Will Peyton

St. Paul's Calls New Rector


The Vestry has called the Reverend William "Will" P. Peyton to be the tenth Rector of St. Paul's Memorial Church. Will has enthusiastically accepted the call and will assume duties as our Rector on February 22, 2017.  You can find the full announcement here.  You can find a letter from Will introducing himself to the parish here.



Advent Ingatherings for 2016


  • Advent 1 - Sunday, November 27: Toy Offering  
  • Advent 2 - Sunday, December 4: Boxes of cereal for the Emergency Food Network
  • Advent 3 - Sunday, December 11: Laundry detergent, razors and deodorant for the Haven
  • Angel Tree - Sunday, December 11: Please return your Angel Tree gifts by this Sunday



MaggiDawnAdvent Retreat

Saturday, December 10

St. Paul's is hosting an Advent retreat on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 a.m. – noon. This year's Advent retreat, Beginnings and Endings: a Journey Through Advent, will be led by the Rev. Dr. Maggi Dawn, Associate Dean for Marquand Chapel and Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Theology and Literature at Yale Divinity School. Ordained in the Church of England, Prof. Dawn served as a chaplain and taught theology at the University of Cambridge (UK) for a number of years after an earlier career in music.  She teaches courses on Performative Theology, and Theology and poetics in the writings of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. She is the author of numerous articles and essays as well as five books. She is also the composer of many contemporary songs and hymns. Join us for what is sure to be a creative and inspiring day as we prepare our hearts to make Him room. The retreat, sponsored by Koinonia of Charlottesville, is free and open to all. Prof. Dawn will also be our preacher on Sunday morning, December 11, at 10 a.m.

Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 18, at 10 a.m.

Our annual Christmas Pageant will be held on Sunday, December 18, during the 10 a.m. service. The format will be a "Paper Bag Pageant." All of the costumes will be in paper bags, labeled with a size. Anyone wishing to participate will get a bag with a costume. Please plan on arriving at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate (friends and visiting family included); no preparation needed.


Get Involved at St. Paul’s

  • Ministry opportunities within St. Paul's
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  • Small group opportunities at St. Paul's


The Charlottesville Clergy Collective Call to Prayer

The Charlottesville Clergy Collective issued a Call to Prayer on the Downtown Mall on Sunday afternoon, November 27. News coverage of the event (Newsplex and NBC) caught many familiar St. Paul's faces. A Newsplex interview with the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas can be found here.

Below is the text of the statement issued by the Collective:

In the wake of the contentious presidential election, we have witnessed in our country and in our community acts of hate and violence directed at vulnerable and marginalized individuals and groups. As faith leaders in Charlottesville, we believe that God calls us to speak out for justice and proclaim a message of hope. The Charlottesville Clergy Collective, a multi-denominational, multi-racial group of clergy, has gathered together leaders of many faith traditions working and engaging in ministry in this city to offer prayers for all of those who are now fearful, anxious, or threatened, and to pray for the will and courage to persevere to end the hate-filled divide in our common life. Today, we organized a Call to Prayer, inviting people from our places of worship to walk together from the west end of the Downtown Mall to the Pavilion, and we have invited many voices to offer prayers there. We want this community to know that we stand united as people of faith, and that we are devoted to seeking justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God.


Post-election statements from our Bishops

A post-election statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry can be found here.

A statement from our bishops, Shannon Johnston and Susan Goff, can be found here.

Schedule of Christmas Services

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24

5:00 p.m. –  Family service with children's sermon, carols, and the first Holy Communion of Christmas

8:00 p.m. – A quieter celebration of the Holy Eucharist with homily and carols

11:00 p.m. –  Festival celebration of the Holy Eucharist. This candlelight service begins with caroling and organ music at 10:30 p.m.

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25

10:00 a.m. –  Holy Eucharist II


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Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. Holy Communion
9:00 p.m. Compline
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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