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Church and Community Events

Church and Community Events

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May 2024

Children and Youth Ministry Summit

May 20-24

Rethink Children & Youth Ministry Online Summit is a unique opportunity for congregational leaders, educators, parents and caregivers, and anyone passionate about nurturing the spiritual growth and faith formation of children, youth, and their families. Learn from renowned experts and practitioners in the fields of spiritual formation, intergenerational ministry, and ministry to children, youth and families. Gain valuable perspectives, practical tips, and innovative approaches while debunking common myths about young people to make spiritual education engaging and impactful.

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Substance Use Prevention Training

May 23, 9:30 a.m.

VIPCare invites clergy of all traditions to a no-cost, interactive seminar facilitated by VIPCare counselors and substance abuse specialists. In this workshop, you will develop an understanding of addiction as a prevalent social issue, including in religious communities, and learn strategies for substance use prevention in your congregation. The workshop takes place at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 2223 S Crater Road, Petersburg. Another session is planned for September.

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Reflective Leadership Grants Deadline

Applications open May 28

Duke Divinity's Leadership Education program offers grants of up to $15,000 to help Christian leaders reflect on accomplishments, broaden perspectives, and discern next steps. Applications open March 18. Join a Q&A session via Zoom to learn more.

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June 2024

Playology Workshop

June 4, 10 a.m.

Massanetta Springs invites you to a Playology workshop on June 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The concept helps kids experience God through the art of play. Learn recreation ideas to take back to your Vacation Bible School, youth group, or Sunday school. Discover team building games, no-equipment games, traveling games, and more. This event costs $40, includes lunch, and has limited availability.

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Poor People's Campaign Stop in Richmond

June 8-9

Leaders of the Poor People's Campaign, including Bishop William Barber, will visit Richmond on June 8 and 9. Hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (815 E Grace St, Richmond), the organization is visiting Richmond as part of a national preaching tour leading up to the Mass Poor People's and Low-Wage Worker's Assembly in D.C. on June 29. All are welcome to the events at St. Paul's dedicated to creating the transformational Kingdom of God. See the schedule online.

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100th Anniversary Celebration

June 9, 10:30 a.m.

Forest Hill Church invites anyone with a connection to the church for a 100th anniversary and homecoming celebration. Join the celebration in worship on June 9 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a catered lunch.

Forest Hill's website >

75th Anniversary Celebration

June 9, 11:00 a.m.

Ampthill Church invites all to a 75th anniversary celebration and homecoming picnic. Regular worship at 11 a.m. is followed by a picnic on the front lawn. A special service of celebration will occur at 2 p.m.

Ampthill's Facebook page >

Youth Servant Leadership Institute @ Pace

June 17-21

The Pace Center at VCU hosts this immersive experience for middle and high school-aged youth. Youth will stay overnight in downtown Richmond and participate in mission and service opportunities throughout the Richmond area. Mission partners include Shalom Farms, the Richmond SPCA, and Friends of the James River Park. Youth will learn Servant Leadership principles and reflect on their experiences through the lens of Servant Leadership.

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Special Event with David LaMotte

June 24, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

David LaMotte is a beloved songwriter, speaker, author, and activist from Black Mountain, NC. He visits Massanetta Springs on June 24 for a special event. In line with his book, You Are Changing the World Whether You Like it or Not, and his experience in and commitment to peacemaking, David will lead a workshop at 4 p.m. on leadership and world changing. That evening, he presents a concert. Register for one or both.

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226th PC(USA) General Assembly

June 25-July 4

The theme of GA226,  “Live into Hope”, is based on the hymn of the same name by Jane Parker Huber. Daily themes have been chosen based on verses of the hymn. Committees will meet online June 25-27. In-person activities begin June 29 in Salt Lake City.

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Summer 2024 and Beyond

Bible & Church Music Conference

July 21-27

Registration for Massanetta’s Bible and Church Music Conference 2024 is open. Come together July 21-27 with fellow clergy, lay leaders, staff, volunteers, and congregants to learn, practice, and worship. The 2024 theme is “A New Creation,” examining visions of hope in Revelation and beyond. Register by March 25 to receive a $40 discount.

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Clergy Couple Retreat

July 29-August 1

Attention clergy couples! Registration for Called Together 2024, July 29-August 1, is now open. Called Together is a retreat at Massanetta Springs for couples in any stage of professional ministry. Whether you're a family of 2 or 6, all are welcome!

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Synod of the Mid-Atlantic Grants

August 1

Synod of the Mid-Atlantic awards grants for projects that support disaster relief, hunger action, presbytery initiatives, African American initiatives, new and small churches, peacemaking, and more. Applications are reviewed twice per year, in August and February.

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Small Church Leaders Gathering

August 6, 3 p.m.

Small church leaders, you are invited to a virtual networking gathering from the Office of Christian Formation. These online gatherings will be held six times in 2024. The times and dates vary. Participate when you can to share in conversation and learn, ask questions, receive and share resources for ministry and support one another. Each gathering will start with a question or topic related to Faith Formation leadership in small churches, then discussion can go from there.

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PW Churchwide Gathering

August 8-11

Presbyterian Women’s 2024 Churchwide Gathering will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, August 8–11, 2024. The 2024 PW Gathering will be an exciting, faith-filled time to renew our connections within and across PW groups from across the country. Join us to be invigorated, equipped for your PW life, welcomed into community by hundreds of other PWs, and empowered to “Do everything in love.”

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Camp: A Planning Retreat for Clergy

August 13-17

Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation invites pastors to a nurtured retreat in Colorado in August. Enjoy time and space for private or collaborative planning, worship and music guides, and field trips. Camp for Clergy takes place at the YMCA of the Rocky Mountains Estes Park Center. Spouses, partners, friends, and children are welcome.

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Camp Hanover Homecoming

August 30-September 2

Homecoming Weekend is a time of celebration for all who love Camp Hanover–staff, campers, parents, grandparents, and volunteers–to come together in intergenerational fellowship. Camp Hanover provides activities and fellowship opportunities for all ages. The agenda is flexible; you choose to do what you want and what is helpful for you and your loved ones. Participate in as many or as few activities as you desire.

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Tour of Scotland

September 13-23

Three Chopt Church invites you to join them on a tour of Scotland September 13-23, 2024. Learn about the history and events which heralded the founding of the Presbyterian denomination. The motorcoach tour includes stops in the Isle of Iona, Loch Ness, Inverness, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.

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Leadership in Ministry Richmond

September 16-18

Leadership in Ministry is a twice-a-year, peer-based, clergy leadership development program. It is part of the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong Learning of Columbia Theological Seminary. Many participants have attended for several years, with some participating for over a decade, reaping the benefits of long-term commitment to personal and professional growth.

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Stewardship Kaleidoscope

September 23-25

Gain real tools for real ministry at Stewardship Kaleidoscope. Learn from informative workshop leaders, hear provocative worship experiences, and network with others who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Participate in person in Portland, Oregon, or virtually from your home or office. Register for in-person attendance by June 30 to receive a discount.

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Young Adult Advocacy Conference

October 18-20

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Young Adult Advocacy Conference will take place this fall on the Charlotte campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary in North Carolina. The “Jesus and Justice” gathering on Oct. 18-20 will be the second in a series of young adult conferences that are designed to provide advocacy and leadership training to college students, seminarians, and young adults in general.

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2025 Presbyterian Youth Triennium

July 28-31, 2025

Save the date! The next Presbyterian Youth Triennium will be in July 2025.

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Recurring Events

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.

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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.

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