Emmanuel Gothic Emmanuel Episcopal Church
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300 W. Frederick St.
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 886-8172
emmanuelstaunton@verizon.net

Our Mission & Activities

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Emmanuel Episcopal Church is a congregation of believers who praise God through the liturgical riches of the Book of Common Prayer; who participate in Christian Education programs that seek to deepen the faith of all persons of all ages; who offer fellowship activities that bind us to one another; and who serve humanity through evangelism and outreach programs that use our time, talent, and material gifts to the glory of God.

Emmanuel Commissions

As a lay-led parish, Emmanuel relies upon the members, or laity, of the church to be responsible for certain functions of our church. These functions have been organized into nine commissions, or committees. The chair of each commission is responsible for recruiting, training, encouraging, and assisting volunteers in the Emmanuel community. Anyone in the congregation with an interest in a particular commission is welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in commission meetings. Most commissions meet at least four times a year, depending on their needs.

Altar Guild

Responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the altar for communion, maintains flower schedule for altar arrangements.

Columbarium

Use and maintenance of Columbarium and garden.

Emmanuel children
Emmanuel Sunday School children.

Education

Development and implementation of Christian education for all ages.

Sunday School Calendar (PDF)
 

Fellowship

Develop and Schedule fellowship opportunities for the parish including greeters, coffee hour, dinners.

Finance/Stewardship

Prepare and monitor annual budget for parish, request and monitor annual pledging for parish, oversee bank accounts/funds.

Outreach

Identify community needs, and develop and implement programs to assist with meeting these needs. The Outreach Commission meets periodically to evaluate ongoing efforts, educates the parish about human needs in various countries the world, raises and distributes money to support agencies serving people in need. It holds up outreach activities to the parish as a way to do God's work in our community. Our parish contributes its resources to various local charities, including the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Staunton Augusta Church Relief Association (SACRA), the Salvation Army, and, beginning this year, Valley Area Community Support, Inc. in Waynesboro. In the past we have contributed to the Valley Mission in Staunton and the local chapter of the American Red Cross, among others from time to time. In recent years, we have also been very active with the Virginia Haiti Collaborative, and several of our members have spent time doing mission work with St. Marc's School in Cerca-la-Source. We coordinate our community and global outreach efforts with the PAX youth group.

Pastoral

Monitor spiritual and health needs of the parish, includes Lay Eucharistic Ministers for parishioners who are unable to attend our Sunday services.

Property

Monitor and address physical property needs of the church.

Worship

Responsible for aspects of Sunday services including music, form of service, ushers, acolytes.

In addition to an adult Sunday School class, Emmanuel offers Sunday School programs for children from preschool through elementary school, and a Confirmation class when numbers permit.

PAX youth group

Emmanuel also offers a youth program, PAX, for middle school and high school aged youth who have been confirmed. PAX meets several Sundays each month and also enjoys service projects and fellowship activities.

PAX groceries

Emmanuel's youth group PAX held a very successful STOP HUNGER NOW event on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in cooperation with other church congregations.