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 Apr 1 is $299.
— 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.)
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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
A Word to the Church from The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops
Gathered in Fairbanks, Alaska, September 21-26, 2017
The bishops of The Episcopal Church came to Alaska to listen to the earth and its peoples as an act of prayer, solidarity and witness. We came because:
- “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers” (Psalm 24:1-2). God is the Lord of all the earth and of all people; we are one family, the family of God.
- “You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are … members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19). The residents of interior Alaska whom we met are not strangers; they are members of the same household of faith.
- People have “become hard of hearing, and shut their eyes so that they won’t see with their eyes or hear with their ears or understand with their minds, and change their hearts and lives that I may heal them” (Matthew 13:14-15). We are blind and deaf to the groaning of the earth and its peoples; we are learning the art of prayerful listening.
What does listening to the earth and its people mean? For us bishops, it meant:
- Getting out and walking the land, standing beside the rivers, sitting beside people whose livelihood depends on that land. We had to slow down and live at the pace of the stories we heard. We had to trust that listening is prayer.
- Recognizing that struggles for justice are connected. Racism, the economy, violence of every kind, and the environment are interrelated. We have seen this reality not only in the Arctic, but also at Standing Rock in the Dakotas, in the recent hurricanes, in Flint, Michigan, Charlottesville, Virginia, and in the violence perpetuated against people of color and vulnerable populations anywhere.
- Understanding that listening is deeply connected to healing. In many healing stories in the gospels, Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” That is, he listened first and then acted.
What did we hear?
- “The weather is really different today,” one leader told us. “Now spring comes earlier, and fall lasts longer. This is threatening our lives because the permafrost is melting and destabilizing the rivers. We depend on the rivers.”
- The land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge where the caribou birth their calves is called the “sacred place where life begins,” so sacred the Gwich’in People do not set foot there. “Drilling here,” people said, “is like digging beneath the National Cathedral.”
- After shopping together, a native Episcopalian told one of us how hard it is to even secure food. “We can’t get good food here. We have to drive to Fairbanks. It is a two-hour trip each way.”
What we bishops saw and heard in Alaska is dramatic, but it is not unique. Stories like these can be heard in each of the nations where The Episcopal Church is present. They can be heard in our own communities. We invite you to join us, your bishops, and those people already engaged in this work, in taking time to listen to people in your dioceses and neighborhoods. Look for the connections among race, violence of every kind, economic disparity, and the environment. Then, after reflecting in prayer and engaging with scripture, partner with people in common commitment to the healing of God’s world.
God calls us to listen to each other with increased attention. It is only with unstopped ears and open eyes that our hearts and lives will be changed. It is through the reconciling love of God in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that we and the earth itself will be healed.
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry
2017 World Refugee Day Message
June 20, 2017
In the late 1930s, as the world was on the verge of being plunged into an apocalyptic Second World War, Episcopalians and the Episcopal Church gathered together and began work to resettle those who were refugees fleeing terror in Europe, helping to resettle families, helping to resettle young people, helping to resettle people in this country in safety and security.
Since the 1930s, Episcopalians have been involved in the work of resettling families and people who are refugees, some 80,000.
At that time, in the 1930s there was a poster that depicted Mary, the baby Jesus, and Joseph. Mary was on the donkey. They were clearly on a journey. They were fleeing Palestine. They were seeking to find safety in Egypt. They were refugees. The poster from the 1930s read, “In the name of these refugees, aid all refugees.”
In the name of Mary, Joseph and the Lord Jesus, aid all refugees today, for most of the refugees like the Holy Family themselves, are families, and most are children.
I invite you to observe June 20 as World Refugee Day to learn more about the crisis and to find ways that you can both pray and help in other ways.
God bless you, God keep you, and you keep the faith.
Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy
May 18, 2017
“Beginning on May 21 to fast, to pray, and to love by advocating for our children.”
There is a wonderful book that was published some years ago titled Eat, Pray, Love. I want to invite you to fast, pray, and love by advocating for those who have no one to advocate for them.
On May 21, I am going to join with Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and many of our ecumenical friends, in fasting for the day, and beginning a fast on the 21st of every month, continuing until the end of the year 2018, when the 115th Congressional session comes to an end.
Here is the reason for that fast: That time of the month, around the 21st of every month, is a very difficult time for people who are on public assistance and have received their assistance earlier in the month. So we will fast and pray, to pray that our government and our leaders will find a way to do what is just and kind and compassionate in the best of the American spirit.
But we will not only fast and pray. We are asking you to join with us in advocating in a variety of ways for the poor, for those who need public assistance for children who are the primary beneficiaries of most of the forms of assistance that our government provides. We are asking you to join with other Christians and other people of goodwill to help our government reflect the best of the American spirit by feeding the hungry, caring for our children, and making sure that everyone has the opportunities for life and liberty not only in our country, but in our world.
There is a story in the Bible, in the Book of Esther in the Hebrew Scriptures. It is the story of the people of God who found themselves in some tough times, and there was a woman named Esther who rose up and accepted the challenge at some risk to herself. A challenge to save her people when they were in jeopardy. At a moment of decision when she was trying to decide whether or not she should enter into the work to save her people, someone named Mordecai sent her a word, and said, “Perhaps Esther, you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”
Maybe we are Esther. Perhaps we in the Episcopal Church, perhaps we in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, perhaps we who are Christians and people of faith and goodwill have come to the kingdom for such a time as this, to help our country make sure that no child goes to bed hungry.
Eat, Pray, Love is a wonderful book but I want to invite you beginning on May 21 to fast, to pray, and to love by advocating for our children.
God love you, God bless you, and you keep the faith.
Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry
The Episcopal Church
Casting Out Fear: Ending Transgender Discrimination, A Joint Letter from The Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies
Prayers for Peace in the Anglican Communion, and the World
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called for a season of prayer for regions of the Anglican Communion which are experiencing violence and civil strife: “In this season of Resurrection, I call on everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters in areas where there is much burden and little hope.”
Continuing throughout the season of Easter, members of The Episcopal Church are asked to lift up in prayer parts of our world experiencing extreme violence and unrest. This is an opportunity to learn more about what the churches in these regions are doing to be sources of support and hope.
This Easter season, we will focus on Burundi, Central America, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Middle East, Pakistan, and South Sudan. To learn about the strife in each of these areas go to Prayers for Peace
Prayers from the Book of Common Prayer for your use:
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen. (Prayer for Peace, p. 815)
Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. (Prayer for Peace Among the Nations, p. 816)
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Peace in Times of Conflict, p. 824)