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We warmly invite you to gather for worship at Christ Church Episcopal. Through worship, we find our center. We join with others in sacred ways, offering prayer and praise, and leaving prepared to meet the week ahead. All are welcome at any time!
Sunday Morning Worship
Sundays at 10 AM

Throughout the summer, we will gather in worship Sundays at 10 AM. This service is also streamed live to YouTube where you can gather with others online. We are eager to welcome newcomers at worship! Click here for some helpful information about our gathering in the time of COVID-19.

Church on the Playground for Children and Parents
Sundays at 9 AM

Children are always welcome in worship Sundays at 10 AM and they can also gather for Church on the Playground each Sunday at 9 AM. This setting is for young children and their parents. A family room is also available to parents and children at all services.


Evening Compline
Mondays at 9 PM
A lovely way to end the day! Gather for a simple and holy Compline service via Zoom. Get the link in Realm, our online community, or contact clergy or staff.

Morning Prayer
Wednesdays at 8 AM
All are welcome to a Morning Prayer service in-person or via Zoom, depending on the week. Get the schedule and access the Zoom link in Realm, our online community, or by contacting staff.

How We Worship

Worship is central to who we are as Christians. We find that when we gather for worship, our spirits are renewed. We offer prayer and praise and leave prepared to meet the week ahead. Worship at Christ Church is at once vibrant and contemplative: a combination liturgy taken from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, fused with contemporary and traditional styles. We strive toward creative and meaningful worship. Eucharist is a central part of worship for Episcopalians as a way to connect with God and each other. Holy Communion will be offered at in-person worship. To arrange for clergy or a lay eucharistic visitor to bring Holy Communion to you, please contact Rev. Shirley Smith Graham.

During worship we gather with others to hear music, learn from the scriptures, and respond to the scriptures in prayer. Worship in the Episcopal Church is based on the Book of Common Prayer, a liturgical book that provides a foundation for how we worship and helps guide our practice.

Music is an important part of worship at Christ Church. Blending traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs, we are blessed with a vibrant and accomplished music ministry that provides inspiration and reflection for the week ahead.

On special occassions, we may alter our worship schedule. Please check our calendar before visiting us. If you have any additional questions about worship at Christ Church, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please click here for the latest information from the Diocese of Virginia.


Service Spotlight: Acolytes and Acolyte Masters serve our church in a special way

Acolytes are a valuable ministry at Christ Church. By assisting with worship, it's a special way for young people to have a deeper connection with their church. Our church community also enjoys seeing our young people serve as active leaders during worship. The tasks are easy, and the reward is great! Acolytes must be a rising 4th grader or older. Adults are also needed to serve as Acolyte Masters, helping the acolytes on Sunday mornings. Any adult can serve as an acolyte master and many parents of acolytes find this to be a meaningful role.

The basic tasks are listed below. And tell your kiddo not to worry! Training is provided and Acolyte Masters are on hand to help Acolytes on Sunday mornings. We will make sure children and youth feel prepared to serve.

What does an Acolyte do?

  • Light and extinguish the alter candles 
  • Carry the cross, banners or torches at the beginning and ending of the service 
  • Assist in preparation and helping at communion
  • Assist the clergy in any other tasks during the service  


What does an Acolyte Master do?

  • Check in with clergy before worship make acolytes aware of any updates.
  • Fill altar candles with oil & ensure wick on candle snuffer is filled with oil.
  • Assist in reviewing acolyte tasks with the acolyte and make sure they feel prepared to lead in worship.

To sign up or ask any questions, please contact lay leader Scott Arnold at scottdava@ hotmail.com

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