The threatened rains moved off into the afternoon, so the roar of motorcycle engines and the rhythm of blues from the Hard to Tell Band– who had a busy weekend – signaled the eleventh annual Josh Baughan Ride-In, after their initial date was rained out for the first time in 11 years. This

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Saturday, September 23, was warm, a perfect end of summer day as we all wait for the cooler autumn weather to creep in. The sky was clear and blue, and folks gathered at Mount Olive Baptist Church for “Down Home Day” and the 144th Church Anniversary and Homecoming Celebration. Down one side,…

It was beautiful on Sunday, July 16. The air was clear and warm, and the sky was lightly dotted with clouds as I listened to dozens of birds chirping and flitting around the trees. The raspy bark of a small housedog echoed down the street as the subtle sweet smell of pine wafted on the

Rappahannock Church of Christ held their 10th Annual Josh Baughan Ride in on June 4, 2017. This is the first ride in located at the new location in Warsaw. Many of you may wonder how they go about finding a child who needs help, I know I did. For full story pick up a copy

With Shiloh Baptist Church in Burgess’s 150th anniversary celebration fast approaching, the committee in charge of organizing the event met Friday morning to plan for the run-up to the two-day affair. The actual celebration will take place Aug. 12 and 13.On the 12th, there will be a banquet …

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The deadly February tornadoes’ effects linger on for the citizens of Essex County. Last week, Essex County’s Long Term Recovery Group teamed up with the United Methodist Core (UMCore) and local churches to repair damages to a DeSha home. The United Methodist Core organized this particular pr…

Though December 26 will mark the beginning of his twelfth pilgrimage to the Holyland, the thrill of the journey has not dulled at all for Rev. Don Bowen of Cobham Park Baptist Church in Warsaw. “I never get tired of this trip. Out of every place in the world, it is without a doubt my

Warsaw Baptist Church held a Wild Game Banquet on February 20, the proceeds of which will be split between Hunters for the Hungry, a non-profit that provides venison to people in need across Virginia, and the church’s Standing Rock Missions Team, which will visit the Standing Rock Sioux Trib…

Though produced by the church itself, Upper Essex Baptist Church’s Christmas cantata is comprised of singers from multiple counties. What started as a yearly singing program with a few members of the church’s modest congregation is now 27 members strong. The chorale group features singers fr…

Animal pets of all faiths were welcomed at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Heathsville for the annual “Blessing of the Animals” on Halloween Day.  Some of the dogs chose to wear a costume to doubly celebrate the season and the event. The Rev. Lucia Lloyd conducted the ceremony and blessed …

When missionaries Randy and Gwendolyn Ashcraft visit Smithland Baptist Church Sunday it will be a homecoming of sorts. Gwendolyn’s first home was in Heathsville when her father worked at Jones-Ash Funeral Home and her parents were members of Smithland Baptist. Although her parents, Clifford …

The Women’s Ministry of Macedonia Baptist Church, Heathsville where the Rev. Linwood T. Blizzard, II is pastor will host their 8th annual “Jewels 4 Jesus” women’s conference. It will be held on September 25 and 26, at Northumberland High School, 201 Academic Lane, Heathsville. The conference…

Here on the Northern Neck of Virginia God continues to work in glorious ways.  He is always there for us, going beyond what our prayers ask for, and even delivering solutions for our most challenging situations. A miracle that has been unfolding that stands out for us is the blending of two …

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop has been open since June of this year and business has been thriving. The church members and workers of the endeavor are taking a moment to not only thank the community for the warm welcome, but also to introduce the store to others. This Saturday, Au…

Bishop Young Jin Cho came to Melrose United Methodist Church near Lottsburg Sunday to help it celebrate its 135th anniversary Sunday. He preached on “Teach Us to Pray” after Pastor Janet F. Grissett led the congregation with an opening prayer that said, “God of our present, on this day we re…

Providence United Methodist Church on Stratford Hall Road in Montross is one of the most architecturally unique churches in the Northern Neck area.  The entire interior of the church is done in natural stained wainscoting. The craftsmen of the early part of the century left lovely work for a…

Last weekend, people from across the Northern Neck flocked to Heathsville for the annual Strawberry Festival at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  The event was so popular that, although there was parking in the large field across from the church grounds, spaces filled up within an hour of the…

The lawn of the old courthouse in Heathsville became an outdoor chapel last Thursday as people of a variety of ages, races and religious denomination gathered to celebrate the National Day of Prayer. ‘It was a great day, and it’s good for Christians to come together and pray.  I think that e…

Saturday, April 11, at 9 a.m. runners took off from the starting line of the Lisa Spiers Memorial 5K.  Kilmarnock Baptist Church organized the event to raise awareness for ocular melanoma. Matthew Tennant, the church’s pastor, said that Lisa Spiers was a member of the congregation, who passe…

The Montross Ministerial Association would like to invite our community of faith to join with us for our Annual Easter Sunrise Service. This special event will be held at Westmoreland State Park beginning at 6:00 a.m. near the boathouse. A free will offering will be taken to be used to assis…

The third annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” fundraiser sponsored by Melrose United Methodist Church (UMC) of Lottsburg took place at high noon on Saturday, March 7 at the Lewisetta Marina beach. Moments before the plunge, the floating inches of ice were broken up by ice-busters Tony Innosenti a…

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  Due to bad weather in February, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Callao has rescheduled the Economic Update Workshop to Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 PM in the church’s fellowship hall. This informative session will be presented by Vicki Thorpe and Anne Johns of Thrivent Financial and wil…

