Parish Retreats at Shrine Mont: Annually, members of our St. John’s family hold a parish retreat and program at Shrine Mont, a conference and retreat center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia located in beautiful Orkney Springs, Virginia. Members replenish their spiritual and physical strength. Reserve Your Spot for the Annual Parish Retreat to Shrine Mont by August 31–This year’s Shrine Mont retreat weekend is October 19-21, and the Shenandoah Valley in the fall is quite beautiful. Due to changes in reservation policies, we must report the number of people in our party early, so if you plan to participate, please notify Patty Duffy of the number in your party and the number of rooms you require by August 31. Autumn is a popular time at Shrine Mont, rooms go quickly, and there is little wiggle room once reservations are confirmed, so act quickly. Details about this year’s activities, fees, etc., are coming soon.
Coffee Hour: Weekly coffee hour in the parish hall after the later Sunday service provides refreshments and social time. Each week a team of volunteers prepares food and drink, and everyone is invited to partake. This weekly gathering allows members to strengthen relationships among themselves and to welcome newcomers to the community.
Tuesday Morning Knitting Circle In the Parish House library each Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join , and you do not need to know how to knit to participate. In fact, if you’re interested in learning, this group provides helpful instruction. And, the knitters want you to know that they will provide the yarn and needles to get you started. Other crafts are welcome. Please note that the knitting circle is not meeting during August.
Young Adults Group: If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you’ll want to be a part of this vibrant group of peers who meet regularly to socialize and serve the community.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Wednesday Lenten Supper Series The observance of a Holy Lent at St. John’s is important to us. As members of Christ’s Body we prepare for Easter through self-examination, repentance, prayer, fasting and by reading and meditating on God’s Word to share in our Lord’s passion and resurrection. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to share in this time of preparation. We gather each Wednesday night during the five weeks before Palm Sunday at 6:00 p.m. for a simple meal and a program.