Verse of the Day

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. — 1 John 4:9 (NIV)

March 1st @ 7pm

Sara PomeroySara Pomeroy serves as Director of HR and Operations at Church Hill Activities & Tutoring, a nonprofit whose mission is the equip and serve the youth of the East End of Richmond to make transformative decisions. Before joining CHAT, Sara served as CEO and Founder of the Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI). RJI educates,, equips and mobilizes communities with the tools needed to be a force in the global movement against Human Trafficking. As Founder, Sara had the privilege of mobilizing and educating the Commonwealth’s community on the issue of modern day slavery in Virginia, and most importantly, how it can take action and affect change in our state.

She has spoken at universities, colleges, hospitals, pregnancy clinics, churches, forums, and symposiums on the issue. As the Richmond community began to take action, other communities started to take notice, which resulted in the planting of five additional Justice Initiative teams that are thriving in and greatly impacting their respective communities around the Commonwealth. Sara has also been a driving force behind improving our state’s grade by partnering with a bi-partisan coalition of the Virginia General Assembly, and advocating the passing of vital state legislation that has strengthened the ability of our commonwealth to effectively prosecute those who enslave and treat others like commodities as well as to secure rescue and safety for the oppressed. Sara is also the Virginia State Justice Advocate for International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.

Sara’s personal mission and passion is to influence and inspire young women to love deeply, lead humbly and live wholly. As an extension of her passion and calling to “Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly” as Micah 6:8 commands, became a foster mother to a beautiful 16-year-old from El Salvador. Sara was born and raised in Michigan and has currently resides in Richmond, Va.

Sara is the keynote speaker at our Ash Wednesday service. This service commences at 7pm and is designed to be interactive. There will be songs and prayers activity stations and the imposition of ashes as a sign of penance. The six Wednesday evenings following Ash Wednesday the Church offers a mid-week family program based on a study of “God of Justice”.

Lent Study course

Lent 2017 Mid-Week series         Meal at 6pm study 6:45-8:15

God of Justice by Abraham George IJM (2 chapters per week)

March 1st             7:00 pm Ash Wednesday worship and Overview

March 8th             God the Creator, Shalom and Human Justice

March 15th          How sin corrupts shalom, Personal and Systemic Justice

March 22nd          The Justice of God, Jesus Messiah – New Creation

March 29th          Pictures of the Kingdom of God, Justice and the Cross of Christ

April 5th                The Church and Justice, Pleading for Justice

April 12th             Surveying the Wreckage, The voice of the voiceless

Key Scripture Isaiah 58:6-7

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

The level of injustice in the world is staggering. The church can respond. International Justice Mission (IJM) has rescued thousands of people from oppression and violence. IJM also partners with thousands of churches to help them live out the mandate of Isaiah 1:17: to seek justice, rescue the oppressed and care for orphans and widows. Christians need to be equipped and mobilized to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are vulnerable and oppressed. The God of Justice is a twelve-session, discussion-based curriculum from IJM that explores the biblical narrative of justice throughout the whole of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Through the participatory study of Scripture, Christians will explore God’s call to engage in bringing about justice on earth. While coming to a deeper knowledge and understanding of biblical justice, participants will draw personal application for the pursuit of justice ministry in their individual lives and the wider church. Prepare to have your heart and mind engaged, to be instructed by Scripture, and to be challenged by real-life stories of people freed by the God of justice. This curriculum will help you and your church bring freedom, restoration and reconciliation to those in need. Discover how God reveals himself to those who join him on his justice journey!

Starts Thursdays

Worship Keyboard (ages 10-adult) – Spring 2017

Thursday Evening @ Church of the Word in Gainesville.

Thursday evenings:  February 9, 2017 – May 18, 2017.  (There will NOT be a class on April 13th.)

Class Times:  

8:00-8:45pm Worship Keyboard (2 years piano as a prerequisite)


  • All classes are $240.  Cost includes any books or music needed for the class.
  • There will be a concluding concert or final event at the end of the semester and possibly combined rehearsals near the end of the semester in preparation of that event.
  • A multi-family member discount is offered with $30 off for the second student and $60 off for the third (or additional) students of the same family.
  • Once the session has started, fees are non-refundable.  The price is not prorated for absences as directors will still be teaching those weeks.
  • If paying by check or direct deposits, make payable to “Creative Music, LLC” (be sure to include the LLC in the name).
  • Credit Card payments online are available.

Register: Through Musically Creative here

Makeup Lessons:  Makeup classes will be scheduled if an instructor needs to cancel a class and a substitute is not available.   If you or your child can’t make a lesson, there are not individual makeup lessons.

Children’s Ministry News

Welcome to Children’s Ministry at our Church! We are here to support families as you “train up your children in the way they should go”.
Lauren Coleman 
has been leading our Children’s ministry for 2 years. She has two small children and a background in Psychology and Education. Welcome Lauren

On Sundays, our 10:30 service has both Sunday School and nursery. Nursery is for ages 0-3 and parents may drop off children for the whole service or just for part of it. Quite a few parents enjoy letting their babies and toddlers experience worship at the beginning and communion at the end, but the choice is yours. Children in Pre-K through grade 5 leave service with their Sunday School teachers and return after the sermon and Peace. Currently, we are learning about the Gospels in our Discipleship, Jr. curriculum and the kids are having a blast as the learn Scripture. Don’t forget to join us after service so we can meet you and your kids!

Wednesday’s in Lent we will be offering programming for the whole family! After a light supper at 6pm, Children will be challenged to memorize scripture through games, crafts, and stories. The evening wraps up around 8:15.

Special Events

Parents night out is the second Friday of each month from 6-9pm. We babysit kids of all ages and offer a snack, games, crafts, and a movie. The event is free but we offer a place to leave a suggested donation of $15 per child to a different charity each month. This month proceeds will be given to ‘Generosity Feeds’.

A sign up sheet and more information is on counter at Church or  contact Lauren at

Protecting God’s Children  – We offer a training on Saturday, January 28 from 9:30-12:30. This is a required course for all children and youth volunteers as well as all staff and vestry, and is a good resource for all parents too. This covers the prevention and awareness of child abuse and safe practices for our church. Refreshments provided.

Please contact Lauren,, if you have any questions about our ministry or events!

book-md-jesus-sbb2We recommend the Jesus Storybook Bible for kids

Surprised by Scripture

New Sermon series starting Jan 8th based on ‘Surprised by Scripture’ by N.T. Wright.

Engaging Contemporary issues
Jan 8:      Healing the Divide between  Science and Religion
Jan 15:     Do We Need a Historical Adam?
Jan 22:    Can a Scientist Believe in the Resurrection?
Jan 29:    The Biblical Case for Ordination
Feb 5:     Jesus Is Coming —Plant a Tree!
Feb 12:    9/ 11, Tsunamis, and the New Problem of Evil
Feb 19:    How the Bible Reads the Modern World
Feb 26: Idolatry 2.0
Mar 5: Our Politics Are Too Small
Mar 12: How to Engage Tomorrow’s World
Mar 19: Apocalypse and the Beauty of God
Mar 26: LLVP Sunday
April 2: Becoming People of Hope


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