I whole-heartedly support same-gender marriage, I believe the alternate oversight option will serve the Episcopal well, and model the kind of tolerance and openness to differences in theology that is a hallmark of our great tradition.
To summarize: As of Advent I, all clergy in Southern Virginia may use the trial rites for marriage – including same-gender marriage – without permission from the office of the Bishop. The normal diocesan requirements for marriage after divorce will continue to apply as before. For obvious pastoral reasons, it is recommended that all clergy continue be diligent in their efforts to hold thoughtful theological conversations about same-gender marriage with parish leadership – especially if the use of such rites has not yet been introduced to the parish.
As has always been the case, parish clergy with primary authority (rector, priest in charge, etc.) are free to decide for themselves whether or not to perform any marriage – same-gender or otherwise. In other words, no clergy person in the Episcopal Church is obliged to perform any particular marriage.
- Combating Sexual abuse/harassment
While there were several resolutions around this very complex and important matter, all were focused on making the Church environment safe for all people regardless of gender or orientation. Perhaps paramount was the passing of the House of Bishops’ “Working Covenant” for the practice of equity and justice for all in the Episcopal Church. An outgrowth of a session of a “Liturgy of Listening”, at which bishops told the personal stories of those who have suffered injustice in the church, the Covenant acknowledges that the Church is not immune to abuse, harassment and exploitation of people of varying gender, racial and cultural identities. The covenant states that bishops will engage their diocesan cultures and structures to ensure that all people are being treated fairly – in power sharing, in wage equity, and in clergy deployment.
In the days head it will be incumbent upon us to consider if we are actually being who we claim to be in Southern Virginia – if our practice is in line and congruent with our faith statements – especially in regard to our treatment of those who we employ and who serve us.
- Diocese of Cuba
One of the true highlights of General Convention was the unanimous vote – both in the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops – to restore the relationship of the Episcopal Church and La Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba. The resolution lamented the actions of the House of Bishops that ejected the Diocese of Cuba from the Episcopal Church in 1966 (Cuba was one of our missionary dioceses). For 50 plus years the Episcopal Church in Cuba struggled alone – with the exception of occasional support from the Anglican Church of Canada. And yet, for the past 50 years the Church of Cuba has considered itself part of the Episcopal Church, hoping that one day its mother church would welcome it home.
One of the most powerful moments occurred when the Bishop of Cuba was welcomed with applause into the House of Bishops to sit at a table with her colleagues. It was an honor and privilege to witness such an important moment of restoration. The joy in the face of the bishop was palpable – as was the joy in the faces of those people who had traveled with her from Cuba to witness and celebrate the return.
Perhaps the Diocese of Southern Virginia will find some avenue in the future in which to connect with and directly support the Episcopal Church in Cuba. I believe it could be a life-giving experience for both dioceses.
As a final thought, I find that I am particularly proud of Southern Virginia’s deputation – thinking especially of our deputies’ dogged faithfulness to what proved to be a highly demanding 11 day legislative process. We owe our deputies a debt of gratitude for their commitment of time and energy. Some of them even used their personal vacation time to attend and serve the Church on our behalf.
And I also find that I am again very proud of our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the steadfast and energetic leadership that he offers the Church. His great humor and affection and down-to-earth manner infused the entire 11 day experience with a sense of thanksgiving and hopefulness, not to mention his spirit-filled preaching lighting up the room!
The Episcopal Church is a wonderful, special and unique part of the Jesus Movement. We truly have much to offer the world. For those who were in attendance, this summer’s 79th General Convention confirmed that fact once again.
DIOCESAN ANNUAL COUNCIL REPORT
The 126th Annual Council of the Diocese of Southern Virginia convened in Williamsburg on Feb. 16 & 17, 2018. Much work was accomplished by Council, but the big news was Bishop Hollerith’s announcement, during his Address to Council, that he will retire at the end of this year.
