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For Visitors

We welcome you as our honored guest.  Whether you are an out-of-town visitor, new to our area or seeking a church home, we're very glad that you are visiting our website.  We believe that we are a great congregation, full of welcoming people, and hope that you will find this to be true when you make a physical visit.  If, prior to a Sunday visit, you would like to come and have a midweek chat, please call and let us know (757-562-4542).   Below you will find some information which we hope will be useful:


About Sunday Worship:
The 8:00 service is a simple, said, Holy Communion service using modern language.  It is designed for people who prefer a quiet service without music.

The 10:30 service offers the best of both contemporary and traditional worship, lasts approximately an hour and includes hymns and organ music.   Between the services at 9:30, will be Christian Education (during the school year) when a light breakfast is served.  On the fourth Sunday of each month, there will be a social after the service.  This is a convenient time to get to know folks better.

Emmanuel is located at 400 North High Street in Franklin, Virginia, on the corner of Fourth Avenue and High Street. We are in the west Hampton Roads area of  Southeastern Virginia. Our phone number is 757-562-4542. Click here to open a map with easy driving directions.   Off-street parking is available in our lot located off 4th Avenue (behind the church).  Feel free to come in through the kitchen door (just like at home).


Childcare is available during the 10:30 service on Sunday mornings in the nursery, just off the Parish Hall on the main floor.  Our volunteer caregivers have completed safe-church training to provide both a safe and nurturing atmosphere for your children. We can also provide you with a pager in case your child might need you during services.  Childcare is also available for special services throughout the year.  We cherish children and welcome them in church services.  Ask the usher for a bag of crayons and coloring books from the "crayon tree".



On any Sunday, a parish member, greeter or usher will most likely recognize you as a visitor and welcome you as you enter through our doors. 

An usher will give you a bulletin which outlines the order of our service, including hymn numbers, when to stand, when to sit or kneel, etc. You will also find in each pew The Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal.   Please feel free to ask the person sitting next to you for any assistance you may need.  Restrooms are located through the door next to the hymn board.

If you receive communion in your home-church, you are welcomed to receive it at Emmanuel.  Simply come forward, following the crowd and hold out your hands.  If you don't wish to receive communion, but would like to have a blessing, please come forward and cross your arms over your chest like an X. 


On the second and fourth Sunday of the month, a coffee hour with light refreshments  ( Chat and Chew) is held after the 10:30 service. Come join us and ge to know the people of Emmanuel.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the titular leader of the Anglican Communion. In the United States, the Presiding Bishop is the "Chief Pastor and Primate" of the Episcopal Church. The current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is Katharine Jefferts-Schori. 

Emmanuel is part of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, which stretches from the beaches of the Eastern Shore to the mountains of Danville and includes the Tidewater and South-Richmond metropolitan areas.   Our diocese is rich in history and includes the first permanent English speaking settlement at Jamestown, the oldest congregation in the United States (St. John's in Hampton 1609), the oldest church building in America (St. Luke's, Smithfield 1635) as well as the colonial towns of Williamsburg and Yorktown.  Our area is blessed with great art, maritime, historical and nautical museums, as well great fun activities for children of all ages at Busch Gardens, Water Country, the Virginia Zoo, and the nearby hands-on Southampton Historical Museum. 

The Diocese of Southern Virginia is comprised of 120 parishes and more than 35,000 members who are served by 170 clergy. The Diocese was formed in 1892 when the Diocese of Virginia (one of the original nine dioceses in the Episcopal Church) was divided.  Our current Bishop is the Right Reverend Herman (Holly) Hollerith IV.  For the diocesan website click here.

The Episcopal Church embraces a diverse people united by a faith in God expressed in our common prayer life.  We utilize Scripture, reason and tradition to help us to determine what has authority in our lives. We are a diverse a church that encourages dialogue, discussion, ongoing study and active participation in the liturgy and sacraments.


For a thought-provoking video that explains the Episcopal Church to ninjas  (click here)


For the more traditional minded, the Presiding Bishop explains why you might be interested in The Episcopal Church:  (click here)


If after spending some time with us you find yourself feeling at home, you can become a member of Emmanuel Church by calling our office (757-562-4542) and speaking with our rector. He will be glad to talk with you about becoming an Episcopalian or transferring your membership from your previous faith community.


You will also want to check the announcements in our Sunday bulletin. Our other programs and fellowship activities are also all outlined here on our website.


We believe that church is a place to grow in faith while having fun.  Some activities throughout the year include: a Fall Oyster Roast, the Blessing of the Animals,  Oktoberfest, Halloween pumpkin carving, Advent wreath making, a visit from Santa, Mardi Gras dinner,  Wednesday suppers and programs during the school year,  Maundy Thursday supper, Easter egg hunt, Cinco de Mayo celebration, Pentecost picnic at the river, and Vacation Bible school (We try to have a major fun activity each month during the school year.)


For a map and directions to Emmanuel Episcopal Church , please see our "contact" page  here.   Or you may call our Parish Office    (757-562-4542) and speak to our helpful staff.  We will be happy to answer any of your questions and/or connect you with the right person for whatever question you might have.

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