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Christians throughout Northern Virginia are encouraged to take part in the 40 Days for Life campaign to save unborn babies from the tragedy of abortion and to save their mothers from a lifetime of regret. This campaign is an international effort to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigils. Everyone can help in some way.
On a hot summer day in 2009, Nar Taing, Local Outreach Coordinator at the Falls Church (TFC), pumped gas into her car at a Culmore area gas station, watching as a day laborer approached the man at the pump next to hers. To Nar’s surprise, the two men bowed their heads and started to pray together. After a few moments, the spontaneous prayer session ended and the day laborer went back to his post on the corner of the intersection. Moved, Nar asked the man at the pump how the day laborer had known to come to him for prayer? The man at the pump explained that at one time he had been on the streets too and was known to be a Christian. “Life on the street is very hard. That man is in a desperate time and just wanted someone to pray with him; He knew I would pray if he asked me.”
You are invited to participate with us in bearing witness to our conviction that all human life is created in God's own image and, as such, ought to be protected. The thirty-ninth March for Life will be held on January 23, 2012, from noon until 3:00 pm; this annual event commemorates the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade which legalized abortion, the destruction of unborn children, throughout all fifty states and throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Since January 1973, at least 52 million children have lost their lives before they could even be born.
Each year in January, the outreach ministry at The Falls Church hosts an annual Week for the World event. As the outreach programs have grown in the past decade, so has this event! We are growing new ways for the church to learn about sharing Christ’s love with our neighbors. This annual event started off as a Sunday for the World program, then grew to a Weekend for the World event, and now is an annual full week of activities for the whole family focused on learning how we can reach out to our neighbors locally, nationally, and internationally.
Off we went to St. Stephen’s, Heathsville. We did not know that we were at the very onset of an amazing new and unexpected course. My interest in Anglicanism, from before seminary, was just dormant. We did not know yet, in the car that Sunday, that the Lord sets up stopovers in his own fashion, prepares unexpected inns for travelers, and has surprises and gifts in reserve, not unlike the ones we prepare for Christmas.
On Sunday, July 10, more than 145 Christians from two churches in the Northern Neck of Virginia gathered under a tent on Northumberland Highway in Heathsville for a picnic. St. Stephen’s Anglican Church hosted First Baptist Church of Heathsville, reciprocating in a second annual “Brotherhood Sunday.”
Over 4,300 children are alive today as a result of previous 40 Days for Life campaigns. When their mothers saw someone praying outside the abortion facility and holding a sign with a positive pro-life message, they changed their minds about getting an abortion and allowed their babies to live. They also spared themselves a lifetime of regret.
In 2009, God spoke a new vision for VBS. He said, “Go and tell!” VBS was taken out from behind the church walls and held throughout the community. That first year there were 10 sites; last year there were 15; and this year, VBS is being hosted at 20 different sites (18 homes plus two homeless prevention shelters). Nearly 120 parishioners supported the sites and served more than 300 children, over 70% of whom were not members of the church.
On August 6, 2011, Central Union Mission and Mission Partners will be hosting Operation Backpack, an annual event where children in need, grades Pre-K through High School, are given backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year. Your help with the event will be instrumental in making it successful.
My wife, Eleni, and I attended The Falls Church Healing Ministry’s ‘Wednesday Evening Healing Prayer Class’ that ended in April and are so much better for it! We encourage anyone with a passion for prayer, a desire to know more about Jesus’ commission of healing and deliverance and how one can learn to be a yielding instrument of the Holy Spirit with your hands literally serving as God’s gloves, to take this opportunity and surrender one Wednesday evening a week to this part of God’s plan for you.
Through the grace of God, fourteen CANA clergy from Virginia, Texas, Ohio and Maryland spent April 5-7 being refreshed and healed at Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded by Judith and Francis MacNutt, CHM reaches out internationally to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring physical healing, inner healing and deliverance to those who come for prayer. Most of us have not previously experienced this kind of sustained, intensive individual prayer.
Each year TFC sends several short-term mission teams (“Global Engagement Teams”) to countries around the world. Though these teams, we seek to be the hands, feet and lips of Jesus Christ as we travel to places off the beaten path, embrace people who others avoid, and lovingly share the Good News of Jesus Christ through our words and service with those who have not heard.
Restoration Ministries (RM) seeks to bring healing to men, women and children who are trapped in the slavery of sex trafficking and lead them into the freedom of Jesus Christ. RM is a member of the DC Task Force for Human Trafficking and International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP), as well as a member of the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM). ADV member parish St. Brendan’s in the City is very supportive of RM’s work.
This past Super Bowl Sunday, February 6th 2011, Church of the Epiphany in Herndon Virginia participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring for their sixth year. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national organization dedicated to supporting charities that feed the hungry and help the homeless across the nation and all over the globe. As of today, February 8, 2011, over five million dollars has been raised to help people in need.
