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The Sixth Sunday of Easter
"Lord Voldemort's gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
- Dumbledore in The Goblet of Fire
 
July 18th-22. 2022, children will be invited to step into the wizarding world of Harry Potter and compete in the Goblet of Fire. We will face dragons, swim with mermaids, and search for the Goblet of Fire in Scramble. Through it all, we will encounter God through play.

Play and friendship are central themes for Hogwarts Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2022. It has been a challenging year for all of us and one that has tested our relationships. We have faced rhetoric of division and discord and wonder what God is doing. Frankly, we all could use some time to play with God and to be reminded of the love of friendship.

Similarly, in the Goblet of Fire, our book for this year's VBS, our characters are also facing a year at Hogwarts filled with challenges that test friendships and force them to be reminded of what really matters-love.

Therefore, each day of Hogwarts VBS we will dive deeper into the story of God’s playful love for us and learn how to love each other the way God loves us. Through games, art, science experiments, rest, and interactive scripture lessons, we will be challenged to wonder together about one of the following questions:
  • How do I play with God?
  • What does being friends with God really look like?
  • How do we love with open hearts?
  • What is my part to play in the story of God’s Love?
  • How do we become a community that plays together, that celebrates the unique gifts each of us has to offer, and who are united in friendship?
 
I am excited to see how God will join our conversations, and our play this year at Hogwarts Vacation Bible School. I can't wait to see more children encounter God's love for them and for them to show God's love to those around them. I pray it will inspire all of us to face the discord in our lives with God's unifying love.

I hope you will be a part of our playful, adventure back to Hogwarts this year! We invite you to register your children for Hogwarts VBS HERE

If you have time to decorate for Hogwarts VBS the week of July 11th-July 17th. Please e-mail Lbreeden@thefallschurch.org

We also need volunteers to be professors. If you have time to volunteer with VBS the week of July 18th- July 22nd. Please e-mail Lbreeden@thefallschurch.org

We also invite you to pray for our leaders and children the week of Hogwarts VBS and the weeks of planning leading up to it.

Don’t forget to join us this Sunday, May 22, 2022, for a taste of Hogwarts Vacation Bible School! Learn more about what to expect HERE
The 9:00 a.m. service premieres on YouTube at 8:45 a.m. and remains available afterwards. If you are worshiping virtually, you may follow along with the service bulletin. See the Week-at-a-Glance below for the complete Sunday schedule.

Preaching on Sunday 22nd May: The Rector
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No doubt we have all been horrified by the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. While we have prayed, discussed and expressed our concerns and hope for peace and resolution, all of which are important, many of us are still trying to understand what we can do in terms of direct help to the families fleeing the violence and destruction right now.
 
Food, clothing, medical supplies and more are desperately needed, but with borders occupied and ceasefires ignored, how can we help?
Episcopal Relief & Development are working with Episcopal aid agencies from around the world to provide critical assistance to support Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Poland such as food, shelter, water and basic supplies.

Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund will help the organization and its partners continue to provide assistance to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine.
We will visit The Falls Church Presbyterian for their worship service. We will meet in the upper narthex at 10:20 AM and walk across the street for their 10:45 AM worship service. We should return to the The Falls Church around 12 PM.
This Sunday, May 22nd, 2022, everyone is invited to our VBS Preview Event! This is not a drop-off event.

Come to the 9:00 AM Service dressed in your favorite Hogwarts Look, VBS shirt, or favorite magically outfit. After the service, we will have a magical coffee hour. Then from 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM, come to our Hogwarts Open House!
Registration for Hogwarts Vacation Bible School is open! Registration closes at the end of May. Secure your spot today!
Join us at the 40th Annual Falls Church
Memorial Day Parade & Festival
Monday, May 30th 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Bring your friends and neighbors to this beloved Little City tradition, which is resuming after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Stop by our tent for info about the congregation, dog treats, bubbles and other fun stuff.

We still need volunteers to take a shift at our tent. Use our Sign-Up Genius here for information and to volunteer.
TFCE Week-at-a-Glance
For activities May 22- May 30, click here
Parish Prayer List
Please use the Prayer List in your prayers for each other and the world. 
Praying for each other and the needs of the world is a powerful way to love our neighbors as ourselves! THIS WEEK’S PRAYER LIST
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