Summer Camp Staff Needed
Massanetta Springs is hiring staff for Netta Camp for summer 2023! Serve as a leader for week-long, themed camps where kids can swim, paddle, create, play, and explore all within a caring Christian environment. We’re hiring camp counselors and recreation staff— housing and meals included!
Summer Camp Staff
Camp Hanover’s mission is to create inclusive community, inspire each other to live in God’s love, and equip all people to live out God’s call. Our summer staff play an integral role in carrying this out by welcoming and affirming all campers who come here, and by giving them the opportunity to practice living in Christian community. Our summer staff (counselors, program staff, leadership staff) have the opportunity to impact lives, while spending time in this special place apart.
PW Synod Summer Gathering
Join Presbyterian Women in Synod of the Mid-Atlantic at their first in-person gathering since 2019. The event will be held at Massanetta Springs. Register by May 15 for a discount.
Monthly Christian Formation Webinar
June 8, June 27
The Office of Christian Formation (OCF) hosts monthly Zoom meetings to share resources with faith formation leaders. The sessions include time for conversation, questions, and sharing. Each month’s meetings address a specific topic. For June, the topic is at home resources. The year's calendar of meetings, recordings, and resources are available on the OCF Leader Connection website.
Welcome Home Drive
Through June 9
New Hanover Church is collecting household and toiletry items for refugee families and men and women seeking recovery from incarceration, homelessness, and addiction. The items will be distributed through two local organizations, International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Real Life. They invite you to contribute through June 9. Find a list of needed items on their website.
Energy Efficiency Grants
June 15, 5 p.m.
Houses of worship are encouraged to apply for federal grants of up to $200,000 for energy efficiency projects. On June 15 at 5:00 p.m., PC(USA) partner Blessed Tomorrow will hold a webinar to share information about Renew America’s Nonprofits grants from the U.S. Department of Energy. Register for the webinar to learn about the grants and how to apply.
June 15, 7 p.m.
Common Chords is Camp Hanover’s monthly music fellowship. Enjoy the sounds of bluegrass and gospel or join in by playing your guitar, fiddle, bass, or banjo. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. in Wise Lodge. This open jam is a free event held on the third Thursday of each month. Donations are always appreciated.
June 16, 7:30 p.m.
First Church (Richmond) hosts Jazz Under the Stars on June 16 at 7:30 p.m. The free event will feature music by Zachary Smith and the Dixie Power Trio. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy this outdoor event. A food vendor will be on site, and the playground will be open.
Summer Camp for Youth
June 18-August 12
Summer camps like Camp Hanover give children and youth "a real and tangible experience of living in a Spirit-infused community" (Presbyterian Outlook, May 2023). Camp Hanover has space for a child in your life to grow in their faith, live in nature, and experience adventure. Discounts are available for campers who are active members of Presbytery of the James congregations.
Servant Leadership Lunch & Learn
June 28, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
The Pace Center for Campus Ministry at VCU hosts a servant leadership lunch & learn on Wednesday, June 28. Both youth and adults are invited to this event to learn about Pace, campus ministry at VCU, and the basic principles of servant leadership. The cost is $10.00 (or pay what you can) for lunch. Contact Rev. Russ Kerr for more information.
SDOP Grant Workshop
July 11, 6:00 p.m.
Attend a grant workshop to learn how an organization in which you're involved can apply for funding from SDOP. The workshop is 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Chesterfield Central Library (7051 Lucy Corr Blvd).
Presbyterian Men Conference
Presbyterian Men of Synod of the Mid-Atlantic will meet July 21-23 at Massanetta Springs. The theme of their 2023 event is A New Response to a Seasoned Faith. Speakers include Rev. Chris Vogado, Rev. Rachel Vogado, and Rev. Safwat Marzouk.
Bible and Music Conference
Massanetta Springs presents their 2023 Bible and church music conference for worship leaders July 23-29. Enjoy opportunities to learn, practice, and worship together. The 2023 theme is “Instruments of Peace,” as in the Prayer of St. Francis, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”
New Professionals Orientation
August 15, 2-4:30 p.m.
Ministers joining or returning to Presbytery of the James are invited to attend orientations presbytery staff hold for new professionals. These events acclimate new members to the work of the presbytery, its structure, and its committees.
Camp Hanover Homecoming
Current and former staff, campers, parents, grandparents, and volunteers from throughout Camp Hanover's history come together in intergenerational fellowship at Homecoming. Join for the fun and memories.
Church Admin Classes
Church employees interested in learning about church administration or becoming a certified church admin can take online classes through the Church Network. Classes are on Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. Your instructor directs the first two hours, then participants break into small groups for the third hour.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and other ecumenical partners, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship in its many colorful dimensions.
Holy Shift Conference
Are you having trouble "doing church" in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic? Returning to our places of worship, we discovered a world fundamentally changed. This fall, Montreat hosts an event on navigating seismic changes in the church. At Holy Shift, begin to identify ways that we can see these challenges not as obstacles, but as opportunities.
Grief Support Groups for Spanish Speakers
Legacy Hospice and Full Circle Grief Center offer free bilingual grief support groups for Spanish-English speakers. The groups will meet on the last Tuesday of each month and has flexible times and multiple locations in Richmond. Please share with Spanish speakers in your community.
Vacation Bible School Curricula Resources
Need a vacation Bible school curriculum for this summer? Check out Building Faith’s annual review of VBS curricula. Building Faith is a ministry of the Lifelong Learning department at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Church Disaster Preparedness Calendar
If disaster struck your community or congregation/ministry, would you be prepared? Check out this monthly calendar from Synod of the Sun that has small, but important, tasks that will build invaluable skills, plans, and procedures for your congregation and your partnering communities.