What's Next at Chalice?
Post-Easter and summer, we, like many churches, have lots going on, but wish more people would get involved. Chalice has a few study groups besides Sunday School each week and we are planning some very interesting things for this summer, for Vacation Bible School and for when we are all back in the Fall.
Of course, Ascension Sunday was a big day, followed by Pentecost. But every Sunday at Chalice is a big day, though, and we celebrate The Lord's Supper each and every Sunday --so that's BIG! It is the Lord's Supper, not ours, so if you are a follower, then HIS supper is offered to you here in this church without strings or human complications. Jesus makes it available and has expressed his own expectations of those who eat this meal and drink this cup. This church only expects members and guests to eat and drink in a worthy fashion, reflecting on the life and actions of the Christ, and then following after him, not just admiring him. Though we take up an offering each Sunday, this action of eating and drinking at his table is really the offering we each make here each Sunday. That's BIG!
Beyond communion, however, we are open to the Lord leading us and so who really knows what will happen next and this summer? In fact, it may be quite influenced by you --the stranger reading this --the person looking for a new church home. You should know we are not silly about this, and certainly have our history and ideas, and think we are doing a pretty good job, and not looking for a revolution here, but this church is a prime opportunity for people to come and worship, to learn about us and then put thier lives and gifts to use, and to serve one another in the name of the Christ.
If you are presently seeking a church where you will be able to not just hang out and partake but truly jump in, volunteer and make a difference --then Chalice is someplace you need to check out real soon! The pastor is always interested in speaking with people and this friendly congregation will welcome you --and maybe welcome you home!
Below are a few video offerings from our national church --at Disciples.org --take a look and listen!
Blessings to you!
from Chalice Christian Church
in Virginia Beach!
Thanks for checking us out! We hope you'll give us a chance sometime soon to meet and greet you in person.
Chalice cooperates with local Disciple churches and other congregations for various activities and emphases. Chalice also participates in worldwide relief efforts through ecumenical groups like,...
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING and WEEK OF COMPASSION
Won't you help us help others? A portion of all giving to Chalice is set apart for outreach but separate gifts for special collections are always encouraged.
Part of our 2014+ expansion and growth will hopefully include many more avenues for giving and opportunities for working, too, for the sake of the Gospel of Christ. These new things (we hope!) will also come from new member ideas and experiences.
Chalice Christian Church is part of a mainline denomination called,...
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
also known as Disciples
This is a church born out of Presbyterian and Baptist roots from the early 19th Century in frontier America. Let us tell you about that name.
We've often held up that particular clunky double denominational name as a great example of compromise and grace, and how our early leaders found a win/win solution instead of one side being victorious and the other side losing. Barton W. Stone, a North Carolina Baptist and many others (including Thomas Campbell) believed that any follower of Christ should be called a Christian, so he and they advocated our church to be called The Christian Church, while the other great leader, Alexander Campbell, a Scots Presbyterian, as well as some in his camp were quite firm from scriptural example that we should be called Disciples (after the usage in the new testament and probably not written with a capital D). Alexander's father was Thomas Campbell mentioned earlier, who was one in agreement with Barton Stone. But instead of our present name reflecting just one of those titles, amazingly, it includes both! The name Disciples of Christ is in parentheses but it's still there. Both names which both leaders thought very important are included in our particular denominational name! That is remarkable! In fact it is laudable, that the opponents were able to come to such a great compromise. Therefore compromise and grace like that has been something of a hallmark of our church throughout generations, both locally, internationally and ecumenically.
For almost two centuries The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been an effort of the church of those trying to find and to be about those things that bring us together as Christians instead of allowing our petty differences to be pushing us apart. To read a Wikipedia article and learn more CLICK HERE .
The official website (the name is reduced in length, of course) is
and there is much more for you to explore there with links for those interested in knowing more. Of course, in our church library are resources for those interested in reading about this great and fascinating period of early American religious formation.
Chalice Christian Church is likewise a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Virginia --our regional church expression with offices in Lynchburg.