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
  • 5:00 Holy Eucharist - informal with contemporary music
  • 6:00 Youth Group for grades 6-9; grades 10-12 schedule as announced monthly

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, (Oct 13), Bob+ will challenge us to think about how Paul's letters to the Galatians and Romans focus on themes that might seem foreign but apply mightily to our 21st Century world. Paul's approach might help us in bringing the Gospel into today's life.

  • Wednesday nights - ETHICS after easter

    Wednesday nights in October (16, 23, and 30) will focus on how people of the resurrection make moral choices today. We will examine what difference the Resurrection and our baptisms make to our way of thinking. Bob+ and Ashley+ lead an engaging thought about moral decision making and contemporary issues. Join us at 6:00 for supper. Discussion is 6:30-7:30. 

  • "THIRST" Pub theology outing

    October 14 is our next monthly Monday night meeting at a local pub for some brews and discussion. This month we are at Pleasure House Brewery beginning at 7:00pm. Come with your theological conundrums and open minds. Beer, soft drinks and some pub snacks will fuel our discussion!

  • Acolytes - Washington Natl cathedral

    Our acolytes and some parents are headed to the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, 12 October for the annual National Acolyte Festival. Our church bus leaves early morning for this very day of fun and workshops and worship in one of the most beautiful and impressive churches in the USA. 

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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