Faith Formation Looks a Little Different Now

All Souls Church is an intergenerational church who values spiritual learning for all ages.  We often design learning around a central theme or season of the church year. 

We prize learning, seeking to know the mind and will of God through Scripture, reason, tradition and human experience.  Throughout the pandemic, we've worked to stay connected with one another and to keep engaging our faith.  

In January of 2022, we held Listening Sessions to hear what folks were missing and needing from their faith community.  One consistent response was...community...ways to safely gather and spend time with one another.  Below are a few small group options for folks. 







Children and Families

Scratch & Pray – In Lent, we remember when Jesus was out in the wilderness for 40 days.  Each day in Lent, use a coin to scratch off and find out who we will pray for today, say your prayer, and finish with “Amen!”  

The Scratch & Pray booklets are in the Narthex at Messiah or on the Breezeway
at The Atlee House.


Adult Offerings:  

Individual Offering: 

Pick up the Lenten Meditation Book in the Narthex at Messiah or on the Breezeway at The Atlee House and use it as a daily reading.

Small Group Offerings:

Women’s Reflection Group  This small group that will walk through the season together by using this year’s Lenten Mediation Book.  They will ponder the Gospel Reading from each week and share their reflections.   The group is meeting on Zoom – Sunday Nights – 7-8pm.

Centering on the Lessons  An In-Person Small Group -  This small group will meet each week in Lent to discuss the Readings from the previous Sunday and how they speak to our lives.  The group will also learn about the meditation/prayer practice called Centering Prayer and practice it throughout Lent.     Thursdays 7-8pm at The Atlee House


Small Group Opportunities for the Easter Season will be posted soon. 



Youth Group

J2A: Journey to Adulthood - Our North Richmond Regional Youth Group (Sept-May)

In the Fall of 2022, a variety of Episcopal Churches came together and formed a Regional Youth Group.  By joining together and meeting weekly, our young people meet new people and recognize that as Episcopal Churches, we are larger than just our own churches.  We are all the body of Christ.  
Middle and High School students meet on Sunday nights for dinner and then break up into their two groups.  Middle School students follow the Rite 13 Curriculum facilitated by two adult leaders.  Rite 13 focuses on recognizing the gifts God has given us, celebrating our creative potential, and learning to interact as a community of faith. 
The High School students study the Journey to Adulthood Curriculum also with two adult leaders.  Journey to Adulthood builds on what students worked with in Rite 13.  During these years, teens learn and practice six basic skills of adulthood: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research & information management, partnership and leadership. The end of the second year of J2A is marked by the group designing and going on a Holy Pilgrimage.



Other opportunities to Learn and Grow



Shrine Mont, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s Shrine at Orkney Springs, VA is the location for many opportunities for youth camps, boomer camps, music festivals, and parish retreats.  All Souls traditionally has a weekend retreat in October, Friday evening through Sunday lunch, to learn, have fun, worship, eat, and enjoy the beautiful location during the spectacular turning of the leaves in the fall. A highlight of the weekend is our worship service at the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.  


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