Summer Service Schedule
Sep 3

Summer Service Schedule

Throughout the Summer we will have ONE service on Sunday mornings- Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:30am.

There will be no Adult Ed. or Sunday School.  Fr. Kyle will begin children Sermons and incorperating our youth into the service - stay tuned for more info!

6:22 pm18:22

Praise and Prayer Service

Join us in the sanctuary each Wednesday evening from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for Prayer and Praise ( except for the second Wednesday in the month when the time is 6:30-7:30).  Praise music plays as we share with one another how the week has gone. We go to the altar to lift up prayer requests to the LORD for family, friends, COTM, the community and the world. You will be amazed at how the Lord makes His presence known during this time.  This one hour session will make a tremendous difference in your life and your spiritual growth.  Now is the perfect time to join us!

Church of the Messiah VBS
Aug 4

Church of the Messiah VBS

Preschoolers-Rising 6th Graders
Join us at COTM as we walk through the Bible with the Jesus Storybook Bible!
Through Bible stories, song, and arts and crafts, students will learn that all scripture is about Jesus Christ!

July 31st-August 4th from 9am-12pm

Snacks will be healthy and taken from The Doctor Yum Project website, check them out at

To RSVP, please call (RSVP deadline is July 24th.:
or email us at:

Stay tuned for more information!
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17(NIV)

7:30 pm19:30

Rector's Bible Study

Join Fr. Kyle for this monthly Bible study on Paul' s letter to the Romans.  This letter is a theological bedrock of the Bible and a book all Christians should be intimately acquainted with.

No matter how far we are into our study, please plan to come out and join us- you are welcome anytime!

This is open to the public, so please invite friends and family!.

7:00 pm19:00

"Under His Smile" Book Study


On Thursday May 18th the Women's small group that meets at Wegmans will begin a new book, “Under His Smile” by Sue Cortese.  Please RSVP to Holly Tomlin ( for this study by May 4th.   Books are $10 and checks or cash are accepted. This group meets every other Thursday evening at 7pm. 

Under His Smile- Sue Cortese

The goal of “Under His Smile” is to reveal the beauty of the Gospel, where wicked people are given the free gift of Christ’s perfect record and are received by their heavenly Father with a warm embrace.  The answer to our deep insecurity is not self improvement.  Christian growth is not measured by our increasing ability to handle life’s problems with competence and power.  Instead it is measured by our increasing realization of our need for Jesus.  God resists the proud performer, but gives grace to the humble.

This is such a foreign concept to most Christians that it will have to be discussed many times.  That is what this study attempts to do: repeat the Gospel to Christians until we begin to grasp the good news.

11:00 am11:00

Church Picnic

Church Picnic -Immediately following the ONE service at 9:30am. Because of the forecast, we will have the service and picnic indoors (although we will have a few picnic tables outside if you would like).  Please bring a dish to share. We will have a grill in case you want to bring meat for you and your family or to share. Set up will begin at 8am on 6/18 - so please consider lending a hand (many hands make light work!).


Christian Women's Author Tea Time!
1:00 pm13:00

Christian Women's Author Tea Time!

Featuring authors Pat Boord, Marilyn Marsden, Judy Zummo, and Lois Powell

Enjoy complimentary tea and hear from four women authors who all attend Church of the Messiah.

Each author will have books to purchase or order if you wish.

Come, make a bookmark, sip a cup of tea, and do some reading!!

Get the story behind the story.

RSVP: Betti Small
540-226-2486 by June 8th

2:15 pm14:15

Teen Tuesday

Teen Tuesday serves the students who walk through our parking lot from Riverbend High School on Tuesday afternoons from approximately 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Donations of individually packaged snacks and drinks are appreciated. Please feel free to join us on Tuesday afternoons!