St. Margaret’s hasn’t stopped at getting its free clinic operation up and running. The clinic has also turned into a catalyst for outreach. One example includes parishioners who contributed coats for patients, which are given out by the clinic staff as the need presents itself.
St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Heathsville, VA will host the final in our three-part series: China: the Emerging Giant at 6:30pm on Friday, January 21st, 2011. Our speaker will be Dr. G. Wright Doyle, Senior Associate of the Global China Center in Charlottesville, VA. His subject will be "Christianity in China".
Christ the Saviour Anglican Church Partners with the Lorton Community Action Center to deliver for Christmas
Holy Cross Anglican Church in Richmond shares their holiday spirit in tangible ways that make big impact in their community. As a “start-up” congregation made up of only about 30 regular attendees, their resources are necessarily somewhat limited, but they are making great contributions of time and commitment to their community. Their report below goes to show that a little contribution, given with a lot of spirit, goes a long way to create impact in the Kingdom of God on Earth.
I have been to Ukraine four times before on short-term mission trips, and I loved introducing a new team to the charms of Ukraine, including the beauty of Kiev and the delights of Ukrainian food. But most of all I loved seeing my American friends immediately warm up to the Ukrainian people, finding friendships and a spiritual kinship that transcends distance and culture. It was a great joy introducing Alpha to such an enthusiastic group, knowing that at the end of our two days of training they were well prepared and determined to start Alpha so that they could reach their friends and communities with the love of Christ.
Ten years ago, Church of the Holy Spirit had its first meeting in the Nixons’ living room. At that time, the church had no name, no place, and no money, but we did have a vision from God. Nov. 22, CHS will celebrate its new space at 908 Trailview Blvd., Suite 200, Leesburg , VA 20175. And on Jan. 6, during the dedication of the space, they will pray these words: “Lord Jesus, make this a temple of your presence and a house of prayer … May it be here, Lord Christ, that we are made one with you and with one another, so that our lives are sustained and sanctified for your service.”
Is your parish looking for a new way to engage the community in discussion about faith and a hearty meal? St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Heathsville, Va. takes this unique approach to outreach in its community, pairing conversation and a meal over topics that raise awareness of Christianity in other parts of the world and how other faiths intersect.
When Rector Elijah White of The Church of Our Saviour – Oatlands met Mother Superior Clare in Fiji, the parish’s Third-World Scholarship Fund for educating young Anglicans in impoverished countries came to life. Mother Clare suggested 12-year old Anita for the program, who became the first child from St. Christopher’s Home for the orphaned to graduate from high school. Fulfilling Mother Clare’s assessment, she earned a coveted admission to the University of the South Pacific, the only one in the Islands, where The Church of Our Saviour paid for four years of education and she graduated well in her class. Anita then became the only Christian teacher in a Hindu Indian high school, where she bears quiet but unashamed witness to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In January 2009, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church launched its “Sharing Our Faith” seminar, which was intended as a low-key effort to provide our members with the tools they would need to spread the gospel to friends, family, and associates. At the end of that seminar, we promised everyone that we would develop a more pro-active community outreach program for all who felt led in that direction. In our two seasons, we have called on 323 homes and have been blessed with 152 visits. Read More.
The ADV is offering a three-workshop series this fall to help all churches increase their capacity for ministry and lead them into greater growth. This series is designed to break the cycle of fatigue and attendance decline. “Retooling Your Church for the Harvest” will energize church leaders and provide the tools to engage a rapidly changing culture with the Gospel.
CANA concluded its Annual Council meeting on Saturday, July 24 in Herndon, Va., with an ordination ceremony for three new chaplains. Attendees also voted to recognize and affirm the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes and the Anglican Diocese of the South, both part of the Anglican Church in North America, as well as to support the "Anglican 1000" church planting movement.
"A few months ago our car died just as were in the middle of a very difficult financial situation. We were stranded--not able to even get to work--and had no way of paying for car repairs. Several people at Truro told us we should talk to Roger Penn who is in charge of The Car Ministry...
Recently, I had the pleasure of taking part in a picnic that was sponsored by the ADV for all of its youth. It was such a wonderful time of coming together as a Christian family to serve the Lord in a way that even I didn't expect.
The 2010 ADV Men’s Spiritual Life Weekend recently held at the Clarion Conference center in Shepherdstown, WV was filled with excitement as the men of the ADV listened to Holy Spirit-inspired teaching, worshiped together, and spent time in fellowship in small groups or around a meal.
Easter presents a great opportunity to reach unreached people without leaving the country, let alone your community.
Finger foods, games, girl talk, gifts...not altogether surprising for a baby shower, but the event Church of the Messiah's women's ministry is hosting on March 16 will be extra special.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, ADV churches are busy reaching out to their communities with food, blankets, and much, much more.