Worship at Pohick Episcopal Church
We welcome you to worship at Pohick Church, and hope that you will be able to join us at one or more of the services listed below. We also invite you to join us in the parish house for coffee and light refreshments following each of our Sunday services. Christian education opportunities for all ages are offered between the later two Sunday services (10:15-11:05 am) during the school year. There is also information below about some of the other services and spiritual ministries of the church.
- Worship Schedule
- Healing & Confession
- Pastoral Counseling
Sunday Services: Labor Day - May (Excl. Christmas Week)
|7:45 a.m.||Holy Eucharist Rite I (Traditional)|
Eucharist Rite II
(Contemporary, with Music)
Eucharist Rite I/II
(Alternating, with Music)
Sunday Services: June - Labor Day (& Christmas Week)
|8:00 a.m.||Holy Eucharist Rite I (Traditional)|
Eucharist Rite II
(Contemporary, with Music)
|Weds 2 p.m.||Holy Eucharist at the Fairfax Retirement Home|
8 p.m. on the Wednesdays following Ash Wednesday and before Palm Sunday
|Holy Eucharist and Laying on of Hands|
|Sat 8:00-9:00 a.m.||Brotherhood of St. Andrew Prayer & Bible Study Breakfast|
A person becomes a Christian through the waters of Baptism. This ancient practice commanded by Christ brings us into the full fellowship of his Body, the Church. At Pohick, baptisms are celebrated on Sunday mornings so that the congregation can welcome the candidates into the parish.
Following Church tradition, the service of Holy Baptism is conducted here at the Bishop's annual visitation (June) and during the four times each year when it is the major theme: The Baptism of Christ (early January), Holy Saturday (March/April), The Day of Pentecost (May/June), and All Saints' Sunday (early November).
This is the rite in which baptized members express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Weekly classes for both adults and young people (age twelve and older) begin in February of each year and continue up until the time of the Bishop's visitation in June.
We consider Holy Matrimony "a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 422). In this rite the two enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.
In accordance with canon law, all couples receive instruction in the theology of Christian marriage during a series of premarital counseling sessions prior to any weddings. Additional steps are required for those who have previously been married, including the submission of a petition to the bishop for his approval. As Holy Matrimony is properly celebrated within one's own parish family, we require that at least one of the couple be a member of Pohick for a minimum of a year prior to the wedding.
Weddings are not performed on Sundays, during the Season of Lent (Feb through mid-April), or near other major festivals of the Church. Normally, they are celebrated in the church on Saturdays outside of these times, with the rehearsal on Friday evening before. Because of the high demand for facilities' usage, as well as the availability of clergy and church staff on a particular date and the need for sufficient time to complete the premarital counseling, couples are advised to contact one of the church clergy a minimum of six months in advance of the desired wedding date, and prior to the booking of any reception facilities.
Unction of the Sick
Unction is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, and the laying on of hands, by which God's grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind and body. Holy Unction is offered at the 7:30 pm Wednesday Eucharist and by request.
Reconciliation of a Penitent
Private confession is offered to penitents whose consciences suffer from the gravity of sin and who need the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution given by a priest, always in absolute confidence.
Burial of the Dead
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too shall be raised.
Burials in Pohick's cemetery are properly conducted by ministers who have had the most recent pastoral relationship with the deceased. Upon the death of a loved one, family members are thus strongly encouraged to promptly contact such members of the clergy so that arrangements can be made for services to be conducted by that minister in his or her home church, at a funeral home chapel, and/or at the graveside.
Accordingly, burials in the Historic Church are reserved for those who, at the time of death, were active members of the congregation. Such services are normally presided over by the clergy of Pohick Church with the support of church staff and volunteers.
Click here to read more information about Pohick's Cemetery.
Pastoral Counseling and Home Communion
The clergy of Pohick Church are available for pastoral counseling, spiritual direction and administration of the Sacraments (usually private celebrations of the Holy Eucharist and Holy Unction) by appointment throughout the week.