Religion page events for Oct. 3

October 1st, 2015

Bethany Luheran
Bethany Lutheran Church will celebrate 145 years of ministry with a homecoming service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at

A blessed dedication

Stained glass artisan Charles Barone, of Bayse,  stands beside his artwork, which will be blessed by Pope Francis today. Rich Cooley/Daily

September 24th, 2015

Although his works embellish sites like Bond 45 in Times Square, the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex and Yankee Stadium, there’s one honor that stained glass artisan Charles Barone’s work has yet to receive: the pope’s blessing.

Locals get opportunity to worship at Papal Mass

September 21st, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are flocking to D.C. for the first few days of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., and a small handful of individuals from the Northern Shenandoah Valley will be amongst them to attend a landmark Mass led by the pope.

New Middletown church looking for another home

Alan Morrison

September 17th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN – Founding members of the new Christ Reigns Presbyterian Church took months of preparation to begin services this Sunday, but they’ve run into a last-minute problem — they’ve been “locked out” of the building they had rented.

SU religion professor attends interfaith seminar

August 2nd, 2015

Shenandoah University assistant professor of religion Kevin Minister will leave on Sunday for DePaul University in Chicago to attend seminars on Teaching Interfaith Understanding.

Concert will mark community center opening

July 28th, 2015

After a concert and worship with Christian rock group Third Day this Saturday, the Shenandoah Valley Coalition for Christ [SVCC] will be opening a community center in Edinburg to help provide immediate assistance to members of the community who are in need.

Songs to share

EYN Womens Fellowship Appreciation Choir sings at Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock.   Rich Cooley/Daily

July 5th, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Members of the Antioch Church of the Brethren and other Woodstock parishioners spent a recent evening listening to the songs and tales of their Nigerian fellows — tales that included accounts of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

Anniversary services stir memories at church

Pearl Jordan, of Front Royal, left, and Betty Roberts, right, look over an old photo album on display as part of Mount Vernon Baptist Church's 150th anniversary. Jordan, at 92,  is the oldest member of the church  and Roberts serves as  treasurer, pianist and organist.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 25th, 2015

Banners, posters and a wealth of record and prayer books deck the front of Mount Vernon Baptist Church as part of a 150th anniversary exhibit for the church’s series of services and celebrations.

Wider impact

Pastor Mark David Kennerly sits inside the sanctuary of  Impact Christian Church on the Loudoun Street Mall  in Winchester. Kennerly spent years as an actor before discovering a call to ministry. Starting Tuesday, he will be leading weekly acting workshops through Impact for Christ Productions.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 12th, 2015

WINCHESTER – Mark David Kennerly spent years as an actor before discovering a call to ministry. Today, Kennerly is the pastor at Impact Christian Church in Winchester, where he is working to blend his two passions. Starting June 16, he will be leading weekly acting workshops through Impact for Christ Productions.

Williams Chapel plans 122nd anniversary

Although Williams Chapel became a Christian Methodist Episcopal church in 1893, the chapel itself is is around 170 years old -- the oldest place of worship in Front Royal.
Photo courtesy of Williams Chapel CME.

June 6th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — A weekend of gospel, fellowship and good food awaits the community of Williams Chapel for the church’s 122nd anniversary. To celebrate such a long history, a handful of parishioners took it upon themselves to form a board and organize an event more involved than the parish’s annual homecoming.

Retired ambassador Hill to speak

Hugh Kenneth Hill

April 24th, 2015

Retired U.S. Ambassador Hugh Kenneth Hill will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service and again on May 3 as part of a community series of forums at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City.

A taste of Passover

Rabbi Scott Sperling explains the tradition of Passover to  congregation members at Christ Episcopal Church.  Passover begins Friday evening. Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

April 2nd, 2015

WINCHESTER—More than 40 worshippers of Christ Episcopal Church on Boscawen Street gathered in the parish office dinning room to participate in a Passover workshop led by a local Rabbi March 26.

What goes on a Seder plate?

April 1st, 2015

The following items are part of a Seder plate, according to a Passover 101 workshop handout from Rabbi Scott Sperling of Beth El Congregation in Winchester:

Passion play scheduled for Good Friday

March 27th, 2015

St. John’s Bosco Catholic Church will hold a non-denominational Passion play at its newly acquired property on Good Friday in Woodstock.

Lutherans name first area faith community nurse

March 20th, 2015

The Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries, representing more than 20 Lutheran churches in Shenandoah County, announced it has selected a local registered nurse as its first “Faith Community Nurse”.