Rector's Forum

Every Sunday during the program year from 9:15 to 10:00, adults gather for the

Rector's Forum. The Rector’s Forum explores the Christian Life in its many aspects

e.g. spiritual practices, reading and discussing books about the church seasons such

as Advent and Lent, or reading and discussing a recent book by leading authors on

Christianity such as Being Christian by Rowan Williams.


This fall we are beginning with a series called Worship 101. Many people in the

Episcopal Church did not grow up in this tradition. Therefore, many of the practices

of the Church may seem arcane or mere fluff which they are not. Cradle Episcopalians

may have never thought about these things as in “we have always done it that way.”

Now is the time to learn about everything from albs to altars, when to sit, stand or

kneel and why, to which direction is east (a compass will not help you).


In Advent we will turn our attention to the season of expectant waiting. We will read

Richard Rohr’s devotional book Waiting for Christmas and discuss the devotions that

help us slow down and become expectant rather than hurried.

In January 2019, retired priest Stephen Wade will share thoughts and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Steve will use the weekly lectionary readings to guide us in Ignatian Spirituality, in particular what Ignatius called Examen. Once you have read scripture with Ignatius your never approach it the same way again.  





Knowledge and understanding from science; Insight and vision from poetry, Joy and ecstasy from music, Love and warmth from relationships, Laughter and mirth from humor, Inner peace and spiritual fulfillment from religion—All because we are conscious beings. We receive a little of each during a slice of temporal eternity in the patch of space wherein we live and die. For this, I am grateful to the Unfathomable Mystery to whose existence, evolution and cultural upbringing have made me sensitive.        

A prayer by V. V. Ramen


Seekers at Emmanuel are a community of people who read, watch and listen … to stimulate thinking and provide a basis for conversation to explore and exchange ideas. We meet every Tuesday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. in Emmanuel’s Parish House. Our broad objective is to explore what it means to be human, and within that to improve our knowledge, appreciation and respect of the religions, cultures and tribes that we share the planet with.  We also explore the distinctions within and between Christianity and other religions. Books and readings selected by the group often form the basis for discussion on a wide range of topics.  A recurring subject is the intersection of religion and science. 


All who share an interest in the human condition and are able to engage in conversation at 7:00 am are welcome to attend.


For more information, please contact the church office or:

Jeff Baldwin, 540-687-5535


Education for Ministry


"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same spirit, there are a variety of services, but the same Lord, there are variety of activities, but the same God activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit
for the common good."   — 1 Corinthians 12:4-7


Education for Ministry, popularly known as EfM, is a program of theological education for lay people. Students enroll one year at a time for this four-year program. We follow the academic calendar, meeting every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EfM covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology. We debate the text, when necessary, and we are not deterred by doubt.


The seminar group is the nucleus of the Education for Ministry program. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor. Through study, prayer, reflection, and vigorous dialogue EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God's kingdom.


The program is open to all committed seekers of insight into how we came to be the church we are. Participants need not be members of Emmanuel Middleburg nor even Episcopalians. What is required is a healthy interest in deepening one's understanding of the life of Christ and the Church. The reward is enriched ministry to others.


For more information, please contact the church office (540) 687-6297


Sunday School


Sunday School for children meets at 9:15 in the Parish House. However, family attendance varies so it is best to contact the church when you know you and your child(ren) will be attending so we are prepared.


In Sunday School we discuss Christian ethics such as honesty, responsibility, care for each other and the earth, and how each of us would handle everyday challenges with families, friends, neighbors and strangers in the light of Jesus’ teachings.


Everyone, no matter how “unartistic” they say they are, really enjoys sketching and larger art projects to enhance the Parish Hall, the Church and community art events. We perform in special Church services ringing hand chimes, or reading on Christmas Eve and other occasions.


We always look forward to the warm camaraderie of our group and enjoy sharing our thoughts and experiences with each other, as we all grow together in Christ.


For more information, please contact the church office (540) 687-6297