Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Join us as we Celebrate Our New Ministry!

The Wardens, Vestry, & Members of
Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church
Virginia Beach, Virginia
invite you to
The Celebration of New Ministry
and Installation of
The Reverend Cameron Randle
as their forty-fifth Rector
By The Right Reverend James B. Magness
Bishop Diocesan Pro Tempore of Southern Virginia
Sunday, January 26, 2020
9:30 a.m.
Lunch served following the service
Clergy: Red stoles 

Explore Celtic Christianity and social justice on pilgrimage to Ireland and Scotland

Join the Rev. Julia Messer for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Ireland and Scotland this summer, June 25 to July 7, 2020. This pilgrimage will explore Celtic Christianity and social justice and is open to all adults ages 18 and up. A trip brochure that includes a full itinerary and registration form can be found here - simply enter group number 20038. If you are interested or have any questions please contact the Rev. Julia at or 428-6763. Deposits are due by January 30, 2020.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

From the Rector: Christmas Offering

Greetings to all,
As we emerge from this Advent season of anticipation, awaiting and preparation, our minds and hearts shift toward the miracle of the Incarnation. At Christmas, we pause to ponder what it means to be present at the intersection of the human and the Divine. Even as we gather together with family and friends to celebrate birth and rebirth, we are mindful of what the nativity of Our Lord represents in our present world. Peace, joy, love, hope and light are all emblematic of His coming among us. Exactly how those Godlike characteristics are made manifest in our lives is up to us.
This year’s special Christmas Offering at Eastern Shore Chapel will be divided evenly between Kairos Prison Ministry and the Chapel Pantry. Please give generously to those who are experiencing physical hunger, food insecurity, economic anxiety and a host of other challenges. As well, we reach out to those incarcerated and confined, whose hunger for spiritual redemption and renewal is reflective of a deeply-rooted human need to be remembered, acknowledged, forgiven and loved.
Christmas Offering envelopes are in service bulletins and on the narthex tables between now and the Feast of Epiphany on January 6. Please place one with your gift of cash or check in the offering plates during any service.
May the Light of Christ illumine your life this holiday season. May the Love of God, through his newborn Son, inspire and empower us all to exemplify mercy and grace in 2020 and beyond.
With gratitude and hope,
The Rev. Cameron Randle

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Celebrate Christmas at Eastern Shore Chapel!

All is Calm, All is Bright - Seasonal music for harp and flute

Please plan to join us tomorrow evening, December 19, at 7:00 PM for All is Calm, All is Bright - a special concert of seasonal music for harp and flute featuring recording artists Barbara Chapman, Harp, and Debra Wendells Cross, Flute. Enjoy traditional Christmas favorites - Once in Royal David's City, Coventry Carol, Carol of the Bells, In Dulci Jubilo, and many more. Click here for a complete concert program and to learn more about the artists.

Stir Up Our Hearts - Advent Music and More

ESC will enjoy a very special concert on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 5:00 PM. Stir Up Our Hearts will feature ESC's own Music Director Martin Sunderland and the Sunderland family in a concert of seasonal music. Click here for the concert program.

Christmas in prison

By Lee Davis
There is nothing quite like Christmas in prison. I'll never forget the time, at a monthly reunion just before Christmas, I asked our little prayer and share group to tell me of their fondest Christmas memory. As we went around the circle, mothers and grandmothers were mostly remembered. Then we got to Gene Brooks. Old school, been down a long time; stroke victim with a partially paralyzed left side. "Oh", he said. "It was in the Richmond City Jail, a long time ago. Carolers came in and sang to us." "And," he continued, "they even gave us cookies!"

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Preparing the Heart for Hope

By The Rev. Cameron Randle, Rector

Each time I revisit the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, I become reacquainted with the power behind those words and phrases. The rare combo platter of honesty and vulnerability, the willingness to acknowledge failure and limitations, the quiet but fierce and determined resolve to push back against self-aggrandizement, all rise up to flood my sensibilities with an undeniable ring of multi-layered truth. And I’m not even an alcoholic. Especially impactful is Step #3, in which folks on the recovery trail acknowledge having “made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” That admission is premised upon affirmative action. Such a commitment comes about through a self-initiative moving in the polar opposite direction from the familiar self-centric perspective pervading most contemporary thought. The decision to abdicate, to proactively relinquish centrality, and to redirect submission of our wills to a divine imperative, is both redemptive and transformational. It is also reflective of a deeply relational stance toward the divine, toward “God as we understand Him.” Too, it points us back toward The 12 Steps as a superlative spiritual standard for all Christians, whether in recovery or not.

Ashley Cleveland’s view of God has broadened and changed over the years. Her experience as a creative woman in recovery from alcoholism and addiction has both shaped her knowledge of God and been shaped by her knowledge of God. “My understanding of God was that he was fairly distant and that he was also extremely performance-oriented,” she says of her former impressions. Over the years, she came to know God as a living presence who loves her and knows her by name. She now understands God as the ultimate source of unconditional love, which is a key ingredient in recovery. She speaks comfortably about “surrendering to the mystery of your path” and learning to accept the difference between the life we may have once envisioned versus the life we’ve come to know as our own.

At the third Sunday in Advent, we celebrate the irrepressible reality of hope. Our lives are enriched and our faith strengthened when we once again embrace God’s gift of unconditional love and comprehensive, irreversible acceptance. Author Gerald May has written, “I believe that humankind’s ongoing struggle with addiction is preparing the ground of perfect love.” Please take the opportunity to spend time with 3 x Grammy-winner Ashley Cleveland at ESC this Saturday evening and Sunday morning, as we explore together what it means to prepare the ground of perfect love. Along the way, we’re likely to learn more about the challenges, obstacles and disappointments inherent in contending with addiction and alcoholism. At the same time, we are also sure to be reminded of our status as recipients of divine hope, especially when we choose to turn both our will and our life over to the care of our creator.