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.

Youth outing to Maymont, July 10, 2018

We had 14 youth and adults come along to the nature section of Maymont estate in Richmond on July 10, 2018. A midsummer treat!

Everyone enjoyed running and playing on the well tended grounds. In the outdoor nature exhibit, we met owls, hawks, vultures, and two bald eagles. A small stream, the waterfall, the stepping stones were endlessly entertaining.

Everyone enjoyed the farm, with its goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and a donkey. The goats and sheep licked food right out of our hands. Back at the nature exhibit, we learned about the many creatures that inhabit the James River and other Virginia waterways.

The Nature Hike, June 19, 2018

On a steamy hot day, Tuesday, June 19th, the St Peter’s kids, their parents, Odessa Davis, Dave Duke and Becky Fisher, along with Catherine Hicks and Andrea Pogue gathered to hike around Portobago Bay, to worship out in the beauty of God’s beautiful world, to greet the neighbors and to enjoy creation.

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.

Best of VBS 2016

4 days in the Summer of 2016! An impossible task is to pick the “best” of anything. Everyone sees it differently. Nevertheless about 5 pictures were picked for each day. However, Day 4 was just too “good” and so a few more were picked. There is a title and ending slide – both appropriately on the sidewalk outside the church. The sidewalk is the gateway to the world we serve.
All this would be impossible except for photographers Elizabeth Long, Cookie Davis and Catherine Hicks. Thanks. This is a combination of their work. Many thanks.
Most of all thanks goes to Becky Fisher who taught the children during the week. That’s a lot of time of preparation and execution – and recovery from day to day. Also to the volunteers – Judy, Johnny, Cookie, Eunice, Andrea and to those who cooked lunch for the children – Elizabeth, Catherine, Johnny, Cookie, Betty.
Our main VBS2016 page has all the pictures and commentary of all 4 days.

Vacation Bible School, Day 2, July 7, 2015

Today’s verse was “Make a joyful noise to the Lord.” In our opening worship time we sang our two songs–This is the Day and God is so Good. We listened to the ocean’s roar in a conch shell, and then we used a variety of noise makers to add sound to Psalm 98. In the Godly Play room we heard the story of Jesus and the disciples on the stormy sea and Jesus calming the sea. The children made kite suncatchers during craft time

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.

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!

Godly Play, Sept 8, 2013

Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of Gods presence in their lives. When Christian language is learned by the Godly Play approach, it is learned as a means to know God and to make meaning of our lives. This approach is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know. Godly Play is not about things that are that simple

Vacation Bible School – Day 3, August 14, 2013

We had several surprises from on the third night of Vacation Bible School. A new family, friends of the Wisdoms, came – they had a 5 year old child. The Rev. Amy P. Turner came along with Catherine from Fredericksburg to meet the children. She will be the children’s coordinator using the Godly Play curriculum in September. We also had some of the Long family to show up. A big surprise was the low humidity and plentiful sun in the middle of August! Wow! The younger children learned about friendship through friends that helped Paul (Aninias at Paul’s conversion, escape through a basket in Damascus) and then attached their names on a purple roller to a Biblical saying. They indicated how they sacrificed for their siblings. The older children continued with the travels of Paul. The adults completed their study of Galatians in chapter five. The younger children then had a crafts activity making colorful firecrackers