“Quite honestly, this has not been an easy decision. In fact, it’s one with which I have really struggled over the past few months,” the Bishop said. “But after 35 years of ordained ministry, I have given what I can give. I would never claim that my work is done in Southern Virginia. One’s work in ministry is never ‘done,’ never completed because there is always more that one can do for the Lord in any place. But, there does come a time when you realize that you’ve used all of your skill set and that a different skill set with fresh eyes and fresh energy behind it might be more appropriate for leading the community forward.”
Text and audio recording of Bishop Hollerith’s address to Council and audio recording of Bishop Magness’ sermon at the Council Eucharist are available on the Annual Council page of our website diosova.org
Keynote speaker Scott Bader-Saye, Ph.D., gave two extremely timely presentations on Fear and Love in a Divided World. Those talks were recorded and are available on the Annual Council page of our website.
Five resolutions were brought before Council and all were passed:
- Resolution C1 – submitted by the Executive Board of the Diocese, this resolution changed Canon XI, Of Deputies to the General Convention, to streamline the voting process.
- Resolution R1 – submitted by the Executive Board of the Diocese, this resolution made the changes to the Annual Council Rules of Order that were necessitated by the passage of Resolution C1.
- Resolution R2 – this resolution, submitted by the Executive Board of the Diocese, supports the work of The Giving Task Force and requests for consideration at the 127th Council a resolution setting forth a plan that will lead the Diocese of Southern Virginia to a future of financial health for the mission and ministry of the Diocese.
- Resolution R3 – submitted by the Parish Life and Creation Care Commissions of All Saints, Virginia Beach, this resolution stated that whenever members of our diocesan family gather together around food or drink, we strive to purchase and/or use only reusable, recyclable, and/or biodegradable containers and/or utensils, and that Council encourages our individual congregations and ministries to do the same.
- Resolution R4 – submitted by the Rev. Brenda Overfield of St. Matthias, Midlothian, and the Rev. Julia Dorsey Loomis, this resolution is to be sent to General Convention, requesting that a task force be appointed to study and implement Title III, Canon 1 – Of the Ministry of All Baptized Persons.
The following elections took place at Annual Council:
- Standing Committee – Mr. John Rector (St. Paul’s, Suffolk) and The Very Rev. Stan Sawyer (All Saints, Virginia Beach)
- Disciplinary Board – Mr. Russell Bishop (St. Timothy’s, Clarksville); Ms. Monica Flynn (St. Aidan’s, Virginia Beach); The Rev. Bob Randall (Old Donation, Virginia Beach)
- General Convention Youth Delegate – Ms. Clare Harbin (St. John’s, Portsmouth)
The proposed Diocesan Budget for 2018 was approved.
The Stewardship Commission of the Diocese introduced a Fundraising 101 program which offers a minimal-cost opportunity for clergy and parish leaders to better understand the principals, concepts and best practices that underlie a successful fundraising effort. Fundraising 101 is a basic “how to” and “hands on” experience with practical information and sources.
Emmanuel Donations of $804 sent to Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to pray for and support communities responding to a devastating and dangerous hurricane season. Hurricane Maria’s path over the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean has brought significant hardship to those already affected by Hurricane Irma. We are working with local Church partners to support their response to the hurricanes.
In addition, Episcopal Relief & Development continues to address urgent needs in communities — from Texas to Florida to Georgia — that have been impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.“We have been in regular contact with our partners in the affected areas,” said Abagail Nelson, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Senior Vice President of Programs. “Even as we face enormous communication challenges in some areas, we know our church partners have a deep presence in their communities which allows them to quickly and effectively respond and care for people. We are supporting them in this critical work.”
Your contribution to the Hurricane Relief Fund helps ERD support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance for those affected by these unprecedented storms. We are grateful for your compassion and your partnership as, together, we heal a hurting world.
Interested to know how Episcopal Relief & Development is responding to the recent hurricanes? Go to episcopalrelief.org (more specifically go to http://www.episcopalrelief.org/press-and-resources/press-releases/2017-press-releases/hurricanes-2017-5)
Joint Letter from the Bishops of the three Dioceses of Southern Virginia, Southwestern Virginia and Virginia to the Virginia Legislators urging them to reject legislation that “alienates, dehumanizes, devalues, or endangers human beings.” Jauary 24, 2018