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Parish Life

The Abingdon congregation gathers frequently for social events in the true meaning of the word “church”: assembly as the Lord’s. While living out our baptismal vows, we assemble for fellowship, ministry, inspiration, and outreach. In the ministry of “showing up,” grace abounds.

Our community has opportunities to gather together on a regular basis. We gather weekly for worship as well as special events such as confirmation, baptisms, monthly Celtic worship, and a mass on the grass for July 4th. Our coffee hour is held between the Sunday services to give congregants a chance to mingle, hear announcements and have refreshments. 

Seasonal events, especially Advent and Lenten programs, are educational, experiential and varied.
We celebrate with an Epiphany bonfire from the greens from the Christmas season, the Blessing of the Animals and a Halloween Trunk or Treat event for the children. Our Easter Vigil at the Yorktown beach combines worship and planning in a community of faith with other area churches.

The Christian formation program is another gathering point. Youth and adults have Sunday morning classes during the school year. A multi-parish Education for Ministry is offered on Tuesday afternoons, with mentors, as a four-year adult educational program from the University of the South. Vacation Bible School is a joyful and exuberant week every June, open to our children, their friends, and others in the community.

We party annually with the Men’s Club for a Pig Roast in the spring and an Oyster Roast in the fall to raise money for high school scholarships. The church community has other chances to get to know one another while working on many ministry tasks. Outreach opportunities include providing Meals on Wheels on holidays and Abingdon School children’s Panther Packs, celebrating nursing home communion, and organizing parties at Cary Avenue Home adult care facility. 

Our ministries reach out to others in the area as we also gather together. Our music program is well known for its quality and the Arts at Abingdon concert series invites the Gloucester community to join us to experience cultural events each year. In a different way, our annual community Thanksgiving dinner, prepared and served by members of the church, brings us together and provides a holiday meal for anyone who wishes to come as well as to Meals on Wheels recipients.

And we work together for Abingdon’s benefit. We gladly work hard together on regular church yard and graveyard clean up days. Members offer hospitality by organizing receptions for special worship and for the Bishop’s visit.