At left, Culpeper Town Councilman Frank Reaves recently presents a donation, on behalf of the Culpeper Mid Day Lions, to Antioch Baptist Church Health Ministry in for its annual Back to School Jam to benefit needy children in Culpeper..

Health Fair

Antioch Baptist Church of Madison will host a Community Health Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, with a theme of, “Every Kid Better.”

There will be health screenings, flu shots, a motivational speaker for youth, health presentations, information tables, an inflatable, food and more. Organizations wishing to participate should call Tammy at 540/308-8699.

Sunday worship

All are welcome for Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. with Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, at Culpeper Christian School, 810 Old Rixeyville Rd., Culpeper. No ties, coats or gowns, as dress is casual.

This Sunday, August 11 guest pastor Joe Magri from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville will give the sermon. Infant nursery will be available. See for information.

Clothing giveaway

Overflow Ministries will be giving away free clothes form 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, August 10 at New Harvest Christian Fellowship, 16144 Waterloo Rd. in Amissville. There will be clothes for infants, children and adults, all ready to wear.

Wednesday night

revival services

Beulah Baptist will continue this month’s Wednesday night revival services at 7:30 p.m. on August 14 with the Rev. John Saunders of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Orange.

On August 21, the Rev. Harrison Williams of Shiloh Baptist Church of Standardsville will be the guest preacher and on August 28, the Rev. Sanford Reaves of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Locust Grove. For information, contact Pastor Kenneth Pitts at or 540/937-5563.

Conversations for

the chronically ill

A guided conversation, A Refreshing for the Chronically Ill, will be held 2 to 3:30 p.m. on August 12 at Spiritual Care Support Ministries, 76 West Shirley Ave. in Warrenton.

Come be encouraged and refreshed. In these guided conversations, participants will meet others who are experiencing similar struggles and will no longer feel alone. RSVP at 540/349-5814. See for information.

Homecoming celebration

Richardsville United Methodist Church will celebrate Homecoming this Sunday, August 11. Special music will begin at 10:30 a.m. by the Dust Cutters.

Rev. Danny Kesner will lead the worship service at 11:00. Lunch will follow.

Annual Homecoming

Slate Mills Baptist Church will host its Annual Homecoming Service at 11 a.m. this Sunday, August 11, followed by lunch. Pastor Guy Mattox Jr. will be the guest speaker. All are welcome.

Witness & Lament interfaith vigil

Temple Beth-El, in partnership with local churches, mosques, synagogues, and community organizations, is inviting people of all faiths and backgrounds to stand together in front of the Richmond synagogue at 4 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 11 to hear from faith leaders, public policy advocates, and community members, and to sing lamentations, stand with those impacted, and call for a new vision of healing and justice.

August 11 is Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, marking the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile that followed, according to a news release. This year, Tisha B’Av falls amidst the backdrop of a modern-day crisis: asylum seekers denied refuge and kept in unthinkable conditions, families separated and children locked in cages, and immigrant communities under perpetual threat of deportation, the release stated.

Synagogues across the country are organizing similar interfaith events this Sunday, the release stated. The Richmond temple is located at 3330 Grove Ave. All faiths and backgrounds are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to wear black or attire that reflects their culture’s mourning practices.

Youth & Youth

Worker’s Retreat

The Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association will host a Youth and Youth Worker’s Retreat 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the center in Rixeyville.

The retreat is designed for youth ages 8-18 and there will be a class for Church Youth workers. Registration is $10 per person, including breakfast and lunch.

Young people and youth workers interested in attending should contact Pastor Adrian Sledge through Facebook messenger or The deadline to register is August 30.

The Art of Parenting

An eight-week, small group Family Life series, “Art of Parenting,” will continue 6 to 8 p.m. on consecutive Sunday evenings through August 25 at Stevensburg Baptist Church, 19393 York Rd. in Culpeper County. This is a video-driven series designed to help parents raise their children from a biblical foundation. Anyone willing to invest time and effort in their parenting approach will benefit.

For information or to register, contact the church at 540/399-1066 or

Sermon: Be Still—Mindful, Not Mindless

Mountain View Community Church holds services at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Sundays with an August 11 sermon topic of, “Be Still – Mindful, Not Mindless.”

The 10 a.m. service is live streamed at Children’s programs for birth through 5th grade at 16088 Rogers Rd., behind Brusters Ice Cream in Culpeper. Small groups also meeting during the week. For information, contact 540/727-0297.

Sunday School

for All Ages

Sunday school for all ages at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church begins September 8. Registration is now open at

Grab a cup of coffee at 9 a.m. each Sunday for Adult Sunday School; children gather at the same time for age appropriate lessons and activities. Childcare will be available each Sunday between 9 a.m. and noon at the church, 115 N. East St. in downtown Culpeper. For information, contact 540/825-8786 or Church parking is at 120 N. Commerce St.

Methodist Men breakfast

Amissville United Methodist Men will serve breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. on August 17 in the fellowship hall of the church, 14760 Lee Highway in Amissville. Donations are accepted with proceeds used in service to others.

The church holds Sunday School at 9 a.m. and worship service at 10 a.m. on Sundays. At 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, the church hosts Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the fellowship hall. At 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays, the church hosts Al-Anon meetings. For information, contact 540/937-4672.

Restore Culpeper

The Restore Culpeper Addiction Restoration Outreach group meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays at The Refinery, 120 W. Culpeper St. in downtown Culpeper.

This Christ-centered, 12-step program is for those who are struggling with addictions and also family members who travel that journey with them. All are welcome to come.

Volunteers are also needed to help out with this ministry. For information, contact

Former Chesapeake church opens

as Hindu temple

A Hindu temple, Shree Swaminarayan Temple Virginia, had its grand opening recently with ancient sacred Hindu rituals, after renovating a building which once housed Grace Bible Church in Chesapeake, according to a news release from Hindu statesman Rajan Zed.

The Virginia site is the eighth temple in North American of India-based Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. Others are in California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey and Ontario.

The three-day elaborate opening ceremonies included yagna, aartis, devotional dances, singing, prayers, installation of murtis, ceremonial weighing of murtis with silver, samuh raas, kirtan, cultural performances, scripture recital, etc. A Peace Parade procession organized on the occasion, including a chariot and lead by bagpipe band, passed through Chesapeake streets with various road closings. Hundreds of devotees, sants and others from across North America and abroad, including Chesapeake Mayor Dr. Richard W. “Rick” West, participated, the release stated.

Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada last week, commended efforts of the Sansthan, temple leaders and area community towards realizing this temple complex. President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Zed further stated that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in a consumerist society. He said he hoped the new temple would help in this direction.

Sansthan, dating to 1781, “is the worldwide centre for spiritual, cultural and social welfare” and undertakes community, charitable and educational activities, the release stated. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.1 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in the United States.

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