Learn at All Souls

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

Adult Formation - will resume September 17

The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens-- wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.                                              Isaiah 50:4, NRSV

Wednesday Evening Programming

Wednesday Evening programming will resume in September with Centering Prayer at the Atlee House.

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.

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 the first and third Sunday afternoons September through May at the Atlee House from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for fun, fellowship, service, and study.  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 Immanuel-Old Church, as well as All Souls.  ]

The following includes some of activities of the Youth Group:

  • Prepared and planned 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 Messiah Lutheran Church on Jan. 15, 5 pm.
  • Planned and participated in a Youth-Led Eucharist
  • Worked in the All Souls Community Garden and Atlee House clean up days
  • Served as hosts and game-leaders during the Peter Paul Development Fall Party
  • Participated in Sack Hunger assembly
  • Participated in All Souls’ mission project to winterize homes in Hanover County.
  • Participated in the All Souls Lessons and Carols Service

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.


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 coming.


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