7:30 am07:30

Men's Saturday Morning Bible Study

The Men’s Bible Study meets every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. in the church undercroft.
Our initial study topic will be the Sermon on the Mount, a DVD-based series by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, a Scottish theologian known in Re- formed Christian circles for his teaching, writng, and editorial work.
Ligonier Ministries summarizes the study as follows:
The Sermon on the Mount is perhaps the best- known and most-beloved sermon ever preached. In this sermon, Jesus shows Him- self to be the promised King as He announces the Kingdom of God and demonstrates its pow- er. In this twelve-lecture series, Dr. Ferguson explains how this sermon equips us to live a kingdom life in a fallen world. Dr. Ferguson looks at the sermon’s teachings on such topics as living counterculturally, the deeper implications of the law of God, and how the foundational knowledge of God as Father is the cure for all our anxieties.
Please consider joining the study group, even if you cannot attend every week. Study guides will be provided. Our sessions wrap up no later than 09:00 a.m

9:23 am09:23

Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study

Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study cordially invites you to join us for an awesome study. Please contact Betti Small, 540-752-9368 for more information and information for ordering the work books We look forward to having you join us!!!!

Jun 21

Summer ESOL Class

Our summer ESOL series begins Wednesday, May 17 for 6 weeks, ending on Wednesday, June 21. They will meet from 7-9 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Rochelle is coordinating child care for kids ages 2-14 whose parents are attending the class. Volunteer teachers and child care providers are invited to call Nancy Ball at 540-455-1098.

Apr 16

Holy Week Services

Join us at Church of the Messiah for Holy Week Services. As always, this is open to the community and you are encouraged to share this event with family and friends.

Palm Sunday
April 9, 2017
8:30am & 11am
Blessing of the Palms
The Reading of the Passion
Holy Communion

Maundy Thursday
April 13, 2017
The Lord’s Supper
Stripping of the Altar
Watch in the Garden (9pm Thursday-9am Friday)

Good Friday
April 14, 2017
12pm - Good Friday Liturgy
The Passion
The Reproaches
The Veneration of the Cross
Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament
7:30pm - Evening Prayer

The Great Vigil of Easter
April 15, 2017
Holy Saturday - 8pm
The Lighting of the Paschal Candle
Reading of the Prophecies
Renewal of Baptismal Vows
The First Holy Communion of Easter

Easter - The Day of Resurrection
April 16, 2017
8:30am Service
Festival Celebration of Holy Communion

11am Service
Festival Celebration of Holy Communion
Celebration of Holy Baptism of Adam and Noah Kroelinger
Reading about the Resurrection of Jesus for our Children from the "Jesus Storybook Bible"
Easter Egg Hunt following the 11am service

Thursday Evening Women's Book Study
7:23 pm19:23

Thursday Evening Women's Book Study

  • Wegmans

What do you see in the mirror? Do you like the reflection? Many of us don't, but perhaps that's because we don't see ourselves the way God does- as His dear children.

The eight lessons in Mirror, Mirror encourage you to dig into Scripture, ask you to make personal application of God's Word to your own life, and help you see yourself as He sees you: His beloved, redeemed daughter.

All women are welcome to join us as we delve into this book study- We will meet every other Thursday on the second floor of Wegmans to have time of fellowship, refreshement, and study. Please share as this event is open to the community! Even if you cannot make the group, we will open an online group on Facebook to discuss the book throughout the week. Whatever your schedule, feel free to pick up a copy of this book to read and discuss with your fellow sisters in Christ!

Books (Paperback or Kindle) can be found:

Please see Holly Tomlin with any questions

10:00 am10:00

Grounds and Garden Clean-up day!

Save the Date: April 1st is Grounds & Garden Cleanup Day at COTM – NO FOOLING! Watch this space for details. Ideas & suggestions welcome. Contact Frank Landymore at

5:00 pm17:00

Lenten Series 2017- Fellowship Meal and Teaching Eucharist

Have you ever wondered why we do what we do on Sunday
mornings? Confused about all the standing up, sitting down, kneeling, prayers, etc. Whether you are a cradle Episcopalian, new to the denomination, or never been to an Episcopal service
before, we pray that this will be an opportunity to educate and bring a beauty and life to our worship services.

Beginning March 5th at 7pm, Fr. Kyle will educate us on the Liturgy of the Word, which is the portion of the service where we hear God's Word, pray, and receive His forgiveness and Absolution.

