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Nearby Opportunities

Chanco Day – Sunday, June 3 – 1:00 p.m. – Redeemer, Midlothian: Couldn’t make one of our Open House dates at Chanco? Never fear, Chanco is coming to a location near you! Join us for an event for ages 8 and up and their parents and see just how much fun summer camp at Chanco can be on June 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Redeemer, Midlothian (2341 Winterfield Road, Midlothian) Meet some of Chanco’s amazing summer staff, play some classic Chanco games, and sign up for a free raffle and a chance to win 50% off of your camp tuition! Chanco Day will feature GA-GA (a favorite camp game), crafts, Chanco skits and songs, the coolest summer camp staff around and more!

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend and don’t forget – refer a new camper who registers and receive $50 off your own tuition! Chanco offers one and two-week camp sessions for ages 8 to 18. Click here for a color flyer to post at your parish and share with friends. Click here for a black and white flyer you can use as a bulletin insert. Visit www.chanco.org for more information. Questions? Contact Chanco at hospitality@chanco.org or 888-724-2626).

Creative Memories Scrapbooking Session – Saturday, June 9 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Bring tons of photos for sorting. Get instruction on and supplies for organizing your printed photos. You will get the CM Power Sort Box that safely holds 1,200 photos, (even if they never see the inside of an album) plus a CM photo safe pencil. Contact A. Starr to make payment arrangements. Fee is $40 per class and includes high quality CM materials as listed above plus instruction. Classes held in the Parish Hall of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

Jackson-Feild Van Donations: Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is in desperate need of a van to transport students from campus to appointments in the community. They are trying to buy a 2017 van to replace their 2010 van which has over 207,000 miles on it. Jackson-Feild needs reliable transportation to support their 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year operation. The mission of Jackson-Feild Behavior Health Services is to provide high quality, evidence-based psychiatric, residential, education and recovery treatment services for children who suffer from severe emotional trauma, mental illness and/or substance use disorders.  Their rural location is ideal for a behavioral health program as it discourages runaways and all but eliminates negative influences so that residents may focus on their disorders, come to understand them, and learn how to manage them.

If you would like to contribute mail your check to the Diocesan Office (11827 Canon Blvd., Suite 101, Newport News, VA 23606) and be sure to note “Jackson-Feild van” on the check memo line. You may also mail your check directly to Jackson Feild at 4905 Dickens Road, Suite 202, Richmond, VA 23230.

Items Needed for Jackson-Feild children: For years the ages of majority of the children served by Jackson-Field has been 15-18 years old. A recent and growing trend is the placement of children ages 11-14. Consequently, Jackson-Feild is in need of “gently used” items for younger children. Heretofore their mental health services were provided in the community. Sadly the acuity of their needs dictates that they need residential treatment services.

Their wish list includes age appropriate books (mysteries, adventure, Happy Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Hunger Games, Fangirl, Ask the Passenger etc.) comic books, magazines (teen, Sports Illustrated), art supplies, board games, puzzles, toys and sporting goods. Jackson-Feild is requesting that churches consider holding drives for these items and Jackson-Feild will make arrangements to pick up the items so that they can be pressed into service immediately. If you would like to help please contact the Development Office at 804-354-6929 or email tbalsbaugh@jacksonfeild.org

Diocese of Southern Virginia Annual Council Meeting: Read Bishop Hollerith’s address to Annual Council here: Address.

Prayer Book Revision: Join the conversation: Through resolution A169, the 2015 General Convention directed the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) “to prepare a plan for the comprehensive revision of the current Book of Common Prayer and present that plan to the 79th General Convention.”

At the outset, it’s important to remember that General Convention did not ask the SCLM to begin revising the Book of Common Prayer! Rather, it asked for the construction of a plan for revision for the 79th General Convention (2018) to consider. The request was for a thorough and linear process. No efforts to revise the Book of Common Prayer took place this triennium, because that was not what the SCLM was asked to do. The Episcopal Church, through General Convention, has yet to decide whether to revise the prayer book. It will have that conversation this summer at the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas (July 5-13, 2018)

The SCLM report to General Convention proposes two options: a) a comprehensive plan for full-on prayer book revision, and b) a plan for a deeper, church-wide engagement with our existing prayer book, which includes a proposal for translations in Spanish, French, and French Creole. The considerations of the SCLM Report on Prayer Book Revision are plentiful and varied.

The SCLM hopes that you will take the time to read the report, and use the SCLM blog to ask questions as well as offer your insights and opinions. Welcome to the conversation!

Presiding Bishop Curry: Easter 2018 message from the Holy Land: “Hatred does not have the last word,” the Presiding Bishop said. “Violence does not have the last word. Bigotry does not have the last word. Sin, evil do not have the last word. The last word is God, and God is love.”

Filmed on Palm Sunday during his visit to the Holy Land, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry delivered his Easter 2018 Message while standing outside of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. You can watch video of Bishop Curry’s message here and read the full text here.

Southern Virginia’s Bishop Search – An update from the Standing Committee: During this time of transition, the Standing Committee has committed itself to regular updates to the Diocese. We hope that this will help you stay abreast of the developments in our Bishop Search process. In the meantime, please keep the Standing Committee, Bishop Hollerith, and the Diocese in your prayers.

On Feb. 28, the Standing Committee met with Bishop Todd Ousley from the Presiding Bishop’s office to train us in how to set up a Bishop search. (Click here for more information about the process.) Over the next several months we will be working on the following high level goals:

  • Hire a search consultant to guide the Standing Committee, Search Committee, and Transition Committee through the process.
  • Establish a timeline for major events.
  • Designate persons to work on the Search Committee and assign a chair.
  • Designate persons to work on the Transition Committee and assign a chair.

Thank you and God’s Peace, Standing Committee   

Diocesan ECW’s Newsletter
The Spring 2018 edition of the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women’s newsletter, The Grapevine, is now available on our website here.

Diocese of Southern Virginia on Instagram: The Diocese of Southern Virginia is now on Instagram! Follow us @Diosova.