St. Christopher's Newsletter
June 10 2021
Congratulations to Creighton Dunlap, Madeleine Gabalski, Alton Kirk, and John Snyder! We will celebrate them at the Parish Picnic, Saturday, June 12 at 2pm!

Creighton Dunlap
John Snyder is graduating from West Springfield High School. He will attend Christopher Newport University and plans to major in History, with the goal of becoming a history teacher.
Alton Kirk is graduating from West Springfield High School. He will attend James Madison University to study Chemistry!

Madeleine Gabalski is graduating this year from Colgan High School and the Commonwealth’s Governor’s School from George Mason University. She will be attending James Madison University in the fall of 2021.
A Message from Mother Carey
Good News St. Christopher’s - The Fairfax County Covid Map is in the Green!

The new infection rate is extremely low, which is such good news for our community. And while we celebrate this huge achievement, we will remain vigilant as we care for those among us who have not yet or could not be vaccinated.

At the 8 am Outdoor service:
·       Masks are optional at the 8 am Outdoor service. Please socially distance.
·       No pre-sign up needed.
At the 10:30 am Indoor service:
·       Masks are required at the 10:30 service Indoor service. Social distancing continues for now.
·       No pre-sign up required.
·       We can Sing behind our masks! Hymnals are in the pews!!
·       The Communion wafer can be placed in your hand by the clergy with sanitized hands.
·       Meetings of our AA groups and other 12 Step groups can resume as they are ready, following our protocols.
·       Small meetings can resume in well ventilated spaces. Please wear your mask as you move about the building.

Kids - Mother Carey Needs Your Help with the Children’s Sermon! Join her up front before the “other” sermon.

Mother Carey
Marifran's Musings as Senior Warden
The Vestry meets every month for Bible study and to discuss and make decisions regarding the parish of St. Christopher’s. These meetings are lively and informative as everyone has a deep love for St. Christopher’s and for doing what God asks us to do. Highlights from June’s meeting include discussing when and how the Vestry could meet in person; having a vestry retreat (usually held at the beginning of the year, but postponed this year because of the pandemic); approving a letter of support for Trish Taylor’s candidacy for Holy Orders; cutting down dead trees; reporting of our budget; beginning plans for celebrations of life for those who have gone from us this past year; planning for summer movie nights; accepting Danny Gorham, Kevin Frear, and Marifran Bustion as Trustees; discussing plans to extend the preschool hours to include lunch time; and expressing concerns for families with young children and how to bring them back to worship and fun. Much is happening at St. Christopher’s and I encourage everyone not only to attend our many worship services, but also attend and support our fun and work activities. 

Marifran Bustion,
Holy Hikes and Parish Peddlers
Calling all hikers and bikers. St. Christopher’s is pleased to announce that it’s launching a “Holy Hikes” and “Parish Peddlers” group. Our first hike will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 26, starting at the Lake Accotink parking lot and walking around the lake – about 3.8 miles. Then, our premier bike ride will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 3, from the St. C’s parking lot. We’ll pedal from the parish, down to the Cross County Trail and up to and around Lake Accotink and back – about seven miles.
We plan to make this a monthly activity, staging either a “Holy Hike” or “Parish Pedal” the first Saturday of every month. All ages and skill levels are welcome. The more, the merrier. “I led hikes and bike rides like this when we were at Christ Church in Alexandria,” said Jim Bradshaw, who is organizing the events. “They were a lot of fun.” Jim and three others will rotate leading the hikes and rides, including Hap Connors, Niki Purkoski and John Quinn. Hope you can join us. And, if you would like to lead a trek or bike ride this year, please let us know. For more information, contact Jim at See you soon!

50 Days of Bible Study
Tuesdays at 7pm

A Journey Through Acts is part of a series of 50 Day Bible studies and is an extension of The Bible Challenge, a global initiative to encourage daily engagement with the Word of God."

The Book of Acts shares the story of the birth of the Christian church, connecting the earliest followers of Jesus to Christians 2,000 years later. On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit breathes new life into followers of “The Way,” the community of Jesus' disciples, and empowers them to share the Good News of God in Christ. Join the journey through Acts and follow in the footsteps of the apostles Peter and Paul and many others such as Barnabas and Lydia, all bearing witness to Jesus' saving grace. Featuring fifty days of scripture and reflections by spiritual leaders from around the world.

