WELCOME

First time here? You’re not alone. This info might help.

We know what it’s like to be the new person in a new place. It’s normal to feel like you don’t belong. In fact, many of the people you’ll meet in an Episcopal church are new to the Episcopal church themselves. We want you know that you’re welcome here.

Take a look through the info below, and if there are any questions we haven’t answered, give us a call: 757-627-5665.

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Directions & Parking

We’re located in the heart of Ghent, overlooking the Hague. Click here for directions

When you arrive, there is usually ample street parking around the church. There is also a grass parking lot at the corner of Boissevain and Stockley Gardens:

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Will I find the liturgy confusing?

Well that depends. If you’ve been a part of a Catholic or Anglican tradition in the past, you may find the liturgy quite familiar. If you’re coming from a more evangelical background such as Baptist or Presbyterian, you may find some rich, new liturgical experiences here.

We use the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) as our liturgical guide. You can read more about the BCP here.

You’ll receive a printed liturgy when you arrive (download a PDF here to see what it’s like). If you need any help navigating the service, anyone sitting near you will be happy to help guide you.

What are the service times?

We celebrate Holy Eucharist (Rite I) Sundays at 8:00 a.m. This is an intimate, traditional service in the chapel.

We celebrate Holy Eucharist (Rite II) Sundays at 10:15 a.m. This is a beautiful service in more contemporary language with sermon and full choir. Children’s chapel and childcare are available for this service.

We also have a Taizé service consisting of Bible readings, simple meditative chants, silence, and prayers of thanksgiving and adoration. This service is held the third Sunday of the month at 5:30 p.m. and lasts approximately one hour.

On the last Sunday of the month we have a Moments of Joy service at 1:00 p.m. This is a simple liturgy especially planned for those with dementia and their friends, family, and caregivers. All are welcome to this liturgy which lasts about thirty minutes and utilizes familiar Gospel hymns sung with the piano.

How Should I dress?

Please wear whatever you’re comfortable in. Some people wear suits, and some people wear shorts. Wear what you’d normally wear out somewhere, and you won’t feel out of place.

Is there childcare?

Yes! We love our kids, and we provide a nursery for children ages 0-4 and a children’s chapel for those ages 5-10. We’ll be happy to help you get your kids to the right place and checked in. The children’s chapel kids will come back down to sit with their parents just prior to celebrating the Eucharist.

Have specific questions about childcare? Contact Gizelle Moran, our Director of Children & Family Ministries.

What is the music like?

With 76 ranks and over 4,200 pipes, the pipe organ at Christ and St. Luke’s will be one of the largest in the Hampton Roads region once restoration is complete at the end of 2018. We value our heritage of rich hymnody. We also have a stellar choir that has performed at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. as well as several locations throughout England. Read More

Will I be singled out as a visitor?

Absolutely not! We hope you’ll feel loved and welcomed when you visit with us. But we understand that many people come here looking for quiet healing and need to remain invisible at first. We work hard to respect your desires and meet you where you are.

Still have questions?

We’d love to hear from you. Use the form below to get in touch, or find the rest of our contact info here.

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