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


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(by the Rev. Shelby Ochs Owen)

Sunday schedule

  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
  • 9:00 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship in Memorial Hall
  • 9:30 a.m. Christian Education (Children's and Adult); also Choir practice in the Sanctuary
  • 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II;

    Nursery Care is available (ages 0-5) every Sunday from 9:30 on.

Church Web sites:

Episcopal Church U.S.A. Episcopal Relief & Development Help the people of Haiti! Episcopal Diocese of S.W. Virginia Trinity Episcopal Church The Lectionary Page Diocese of West Yorkshire
& the Dales, England

Our affiliate:

Stuart Hall School


Virginia Haiti Collaborative Staunton Music Guild Sarah's Music Studio Bluebird Beginnings Photography

Church directory:

Our new Church directory is now available online, but a special password is required to open it. For security reasons, passwords will be changed from time to time, and must be not be made available to anyone outside of the congregation. Any questions should be directed to the church office.

Domain name:

Our domain name emmanuelstaunton.org
went into effect in September 2011.

Got news?

Do you have any news items or announcements of interest to our congregation? If so, please contact the church secretary, Lucy Dennison. To submit photos or to ask questions about the Web site, please contact the Webmaster, Andrew Clem (clickable e-mail links).

Sunday School

Sunday School classes this year are being coordinated by Katherine Turner, along with several assistants. For details, see the
Sunday School Calendar.

For a list of upcoming special events, see the Calendar page.

Parish News

January, 2016

Epiphany 2016

On Sunday January 10, the children of Emmanuel performed in the annual Epiphany pageant, under the direction of Mary Evans Lott, with Kate and Charlie Nesmith playing Mary and Joseph. Epiphany (January 6) marks the visit of the Three Kings to the Baby Jesus, and more generally signifies the revelation to the world of the arrival of the Messiah, the Son of God.


Susan Peyton ordained as deacon

In a special service held at Emmanuel on Wednesday, November 11, Susan Peyton was ordained as deacon. This marked the culmination of several years of preparation, service, and discernment in which both lay and clerical members of the church participated. Bishop Mark Bourlakas led the ceremony, accompanied by active and retired members of the clergy from around our area, and many members of our own congregation. We all wish Susan hearty congratulations on attaining this clerical office.

Ordination of Deacon Susan Peyton

Bishop Mark Bourlakas and Susan Peyton, along with other local clergy members. (Click on the image to see it magnified.)

Bizarre Bazaar

This year's "Bizarre Bazaar" was a big success once again, thanks to the efforts of Mary Evans Lott and other church members. A portion of the sales of local handcraft items, photographs, etc. went for the church's mission purposes.

Bizarre Bazaar

The 2015 Bizarre Bazaar

New Presiding Bishop: Michael Bruce Curry

Several of our members went up to Washington, D.C. November 1, for the formal installation of the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry as the new Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church U.S.A. The Most Rev. Curry succeeds the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, who had served in this position since 2006.

Prayer list


John M.
Jean H. 
Meneta D.
Iva M.
Libby M.
Marilyn S.
Laura U.
Ed W.
Connie H.
Christopher P.
Brayden K.
Graham P.
Jan W.
Bob D.
Kate T.
Carolyn M.
Mike B.
Peter M.
Lorene P.
Allen H.
Merri K.
Dell P.
Ethan W.
Frances C.
David G.
Steve S.
Michael C.

Frances M.
Elizabeth T.
Helen F.
Ruth S.
Kit C.
Ann R.
Kay W.
Jane K.
Hugh C.
Jane H.

For James R.missionary in Japan



prayer list

NOTE: Please help the office by keeping us informed of the status of people you place on the prayer list.


Emmanuel "word cloud"

world cloud

Thanks to Steven Cox for soliciting from parish members words that they thought best described our church congregation, and then compiling all of them into a "word cloud." Click on the image to see a full-size version. If that doesn't work, click here instead

Wordle: Emmanuel3