Tuesday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. in the church: Women of the church, St. Monica’s resumes! Our speaker will be Ellen Stamps, who will tell part of her life story during World War II in the Netherlands and her later work with Corrie Ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place. Following the presentation, there will be discussion of meeting times and ministry projects for the coming year.
From Fr. Terry on 9/17/21: St Monica’s Guild has put together two dozen Children’s Activity Bags for visitors and children of the parish to use to participate on an age-appropriate level in our Sunday worship. If you have children, you can find these bags, separated into early and later grade levels, in the narthex (Forest Hill Ave foyer). Together with the Family Bible Study sheets, these bags are an effort to more fully welcome children into our community. Thanks, St. Monica’s!
Although we have not held our monthly meetings during the first half of 2021, St Monica’s guild has been sewing cloth bags to fill with child friendly service guides and other coloring/writing items. They are ready for this fall.
Advent 2020: A small group of St. Monica’s members met (socially distanced) on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Our Angel Tree needed decorating! On ornament tags we wrote the names of this year’s Christmas children — along with wish list items. Then we decorated the tree with our chrismons and the “Angel Tree” ornament tags.
On the next Sunday morning members of the congregation selected a child’s name tag with its requested gift on the back. During the next two weeks the wrapped gifts appeared under the tree and were picked up by a representative for the children.
History: St. Monica’s Guild has a long history of service at Good Shepherd and is an active chapter of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. All women of the church are invited to participate in our meetings and activities. Unless otherwise publicized, we meet in the church library the first Tuesday of each month, September – June. The ECW supports church outreach programs including youth ministries, missions, community feeding programs, church activities, the rector’s discretionary fund, Good Shepherd School, and a long list of church and charitable organizations throughout the year. The proceeds from our fund-raising projects are used for charitable giving and to support projects in Good Shepherd’s mission outreach. Our signature ministries are a luncheon for the Crossover Health Care Providers in January, sponsoring needy families at Christmas, and organizing the semi-annual UTO in-gatherings (United Thank Offering). Our Tuesday evening meetings include a short program, often about various ministry opportunities in the area. St. Monica’s combines prayer, fellowship and service to the glory of God. In the St. Monica’s Gallery below you can view some highlights from this year and previous years.
Yearly Activities: At the beginning of Advent we design ornaments for the Chrismon tree at the 43rd street entrance. The ornaments hold the names, ages and gift suggestions for needy families serviced through Good Samaritan Ministries or Bridge RVA. All parishioners are invited to adopt a child, parent, or teen from the tree. On a Saturday in January we prepare and serve the Crossover Ministry Lay Healthcare Provider luncheon at St. Paul’s Church on Belt Boulevard. (Our traditional menu includes: chili, cornbread, and brownies.) During Lent we fold the crosses for Palm Sunday. During our May meeting we enjoy our annual flower arranging class.
We invite you to visit St. Monica’s Gallery below. To see the full image, click on each picture.