Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

“We’re All In This TOGETHER!”

Stay Home, Stay Safe & Stop the Spread

Maybe you’ve seen the commercials on TV this week with celebrities saying “We’re all in this together” – well, since we can’t be together in person during this time of self-isolation, quarantine and social distancing, we’ve made our own video to share and show one another virtually that we too are all in this together and doing the best we can during this crazy and uncertain time.

From the Rector

Dear Friends:

In light of recent CDC guidance and guidance received from the bishop yesterday, we need to practice vigilance in mask wearing at indoor services where large congregations are present to help care for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Since Clarke County continues to stay in the yellow zone for new COVID-19 cases, we will continue to only require face masks at the 10:15 service where there is a larger congregation and both choral and congregational singing.

We will continue to monitor COVID cases and of the need arises extend the mandate to our 8 and 9 am services as well per diocesan guidance. Wickliffe Homecoming (8/8) will require masks for the indoor worship service but not at the picnic outside.

Our foremost priority must be to care for all God’s children and since we don’t want to ask invasive questions about who is vaccinated and who is not, we must treat everyone the same. We have some adults who are not vaccinated and all our children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated.

I realize this may not come as welcome news to everyone, but please bear with us as we try to keep the church open and safe for all.


Vestry News

The Vestry of St. Mary’s Memorial Church is next scheduled to meet on
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 @ 1 pm in the Parish House.
The Vestry of Grace Church is next scheduled to meet on
Monday, August 16, 2021 @ 7 pm in the Conference Room.

If unable to attend the scheduled meetings, Vestry members are reminded to please alert the office/rector of your unavailability.

Clarke Parish

8 am @ Grace Episcopal Church
9 am @ St. Mary’s Memorial Church
10:15 am @ Grace Episcopal Church

We will remain on this schedule through Labor Day unless otherwise specified.

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Wickliffe Homecoming Sunday
& Parish Picnic

August 8, 2021
11 am at Wickliffe Church

Morning Prayer
(from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer)
Celebrant: Rev. Justin A. Ivatts
Assistant: Caroline Mitchell
Lay Readers: John Lincoln & Gwendolyn Malone

Because the historic Wickliffe Church property is without electricity, our Homecoming Service this week WILL NOT be live-streamed…please plan to attend in person instead.

Click HERE – Lectionary Insert for August 8, 2021
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-45

The altar flowers at Wickliffe Church are given to the glory of God by the Smith family in memory of their descendants – Agnes, Elizabeth, Wellford, Louisa, Anne, Robert and Mary Smith; Randy Hetzel; and Edward Prichard.


Virtual Worship

For those of you who still wish to join us virtually instead of attending in-person worship, the 10:15 am service at Grace Church will continue to be live-streamed each week. Please use the links below to view the service offerings. These links are permanent and will not change week after week.

Our YouTube page:

Our Facebook page:


ANY time between 10:30am & 12:30pm each Tuesday
with your beverage of choice and let’s have a chat & a prayer!
Meeting ID: 880 3038 3081
Password: 755693


Every Week at 10:30 am
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Join us each Wednesday in the sanctuary at Grace Church as we continue our discussion of C.S. Lewis’s book, Mere Christianity. In this book, Lewis explores the common ground upon which all those of the Christian faith stand together and provides an unequaled
opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
The book is readily available through Amazon booksellers – Please purchase this edition:
For those further away and those who do not feel comfortable attending in person,
we will continue offering Zoom.
Meeting ID: 836-2345-4876 / Password: 279419
(IMPORTANT NOTE – This link is for recurring meetings and will be used each Wednesday for the next 12 weeks)

Lay Reader & Acolyte Schedule
Summer 2021

Please click the link below to access the most recent schedule for summer assignments at both Grace and St. Mary’s.

CLICK HERE – July & August  2021

If scheduled, please remember to contact the office in case of conflict or unavailability and always attempt to find a substitute to swap dates with if needed.

NOTE: We are always in need of more volunteers to add to our lay reader roster at all church services. Lay reading is a wonderful opportunity to take part in the service, let your voice be heard reading scripture and prayers, and see the church from a different perspective standing at the lectern. If you would like to join this important ministry, please contact the office for more information and/or to be scheduled.

Wickliffe Church Clean-Up Day
Your help is needed!

Please join us immediately following the ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ service on July 29th and August 5th to help clean up and ready our beautiful old country church for its annual Homecoming Celebration. After Evening Prayer, we will work both inside and out but focus particular attention on the loft and rector’s room. Unlike the main sanctuary, these areas have not been used over the summer and are particularly dusty and buggy. Cleaning supplies will be on-hand, however, we really need YOU and some other volunteers willing to lend an hour to help us dust, polish, sweep, etc…

NOTE: If weather prevents OR we can’t get it all done on the 29th, our cleaning will continue on August 5th too.
NOTE: If you prefer outside work, please feel free to bring your own broom, rake, gloves, clippers, etc.

Evening Prayer at Wickliffe Church

Join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm until Labor Day weekend for a service of Evening Prayer at Wickliffe. After the service, stay for fellowship, great conversation with friends, and maybe bring your own beverage/snack to enjoy in the churchyard too.

Annual Homecoming Service and Parish Picnic at Wickliffe Church
Sunday, August 8, 2021 @ 11 am

As tradition dictates, we will again gather at Wickliffe Church on the second Sunday of August to celebrate the heritage and history of Clarke Parish at our Annual Homecoming ‘Worship at Wickliffe’ service at our beautiful, old country church. The Morning Prayer service, taken directly from the 1789 edition of the Book of Common Prayer, will begin at
11 am and be immediately followed by a potluck picnic outside underneath the shady oak trees.

