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


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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

March, 2015

Church youth visit Boys Home

On March 14-15, the PAX Youth Group from Emmanuel Episcopal Church, along with their counterparts from Trinity Episcopal in Staunton, and St. John's Episcopal in Waynesboro, paid a mission visit to Boys Home in Covington, Virginia. It was dubbed a "Lock-in" event, with a variety of service projects, worship, and singing, as well as time for fun. The youth spent several hours working alongside Boys Home residents on service projects including painting a cottage basement, constructing raised beds for the garden, and building a greenhouse. Amanda Glover led the Emmanuel PAX youth contingent. Boys Home was founded in 1906, and "provides care for young men in a healthy, supportive environment." It includes a school, a vocational/technical center, a chapel, as well as recreational facilities. For more information, see boyshomeofva.org.

Episcopal youth at Boys Home

Youth from Emmanuel, Trinity, and St. John's Episcopal churches, along with their adult leaders, at Boys Home in Covington.

Bishop confirms new members

At the 10:30 Holy Eucharist service on March 8, Bishop Mark Bourlakas officiated in the rites of confirmation and reception into the Episcopal Church. The 2015 confirmation class was larger than average in size, adding to the celebratory atmosphere. After the service, there was a reception in Memorial Hall to welcome Bishop Mark and his family to Emmanuel.

Bishop Mark, 2015 confirmation class

Back row (L to R): Colin Hester, Jim Call, Bishop Mark Bourlakas, Gary Rose, Michael Hesbach

Middle row (L to R): Phyllis Whetzel, Teresa Hester, Gavin Frueh, Luke Gaines, Mac Kincheloe, Philip Strassler

Front row (L to R): Eileen Frueh (Youth Education Coordinator), Jon Rutan, Alice Cormier, Reese Goodson, Emma Adams, Pamela Mathews, Rev. Shelby Owen

  Reception for Bishop Mark

The congregation welcomed Bishop Mark and his family in a reception held in Memorial Hall.

Sign language interpreter

Many thanks to Ms. Pat Trice, who provided American Sign Language interpretation during the confirmation service. We hope to have ASL interpretation on a semi-regular basis in future months. Questions about this should be directed to our office.

Winter weather persists

Thanks also to those members who have pitched in and shoveled the sidewalks, enabling Emmanuel to hold Sunday church services in spite of the heavy snow storms of February and early March.

Emmanuel Church, snow, NW

A view of Emmanuel Episcopal Church and the snow-packed Columbarium from the northwest side on March 7, two days after the latest snowstorm.

Season of Lent begins

Two services were held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Ash Wednesday, beginning the 40-day period of fasting and prayer in preparation for the Day of the Resurrection (Easter). The following is a message from Bishop Mark Bourlakas:

"The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places . . . and you shall be like a watered garden."     (Isaiah 58:11 from the Propers for Ash Wednesday)

We, the disciples of Christ Jesus, are now called into the observance of a Holy Lent. These forty days plead for us to engage ourselves in suspension. Whatever plans we make for shaping our Lenten journey, our practices should function to suspend some part of our daily busyness that distracts us from God's love for us and others.

What parched place in your life do you desire for God to water and heal? Where has your attention to your neighbors become dry and indifferent? What new fertile garden do you yearn for? These are good questions to meditate on during this Lenten suspension. May you pray for God's Holy Spirit to guide you into an honest Lent so that you may rejoice in the victory of Easter Day.


Prayer list


Lu S.
Jean H. 
Meneta D.
Ken B.
Tina C.
Iva M.
Angela W.
Connie S.
Marilyn S.
Laura U.
Khloe B.
Peter M.
Connie H.
Robert H.
Jeff J.
Barbara H.
Brayden K.
John M. 
Hal M.
Graham P.
Rudy M.
John W.

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

Arianna Y. C. F.


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