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. 

   Sunday schedule

  • 8:00  Holy Eucharist RITE I - traditional no choir
  • 9:30 Sunday School - ages 4 through adult, with nursery
  • 10:30 Holy Eucharist RITE I - traditional with full choir
  • 10:30 Holy Eucharist - contemporary with children's sermon
  • 12:00-1:15 Youth Group for grades 6-9;  grades 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)

  • Advent: What's it all about?

    For December we will begin December 8 talking about Advent. We will talk intentional preparation for Christmas, devotional practices, and how to make it a holy time. For December 15 and 22, we will have open sessions of "Stump the Clergy" for discussing whatever question has been on your mind lately!

  • Wednesday nights - January is coming!

    After our full programming for Sept-November, we take a break in December. Look for announcements about January programs starting January 15. 

  • "THIRST" Pub theology outing

    January 13 at 7:00pm is our next monthly Monday night meeting at a local pub for some brews and discussion. Check back to see where we'll be meeting! Come with your theological conundrums and open minds. Beer, soft drinks and some pub snacks will fuel our discussion!

  • Advent Wreath making December 1

    Dec 1 is the first Sunday of Advent and during the Sunday School hour we will have  materials and instructions for all families to make an Advent Wreath for their home.  We supply everything you need and devotions for daily worship. 

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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