December 1 & 2
River Road Presbyterian Church invites you to their annual Carols and Keyboards concert. This festive musical experience features your Christmas favorites performed by talented musicians from around the community and the country. This free event is offered on December 1 and 2 at 7 p.m.
December 9 and 10
Kick of the holiday season with Hanover Christmas. Bring the whole family and experience the Christmas story in a new way, as you walk a candle-lit trail, meeting characters along the way. Afterward, relax and enjoy music and refreshments in Wise Lodge. Overnight lodging available.
Messiah Sing Along
Tappahannock Church invites you to a sing along of Handel's Messiah. The audience is welcome to join four soloists accompanied by organ and harpsichord or listen to others sing. Refreshments to follow.
Public Policy Witness Ministry invites you to a vigil at Charlottesville's Downtown Mall in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. The vigil on December 10 at noon will remember the children and adults who lost their lives and the many, many people whose lives have been forever altered. The event is put on by the Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention, a partner of the PPW Ministry.
First Church Richmond is hosting a free film screening of "At the River: Struggle and Grace in the Segregated South" on Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. This moving film tells the story of Presbyterian ministers in the Deep South who chose to take a stand during the Civil Rights Era. Join us for a discussion after the screening with filmmaker Carolyn Crowder. RSVPs requested.
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) seeks articles for the 2023 Older Adult Month Planning Guide. Share your program, partnership, or event to inspire other congregations in service and outreach to older adults. Articles should be 500-2,000 words in length and address the “how to” of ministry with older adults through multicultural and/or intergenerational engagement.
Contribute by December 18
All Nations Presbyterian Fellowship is hosting a Christmas toy drive for their Harvest Time pantry. Donate new unopened toys and new and gently used clothing and coats. Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through December 18. The pantry is located at 4103 Monument Avenue.
The next session of courses for the certificate in church administration offered by the Church Network begins January 12. This online series offers training in accounting, budgeting, legal and tax issues, and facilities/property.
Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention, a partner of the Public Policy Witness Ministry, invites participants to advocate for sensible gun laws in Richmond on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Charlottesville-area participants can join a charter bus for transportation to and from the event. The bus departs Meadows Church at noon on Monday, January 16, and returns at 5 p.m.
Join the Association of Partners in Christian Education for “Unforced Rhythms of Grace,” the 2023 APCE annual event, January 25–28 in Birmingham, Alabama. Enjoy opportunities to worship, lament, explore, learn, be challenged, and grow during the event. Participation is available in person and online.
Montreat invites young adults looking to create deeper faith and deeper relationships to this three-day retreat. If your faith could use a spark plug, if your spirit could use a deep laugh, if your heart could use some new friendships, or if your body could use a place to belong, then this is for you.
Deadline to apply is March 1
Whether it’s a call to preach, mission work, faith-based non-profit leadership, music ministry, youth ministry, chaplaincy... the Church needs young leaders who are prepared to guide us into the future. Randolph-Macon College’s Bailey Scholars program awards scholarships for students pursuing calls to ministry.
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond has started a new clinical pastoral education (CPE) program. Accredited by ACPE, the program’s units may count for seminary course credit. Options include a part-time externship and a full-time summer internship. Applications are open for Summer 2023. Look for information soon about a residency program beginning in the fall of 2023.
The Presbyterian Promise Scholarship is a commitment by Presbyterian College (PC) to recognize students for their merit and affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. PC seeks to develop students academically and spiritually in this signature scholarship. Students who are of members of Presbyterian churches will receive a scholarship for a minimum of $20,000 per year for up to four years.