Led by Meredith Carlton and Mother Carey, starting Tuesday, June 15 at 7pm to August 3, 2021 via zoom. (links will be sent out the day of)

If you like to purchase the Book for the Bible Study on Tuesday's at 7 pm, please click here:

Weekday Worship Services:
Compline with Meredith Maple
Thursdays at 7PM!
All are Welcome!
Zoom Invite Links will be sent out the day of.

Wednesday Morning Prayer and Conversation with Mother Carey at 9:30 AM
We meet each Wednesday online at 9:30 am for morning prayer and conversation. We hope to see you there! 
Zoom Invite Link will be sent out the day of.
Movie Night on the Lawn
Location: Hanover Parking Lot & Grounds (weather permitting)
Friday, June 25 at 7:30 PM

We will be streaming "Soul" a Disney Pixar movie on the screen. Bring your
own lawn blankets and portable chairs, and relax on the lawn while you enjoy the movie, and the nice weather.

Pack a cooler of food, snacks, beverages and we will provide the popcorn.

If you like to volunteer to help set up AV equipment, screens and make popcorn, please email Dani Gudakunst,, or Nina Miller,

Are you coming to our event? (Movie Night on the lawn)
St. Christopher's Hanover Avenue Parking Lot

06/25/21 7:30am - 06/25/21 9:30pm

What is it that makes you...YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film SOUL introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx)
I'll be there!
I can't make it
Shrine Mont Camps Are Coming Up! We Need Your Help in 3 Ways
After a long year of separation, spending a week or so at camp is a wonderful way to return to community and remember how much you are beloved by God. The staff and leadership of Shrine Mont Camps is thrilled to be preparing for a wonderful summer of friendship, personal growth, and faith formation on "The Mountain" in just a few weeks.
Many of our spaces have filled for the summer, but there are still some open spots, and we want to invite you to help us reach people who could really use some time away on the mountainHere are three ways you can help our Camping Ministry reach as many people as possible this summer:

  1. Invite a family or group to register for a Family Weekend. Family Weekends occur every Wednesday-Sunday throughout the month of July. The daily program will include a mixture of organized activities for people of all ages, simple and accessible worship services, and a collection of activities that families can do independently. This is a chance to take a mini-vacation to the mountains with fun opportunities available but nothing required. At Shrine Mont, family looks like many things -- so this is a great opportunity for grandparents to "camp" with their grandchildren, for friendship groups to "camp" together on a friend-cation, or for any group of people to come together. Did your parish retreat have to get cancelled this year? Invite your families to go to a Family Weekend together this summer! Do you know of a family who has had a difficult time this year? Invite them to join a Family Weekend, where they can relax and reconnect in a new way. Abundant scholarships are available, and we would be thrilled to establish a "bulk rate" for your congregation if that is helpful.

  1. Send a child to camp! Camp for children ages 8-14 will run each week in July, from Sunday through Friday. The daily program will be safe, fun, and a wonderful way for young people to reconnect with their peers. While many spaces are already filled, we still have room for more campers. Do you know a young person who could use a week in a supportive, fun, and loving environment? Email Paris Ball and we can help families get their campers signed up. Cost should not prohibit kids from enjoying camp, so please ask us about scholarships as needed.

  1. Help us recruit a male cabin counselor.  Our staff is nearly complete, but we need two more male cabin staff. They should be 18+ years old and available from June 20 through either July 17 or August 1. Prior childcare experience is not required, prior camp attendance is not required. We seek kind, dedicated, caring individuals who are interested in working with their peers and young people -- we will train them on the rest!

For more details on all this and more, please see our website. If these ideas spark your interest or curiosity, contact Paris Ball directly so we can work together. The leadership and camp staff have been working hard for months to ensure that this summer is going to be safe, healthy, and a wonderful return to community, creation, and the experience of loving community. Help our Diocese make sure that every person is able to participate.