St. Bride's Church
621 N. Sparrow Road; Chesapeake, VA 23325  
  (757) 420 - 7033
February 3, 2021


However we have begun to film and post services on the St. Bride's Facebook page.
The St. Brigid's Day service will be posted
 by Thursday morning.
To all the Faithful at St. Bride’s Church,

It is with great joy that I write you this letter. My wife Sophia and I have finally arrived and have hit the ground running. In normal times I would be meeting you all in person as we celebrate my new ministry as your priest-in-charge. However, because we are not able to gather physically, I am writing you this letter to share some thoughts. 

First, a little history. I grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida in a Methodist household but attended the Episcopal Church with my friends from time to time. In college I started singing in the Episcopal Church choir. Upon graduation, I took a job at a ski resort in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and worked my way up to be a ski and snowboard instructor. While living in Europe, I received the call to the priesthood. I finished out my contract and moved back to Florida to start the ordination process. I chose to attend Nashotah House Theological Seminary near Milwaukee because of its rich corporate prayer life, Anglo-Catholic practice and teaching, and to escape the heat! While at seminary, I sang in the choir, helped run our daily chapel, and facilitated the Common Room (a social space for students, faculty, staff, and all their families). It was also at seminary where I met Sophia who was obtaining her Master’s in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy in Milwaukee when a mutual friend introduced us. 

We happened to be graduating within a week of each other. So within two weeks we graduated and moved to Vermont, where we got married in her home church, Holy Resurrection of the Orthodox Church of America, a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Sophia grew up in New England and attended Gordon College in Boston for her undergraduate studies. She is currently directing the pre-college string program at Stetson University in Deland, FL, while also maintaining a full private studio. Due to the pandemic, Sophia is able to teach and direct remotely, so that she doesn’t need to commute to Florida. We enjoy rock climbing, hiking, cooking, and reading.

I have professional experience in mortgage underwriting and have worked at a variety of churches within the Episcopal Church both as a layperson and as a priest and deacon. My favorite aspect of ministry, after the awesome privilege of administering the sacraments, is teaching how our faith integrates the Bible, tradition, and community in order to bless the world. 

My vision for St. Bride’s is two-fold: first, in the short-term, the staff, vestry, and myself are doing everything in our power to continue doing the work of the church in a way that is safe, within diocesan guidelines, and true to the Anglo-Catholic heritage of this parish. We will achieve this goal through some trial and error. My long-term vision is to shepherd the parish into a new chapter of flourishing that will ensure Hampton Roads will always have St. Bride’s Church in which to worship in the beauty of holiness. 

In order to achieve these goals, the Bishop has given permission for the vestry to extend or “roll over” another year in order to make my onboarding a little easier on everyone and to give me a firmer foundation on which to start my new ministry. St Bride’s is a very special church. I am honored and humbled to be your priest.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Fr. Jesse Lassiter
Now that Fr. Jesse has arrived, we have resumed Wednesday Masses at 9AM. At this time they are restricted to Fr. Jesse and one other person or family unit per Wednesday. If you are interested in attending on Wednesday, Please make a reservation with the office or call Mary Lovell at 757-237-2503
The 2021 Flower and Candle charts have been posted.
Please call the office if you have dedications for specific dates.
In an effort to get to know the parish at a time when we can't gather, Fr. Jesse will be delivering Ordo Calendars to St. Bride's families. They will be dropped on your porch this week and next week as he has time. If you are available when he drops by feel free to say "Hi" or have a chat through the storm door.
We will be having a parking lot service!
You will park your cars but stay in them - just like a drive-in movie. Fr. Jesse will say Mass and the imposition of ashes will be included. Both the Eucharist and the ashes will be shared reverently and safely as you sit in your nice warm cars.
St. Bride's is looking for some new Ushers. Current responsibilities will be assisting attendees during the filming of Mass, and ensuring that the participants are socially distant. Ushers will also be responsible for pushing the button on an I-phone (provided) to begin recording the Mass, and stopping the recording following the postlude. Once In-Person church has resumed, usher duties will include the traditional tasks of handing out bulletins and monitoring the flow of the congregation during Communion. Please see or call Mary Lovell if you are interested.
Happy February Birthdays!
February 2 - Melodie Butt
February 9 - Andy Zepnikowski
February 11 - Rosemary Stout
Tad Zepnikowski
February 12 - Marta Williams
February 20 - Mary Lovell Swetnam
February 28 - Suzanne Byles
Happy February Anniversaries!
February 11 - Jon and Kathy Gower
Geralyn will be in the office
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
from 9am -1pm.
Mary Lovell's office hours: Wednesday 9-11.
Please call Mary Lovell at 757-237-2503, if you need anything! 
Fr. Jesse's regularly scheduled days off are Tuesday and Saturday.
Appointments available.
In case of an emergency call Fr. Jesse at 1 (386) 566-1967