Church of the Holy Comforter | Vienna, VA

Ash Wednesday is February 14

12:10 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (in the Sanctuary)

1:30 p.m. Drive-Thru Communion with Imposition of Ashes (in the Front Circle)

5:00 p.m. Children’s Ash Wednesday Service (in the Chapel)

Our interactive, hands-on Children’s Ash Wednesday Service is geared toward preschool and elementary school age families and explains the meaning of Ash Wednesday to everyone. Parents and kids will be able to see up close and touch the water, oil, and ashes, and all will come away learning much more our rich Christian traditions around Lent. Ashes will be offered to those who want them. All are welcome in the Chapel to experience what Ash Wednesday is all about.

7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (in the Sanctuary with Choir) *

* There will be incense at the 7:30 p.m. service.

This Lent we invite you on both an inner journey and an outer one—engage in contemplation and take action, learn new spiritual practices and share unselfish love. 

A Case for Love

Whether or not you saw the film A Case for Love on January 23, take the "Month of Unselfish Love” challenge with people all over this country. Perform an act of love each day for 30 days, and write about it in your journal.

Download the Guide & Journal

The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work

(5 sessions) Monday Nights; Feb. 5; March 4; April 8; May 6; June 3; 8:30–9:30 p.m.; Zoom (for couples)

Join our Rector, the Rev. Jon Strand for a conversation and exploration of this book for couples by John Gottman. Buy the book HERE. Drop in or come for all sessions with your significant other. Join on Zoom HERE.

12 Steps to Sanity in 2024

with Alexandra MacCracken, Lay Pastoral Care Minister

(8 sessions) Feb. 12, 19; March 11, 18; April 1, 15, 29; 7:15–8:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Discover and explore hope, thriving, and peace; using 12 Step Wisdom as a way to face the unique challenges of 2024—as well as our own life stories! For more information contact Alexandra MacCracken. Register HERE.

The Night is Long but Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing 

Book Study with the Rev. Ann Gillespie

(4 sessions) Thursday Evenings: Feb. 15, 22, 29; and March 7; 6:30 p.m. soup; 7–8 p.m. discussion; Ministry Center

Bishop Mark Stevenson’s top priorities for the Diocese of Virginia in 2024 are Jesus and Racial Healing. In her book, Catherine Meeks invites us to wrestle with Jesus’ question, “Do you want to be made well?” and offers meditations, some comforting, some challenging, as we work on ourselves before trying to fix the world. Buy the book HERE. Please read Parts One and Two for the first session. Sign up for soup HERE.

Prayer Practices with Mike Croghan

Tuesday, Feb. 20; 7:15 p.m.; Ministry Center

Come deepen your Lenten journey with a new prayer practice. This will be a special session on various contemplative ways to practice the presence of God. Try out some new ones and perhaps deepen your spiritual practices for 2024!


Harriet Tubman Pilgrimage

Saturday, February 24 (for adults and youth)

A daylong pilgrimage to Dorchester County, MD to explore the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. Tour includes a visit to the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center.

  • Cost: $150/person for bus, tour and lunch ($300 max per family).
  • Sign up HERE.
  • Pay online HERE (select "Harriet Tubman Pilgrimage" from the fund menu) or by check by Feb. 10.
  • Scholarships available—contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.

Parenting with Awareness and Spirit 

(2 sessions) Sunday, March 3 and 17; 10:30–11:30 a.m. (Sunday School hour); Ministry Center

  • Session 1: Gifts and Challenges Of Parenting. A parent panel explores the gifts and challenges of parenting in this time and place: How can/does faith and the church help?
  • Session 2: Cultivating A Spirit Of Love In Our Families. Discussion on parenting as a spiritual journey: What gets in the way? An opportunity to set a personal intention for your family.
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