Corporate Worship Restrictions Lifted

Following a meeting with health advisers this past Monday, Bishop Susan Haynes has lifted most all pandemic-related restrictions and returned decision making to the rectors and vestries of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Eastern Shore Chapel’s vestry and clergy will meet on Tuesday, May 25 to determine new, long term policies for public worship after this Sunday, May 23.

For Pentecost Sunday, May 23 only, the following temporary guidelines will apply:
  1. No registration is required. Please arrive early to ensure available seating in the sanctuary.
  2. Masks will be required.
  3. Physical distancing will not be mandated.
  4. Congregational singing is not yet permitted.
  5. The parish hall will be open for live stream viewing for those who are uncomfortable being in less than 6 feet proximity to others in the sanctuary.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during an uncharted time of transition. Details about the new policies for public worship will be conveyed to the parish following next Tuesday’s vestry meeting.

In the meantime, please know that we will return once again to an 8 AM Rite I Eucharist (in addition to the current 10:30 AM Rite II service) each Sunday morning, beginning Sunday, June 6.

Again, thanks and blessings for your patience and faithfulness.

The Rev. Cameron Randle, Rector
Children's Chapel on Pentecost!

We are so excited to host Children’s Chapel on Pentecost! Sunday, May 23 during the service, (weather permitting*) children ages 3 through first grade will be invited to attend Children's Chapel. Children and leaders will leave during the singing of the Gloria, and follow the banner to the outdoor chapel for a short service. Children and leaders will be required to wear masks, utilize hand sanitizer before and after gathering, and maintain six feet of social distance as best they can. They will return to their parents at the Peace.

If you would like your child(ren) to attend please click here to fill out a pre-registration form. If you have multiple children wishing to attend please fill out one form per child. Thank you.

Click here for an “At Home” resource for a Pentecost party to celebrate the birthday of the church with related links, resources and crafts.  
Last Sunday School gatherings before summer break

This Sunday, May 23, will be the last Sunday school for Godly Play, 2nd-5th graders and middle school youth. It has been an amazing year and we are proud of everyone’s willingness to adapt as they continued to participate. There will be an announcement about summer plans and what formation will look like in the fall coming soon. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering in the fall, please contact Patti Glowatsky at
Join the Flower Guild

If anyone is interested in joining the ESC Flower Guild, we would be happy to share tips on arranging. With your help, we can continue the tradition of making our altar beautiful. Please contact: Boyd MacIver, 757 481-9234 (home), 757 291-4601 (mobile); or Charlotte Marriott, 757 481-3756 (home), 757 621-5760 (mobile). Thank you!
Summertime Gardening

Isn’t it wonderful to tend your vegetable garden in the summertime and to enjoy the fruits of your labor? Isn’t it fulfilling to watch the garden grow?

You can reap an even more bountiful harvest with proper tending of your spiritual garden! Just like the garden in your yard, the garden in your heart needs tending too! Water that space with the Word, pull weeds with the Good News and fertilize with fellowship.
You can get tips from other gardeners, see what they are doing to cultivate that spiritual place in their hearts and you can start your day reinvigorated with a fresh feeling of His presence.

Join us for Spiritual Gardening 101 every morning at 7:30 on ZOOM (click here to join) or in the narthex Thursday morning. Informal, come as you are, just be there. This is food for the soul.  Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Over 7000 Memorial Flags to be placed this year

Shortly after 9/11, ESC decided to honor the war casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq by placing flags on the front lawn of the church from Memorial Day through July 4th of each year. This tradition has continued annually with now 7038 flags to be placed in 2021. This year a Memorial Service will be conducted in front of the church on Sunday, May 30, following the regularly scheduled church service in order to read and memorialize those honored dead since 2019. Afterward, the flags will be placed on the front lawn.
Parish Book Store Book Group selects their next read

The Parish Book Store Book Group has chosen its next book for discussion, Meet Me at the Museum, a novel and a departure from other books discussed. The Guardian calls the book, “a tender exploration of what it means to have experienced a life well lived.” The book is available at the Parish Book Store and on our website, Join us as we explore this very different genre.
Parish Day School: Butterfly release

Tuesday and Wednesday our students are participating in our annual Butterfly Release. Classes gather on the grounds behind the sanctuary to set the butterflies free. Our classrooms have been caring for these butterflies since they were caterpillars. Students watch quietly to see where the butterflies will land as they are released from the nets. Some of the butterflies land on the teachers, some land on the grass, and some fly into the bushes and trees around us. Our children giggle and dance in excitement as they watch these butterflies spread their wings and fly!
Ongoing at ESC
Zoom with your Sunday School class! - May 23 is the last gathering before summer break!
Join friends and teachers, by Zoom, as they meet and discuss lessons from this year’s curriculum – Feasting on the Word. Confirmation classes for students in the Senior High Class meet on the first and third Sundays of the month during the regular Sunday School hour at 9:10 a.m. Classes on the second and fourth Sundays include Lectionary based topics. To discuss formation needs or other questions, please contact Patti Glowatsky (, Director of Family Formation:
Morning Prayer Opportunities
Every morning (except Sunday) Morning Prayer Rite II from the Daily Office (BCP page 75) is available live online via ZOOM. The routine of daily Morning Prayer is foundational; it starts your day with recognition of the blessings that/who surround us and leads us through prayers for the church and for the world. It is led by lay folk - no previous experience is necessary and everything needed is provided (that is except for you of course). ZOOM is opened for pre-prayer conversation around 7:00, the service begins promptly at 7:30 and is completed by 8:00. Thursday mornings you may attend in person in the narthex or ZOOM. Simply click here to join. This opportunity is open to all, and that means ALL! Try it, we will all be made richer by your presence.
Prayer Cards for Deployed Service Members
If you would like a prayer card sent to your deployed service member please contact Bill Hunter at or 757-402-6384. Please let Bill know if deployed military members have returned so that he can welcome them back and remove them from the deployed military prayer list. Sponsors should contact Bill with contact info for formerly deployed members.
Lawn Care Volunteers Needed
Spring is coming! We are in need of volunteers to help our teams maintain the grounds at ESC each week. Starting in April, we cut the grass and tend to the lawn weekly into the summer months. Volunteers are needed to assist on Friday late afternoon and early evening or on Saturday morning depending on which team you’re on. If you are interested in joining our dynamic Lawn Crew team, please contact Rod Gilmour by calling 757-613-0448 or email at Please consider sharing your time and talent by joining this important ministry!
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