Learn at All Souls

All Souls offers many opportunities to learn in a variety of formats and days of the week. 

Adult Formation - Fall Programing

Prayer Practices – Ways to Spend Time with God:  We will be learning about a variety of ways people in our congregation use prayer to quiet themselves and to grow closer to God. We will start on September 17th to learn about the Labyrinth and hear how it can be used for meditation and prayer.  All Souls has a Labyrinth cut in the grass at the Atlee House.

Topics for other Sundays are Centering Prayer on September 24, Blessings on October 1, Body Prayer October 8, and The Lectionary on October 15.  On October 22nd we will have Morning Prayer and on the 28th a special joint service with Messiah Lutheran Church to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  We will not have Formation on those dates.

In November we will look at Prayer Beads (5), celebrate volunteers on the 12th, and on the 19th participate in an outreach project to winterize several homes in Hanover.  No formation on the 26th.

December’s Advent formation includes a workshop on the 3rd, the Daily Office on the 10th, and on the 17th we will have a joint service of Lessons and Carols with a Christmas Pageant. 

Wednesday Evening Programming

Wednesday Evening programming will resume in September with Soup and Salad Supper at 6:30 pm, followed by Book Study at 7:15 pm.This fall we will be ready Desmond Tutu's God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for our Time.  All of this happens at the Atlee House and you are invited to both dinner and book study, or just the book study.  

Children’s Ministry - will resume September 17

Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.                                                                     Matthew 19:14 NRSV

Children through the fifth grade participate in lessons that engage the curiosity, creativity and minds through thoughtful presentations and curriculums.  Our children are vitally important to the congregation and often assist with portions of our worship services with things they have learned in formation. This year Children will be looking at the books of the Old Testament.

We provide nursery care for infants through age 4 during the worship service each week. 

Youth Group

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.                                                                                  Luke 2:40 NRSV

The All Souls Youth group welcomes all youth (and their friends!) in grades 6-12.  Our youth meet at different times and places September through May for fun, fellowship, service, and study.  Their schedule is on the calendar found on this website. The Youth Group chose the name “Fusion” to represent its various members, backgrounds, and world views.  The group is open to youth from Messiah Lutheran Church and All Souls.  

The following includes some of activities planned for this year:

  • Prepare and plan an Ecumenical Service for the Week of Christian Unity in January in collaboration with Messiah Lutheran, Redeemer Roman Catholic, and Shady Grove United Methodist Church.  This year's Ecumenical Service will be at Church of the Redeemer  on Jan. 21, 2018, at 5 pm.
  • Will participate in the Fall Diocesan Youth Day Of Service, Aldie VA 
  • Will Study the Saints
  • Will go to the River, Potterfield Bridge, Brown's Island
  • Will serve as hosts and game-leaders during the Peter Paul Development Fall Party
  • Will see A Christmas Carol (One-man performance by John Hardy) 

Other opportunities to Learn and Grow

Vacation Bible School is a joint program with Messiah Lutheran Church in August.  This year's theme is "Heroes." Special this year is August 1 National Night Out with a cookout for VBS families and the neighborhood, games, prizes, and visits from the Hanover Fire and Rescue Department and Hanover Sheriff's Office. Our program includes dinner, Bible lessons, crafts and science experiments, music, and games each evening with a celebration for families on the last night.  An Adult bible study relating to the daily theme is offered each night during the children’s activity time.  Vacation Bible School this year: Monday, July 31 through Thursday, Aug. 3.  


Education for Ministry program provides people of any denomination an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service and carry out their ministries.  A weekly EfM seminar includes six to twelve participants and a trained mentor.    Through study, reflection and prayer, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom.  Weekly discussion and guided reflection create the opportunity to deepen understanding of reading assignments covering, over four years, the writing of the Old and New Testaments, and history of the church and theology.  The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship.  New class begins in October.  

As adult learners, group members are responsible for setting their own learning goals and commit to only one year at a time.  There is a cost for materials, and scholarships are available.  Several All Souls members are currently enrolled in EfM meeting at Emmanual Episcopal Church.  If you are interested in EfM, please contact Jane Dowrick, the Diocesan Coordinator, and look at the EfM Website: 



Shrine Mont, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s Shrine at Orkney Springs, VA is the location for many opportunities for youth camps, boomer camps, music festivals, and parish retreats.  All Souls traditionally has a weekend retreat in October, Friday evening through Sunday lunch, to learn, have fun, worship, eat, and enjoy the beautiful location during the spectacular turning of the leaves in the fall. A highlight of the weekend is our worship service at the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.  This year's retreat will be Friday through Sunday, October 20 - 22, 2017.  Signup information is now available and space is almost reserved for this year.  If you want to attend, contact Bev through the contact section on this website.


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