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Piedmont Episcopal Church



Welcome Piedmont Episcopal Church website. It's a great way to get a sense of what's happening at Piedmont Episcopal Church in Madison, VA. Whether you are church shopping, or have been a member of Piedmont Episcopal Church for decades, this website is meant for you. It describes a lively community active 52 weeks of the year, so once you've visited this website, we hope you'll also make it a point to worship with us some time soon. 

A welcoming face and voice is often the essential difference for someone who is looking for a house of worship, community, acceptance, and friendship.  We hope you find it here.

“And I was welcomed into the house of God.”

We encourage children and young adults to participate 
in our church. 

Nursery care for infants and toddlers is provided for the 10:00 am worship service.

Sunday School offered at  9:45 am  for pre-school and youth and adult formation, ends prior to communion at the10:00am service so that all may participate.

If children are able, we encourage their participation in the 10:00 am worship as acolytes and lectors.  Beginning in the fifth grade, young people are eligible to be trained as acolytes to assist the clergy during worship.  We have a youth position on the vestry for more direct input regarding our youth.

Vacation Bible School is usually the first week in August with our young adults assisting the leaders.

Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christians

We welcome children to the Holy Table so that they will always remember sharing in this sacrament.

We believe that education is a life-long proposition

Twice a year, a Quiet Morning is held for group discussion and individual meditation.

We invite and encourage everyone to participate in the church programs that will nurture them in their faith journey.    

A varied music program includes the choir, a string group with vocals, organ, piano, and special voice and instrument offerings from our congregation and guest musicians.

Sacristy and flower volunteer teams rotate through the year preparing the altar, setting up for Holy Communion, arranging flowers, preparing the baptismal font, and monthly polishing of the brass.

Lectors read the Old and New Testament lessons and lead the Prayers of the People.

Ushers, greeters, and the entire congregation play a vital role in welcoming members and visitors alike as part of being a vibrant, warm, and welcoming church to all worshipers.

We believe in sharing the Good News of 
Christ and assisting those less fortunate.

Outreach and Missionary Support is a regular part of our church life.  We assist financially in supporting the Presiding Bishop’s Fund, and the local Madison Emergency Services   Association. Monthly outreach offerings are collected for various needy causes.

We hope you and your children feel 
welcomed and included in our service.

You are welcome to be a visitor for as long as you like.  Membership opportunities are also available.

We are a church family that also plays together. 

A friendship coffee hour follows our Sunday worship services.  It’s a great time to meet and greet while nibbling on refreshments.

Annual events scattered throughout the year include a potluck picnic with games for the children and a pancake dinner cooked and served by our young adults.

Normal Sunday Services 

Shepherd’s Way                     9:45 am
Worship                                  10:00 am 
Fellowship                            11:00 am


Weekly Calendar



             10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II

             9:45 a.m. Shepherd’s Way (Children’s                                     Sunday School) – church

             11:00 a.m. Fellowship Hour in the parish                                  house


             7:00 p.m. Adult study group at the                                               McDowell’s home: Genesis



             7:00 p.m. Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble                                            rehearsal - church


             10:00 a.m. Book Discussion Thursday                  

Thursday         6:00 p.m. Potluck Dinner (All invited)

                          7:00 p.m. Bible Fellowship – parish                                        house: Job

                                       Choir Rehearsal


Rector’s Message


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,


This time last year, on the eve of the Feast of Epiphany, I shared with you a reflection on how the Magi (Wise Men) came to Christ through “unconventional” means, by following a star, and suggested that God still uses “unconventional” means to bring people into relationship with Jesus Christ. With the Feast of Epiphany again upon us, my thoughts are once again turned to the way people come to Christ—and to the church.


I recently came across an online article on this subject by Will Mancini. 1 In the article, Mancini shares an insight from Lee Powell, the founding pastor of CedarCreek.tv. Cedar Creek is a church that grew past 8,000 in worship attendance over a few decades. Not only has Cedar Creek been considered one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the country, it has done so in Toledo, Ohio (not a giant city in Florida, California or Texas where megachurches tend to sprout up.) Powell explained to Mancini that long ago, the staff at Cedar Creek noticed that people attend church for the first time for one of three reasons—people come to church when something is missing, broken or new.


Something is Missing

Through the journey of life, the voice of God whispers and the Holy Spirit reveals the emptiness of our pursuits apart from Him. People may think about God, Jesus and even church when that haunting, empty feeling crops up. Maybe it’s a death of someone at work, a long reflective drive where life’s deeper questions are pondered, or the surprising lack of meaning after the last big job promotion. How does our church welcome those who are missing something? And how might we better equip believers to engage with them in the community?


Something is Broken

We live in a world of brokenness. Many churches do ministry in areas where that brokenness is deeply hidden, albeit powerfully present. Unraveling marriages, lost jobs, wayward children and haunting addictions all live beneath the radar. Of course they raise their heads when we can’t control consequences any longer. Whether people are overtly hurting or trafficking in hidden hurt, how is our church poised to connect with them? Do we have an atmosphere that is conducive to restoration and where it’s safe to be “messed up”?


Something is New

New marriages, new babies, new jobs, new locations are the big “kinds of new” that make some people more receptive to the gospel. Faith is awakened, one’s longer-term view of life comes into focus and a renewed desire to love well or to excel in healthy and “well rounded” ways comes to the forefront. How might our church take advantage of the “new zone” that people in our community are going through?




As we at Piedmont seek to “proclaim by word and deed the Good News of Jesus Christ” and bring others into relationship with Him, I want to encourage you, the members of Piedmont and especially its leaders, to think about people you know who might fit these categories. How might we reach out to them better? What can we do individually—and as a church—to better communicate the Good News to people when something is missing, broken or new? As we head into a new year, I hope that these questions may inspire our thoughts and motivate our common life.


Yours in Christ,

The Rev. W. Terry Miller