Annual Pohick Church Events
The following is a partial list of the many
annual activities of Pohick Church, which are in
addition to the worship services that make up our liturgical year. These follow the
traditional Christian calendar which includes the seasons of Advent (Dec), Christmas
(DecJan), Epiphany (JanFeb/March), Lent (Feb/MarchMarch/April), Easter
(March/AprilMay/June) and Pentecost (May/JuneNov).
Crab Feast. Pohick Church holds its Crab Feast each year in the Parish House on the Saturday after Labor Day. The menu includes: Steamed Crabs, Fried Fish, Boiled Shrimp, Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad, as well as Hot Dogs for the kids. Soda and other Beverages are also on sale. The Pohick Pickers, our accomplished folk ensemble, provides sprightly entertainment for the hundreds who attend this wonderful time of fellowship, whose proceeds benefit a number of Outreach projects underwritten by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. View an article about the 2010 Crab Feast.
Apple Butter. On the third Saturday and Sunday of the month, the women of the church dice bushels of apples while the men build open fires under four large copper kettles arranged behind the parish house. More than a hundred parishioners participate in some fashion in the annual apple butter ritual, and it is very special to those who do. The local community is well aware of Pohick's famous apple butter, and there usually is not enough to meet the demand at the Country Fair, held the following weekend. View a Photo Gallery of the 2011 Apple Butter Weekend. View an article about the 2010 Apple Butter Weekend.
Country Fair. The fair is held on the last Saturday in September, with a hurricane date for the following Saturday. Held as a community event for over fifty years, the fair features games, barbecue, performances by The Pohick Pickers, and booths featuring used books, plants, baked goods, Hodge Podge and, of course, apple butter. View Pictures from the 2011 Country Fair.
Blessing of the Animals. On the Sunday closest to St. Francis Day (Oct. 4), parishioners and members of the surrounding community gather at Pohick's Dogwood Chapel at 4pm for a service celebrating all of God's creation, especially those animals that are members of our families. The dogs and cats and other pets are lightly sprinkled with some holy water during the service and afterwards enjoy some kibble for refreshments!
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Convention. The members of the Pohick ECW join with women from around the diocese in the annual ECW meeting.
Christmas Mart. The Christmas Mart is traditionally held on the Thursday before the Thanksgiving holiday, 10 am - 2 pm. What began as a tea, accompanied by the sale of a few jams and jellies, has become a much larger event featuring rooms filled with crafts, books, baked items, casseroles, attic treasures, etc. The Crafters of Northern Virginia also participate, bringing their seasonal goods. A luncheon is served in the parish common room by waitresses in colonial attire. Docents are also available for tours of the church.
Advent Wreath Workshop. Near the end of November, families gather in the parish house to craft Advent wreaths for devotional use in their homes during the season of Advent. Afterwards, they share a potluck meal together.
Christmas Party for New Hope Housing. In early December, Pohick Church hosts a Christmas party for families living in local homeless shelters. It is an evening filled with music, laughter, good food, and even a visit from St. Nicholas, who brings gifts for all the children.
Christmas Pageant. A few weeks prior to Christmas, our young people present a re-enactment of the Christmas story, replete with costumes, staging and Christmas carols.
Breakfast with Santa. In mid-December, Pohick Church partners with LCAC to offer a breakfast to local residents replete with a visit from St. Nicholas!
Annual Parish Meeting. Each year the parish gathers on the first or second Sunday of January to elect new vestry members, hear reports on the previous year's ministry, and lay out plans for the coming year.
Diocesan Council. On the last Friday and Saturday of January, clergy and lay representatives of the diocese meet for worship, workshops and consideration of resolutions addressing ministry within the church and the world.
Chili Cook-off. Seeking to bring some heat to the winter months, the Ann Mason Guild sponsors this "people's choice" competition in early to mid February as a fundraiser for their many charitable bequests throughout the year. After dinner bingo rounds out a wonderful evening of family fun! See information on the 2016 event.
Washington's Birthday Breakfast. On Presidents Day, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew sponsors a colonial worship service and breakfast featuring a guest speaker who addresses an aspect of one of Pohick's favorite sons, George Washington.See information on the 2016 event.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner. Following
the tradition that all households were to be cleared of meat and butter
for Lent, on the night before Ash Wednesday, the parish features a Pancake
Dinner with all the traditional side dishes. Depending on how Lent falls,
this event may be in March.
Lenten Series Dinners and Studies. On the five Wednesdays following Ash Wednesday, the parish gathers for dinner and participation in Lenten study programs for all ages. The evenings conclude with Holy Communion. Depending on how Lent falls, this event might start in February. See information on the 2016 series.
St. Patrick's Day Dinner. On a Saturday near St. Patrick's Day, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew sponsors a traditional Irish Dinner, replete with corn beef, cabbage and potatoes. See information on the 2015 event.
Lenten Series Dinners and Studies. On the five Wednesdays following Ash Wednesday, the parish gathers for dinner and participation in Lenten study programs for all ages. The evenings conclude with Holy Communion. Depending on how Lent falls, this series might start in February. See information on the 2015 series.
Sounds of Pohick Concert. In late May or early June, all five of our choirs preform a concert in the church in celebration of the important place of music within our worship.
Youth Sunday and Parish Picnic. The first Sunday of June, our Young People take greater leadership within the 10 am service as the culmination of their Sunday school year. A parish picnic follows, where the vestry offer a thank-you to all the many hard-working volunteers who support the ministries of the church throughout the year.
Shrine Mont Parish Retreat. Over the fourth full weekend of June, the parish holds a retreat at Shrine Mont, the Episcopal Conference Center of Virginia located at Orkney Springs. It features worship, study and fellowship in a rustic setting.
Vacation Bible School. This event takes place every July for one week from 9:0012:00 noon. It is a joyous time of learning that requires the efforts of many people to provide a memorable experience for all of the children who come.
Youth Group Mission Trip. Each July, about two dozen members of our Youth Group and their adult sponsors go on a week-long mission trip to help improve the living conditions of families facing hardship, while also sharing with them Christian devotions and fellowship. Past trips have gone to Elizabeth City, NC, Brighton, Tn, Sanford, Mi, Smithers, WV., Hoosick Falls, N.Y., Savannah, Ga, and Keansburg, N. J.