News & Events


A Concert & Conversation with Rick Orozco



Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30-9 PM

Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach

Friday, Sept. 30, 6:30-9 PM

Hungars Episcopal Church in Machipongo

Hear Tejano singer/songwriter Rick Orozco share his songs and tell his story.  Rick has written several hit songs and inspirational books, as well as producing the documentary film This Is My Country (about his experiences with entrenched racism in Nashville's mainstream country music industry).

Admission is FREE but seating is limited for two special events, the first in Virginia Beach and the second on the Eastern Shore. Please call the ESC parish office at 757-428-6763 to RSVP while seats are available. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Dos Santos Food Pantry, serving the migrant worker community on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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Blessing of the Animals

​Our annual service with our extended pet family in honor of the Feast of St. Francis

Sunday, Oct. 2, 4 PM

Outdoor Chapel area

Bring your pets to our annual Blessing of the Animals service in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. The service will be held at the outdoor picnic/altar area. All are welcome!

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Peanut Season is Here!

$8/quart, limit 5 quarts per week

The Peanut Group will cook peanuts again Oct. 3 through Dec. 12, 2022. The order book is in the church office, and you also may call the office at 757-428-6763 to place your orders. To accommodate as many people as possible, orders are again being limited to 5 quarts per weekly order. As a result of your orders, the Peanut Group has been able to contribute to charities both in ESC and in the community.


You can help us to continue with this ministry through your orders and/or by joining us on Monday mornings from 9am-12pm to work with us. The majority of the group has sit-down jobs stripping the redskin peanuts of their skins (hence their title, “Strippers for the Lord”). We don’t ask for an every Monday commitment from these folks. Just come when you can. Extra hands are always welcome! We also very much could use extra hands in the kitchen. Those people do need to be there every week to cook and prepare the orders. Our hope is to get enough people to work in the kitchen so everyone has a back-up and no one has to be there every week. This group has been cooking peanuts for over 50 years, and we’d love to keep it going.

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Youth Activities for Fall/Winter


Cook Out and Calendar Preview (ESC Youth)

Sept.18, 4pm at Rev. Melody’s house

Pilgrimage Launch Meeting and Dinner

Sept. 25, 6:30pm at Old Donation church

Trail to Truth Racial Reconciliation Weekend (Diocesan Youth)

Oct. 14-16 in Richmond, VA

Cost is free but registration is required

Contact Patti Glowatsky for more info

Pumpkin Carving and S'mores (Convocation 2 Youth)

Oct. 29 at 4pm, Outdoor Chapel

Fall Weekend (Diocesan Youth)

Nov. 11-13 in Chanco

$150 per youth and registration required

Contact Patti Glowatsky for more info.

Pilgrimage Commitment Meeting

Nov. 20 at 6:30pm, Parish Hall

Youth Formation: Dinner Prep for Winter Shelter

Dec. 4 at 9:15am, ESC Kitchen

​Serve Dinner for Winter Shelter

Time TBD, ESC Kitchen & Parish Hall)


Ireland Pilgrimage Information Meeting

Sunday, Sept. 25, 6:30pm

Old Donation Great Hall

4449 N Witchduck Road


High school students and parents, please join us for an informational meeting about Ireland Pilgrimage 2023 with All Saints and Old Donation churches.

Questions? Contact Patti Glowastsky


The Faith We Sing: Hymnody Throughout the Liturgical Year

Sunday, October 9, at 4:00pm

ESC Sanctuary

An hymn festival offered by Eastern Shore Chapel Parish Choir, Galilee Episcopal Parish Choir, with ESC Ringers, Brass, Timpani, and Organ. 


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. 

Love Ukraine

Fall 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!