About All Souls Episcopal Church

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About the People

All Souls Episcopal Church, in Mechanicsville, is a community with a diversity in thought and past religious experience.  We are a smaller church, which makes it easy to become a member of our community.  We offer opportunities for folks to find a place - even new folks - into our church by enlisting them in ways to help and contribute as people feel comfortable.  You are welcome to come only on Sunday mornings to worship but we highly recommend you do more in order to get more of what All Souls can provide for you.

Our Deacon in Charge

The Vestry is very pleased and excited to announce that Rev. Deacon Katherine G. Dougherty has accepted our call to become our Deacon in Charge.  Ordained June 10 to the Transitional Deaconate by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Rev. Deacon Dougherty will be ordained to the Priesthood in early December.  Katherine will be introduced to All Souls and Messiah on Sunday, July 16 at the 9:30 am Worship service. At 5 pm, we will give her an All Souls Welcome at our “Fun, Fellowship and Food” event at the Atlee House. We hope you will attend both.

Rev. Deacon Dougherty brings with her many talents and skills that will enhance our goals at All Souls.  Her background in both public education as a Learning Specialist and in the corporate world as an Organizational Consultant and Facilitator will be beneficial in guiding the mission of All Souls.  The vestry was impressed not only with her skills and experiences, but with her thoughtful and insightful answers to our many questions. 

While a student at Sewanee, Katherine’s summer internships were served in Virginia.  She was a Chaplain at the University of Virginia Medical Center and interned with Christ Church Episcopal in Glen Allen. She did her field education at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Tennessee.  Through these ministries, Katherine developed her skills in preaching and worship, pastoral counseling, leading parish retreats and programming.

Katherine enjoys working collaboratively in creative and loving ways to share God’s love for all in the world.  She feels fortunate to have had wonderful mentors along the way and is looking forward to beginning her ministry at All Souls Episcopal Church. 

Rev. Deacon Dougherty is excited to move to the Mechanicsville area with her rescue dog Sawyer and cat Scampers. She loves being outdoors, kayaking, art, live music, and cherishes time laughing and playing with her family and friends.

The Vestry knows that you will welcome Katherine to All Souls, and that we all will walk with her on our new journey to “Respond to God, Love Each Other, Serve in Faith.”

Please join the All Souls community at Messiah Lutheran Church on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. Messiah Lutheran is located at 8154 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.

Our Worship Space

Messiah Lutheran

The folks over at Messiah Lutheran have been kind enough to share their worship and gathering spaces with us.  We have been at Messiah Lutheran since 2012.  

The sanctuary is a beautiful worship area with great acoustics for our excellent choir.  The space also boasts a wonderful gathering hall for our meals, outreach programs and post-worship gatherings.

Our People

The Community

All Souls was founded as a mission church of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in 2003. As a relatively young congregation, we have a fresh and joyful approach to worship and ministry that allows us to be creative, flexible and inclusive.  New members are always welcome to contribute their ideas and energy as we learn and serve together, following the way of love, openness, and compassion offered to us by Jesus Christ. 

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