We are a small Episcopal Church on the banks of the Rappahannock in Port Royal, Virginia. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Port Royal, the Nandtaughtacund, and we respect and honor with gratitude the land itself, the legacy of the ancestors, and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

Photos, Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Feb. 11, 2024

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Two special events

This was the last Sunday in Epiphany before Lent begins Wed., Feb 14. For the children (ages 5-9), it was hiding the Alleluia banner. Sunday included finishing the box in the Parish House (see the image), transporting it to the Church, and talking about Lent this week. Last week the banner was hung on the altar. During the last hymn in the service, appropriately, “Alleluia, alleluia give thanks”, it was placed in the box the children made.

For the rest of us, Sunday included donating food for the “Souper Bowl” and hearing a sermon on the Transfiguration. In 1990, a simple prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat” was delivered to a small youth group at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC led by Brad Smith, who was serving as a seminary intern at the time. It led to a movement to help those who are food insecure on this day. We made our goal of thirty cans of soup and thirty cards for those who come to the distribution on Wed. Feb 21, 3pm-5pm.