Join the Newcomer Committee!

Do you feel called to be part of the Eastern Shore Chapel team to assist clergy and welcome visitors on Sundays, help connect new members to discover what church opportunities best feeds their soul? Share what makes ESC so special with those seeking a church home. Each of us can use our time and talent in this essential ministry. Weekly Greeters are needed. We plan to meet every other month after church and at occasional Newcomer Welcome events. Please contact Craig Caulkins at or call the church office.
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.
Attention Early Risers

This may be just what you are looking for. Join us on ZOOM at 7:30 each morning (except Sunday) for Daily Morning Prayer (BCP, page 75). Or, join us live in the narthex on Thursday mornings at 7:30. The service is lay-led; all that you need is provided. Just click here to join or go to ZOOM.US and enter meeting ID 562 715 368 password John1513. It is informal and ALL are welcome. Try it... you may like it and it’s free!
Rite of Profession for Scott Vollmer

Several of us from Virginia beach will be traveling to Richmond to share this occasion with Scott Vollmer (Br. Scott-Francis). If you would like to join us contact Lee Davis,  

Brother Scott-Francis: Rite of Profession
The Community of the Gospel is a non-residential monastic community with canonical standing in The Episcopal Church. It is recognized in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Members of this body live “in the world” and hold day jobs. They devote themselves single mindedly to keeping their baptismal vows and monastic promises of prayer, study, and service.
For profession or full membership in the Community of the Gospel, candidates move through a progression of careful preparation and discernment under the guidance of a formation guide and support team. This preparation, training, and discernment—often lasting several years or more—culminates in profession as a monastic. When the Community of the Gospel moves an individual to the rite of profession, it means that this person is equipped to be a monastic and that he or she understands the mind, work, and spirit of our community.
This has been my journey, and has led me to the deeper calling by God to faith in His love and to the Community of the Gospel. This is my vocation; I offer my entire life to God and to serving Jesus. This is a choice I make to live out my life in prayer, study, and service. I am discovering my true self in the light of God’s love.

On May 23, at both Zoom and in-person services, I will profess my vows to the Community of the Gospel, to God, and to all of you. I ask your prayers and presence if you are able and available.

Your Brother in Christ,
Parish Book Store: Prayer beads by local artisan

For the confirmand, the graduate, or any seeker, the Parish Book Store has prayer beads by Kristy DiGeronimo, a local artisan. Visit us to peruse our spiritual resources. We are open Sunday at 11:30, Monday and Wednesday from 10 to 2, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 or call 425-0114 for an appointment at your convenience.
Lawn Care Volunteers Needed

Spring is coming! We are in need for new volunteers to help our teams maintain the grounds at ESC each week. Starting in April, we will be cutting the grass and tending 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!
Ongoing at ESC
Zoom with your Sunday School class!
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.
The Chapel Chimes is distributed every Wednesday.
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