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Christmas services at Eastern Shore Chapel


All are welcome!

Our children will perform a Christmas Pageant for our 4pm Christmas Eve Service. Our 9pm Christmas Eve service will feature candlelight, string quartet and a chanted Eucharist.


Christmas Day with Bishop Jay

Our Bishop in residence, Rt. Rev. Jay Magness will lead our Christmas Day service on Sunday, December 25th. There will be a single service that Sunday at 9:30am

Feast of Holy Innocents

Our Wednesday Evening Eucharist will be held in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, December 28th at 5pm

New Year's Eve Recovery Service

All those in recovery are welcome to join us for our annual service of Holy Eucharist at 5pm followed by a Tamale dinner in the parish hall. Dinner is free but Donations are welcome.

​Sunday Jan. 1 (New Year's Day)

There will be a single service at 9:30am followed by a potluck brunch in the parish hall. All are welcome!

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Advent Book Study

Names for the Messiah by Walter Brueggemann

Begins Sunday, November 27, at 9:15am

Parlor and Parish Hall

Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace! If Handel’s Messiah began playing in your mind at these titles, you’re not alone! In Isaiah 9:6, a divine utterance is given to us using these four royal titles. Walter Brueggemann’s Names for the Messiah “ponders each title and how the people understood it then, how Jesus did or did not fulfill the title, and how Christians interpret Jesus as representative of that title.”


Advent begins Sunday, November 27 with our annual Advent wreath making for all ages at 9:15am, in the parish hall. For those who have already made wreaths, our first session for adult forum book study will also take place Sunday, November 27, at 9:15 am, in the parlor.


Join us in the parish hall for the remaining Sundays of Advent: December 4, December 11, and December 18, as we work through this study and prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ our Lord.  


The schedule of facilitators is as follows:


11/27 – Bishop Jay Magness on “Wonderful Counselor”

12/4 – Lee Davis on “Mighty God”

12/11 - Scott Darnell on “Everlasting Father”

12/18 – Debbie Quam on “Prince of Peace”

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Winter Shelter

Wednesday, November 30 - Wednesday December 7

Eastern Shore Chapel

Parish Hall


Once again, Eastern Shore Chapel will partner with PiN ministry of Virginia Beach to temporarily provide shelter for the houseless in our community.

If you are interested in helping with this ministry, we are still looking for groups to provide meals and activities. If you or your group are able to commit to one or more of those dates, please contact Scott Darnell:

(, 757-714-4766).
Donations: Collection boxes for small toiletries (priority), hats and gloves are currently at the church Please stop in and make a donation.

Participation: Remember, even if you are not officially scheduled to prepare and serve a meal, you are always welcome to just drop in any evening to help and to interact with our guests.



Helping Afghan Refugees

Eastern Shore Chapel is MAKING A DIFFERENCE in the lives of Afghan Families Resettled in Virginia Beach!


As Kabul fell in the fall of 2021, over 5000 refugees landed in Virginia at Fort Pickett, along with over 70,000 others on bases around the country. Some of those have been relocated to Virginia Beach, where the process of starting over begins with just the small bag of items they brought on the planes out of Afghanistan. ESC has partnered with Virginia Beach Community Chapel and All Saint’s Church to help those in need as they were resettled here. Our efforts to date have included: 


  • Raising funds for items to be delivered to Fort Picket to assist in providing basic initial needs for ESL and education materials, for clothes and simple items like coloring books, crayons and soccer balls for the children

  • Assisting with an area wide seminar at VBCC, learning more about how we might welcome our Afghan neighbors

  • Providing donations of furniture and household furnishings for seven families, in an effort to furnish their homes

  • Offering the ESC food pantry weekly to Afghan families in need of food assistance 

  • Reaching out to other Episcopal churches in the area to see if they might help with the efforts to assist families in need. We received funds to provide ESL classes for the adults, a critical life skill that is needed to adjust to life here. 

  • Holding a successful yard sale to gather funds to help the families. The proceeds allow us to assist with rental subsidies and transportation needs for the coming year. 

  • Offered assistance in job searches for the family members 


Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” - Isaiah 6:8


How can you help? 

PRAY for the families. 

  • VOLUNTEER and help the pantry, you can sign up or donate online, using the link to Chapel Pantry

  • DONATE to ESC, to The Afghan Family Refugee Fund, tap the GIVE button and our fund

  • JOIN IN!  The ESC Afghan Resettlement Team is looking for volunteers to plan our next steps. Contact the church office, at 757-428-6763 or Patti Frankenfield, at for details. 

Afghan Refugees
Love Ukraine

Mission Trip to Ukraine

We are still collecting donations to assist a local school that is connected to Ukraine. More information to be posted here soon!

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