A word on Coronavirus

Our world seems upside down with the rapid world-wide spread of the Coronavirus disrupting life. People of faith have lived through  similar and worse, so as St. Paul would say, we are never without hope. 

Out of love for our neighbors, we are joining the public health calls for minimizing any gatherings where the virus has increased opportunity to spread. From now until further notification, all gatherings for worship, study, or community are cancelled. Our offices are closed. Our Day School, like the Virginia Beach Public Schools, is closed. 

We are continuing to offer worship, prayers, and Bible studies through the use of online technology. If you go to our FaceBook page or our YouTube channel you will find many reflections and worship videos. Every Sunday at 10:30am, and every weekday at noon, we have worship with a sermon on FaceBook Live.  Say your prayers for those who are ill and for those working for healing and health.  

Welcome to Old Donation

We've been here for 382 years, so we know what it means to be a living, faithful Christian community. Established in 1637 as the first church in what is now VA Beach, Old Donation has survived and thrived through wars, fires, floods and just about any calamity you can imagine. 

Yet here we are in the 21st Century, more vibrant and full of life than ever. God's Spirit continues to be our guide and our strength. God's hope keeps us looking forward. God's wisdom enables us to hold on to what is ancient while always being relevant in today's world.

Click for a Message from our Rector regarding the Coronovirus.

Join us on Facebook weekdays at Noon

Join us on Facebook Sundays at 10:30am

You can also find  months of worship and sermons on our YouTube Channel. 

   Sunday schedule

  • 11 April 2020: Please Note! ALL worship services, meetings, and studies are being held "on-line"  for now. All group parish activities, and outside group meetings  are cancelled until further notice, due to COVID-19. Until we can gather together in person again:
Join us on Facebook weekdays at Noon.
Join us on Facebook Sundays at 10:30am.

Our NORMAL schedule is:
  • 8:00  Holy Eucharist RITE I - traditional no choir
  • 9:30 Sunday School - ages 4 through adult, with nursery
  • 10:30 Holy Eucharist RITE II - traditional with full choir
  • 10:30 Holy Eucharist - contemporary with children's sermon
  • Youth Group for grades 6-9; and 10-12 schedule as announced monthly
  • 5:00 Holy Eucharist - informal with contemporary music

Click here for a description of each of the worship offerings. 

This week at Old Donation

In addition to our regular schedule, there are always special events and plans. Below are some for the next week or so... (for a full calendar, click here)

  • Wednesday nights

    Wednesday night Studies and Sunday morning Formation offerings have been cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. Please check back for offerings in late April!

  • "THIRST" Pub theology outing

    July 13  at 7:00pm is our next monthly Monday night meeting at a local pub for some brews and discussion. We usually meet at Pleasure House Brewing! Come with your theological conundrums and open minds. Beer, soft drinks and some pub snacks will fuel our discussion.

  • Sunday mornings - Transforming life: Walking with Jesus through Scriptures of Easter Vigil - The way of love

    The readings for Easter Vigil recount all of Salvation History, from the Garden of Eden to the Resurrection. Each week we will use the spiritual disciplines to see how they provide a way for us that will lead to transformed life. Ashley and Bob in the Parish Hall from 9:30-10:15 on Sundays.

What we are all about

Our mission is nothing less than making the world be more like Heaven. God's dream, as we see in Holy Scripture, is for a world where people work together peacefully, seeking justice and wholeness. We want to be more like Jesus. In fact, our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, describes what we are seeking:  the "Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement."    

Old Donation is large enough to have something for everyone, yet feels like a comfortable family where you are included, needed, and your gifts can make a difference. We are a community of about 800 friends trying to be God's people.

Our mission statement puts it this way:

Old Donation is a Family:

Welcoming all

Growing in God’s love

Joyfully worshipping Jesus Christ

Serving in the power of the Spirit

New to Old Donation,

or new to

The Episcopal Church?

Walking into any new Church can sometimes be a little daunting. Let us assure you that you will be among friends here. People tell us that it feels more like "coming home" when they make their first visit. Because our parish continues to grow with new members, you will be sitting with some folks who've been here for 70 years and others who just showed up last month. Every church has its own traditions, but we try to make it easy for you to join in and worship, learn and serve.  

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