The following week on March 12th, Fr. Kyle will educate us on The Holy Communion where we receive Christ in the Sacrament that we might be equipped to go and live out our daily vocations in the world.

During the following 3 Sunday evenings (March 19th, 25th, and Apr. 6th) , we will look more closely at several historic Eucharist services.

If you are unable to make the sessions, check out the blog page for video recordings of Fr. Kyle's teaching.

Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Kyle with any questions.

12:00 pm12:00

Ash Wednesday Services (12pm and 7:30pm)

Ash Wednesday
Most public events have some special ceremony to mark their beginning. For Lent this beginning is Ash Wednesday (March 9). Each church member is encouraged to make plans to be in church on that day. The Prayer Book refers to it as a day of “observance by special acts of discipline and self-denial” (p. 17)

At 12 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. we will gather to participate in the unique Ash Wednesday Liturgy, to receive the sacred ashes on our foreheads (if you are so accustomed), and to celebrate Holy Communion. Through confessing our sins and receiving assurance of God’s unconditional forgiveness and pardon through the words of Absolution, the barrier between us and Him will be removed. We can go home knowing that we are indeed forgiven and in fellowship with Him. Please make plans to join us for this holy observance.

All are invited! Please share this event with your friends and family!

6:00 pm18:00

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Join us as we celebrate Shrove Tuesday and enjoy a pancake supper prepared by the men of the congregation. Our menu includes pancakes, spiral ham, link sausage, and apple sauce.

Pease share this event with your friends and family!

9:30 am09:30

Bishop Visitation

Bishop Goff will be with us to celebrate the Eucharist and to do Baptisms, Confirmations, and Receptions. If you have not been baptized or confirmed and would like to do so, please see Fr. Kyle. There will be preparatory classes that will be held before the Bishop's visit. Likewise, if you have not been received into the Episcopal Church, which also means you have not been placed on the official books of Messiah, please consider being received at this time. It allows you to run for Vestry and vote in any official parish elections. If you have any questions, please see Fr. Kyle.

9:30 am09:30

Annual Parish Meeting and Fellowship Brunch (pot luck)

Join us on January 15th for ONE service at 9:30am. Following this service we will come together for a Pot Luck brunch and our Annual Parish meeting. This meeting is a great way for us to hear the business of COTM, what has happened in the past year, and what is ahead in 2017. We will also be electing 2 new vestry members. Please mark your calendars and plan to bring yourselves and a dish to share!

7:00 pm19:00

Omega Youth Group

COTM Teenagers (and your friends)- Join us Sunday at 7pm in the Omega room (parish house basement) for a time of fun, Bible study, and looking ahead at a few service projects.  Please contact Fr. Kyle with any questions!

7:30 pm19:30

Epiphany Service

Join us as we celebrate the official end to Christmas with the arrival of the Magi and give praise to our King, Jesus Christ.

10:00 am10:00

New Year's Day Service

Although we all may be a bit tired after New Year's Eve, grab a cup of coffee and start off your 2017 at COTM. Join in fellowship with your church family and hear the promise of forgiveness, joy, and hope found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

7:00 pm19:00

Christmas Services

All are welcome to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

The Rev. Kyle Tomlin, Rector
Christmas Eve:

7pm -- Caroling
7:30pm -- Holy Eucharist Rite II with Christmas Hymns and the reading of the Christmas story for our Children.

Christmas Morning:
10am- Holy Eucharist Rite II with Christmas Hymns

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

7:00 pm19:00

Advent Lessons and Carols with Dessert Reception

Join us and hear the promises of God spoken in both the first and second Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ as given to us through the words of Holy Scripture. We will be singing praises to our Lord using traditional Advent hymns.

All are welcome- please share with family and friends!

**A love offering will be taken to assist those supported by our Missions program.**

When: December 11th
Dessert Reception to Follow

Where: Church of the Messiah
12201 Spotswood Furnace Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
(Between Riverbend High School & Harrison Crossing Shopping Center)

For more information, please contact the church at
(540) 786-3100

5:00 pm17:00

COTM Potluck Dinner

COTM members- prior to the Advent Lessons and Carols, let's come together for a fellowship dinner! A sign-up sheet (appetizers, salads, sides, main courses, drinks) will be placed in the Narthex. Following the Advent Lessons and Carols we will gather back downstairs for dessert! Hope to see you all there.

