December 11: Advent study group at Whitechapel, 9:45 a.m.; Joint worship at Whitechapel, 11:00 a.m. ›
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Welcome to St. Mary's Whitechapel and Trinity Episcopal Churches


Joint service at  Whitechapel on December 11

 Advent study group at 9:45 a.m.

 Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.


St. Mary's Whitechapel was constructed in 1669 as a place of worship and a colonial center. Located in Lancaster County, Virginia, on Virginia's Northern Neck, it is near the current village of Lively.  We invite you to join us for worship in a space that has welcomed parishioners for over 350 years. The natural beauty of our grounds, the reverence of our historic cemetery, the opportunity for personal reflection at the labyrinth, and the charm of the colonial sanctuary combine to form a truly special place for worship and meditation.  Holy Eucharist is observed Sundays at 11:15 a.m.  





The Mission Statement of St. Mary’s Whitechapel Episcopal Church


  • To be a servant community witnessing to the love and lordship of Jesus Christ;
  • To use our spirituality and material resources with Christian responsibility;
  • To encourage Christian growth and worship for all;
  • To meet the needs of our neighbors in cooperation with other churches;
  • To provide leadership and support in denominational affairs and the church universal;
  • To invest our energies in evangelism; and
  • To devote every effort to promote the welfare and spiritual wellbeing of our congregation.



Located in Lancaster village, Trinity Episcopal Church was founded in 1884. Trinity is a warm and hospitable community  dedicated to welcoming folks of all ages. Our worship is liturgical, inviting and informal.  Holy Eucharist is observed on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. 

Our history is rooted in ministry to children and families. Children and their accompanying voices (also dogs!) are always welcome at Trinity.  Whether you are single or in a family, we would love to have you visit us any Sunday morning at our 9:30 a.m. service, and all are welcome at coffee hour after the service. Come join us, the little church with the big heart.

 The Mission Statement of Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity is a little country church in the heart of Lancaster County.  Our mission is fostering Christian growth within our church family, reaching out to others, and witnessing to Christ's love through our words, deeds, and generosity of spirit.


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The Labyrinth in the Woods at Whitechapel 

The Labyrinth in the Woods at Whitechapel is a lovely spot for personal reflection, spiritual practice or reduction of stress. To walk a labyrinth one steps on to the path and simply puts one foot in front of the other. Take your time, there is no rush. When you come to a change of direction follow it,  trusting the path to lead you. When you arrive at the center medallion take a few moments to pause and then begin walking the same path back out to the beginning. It’s one path, no blind endings.

Consider the first part of the walk as an opportunity to release your mind and concerns. The second part is in the center medallion, a time to breathe and listen for clarity. The third part is the returning. As you walk the same path out that brought you to the center you may find yourself integrating this experience into your life, clarity concerning a question or perhaps a sense of refreshment. Walk the labyrinth at your own pace. 

The Labyrinth is level with easy access and benches for resting; parking nearby.  It is open year round in daylight hours.

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 Fred and Judy Ripley - October 16, 2022


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