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)

  • Paul in the Hall for the Fall

    Our adult formation series continues on Sunday mornings in the Parish Hall at 9:30am. This week, (Nov 10), Bob+ will teach about Paul's  understanding of the Holy Spirit. Join us as we try to translate Paul into the 21st social setting. As alway, we are looking to understand Paul's approach and make the Gospel a blessing for today.

  • Wednesday nights - ETHICS after easter

    Wednesday nights in October and November are focused on how people of the resurrection make moral choices today. This week Jim Pernini and Bob+ will lead our discussion on the work of Bryan Stevenson, his "Equal Justice Initiative" and the relationship of Church and politics! It should be lively!! Join us at 6:00 for supper. Discussion is 6:30-7:30. 

  • "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!

  • Thanksgiving and community worship

    Thanksgiving Day (November 28) at 10:00AM we will give thanks to God from whom ALL blessings flow. We will celebrate the Holy Eucharist with traditional T-Day hymns and prayers. 

    Tuesday night (Nov 26) we will gather with our ecumenical partners for a community thanksgiving service. This year it is held at the "Grand Affairs" chapel, beginning at 7:00PM. You'll find Christians from many traditions, including Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, UCC,  and others. 

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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