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In an open letter on January 11, ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan took a public stand that many Christian clergy and laity should increasingly be prepared to take. The highly ecumenical letter was signed by 35 Christian and Jewish leaders. In it, the leaders reaffirmed the monumental importance of America’s blemished-yet-nonetheless-exemplary history of affording religious freedom to persons of all religious faiths. The letter was an exceedingly timely expression of Jesus’ admonition that His followers are the salt of the earth and light of the world. Recent legal and policy decisions have grown increasingly hostile to religious freedom. As recent news and commentary attest, such decisions include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ regulation mandating that religious schools, religious charities, and other religious employers fund “free” contraceptives, sterilization services, and prescription drugs that can terminate pregnancies. The co
He advised us to make time in our materialistic world to be with God, and to let the Lord speak to us through Scripture. He cautioned, “Your ability receive God’s word is determined by our willingness to do what he says.” “He will reveal His will to you if you truly seek it.”
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.
We have our own inside joke telling people to come and worship with us as we can “baptize you, confirm you, marry you and bury you without leaving the building.” As the only Anglican presence under the Anglican Church of North America and the Anglican Diocese of the mid-Atlantic in Chesterfield County, we look forward eagerly to how God will use Holy Cross to spread the Gospel in our community.
Christ the Saviour Anglican Church Partners with the Lorton Community Action Center to deliver for Christmas
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.
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.
In July, sixteen ADV members from Potomac Falls Anglican Church and Church of the Word set out on a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Organized through Orphanage Outreach, the trip gave them the opportunity to stay on the grounds of a boys’ orphanage in a town called Jaibon. Liz McCaslin, youth director at Church of the Word, and Amanda Holz, volunteer youth leader at Potomac Falls Anglican Church share their experience below.
The Anglican Mission of Southern Maryland (AMOSM) recently moved from its old worship location at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Md., into its new location at 41695 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, Md.
For some years now, we have been praying that God would bless us with children at St. Stephen's. He has been answering our prayer in wonderful ways. If you were there on Youth Sunday to hear our graduating seniors, you will know how God has prepared their hearts to face adulthood as disciples of Jesus Christ.
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.
Although the book was intended for business leaders, church leaders are taking note that our models for church would benefit from a more organic, rather than mechanistic viewpoint.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, ADV churches are busy reaching out to their communities with food, blankets, and much, much more.
The following is a Q&A with the Rev'd Patrick Ware, the mission pastor of the newly-formed Winchester Anglican Church, Winchester, Va.