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Recovery Sunday

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Church of the Holy Comforter
543 Beulah Road, NE 
Vienna, VA 22180
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Holy Comforter joins thousands of communities of faith in recognizing the role of the faith in the journey from addiction to recovery. On Sunday October 1, we observe a Recovery Sunday through preaching, the Recovery Forum, and an in-depth discussion, and a Recovery Eucharist.


Guest Preacher, the Rev. Lauren McDonald
at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Services

We are excited to welcome guest preacher, the Rev. Lauren McDonald, Associate Rector, Bruton Parish Williamsburg and Director of Spiritual and Community Programming at SpiritWorks Foundation. Lauren has a Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families through the National Association for Children of Addiction and co-chairs the Addictions and Recovery Commission for the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

    The Rev. Lauren McDonald

Recovery Forum at 10:10 a.m. in McGill Hall
Led by the Rev. Jan Brown

The Rev. Jan Brown, Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation, is a presenter on the national level within the Episcopal Church and recovery community about the issues of addiction and the possibility and hope for longterm recovery. She is a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Commission on Impairment and Leadership, and is on the Board of Directors for National Church’s and Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Episcopal Recovery Ministries. She serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. Learn more HERE.

    The Rev. Jan Brown

Discussion and Q&A from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in McGill Hall

From 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. we will continue the conversation with Lauren McDonald and Jan Brown to deepen our understanding and awareness of addictions, the body and brain, the promise of recovery, and the place of faith and the church. We welcome your questions and participation in this discussion which is open to the public. 


Recovery Eucharist at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel

We close our Recovery Sunday observance with a Recovery Eucharist at 3:00 p.m. The liturgy for 12-step and recovery Eucharists have been used for many years now and lifts up the promise given to us through the ministry of Jesus Christ for healing and wholeness in body, mind, and spirit through scripture, prayers, and the gathering around the Lord's Table. All are welcome.