Exchanging The Peace During Flu Season

We love to pass the Peace with each other during our services. This being a very bad year for the flu, we ask that you limit your contact with people during the Peace. Perhaps turning to the people near you and saying "Peace be with you," without touching, could be our norm from now until the end of flu season. I know that for many this goes against every fiber of your being, but consider that you are helping to keep the people around you healthy. Some of us are at greater risk than others for complications associated with the flu. As well, if you think you are sick, stay home and take care of yourself. Thank you for helping with this important matter.

Recycling Help Needed

The recycling group is looking for volunteers. We collect paper (mostly) from a few sites around the church, put it in our recycling bins, and place them at the curb for pick up. We work in teams of two - you would be on the Rota about every 6 weeks. Easy! Please see Kipley Herr for more info and to sign up. My contact info is in the directory.

Our Rector, Hilary, Appointed Dean Of The Central Richmond Region

With the reorganization of the regions of the diocese, gone are numbers and now every region goes by a name. Our Central Richmond Region is comprised of 12 churches: Christ Ascension; Grace & Holy Trinity; Holy Comforter; St. Andrew’s; St. James’s; St. John’s; St. Mark’s; St. Paul’s; St. Peter’s; St. Philip’s; St. Thomas’; and St. Stephen’s. The first meeting of our new region will be on Thursday, March 1st, 6:00pm, at Holy Comforter in our parish hall. All are welcome to attend.

A Welcoming, Safe Space For Young Children In Church

We have created a welcoming and safe space for our youngest to be with us in church and also be able to move around. The gated pew area has a carpeted floor. You are welcome to bring the soft quiet toys that your child enjoys. The area is in the back of the church where many of you now sit with your babies and toddlers. Nursery care is available during the service, but our youngest are also welcome in the church at all times.

Story Time – A Service For Children, Their Families And Friends Of All Ages.

Every 2nd Sunday, at 4:30pm, we have a service that features stories from the Bible, music children enjoy, instruments and drums they get to play, and communion. We gather in the church on pillows around the Altar Table. Some compare this service to Messy Church. It is fun! Dinner follows the service. Please join us next Sunday, January 14th, and invite your friends.

Tuesdays@2 Centering Prayer

We meet in the parlor at 2:00 pm every week and sit for 20 minutes of silence.

Wednesday Service

Join us for our weekly Wednesday 12:15pm Eucharist: a Contemplative Eucharist for the season following the Epiphany, with a focus on epiphanies and how we know God and desire to know God.

Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry is held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, and on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11:00am to noon. Let us know if you would like to help. Feel free to drop off canned and dry goods for our Food Pantry anytime. Our Community Meal, has changed nights to the 1st Tuesday, 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Veteran’s Shelter Meal

On the 4th Thursday of each month, members and friends prepare a meal and take it to the Veteran’s shelter, and eat with the veterans. Would you like to help us? Meet at 5pm at church.

Side By Side

We prepare and deliver a meal to a LGBT youth group on the 4th Thursday. Meet at 4pm.

St. Clare's Needleworkers' Guild

St. Clare's Needleworkers' Guild, meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00am in the parlor. The group makes prayer shawls and sometimes other items, such as baby blankets.

Informal Women’s Group

Our Informal Women’s Group meets once a month on the 2nd Friday, at 7:00 pm. Bring a snack and something to drink if you would like. Bring your friends. All are welcome!

Men At The Movies

At the screening of our last movie, the rollicking Bullets Over Broadway, moviegoers agreed that Oh Brother Where Art thou would be their next movie. Oh Brother was in a four-way tie in voting for January. So this will be February‘s Movie. It is a wonderful choice for a lot of reasons-- it is funny, witty and good warming company for the shortest, but really cruelest, month of the year. The movie is based on the Odyssey and is a favorite of Mitt Romney and The Huffington Post Bloggers, and is on the way to becoming a cult classic. The film is filled with literary and historical characters, who delight and enlighten as they entertain. Certainly this movie experience will lighten and gladden your heart. Our next movie night will be Tuesday, February 27th. As usual, we will gather for fellowship at 6:00pm, movie and discussion begin at 6:30pm. Popcorn and ice provided; feel free to bring your dinner or preferred munchies. Contact: Steve Van Voorhees

Yoga Class

Yoga classes are held at 2:00pm in the parish hall, each Sunday. Mary Davis is our instructor.

Bible Studies

Monday night class, 7pm to 8pm; and Wednesdays, 11am to Noon. Newcomers most welcome.

Monthly Church Newsletter

Our Monthly Newsletter, The Messenger, is available online in full color and we have hard copies in black and white available in the back of the church.