Epiphany pageant

Epiphany Pageant

Age groups:
Performers - Pre-K thru 5th grade
Volunteers - All ages welcome

During the Christmas season the children in our congregation come together to rehearse and present a pageant. This event is open to our youngest members pre-K through 5th grade. Rehearsals take place during the Sunday School hour, 9:30-10-15, for a few Sundays before the pageant. The big performance takes place during the 10:30 service on the appointed Sunday. Usually, one adult is in charge of casting and directing, but all parents are encouraged to help out! There is room for the most dramatic and those who are reluctant!

For more information:
Mary Evans Lott, Chair, maryevanslott@hotmail.com



2015 Dottie Rutan wins Golden Ladle

Pax Golden Ladle soup competition

Age group: all ages are able to participate

Youth organized annual soup competition. Members of the congregation enter to win the coveted Golden Ladle award. Held during the second Sunday soup in February.



2014 Shrove Sunday pancake lunch

Lenten Programs

Age groups: All welcome

Each Lent Emmanuel joins together with other communities of faith to eat dinner, and discuss given topics or do service projects. The past few years we have included Trinity Church, Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME), The Temple House of Israel and the Islamic Center of the Shenandoah Valley.

For more information: The Rev. Shelby Owen at priest-emmanuel@verizon.net



2016 Palm Sunday procession

Palm Sunday

The congregation joins together with those from Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Francis Catholic church. Members gather at Trinity and begin the Palm Sunday Parade through downtown Staunton. It concludes with a Holy Eucharistic Service at Emmanuel.

For more information: Shelby Owen at priest-emmanuelstaunton@verizon.net



2013 Easter eucharist Rev. Owen

Easter Day

We celebrate the joyful resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ through festive worship. Worship is followed by a children's egg hunt.



Youth Sunday

Each spring, usually in early May, the celebration of Sunday worship is served primarily by our youth, from ushers, to lectors, to musicians and occasionally to preachers! While youth at Emmanuel are always welcome at worship, this is a special time dedicated to their unique offerings.


Gibbs-Lotz Scholarships

J. LEWIS GIBBS-LOTZ SCHOLARSHIPS in memory of long-time rector, "Papa" Gibbs and his daughter, Josephine "Jo" Gibbs Lotz are available to communicants of Emmanuel and their children to further their education. A communicant is defined by the Canons of the Church as 1. Has been baptized (Title I, Canon 16, Sect. 2); 2. Is regular in participation in Sunday worship (Title II, Canon I and Title I, Canon 16, Sect. 2); and 3. Has received communion at least three times (unless for good cause prevented) in the past year (Title I, Canon 16, Sect. 3). Applications are usually due in the church office mid-May.


2010 Picnic at Rapp's house

Picnic Worship

Each year in the summer or early fall, we have an outdoor Eucharist picnic, sometimes at the home of a parishioner or more recently with our sister church Allen Chapel A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal) Church at Montgomery Hall Park.



2016 Shelby Owen, Russ Rutan

Harvest Day

Age groups: All age groups

Harvest Day began in 1994. The idea for the day was to share our harvest (blessings) with those in our community who are in need. It is a one Sunday event in which we at Emmanuel dig deep and share our harvest with those who are experiencing challenging financial circumstances. All of the contributions that day go to the Emmanuel Discretionary Fund which is distributed in our church community. Harvest Day is held on/around the first Sunday in November.

Organized by Russ Rutan at russandotty@yahoo.com


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