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Holy Week Communion in our Community

Sojourners joins with other churches for Holy Week…

Maundy Thursday
March 29 | 6 pm | First United Methodist Church
Passover Meal & Potluck | Living Last Supper Drama

Our evening will begin with a Passover Meal & Potluck Dinner. We will then move from the fellowship hall up to the sanctuary to view a dramatic interpretation of the Last Supper. Our evening will conclude with Holy Communion. If you wish to participate in the Passover Meal & Potluck Dinner, please pick up a ticket at church on Sunday, March 25. If you are not able to be in church to get a ticket, but would like to attend, please email the church office by March 26.

Good Friday
March 30 | 7 pm | Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church
Tenebrae Service & Prayer Vigil

A special service of hymns & readings that recalls Christ’s Passion and ends in darkness.

Holy Saturday Prayer Vigil
March 31 | 6-7 pm | Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church

On Holy Saturday we have been invited to join the people of Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church to participate in their prayer vigil that begins at the end of the Good Friday service until Easter Morning.

Susan has signed up for the 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM prayer slot.  She would love to have you join her for that hour of prayer.  You would just be sitting with her in the silence of that moment.

We would meet at the Hinton Avenue parking lot.

Easter Morning
April 1 | 6:30 am | Carter Mountain Orchard
Sunrise Communion Service

Wake up early and join us on top of Carter Mountain to celebrate the risen Christ!



This year Lent began on Valentine’s Day/February 14 and Easter is on April Fools’ Day/ April 1. Our theme reflects the irony of these two days bookending the holy season of Lent and Easter. Such is the humor of God.

In the past Sojourners have gathered on Wednesday evenings for special programs during Lent. While this did not happen last year, we are inviting you into a journey of spiritual practice this year. Instead of Wednesday evening…you are encouraged to come and experience Thursday evening Vespers/Evening Prayer that is hosted every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. During Lent you will hear a reflection from someone in our community during the service. Each week someone will bring a symbol that represents God’s love as they understand that and then share one foolish thing they would be willing to do for God.

Lent is a time for adding on a spiritual practice. Some people designate a day of fasting during their week. Some people eliminate a certain food from their diet. Some are intentional about a volunteer opportunity or they explore a variety of methods of prayer. While individual practice is very good for our own faith formation…gathering for a communal experience is also enriching for the journey.


“Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 awards, Brother Outsider illuminates the public and private lives of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called ‘the invisible man’ of the civil rights movement. A tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the architect of the legendary 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Brother Outsider reveals the price that Rustin paid for this honesty, chronicling both the setbacks and triumphs of his remarkable 60 year career.”

The screening of this documentary is being sponsored by the Education Committee of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective Pilgrimage to Jamestown Event. Free and open to the public on Sunday, January 28, at 3:00 pm at Sojourners.

Brother outsider

Christmas Pageant 2017

DSC_9657DSC_9644DSC_9627DSC_9643DSC_9692This year’s Mystery of Christmas was narrated by one of our children and the kids played most of the parts in the pageant as well as helping to light the Advent wreath and singing “Children, Go Where I Send Thee.” Our pastor gifted all participants, young and old, with these elf caps.


“Under the Gun”

Are you concerned about gun violence? Attend the screening of this documentary at Sojourners, December 1 at 7:00 pm. Katie Couric is the narrator and executive producer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the issue. Constructive follow-up resources and activities will be provided. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


Sunday, December 3     First Sunday of Advent    Worship and Communion 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 6     Welcome Table Holiday Potluck 6:00-7:00 pm   Sing-along 7:00-8:00 pm

Sunday, December 10    Second Sunday of Advent  Worship and new member joining 10:00 a.m.   9th Annual Advent Fair after service

Thursday, December 14     Soup Supper and ornament making (child-friendly) 5:30 p.m.    Evening Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 17    Third Sunday of Advent   Children’s Christmas pageant service 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 21     Soup Supper and ornament making (child-friendly) 5:30 p.m.     Evening Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 24      Fourth Sunday of Advent     Morning worship 10:00 a.m.      Christmas Eve service 5:00 p.m.


Latest Sanctuary Art Installation

With a water theme in mind, two church members, J. Brian McCrory and Ben King,  dreamed up and created this amazing “waterfall” you see here.  It’s a beautiful addition to our worship space. Julie Hughens, another Sojourner, designed the lovely mobile shown in the second photograph. It hangs in the center of our sanctuary.

Waterfall 1

Water mobile

Sojourners Helps Charlottesville Habitat

Seven Sojourners came out on October 7th for a work crew at Habitat’s Sunrise community in Charlottesville. Blessed with beautiful weather, our crew painted exterior walls and helped move scaffolding.   At the site we also presented Habitat representatives with a monetary donation as part of our Service and Missions Local Giving.