What We Do

Where to begin?  There is so much we do that it is hard to know how to even start to cover it all.  We are organized into 12 standing committees.  Each committee is engaged in a variety of activities within the parish and within our community at large.  These range from support for the Goochland Free Clinic, to Adult Education classes, to our Prayer Shawl Ministry and to our support for homeless men through the Caritas Program, which our young people supported recently by preparing meals for our guests.  You can learn more about what we do by visiting each of our committee pages on this site.

Adult Ministries

In the baptismal service, we pray that the child be given “an inquiring and discerning heart.”  Our church is full of inquirers, and we offer a range of adult education programs to … Read More


Among the many things that make St. Mary’s so great are its lovely, serene buildings.  Sometimes, we take them for granted.  But it takes a lot of effort to maintain these treasured … Read More

Children’s Ministries

Committee Chair: Brantley Holmes 804.928.5596 holmesby@comcast.net

Our committee is responsible for planning, organizing and offering all programs for our children from infants through 5th grade.  Working with the staff and the clergy, we:   Plan the calendar year’s major … Read More


St. Mary’s church buildings are nestled in the midst of one of the most serene and beautiful churchyards you’ll ever find.  Our committee is responsible for maintaining it.


Committee Chair: Chris Spencer 804.513.3653 cspencer@stmarysgoochland.org

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 Words are important in Christianity.  They are the means by which God spoke … Read More


The Fellowship Committee is responsible for planning, organizing and offering social activities and events to bring our parish community together at events throughout the year.  We help to put on Parish breakfasts, … Read More


Committee Chair: Al Rider 8047844388 arider@stmarysgoochland.org

The Finance Committee is responsible for supervising the financial operations of St. Mary’s Church.  According to the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of Virginia, the committee shares with the Rector and … Read More


The Newcomers Committee is responsible for all aspects of welcoming visitors to our church and following up with them to help them grasp the excitement of becoming  a member of our church. … Read More


Happy are they who consider the poor and needy!;  the Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble.  Psalm 41:1 In our Baptismal Covenant we are called to seek and serve … Read More


Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.   Ephesians 5:2 The church exists in a secular world, and secular worlds require funds. … Read More


The Worship Committee shares responsibility with the Rector for the oversight and conduct of all services of Christian worship.  This includes our: 9:00 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharist; 11:00 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharist, … Read More


God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following … Read More