Welcome to Old Donation

We've been here for 383 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.


The outbreak of disease (COVID-19) has caused us to make significant changes to our programs for health and safety.  We have temporarily eliminated most of our in-person meetings, Sunday School classes, youth and children's programs and young adult meetings. 


However we are expanding our online offerings, holding Bible studies with ZOOM, and continuing outreach ministries with all the best safety and health measures to assure minimal risk.  This virus will not stop us from BEING the CHURCH in this world, though our methods and patterns are adapted.  Stay tuned!


Click for a Message from our Rector about how we will worship as we re-gather.

RE-OPEN for WORSHIP! 

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Safely: 'in-person' and online

Guided by the best medical advice, Old Donation "re-gathers" for in-person worship, as well as maintaining online worship.  All "in-person" services will require masks and social distancing, no congregational singing, temperature checks and minimal opportunities for disease transmission.  With limited seating for 8:00am, advance reservations are required because the church will likely be full most Sundays. 

Our NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE is:
  • 8:00am  Holy Eucharist - no choir
  • 10:00am Holy Eucharist -  Outdoor with full choir and Gathering band providing music
  • 11:30am Streamed worship over Facebook Live and available on YouTube
  • 5:00pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II, no music

Click for full information about our Sunday in-person services.


Weekdays:

Monday through Friday at Noon on Facebook Live:  A short service of prayers, Holy Scripture, and reflection.


Some Wednesdays at 7:00pm on Facebook Live: "Kairos & Convo" is an hour of holy conversation.  Some weeks we will have a guest to update the parish. Others it is simply 'ask anything' of the clergy. 


To find these online offerings:

Our FACEBOOK page

Our YouTube Channel

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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