The members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church invite the community to attend Ash Wednesday Worship Service on February 18 at 5:30 p.m. and the entire family is welcome to attend.  The service will be conducted by Rev. Mike Ramming, Pastor of Good Shepherd, with the imposition of ashes offered…

On Thursday, January 29, the Kilmarnock United Methodist Church welcomed guests to its 41st Annual Spaghetti dinner. The church’s fellowship hall was decorated like an Italian restaurant, complete with red checkered tablecloths and candlelight. The spaghetti sauce recipe has such a history w…

On Saturday, December 10, Afton United Methodist Church held an Indoor Yard Sale.  The event was one of many fund raisers the church holds through the year to support the Betty Smith Gaskins Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship awards $2,000 to any second year student from Northumberland Co…

On Saturday, December 10, Afton United Methodist Church held an Indoor Yard Sale.  The event was one of many fund raisers the church holds through the year to support the Betty Smith Gaskins Memorial Scholarship.

The Twenty-sixth Annual Essex County Community Celebration of the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Angel Visit Baptist Church, Dunnsville, Virginia, the Reverend Dr. Carla E. Lightfoot, Pastor. The Reverend Dr. Steven …

The Twenty-sixth Annual Essex County Community Celebration of the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Angel Visit Baptist Church, Dunnsville, Virginia, the Reverend Dr. Carla E. Lightfoot, Pastor.

Oysters being a cool weather delicacy, Saturday was perfect for St. Stephens Episcopal Church’s annual “Oysters and Oldies” oyster roast. It wasn’t cold enough for the oyster juice to numb the fingers of those who were opening them, and the light rain wasn’t heavy enough to chase everybody i…

December 16, 2014 at 6pm: From First Baptist Church: Pre-Christmas “Feed the Community” Dinner and Fellowship Tuesday, December 16 at 6 p.m., 619 Jackson St., Colonial Beach, Rev. David Cunningham, Senior Pastor. Info: 804-224-7198.

On November 26, a dual congregation Service of Thanksgiving was held in the OA Brinkley Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.  Although multi-congregation services might be rare for most churches, it’s a regular affair for First Baptist Church and St. Stephen’s Anglican Church.  First Bap…

Warsaw Baptist Church is getting into the spirit of Christmas by hosting a luminaria night. The church’s first luminaria endeavor will take place on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The tradition of lighting luminaries on Christmas Eve is that the lights will guide the spirit of the Christ child to o…

Westmoreland County School Board Vice-Chairman Gernard Reed has his finger in many productive pies, including his involvement in a program which provides non-violent first time law offenders of 14 to 24 years of age a chance to right and re-insert themselves into their community. The pastora…

Pastor Charles V. Payton and the Morning Star Baptist Church family cordially invite you to share in the setting apart to gospel ministry for Sister Karen Ashton on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 3:00 P.M. Karen is the daughter of Margie & Ernest Ashton of Tappahannock, Virginia.

Sunday afternoon, a house of education was turned into a house of praise when the first Christian Music Contest was held in the Northumberland High School Auditorium.  The program consisted of thirteen performances by local individuals competing for first, second and third prizes. Derek Bali…

The bond between a person and a pet is like no other relationship because the communication is at its most basic.  According to Kevin E. Mackin, a Franciscan of the Holy Name Province, “the love we give to a pet, and receive from a pet, draws us into the larger circle of life.” On October

Living Water Lutheran Church and Stevie’s Ice Cream in Kilmarnock  will host an ice cream social that will include music, and opportunities for conversation and fellowship.  The community is invited to enjoy ice cream at Stevie’s Ice Cream in Kilmarnock from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, September…

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On July 31st thirty seven very excited and bright young girls from the Northern Neck and ten equally excited chaperones boarded a charter bus and traveled to New York City. This trip was the highlight of the two week 7th Annual Girls Empowerment Camp held at Macedonia Baptist Church in Heath…

Starting soon, ground will be breaking for a new site of worship in Warsaw. After recent town council meetings and a public comment session, Rappahannock Church of Christ is awaiting the final approval to move to their 38-acre property on the corner of Scott Town Road and the Rte. 3 bypass i…

At Northumberland County’s March Board of Supervisors meeting, Bart and Leslie Morrison got the go-ahead to start a Christian school at Bethany Baptist Church next September. By Friday, they didn’t know how many students Emmanuel Classical Christian Academy (ECCA) would have but they are alr…

At Northumberland County’s March Board of Supervisors meeting, Bart and Leslie Morrison got the go-ahead to start a Christian school at Bethany Baptist Church next September. By Friday, they didn’t know how many students Emmanuel Classical Christian Academy (ECCA) would have but they are alr…

Worship on “Slow Time,” March 9, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Callao Worship on “Slow Time” with Good Shepherd Church, Callao, VA, Sunday, March 9, and keep the extra hour’s sleep!  Daylight Savings Time begins Saturday night, March 8th.  DON’T change your clocks Saturday night.  DO kee…

Tucked away behind an unassuming entry gate and down a wooded drive, a unique family is flourishing in Richmond County. As free-roaming chickens peck at the ground, happy dogs bound across the yard and the sound of construction can be heard in the background, the most prevalent noise is that…

JESUS TEACHES ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS (Welcoming All People) This week’s lesson, Luke 14:7-24, includes parables that highlight Jesus’ values of fairness, humility and hospitality.  These parables illustrate how attitudes of superiority based on social status are barriers not only to good human …