325th Anniversary of the Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church


WHEREAS, Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach was one of the oldest churches in Colonial Virginia, founded in 1689 as a “Chappell of Ease,” on the eastern shore of the Lynnhaven River; and

WHEREAS, Eastern Shore Chapel plays a significant role in the story of Colonial Virginia and the lives of Adam Thoroughgood and Francis Land, who were among the first settlers of the City of Virginia Beach; and

WHEREAS, Eastern Shore Chapel is a landmark to more than three centuries of congregations and church members who have served the Hampton Roads community; and

WHEREAS, Eastern Shore Chapel benefits Virginians as a Pearl Faith Community through its environmental stewardship, its food pantry service which provides food relief to thousands of Virginians annually, its Parish Day School which educates hundreds of young Virginians annually, and its prison ministry outreach which helps incarcerated Virginians rebuild their lives; and

WHEREAS, in 2014, Eastern Shore Chapel and its more than 800 congregants will mark the Chapel’s 325th year of continuously held worship services;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 13, 2014, as 325TH ANNIVERSARY OF EASTERN SHORE CHAPEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.