The Church of the Good Shepherd

809 Lee-Jackson Highway
Staunton, Virginia 24401

(Route 11, 2 Miles South of Staunton)

Worship is Each Sunday Morning at 10:30 AM

You are cordially invited to Worship with us this Sunday!

Casual dress.  Park on the grass.  Sit where you like.
You'll be among friends.
Fellowship Hour follows the Sunday Service.
Please stay for a gathering of refreshments and friendship.
All are welcome - no exceptions.

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We Are A Church That Is Protestant Yet Catholic -

Having our roots in the Church of England, the Episcopal Church is also an Anglican ("of the English") Church. Our roots are in the early Church as it came to the British Isles in about 44 AD and our habits and attitudes originated from that long tradition.The 80+ million people who are part of worldwide Anglicanism stand squarely in the Reformed tradition, yet are just as directly descended from the Early Church as the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox churches. Episcopalians celebrate the “Mass” in ways similar to the Roman Catholic tradition, yet do not recognize a single governing authority, such as the Roman Church does with final authority resting in a Pope.


In 1921 the Folly Mills Mission began as a non-denominational Sunday School in a one-room schoolhouse located on the present church’s property. Today’s church is located near the earlier Boyden Chapel; an Episcopal mission located just off of Route 654 – The White Hill Rd. That brick chapel closed during the late 1800s and its building is no longer there. Through the zeal of Mrs. Mildred Cochran, “the mother of the Church of the Good Shepherd”, and Miss Violet Greene, and with the support of local Episcopalians, the Folly Mills Mission soon outgrew the schoolhouse.

In 1923 a Thanksgiving Eve meeting of the mission’s families was held with the Rt. Rev. Robert Carter Jett of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia presiding. Bishop Jett explained the history and practices of the Episcopal Church and the assembly voted to become an Episcopal mission.

Mrs. Seymour Rawlinson donated a one-acre lot and Mr. Christian Clausen donated his services to survey the property. The T.J. Collins & Sons firm donated the building plan, including designs for the chancel furniture. An English village church design was followed with Celtic highlights as seen in the cross above the bell.

On March 30, 1924 the cornerstone was laid on the building which is made from local stone gathered by church families. The Rev. John J. Gravatt of Trinity Church, the Rev. J. Lewis Gibbs of Emmanuel Church, and Mr. Theodore H. Evans, a student at the Virginia Theological Seminary, took part in the Service.  Pledges were honored for the $2,000 in building costs. The first Service in the church was held on July 6, 1924 and Bishop Jett confirmed thirteen persons and baptized two others. In October 1942 Bishop Henry D. Phillips visited the church and the retired mortgage was burned.


Anglicans around the globe (Episcopalians in the United States) worship using the Book of Common Prayer.  The Prayer Book is a treasury of the worship of Christians starting in about the 2nd Century. By practicing "Common Prayer" we make connections to not only the past, but also with those around us now. Worship becomes a united or "common" offering: we stand together, kneel together, say words together, clasp hands, eat together, drink together, and sing together. One of our priests described the worship of God like this:

"Worship is like a musical concert.  The congregation each plays their instrument in union with others, and their score is the Holy Bible and Prayer Book.  And who is the audience for this offering?   God!"

Our Prayer Book had its origin in the English Reformation of the 1530s. The Service Books then in use in England were translated from Latin into English, simplified, and placed into the hands of everyone.  By the time that the Jamestown Colony began in 1607, the Prayer Book had been in use for over 50 years.

The Jamestown Colony brought the English Common Prayer tradition to these shores in 1607.  The Reverend Robert Hunt served as the chaplain of the new colony and led daily worship and instructed the colonists on the morals and habits of a Christian life. The first Holy Communion was held on June 21, 1607 in a grove of trees on Jamestown Island.  Today's churchgoers would recognize the same words, gestures, and the humble kneeling done as when our forbears received their bread and wine.

Today's Prayer Book has a choice of wording. Rite 1 Services sound similar to the old Elizabethan English that would have been known to the colonists. Rite 2 Services are the same words except rendered into modern English.

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Our Services alternate between Morning Prayer & the Holy Eucharist:

In the 1500s Archbishop Thomas Cranmer simplified the Daily Services of the monasteries into 2 Daily Services for everyone - including the laity - to participate in:  Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer.

Morning Prayer is a service of Scripture, Prayer, and Song.  Sometimes "Canticles" (chanted Scripture) are sung with tunes often easily learned in childhood.

The Holy Eucharist is also known as Holy Communion.  "Eucharist" is Greek for "thanksgiving" and this service is a sharing in thanks for the mighty acts of Christ in His death and resurrection.  Bread and wine are offered to the baptized.  Those not yet baptized are encouraged to come to the front for a blessing.

The Prayer Book is available in each pew to guide worshipers.

We hope to see you this coming Sunday!