Piedmont Episcopal Church is centrally located in the town of Madison, Virginia. Madison County is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia. Piedmont Episcopal Church is about half an hour drive south of Culpeper or north of Charlottesville, 87 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and 90 miles west of Richmond. We are fortunate to be located in the beautiful state of Virginia. http://www.virginia.org/

We are blessed with a wide variety of outdoor activities from trout fishing and horseback riding, to hunting, backpacking, birding, camping and family activities, such as apple picking. The nearby Shenandoah National Park is the jewel that crowns the Blue Ridge Mountains and can be explored on foot and by car from Madison County.

Our Location

Madison has an assortment of restaurants and cafes to provide fine meals for even the most discriminating palates. The Central Virginia Piedmont is a great environment for viniculture. Three outstanding wineries are located in Madison County and produce fine wines known nationally and internationally. These wineries are easily accessible and welcome visitors. Madison is located within driving distance of shopping, great restaurants, entertainment, wineries with hospitals in Culpeper and Charlottesville. The local Chamber of Commerce has more details about Madison County - http://www.madison-va.com/

Piedmont Episcopal Church Parish Profile

The church was started in 1829 by a small group of worshippers who met in the original log courthouse of Madison. The land of the current church was donated by Captain Henry and Letitia Barnes in 1832. The church is an historic landmark, built in 1832 for around $2,000, by the same men who built Monticello. The following year the membership grew to 30. The building and graveyard were consecrated on October 27, 1834 by then Suffragan Bishop Meade

Since 1834, the members of Piedmont Episcopal Church have worked diligently to maintain an Episcopal presence in Madison County. Piedmont, past and present, has a rich history of sharing the building space for many uses – the basement has been used for schooling, fellowship after services, Bible studies, Sunday School, and in 1862, the sanctuary was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. 

 

In 2002, as the membership started to outgrow the fellowship space in the basement of the church, we purchased the adjacent house and property for use as our Parish house. This space is used for many activities beyond fellowship, such as Sunday School, Bible study, vestry meetings, home school, and Young Life to name a few.

A complete history of Piedmont Church can be found at;

http://www.piedmontepiscopalchurchva.org/Piedmont%20Episcopal%20Church%20history.pdf  

Details about our diocese can be found at http://www.thediocese.net/  

Who we are...What we do

Piedmont is an evolving, faith-filled parish, very much dedicated to living in the present day and meeting the world where we find it. Within the framework of our long history and the rich Episcopal tradition that informs and deepens our worship, we strive to make our services very accessible and to encourage congregational involvement at every turn. Our congregation is made up of a varied mix of Madison residents.  The majority of our congregation is over the age of 50 with a median age of 57. We have a growing number of young families with children.  We are farmers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, politicians, and retirees, many of which are active in the community and spend a large amount of their time and finances in supporting community non-profit organizations.

With a current average Sunday attendance of 55, we worship together at two services each Sunday (8:30 am and 10:30 am) and Tuesday (9:30 am). Whether celebrating Holy Eucharist or Morning Prayer (according to the liturgical calendar) our Sunday services are filled with a wide range of music. The essential Hymnal 1982 is supplemented with the Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal, and the organ regularly makes way for guitars and other sorts of instruments and talents. We are blessed with a wonderfully talented Music Director/Organist, who challenges an equally enthusiastic, all-ages choir to stretch themselves with songs of praise.

We also acknowledge the imperative of continuing to learn and grow as adults. Led by lay members of the congregation, Bible study groups meet weekly to read and share the Word, and an adult education series, led by our interim rector, has confirmed wide congregational interest in issues of importance to Christians in the modern world.

Beyond the nuts and bolts of operating a church, we recognize the value of simple fellowship. Post-service coffee hours, parish picnics, Shrove Tuesday pancake suppers, soup luncheons and more, provide an opportunity to learn about one another and to invite those outside the church to visit in a less formal setting than a pew.

“Worship God in the beauty of holiness, in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:24) is an offering of praise. With that in mind, our Altar Guild takes very seriously their role in preparing a beautiful space conducive to meaningful worship.

Through the years, our church family has been committed to supporting its youth with programs designed to nurture their faith. Knowing that it's vital to address the spiritual needs of our youth in tangible ways, we offer Shepherd’s Way (formally Catechesis of the Good Shepherd), a Sunday school curriculum for young children, and through the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) program for older youth, which culminates with an extended pilgrimage. An interdenominational Vacation Bible School is also held each summer in conjunction with 3 or 4 other local churches.

All that we do within the walls of "our" church is predicated on the understanding that our real work lies beyond our walls. We are a community of believers who find comfort in the familiar traditions, not as an end unto themselves, but to the extent that they strengthen and guide us for our interaction with the world. A small, yet energetic parish, we are very much woven into the fabric of the Madison community. 

Outreach at Piedmont

Piedmont Episcopal Church has a history of outreach projects that are mainstays in the Madison County Community. We are involved in many projects where our members serve to help our church and our community.

Our Angel Tree outreach makes sure children in the Head Start program receive toys and books for Christmas. This year our generous congregation provided 38 gifts.

Piedmont has a long history of supporting MESA (Madison Emergency Services Association). Many of our parishioners have held leadership positions in MESA over the years. We provide volunteers to work at “Connie’s Thrift Shop”, MESA’s consignment shop, on a weekly/monthly basis and contribute regularly to their food pantry. At least once a year we collect a special offering to help MESA’s work. Members of our Parish also serve as mentors to the residents of Barbara’s House, a temporary residence for families in need.

MAD.C.O.W. (Madison Community Outreach Works) was founded by one of our parishioners. It is a group of youth and adults from throughout Madison that spend part of their summers repairing and renovating homes of needy elderly people in Madison County. A special offering is collected and a yard sale is held to help with expenses at least once a year.

Habitat for Humanity of Madison County is supported by Piedmont parishioners with donations and as volunteers.

Boy Scout Troop 116 is sponsored by Piedmont. The troop is led by a member of Piedmont who helps young men develop skills to meet life’s challenges. Over the years many of these young men have earned Eagle Scout honors.

Autumn Care – Through the years, we have provided pastoral support to residents of a nearby elder care facility.

Church members offer their time and talents on a regular basis at Madison’s Free Clinic.

Several community organizations such as Madison Troop Support, Young Life youth group, Bel Canto Choir, and the Madison Educational Association enjoy the use of our church and parish house. Our facilities are also used for piano, voice and guitar lessons.

Our monthly offerings for outreach include The Madison Free Clinic, The Madison Boys and Girls Club, Tools for Sudan, S.A.F.E., Madison County Social Services Fuel Assistance Program, school supplies for local children, United Thank Offering, and other non-profits.