Invite a friend to church this summer!
Masks required for indoor worship!

To volunteer a dish for the luncheon, please visit the online sign-up sheet posted
(user name = mcfillen / password 1610 / event name = ‘Worship at Wickliffe’ 2021

Click here to access the sign up sheet directly. 

Choral Evensong & Reception in honor of Karen Keating
Sunday, September 26th
4 pm @ Grace Church

Mark Your Calendars . . .
for a celebration to honor Dr. Karen Keating and her 22 years of music ministry in Clarke Parish. Karen (or KK, as her students know her) was to retire on Easter Day 2020 and the parish had planned a celebratory event to say “Thanks!” for her long and faithful service. Karen did retire, but the pandemic restrictions meant that we could not have a suitable celebration for her. Fast forward to 2021 — we will celebrate Karen and her ministry with us on Sunday, September 26, with a festive Choral Evensong at 4:00 pm followed by a reception. We will invite all Karen’s students, choir singers, colleagues, and friends to participate in the Evensong and we will welcome all volunteers to help with the reception. Put this very special event on your calendars, please!

NOTE: If so inclined, there is still an opportunity to contribute to ‘The Purse’ we are collecting for Karen. In honor of her retirement and years of dedicated service to Clarke Parish, we will present this special monetary gift to her during the Evensong Reception. Contributions should be sent to the church office ASAP (PO Box 678, Berryville, VA 22611)

Looking for some summertime fun?

Phil Vassar
August 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Shrine Mont, 217 Shrine Mont Circle / Orkney Springs, VA
The Shenandoah County Music Festival presents Phil Vassar on the Shrine Mont stage! Country music hitmaker Phil Vassar is a piano-pounding powerhouse on stage, with signature songs that include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including “Carlene,” ”Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Six-Pack Summer,” “When I Love You,” and many more. But Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he began recording. His songwriting career blossomed in the mid- 1990s when he landed a…
Find out more »

Black Violin
August 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Shrine Mont, 217 Shrine Mont Circle / Orkney Springs, VA
The Shenandoah County Music Festival presents Black Violin on the Shrine Mont stage! Grammy-nominated Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS & drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical & hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom,” to overcome stereotypes & encourage people of all ages, races, & economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.
Find out more »

Pickleball Weekend!
August 13 @ 4:00 pm – August 15 @ 2:00 pm
Come to Shrine Mont and learn the fun game of Pickleball.
Mark Jones is a life-long resident of Norfolk and has been relaxing at Shrine Mont with his wife, Becky for years. They are having an extended Shrine Mont vacation this year, and Mark wants to play some pickleball while in the mountains. He leads a pickleball program at his local senior center and would like to get fellow Shrine Mont guests to share in the fun.

What to expect:
– Novices will go over rules and scoring, work on fundamentals, and progress to playing matches.
– Those who have played before will do practice drills, play matches, and hopefully have a mini tournament.

What to bring:
– pickleball paddle (if you have one)
– sunscreen
– water bottle
– hat
– tennis shoes

Rates (include meals, lodging and instruction)
Double Occupancy: $199 per person
Single Occupancy: $274 per person

Christian Education
Stations of the Cross

The devotion known as ‘The Way of the Cross’ is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with the Lord’s passion and death. The number of stations, which at first varied widely, finally became fixed at fourteen. This version of the Stations of the Cross was produced by Pope John Paul II in 1991 and is based on events in scripture. It was adapted in 2017 for use at Clarke Parish by the Rev. Fran Gardiner-Smith, our then Interim Rector.

During Holy Week, please print out the beautiful coloring pages and full-text worship bulletin to use and enjoy at-home as you mindfully walk the Way of the Cross.

Click HERE – ‘Stations of the Cross’ COLORING PAGES

Click HERE – ‘Stations of the Cross’ DEVOTIONAL BULLETIN
(Full Text)

Click HERE – ‘Stations of the Cross’ DEVOTIONAL VIDEO
(St. George’s College, Jerusalem)

with our ongoing Fundraiser

These 30oz RTIC Tumblers are stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulated. Keeps drinks ice cold longer – works great for hot beverages too. The included shaded Splash Proof lid with flip-top closure resists spills and is straw-friendly. Easy to clean.

$26.50 each / Supplies are limited – Stop by the office or email Robin
at to get yours today!


Clarke Parish has initiated a new approach to stewardship! We have partnered with – a trusted platform to provide a simple, convenient and secure way to continue supporting our ministry through online giving from anywhere at any time.
Please consider this option to make pledge or one-time payment to the church. You can also set up recurring payments, and likewise you can utilize to give to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund too, by selecting from the drop down menu options. this fund helps our priest tend to the suffering, sooth the afflicted, care for the poor and help heal the sick. Your gift will help in the work of the gospel.

Virtual Pilgrimage

Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Thanks to the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary and St. George’s College, Jerusalem the dean of St. George’s College, The Very Rev Dr. Richard Sewell, leads us on a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. These four short videos can be watched at your own pace and are available to view now.

2021 Pilgrimage to Northern England

You are invited to join Wendy Oesterling and Rev. Justin Ivatts on a pilgrimage to Northern England August 2-10, 2021. Sites to be visited will include Durham Cathedral and the great university city of Durham, Lindisfarne, Whitby, Selby Abbey, Melrose Abbey and more.

Grace Episcopal Church
PO Box 678
Berryville, VA 22611

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
PO Box 252
Berryville, VA 22611