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, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

The “Best” of Vacation Bible School 2017, June 23, 2017

Thanks to Becky Fisher for conceiving the idea of using Harry Potter with VBS , for the extensive amount of work in gathering materials and other tasks to make it work at St. Peter’s. Of course, she was the lead teacher also! Thanks to Catherine for handling the music, borrowing the labyrinth and other details and to all the helpers for lunch and other needs.

And most of all for the Class of 2017 – the largest number of children served (17) in several years over a longer period of time. The full story is here.

Vacation Bible School, Day 1, July 6, 2015

Vacation Bible School is the consummate summer event for kids. The expressions in this picture speak volumes about these children and their personalities. It was great getting “our gang” together on a relaxing, summer day. It’s a wonderful time for them to have fun with each other.|Day 1 was about “God is Love”. It was taught in what they colored, what they sang and ultimately about an outreach project they did. Catherine and Becky are our teachers with the assistance of Judy and Tucker. In most of what they did they learned to work together, an invaluable lesson. There was plenty of time for just fun and games.

Port Royal Tutoring, March 26, 2014

Ken updated us at 11am on the first week of the tutoring program – 26 as students with 13 tutors. 7 students were there on Friday. They are compiling a group of needs. They may move some of the older children to use the library on Wed. evenings. They need some tutors with a background in guidance counselor with those trying to get a GED or to see the vocational options.

Vacation Bible School, Day 4, July 9, 2015

It was water day on the last day of Vacation Bible School! The day began in the church, where the children learned today’s Bible verse, which was “You are the light of the world.” They got to touch a light ball, and we learned a new song, “This little light of mine.” Everyone went outside and gathered something from nature to use in making sunprints. We put the leaves and other treasures on the paper and laid the paper in the sun. Almost immediately, lovely patterns appeared on the paper as the sun did its work.

Vacation Bible School, Day 3, July 8, 2015

Today’s verse was “Be kind to one another.” We talked about how Jesus came to teach us how to be kind to one another. We read “The Surprise”, a Frog and Toad story about raking leaves. We played a game called Pass the parcel while we were still in the church. Everyone has learned to sing God is so Good and This is the Day that the Lord has Made. Everyone got their hands blessed so that we can go out and use our hands to be kind. We made hands during craft time which will be labels for the soup jars to be used for the Village Harvest distribution next week. Navy beans were added to the soup

July 31, 2014 Vacation Bible School – Day 4

We welcomed two new children to the group today, Mia and Brock.Everyone heard the story from I Samuel about Nabal, Abigail and David. Nabal and Abigail were rich, and David cared for their sheep. When David went to ask Nabal for some food to share with the other shepherds who worked for him, Nabal said no. David was so angry that he wanted to fight. Abigail decided to seek a different way, and so she prepared a meal and took it to David and the other shepherds, with apologies for Nabals behavior. David forgave Nabal and was grateful to Abigail for finding a different way for the two men to resolve their differences.|We heard the story, talked about how we gather around Gods table and as we share the bread, we become friends with one another.|Games included some review games for the week, and for snacks, we made and baked pretzels and had brownies

July 30, 2014 Vacation Bible School – Day 3

We continued with our theme this year of Welcome! Give and Receive Gods Great Love.|Zacchaeus climbed a tree to be above the crowds to see Jesus. Jesus stopped under the tree and called Zacchaeus by name, and then invited himself to Zacchaeus house for supper. Zacchaeus is forever changed.|We heard the story, got to act it out (Tucker was the tree), then took turns climbing a tree and sharing friendship bubbles. For craft time, we made a tree, the leaves were our handprints.|We returned to the parachute game from Monday since it was popular.

July 29, 2014 Vacation Bible School – Day 2

Today we heard the parable Jesus told about the Good Samaritan. In response to a question from a man who wondered who his neighbor was, Jesus told a story.|We entered into the parable by hearing it and then acting it out, several times. Everyone got a chance to be different characters in the story, and the children were very creative as they acted out this drama.|We shared a snack, made beautiful goblets to share with one another and found a secret message (just as the parables have secret messages for us all) by painting, and our game today was a form of tag. The person who got tagged got bandaged, and then the bandaged person tagged someone else and bandaged that person. This game helps us to remember to be good neighbors and to care for those among us who need our help.

July 28, 2014 Vacation Bible School – Day 1

Our theme this year is Welcome! Give and Receive Gods Great Love.Today we heard the story about Abraham and Sarah welcoming three strangers and offering them hospitality. Abraham offered the strangers a place to rest, some water, some food, and he offered to wash their feet. Sarah and Abraham fixed the three visitors a delicious meal. And then the strangers had a surprise for them! They told Abraham that Sarah was going to have a baby, although she was far too old. And so Sarah laughed and said Is anything too wonderful for God!

Thrill of Hope, Advent Study, Dec. 17, 2013

We had 10 people for a simple supper and a study of John A. Swanson’s 6 Advent paintings on Dec. 17, 2013. These paintings are closer to folk art with an emphasis on placing the nativity story with in the community. Mary is integrated within the life of Nazareth and Bethlehem which is turn give you a unique feel of everyday life then. Links 1. 2. 3.