7:30 pm19:30

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Our Thanksgiving service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd at 7:30pm. It will be Holy Eucharist, Rite II with hymns.

Fr. Kyle and Church of the Messiah would like to wish all you a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving! We all have much to be thankful for to our good and gracious God both as individuals and as a church, the Body of Christ. As you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner, please remember to set aside a moment to thank God for all of His blessings, above all the blessing of His Son who died for our sins and was raised to give us peace with God.

10:30 am10:30

Fred Chapman's Funeral

Fred Chapman's funeral service will be this Saturday, October, 29th at 10:30 a.m..

There will be a reception following the service.  If you are able to bring a salad or dessert please contact Betti Small at

Fred's Obituary-


12:00 pm12:00

Funeral for Selven Powell

Our church was deeply saddened by the loss of our brother-in-Christ, Selven Powell on Saturday Oct. 15th. His loss has been felt by all who knew and loved him. Please keep Lois and her family in prayer as they grieve this loss. Our church family will miss Selven more than words can express. We rest assured in knowing that Selven is in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We will be celebrating the Funeral Rite for Selven Powell this Saturday, October 23rd at 12pm at COTM. Following the service, there will be a reception in the Undercroft. Please continue to keep Lois and her family in your prayers.

Comfort us, O Lord. You have assured us of Your power over death in Christ Jesus. When you beckoned Lazarus out of the tomb, You proved that Your Word has the power to give eternal life. In our time of mourning, beckon us out of the pit of despair and into hope in Christ Jesus. Shine Your light of eternal life into our darkness so that we may see our way out of this sad time. Amen. (Portals of Prayer).

12:30 pm12:30

St. Francis Pet Blessings & FREE Family Photos with Thrivent

This event will be rain or shine- we will have tents and space available to keep everyone dry! 

Mark your calendars- Church of the Messiah will be working with Thrivent Financial for Christians to offer an afternoon of animal blessings, individual prayers AND free professional family photos. This is an opportunity for us to give back to our community! All are welcome!

Please make sure to have animals on leashes or cages as appropriate.

8:30 am08:30

Fall Service schedule begins!

Starting on Sunday Sept. 18th, we will return to 2 services at 8:30am and 11am. There will be two changes coming: our 8:30am service will be changing to a Traditional Rite I service with hymns and our second service will start 15 mins later at 11am, but will remain a Rite II blended service of hymns/contemporary music. Fr. Kyle will resume his Adult Education teaching at 9:45am on the Gospel according to John. Children's Sunday school will take place after the Collect of the Day is read during the 11am service.

As always, if you have any questions- please do not hesitate to stop by, email, or call Fr. Kyle!

9:30 am09:30

Outdoor Service, Backpack blessings, and Time/Talent Marketplace

Join us on September 11th as we kick off the 2016-17 program year! We will begin with an outdoor service at 9:30am (weather permitting). Bring your lawn chairs/picnic blankets for this outdoor service. After the service, students of all ages will be asked to come forward for a special blessing of them and their backpacks to send them into another school year with our prayers . Following this we will host a Time and Talent Marketplace event.

Ways to participate in the time and talent marketplace:
Share your talent/service with others for a nominal fee to be contributed to COTM

Bring your treasures, crafts, pieces to the Market Place for purchase. Proceeds contributed to COTM.

Take advantage of the talents, services being offered to learn new skills and to fellowship while doing so.

Enjoy a meal proved by our Chef's extrodinaire, the Dettmann's and Perow's, for a fabulous fare. Plan on purchasing a 'box dinner' to take home.

Visit and be informed of the many ministries at COTM. Sign up to serve if you would like to do so.

Above all enjoy, fellowship, and give thanks to God!

If you have any questions, please contact Betti Small or Chuck Dettman.

All are welcome!