Lent is a holy season of reflection and preparation for the joy of the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. The season begins with Ash Wednesday, a day of penitence and remembering that we are dust and to dust we will return. Many choose to observe Lent through one, two, or all of the three pillars of Lent: praying, fasting, and alms giving. As we get close to Easter, we enter Holy Week, when we remember the last days and death of Jesus. We offer services throughout the week to mark each important moment of Jesus’ journey to the cross. At St. Paul’s, Ivy, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to keep a holy Lent before a festive celebration at Easter this year.

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Get REady for Lent

Shrove Sunday Pancake Breakfast | February 11, 9:00–10:30 a.m.

Stack’em High, Lent is Coming. Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras… all of these names apply to the last day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. At St. Paul’s, Ivy, we will celebrate this feast on Sunday, February 11, with a fabulous pancake breakfast served by our Youth and Master Pancake Flipper Matt Franz. Tickets will be available at the door, and proceeds will help fund the Youth Summer Service Trip to St. James School in Philadelphia: $10 for individuals, $15 for couples, $25 for families, or your donation.

Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 for individuals, $15 for couples and $25 for families, or your donation. Enter the raffle that day and you might get to go home with a King Cake!

Ash Wednesday

The first of the forty days of Lent, Ash Wednesday gets its name from the custom of receiving ashes on our foreheads as a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality. The imposition of the ashes is accompanied by prayer and the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.” Ash Wednesday is a solemn and holy day that sets the tone for the rest of the Lenten season.


Ashes to Go | Ash Wednesday, February 14, 7:00–9:00 a.m.

If your schedule won’t allow you to get to our noon church service on Ash Wednesday, Fr. Justin and Mthr. Amanda invite you to stop by Grit Coffee in Crozet on the morning of Ash Wednesday for the imposition of ashes as a reminder of our mortality and our need for God’s forgiveness as we enter the season of Lent. The imposition and accompanying prayer only take a few minutes, so you can get right back on the road to work or school.

Find us in front of Grit Coffee in Old Trail, 1110 Old Trail Dr., Crozet, VA 22932

Ash Wednesday Worship | February 14, 12:00 p.m.

The richest way to mark the beginning of Lent is by attending an Ash Wednesday service. This year, our Ash Wednesday service will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., and will include Holy Communion, special readings, prayer, and the imposition of ashes to mark the beginning of Lent.

In our sanctuary at St. Paul’s, Ivy Episcopal Church, 851 Owensville Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Lenten Movie Viewing and Discussion | February 14, 5:30 p.m.

Our journey through Lent with C.S. Lewis begins on Ash Wednesday. Join us in the Parish Hall at 5:30 p.m. for a viewing of The Most Reluctant Convert, a 60-minute biographical drama of the life of C.S. Lewis, followed by a brief discussion. Popcorn and beverages will be provided, and snacks brought to share are always welcome! Read about the corresponding Lenten devotional below.

Please note : the imposition of ashes will be available in the Parish Hall before the movie. There will not be an Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 p.m. this year. We hope you’ll be able to join us for the Ash Wednesday service at noon instead.

Lenten Formation and Devotionals

Living Your Faith begins February 21

Wednesdays,  February 21 – March 20 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Parish Hall

Join Fr. Justin and Mthr. Amanda for this popular small group series that offers an opportunity to explore our Christian faith, the Episcopal tradition, and life in community at St. Paul’s, Ivy in a fun and accessible way. All are welcome – whether you’re a lifelong Episcopalian or you’re brand new to the church. Even folks who have participated previously are encouraged to attend again – not only are the groups different every time, but our conversations are too!

Nursery care can be provided if needed. For more information, please contact Mthr. Amanda. To sign up online click here.

C.S. Lewis and the Delightful, Diabolical Daring of Lent

A Lenten Companion to “The Screwtape Letters” 

The 40 days of Lent poetically evoke the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness being “tested by the devil” – and in one of his most beloved works of fiction, C.S. Lewis turned a satirical, insightful eye on the idea of such “testing.”

“The Screwtape Letters” is a playful, perceptive study of human life and struggle through the eyes of two fanciful characters: Wormwood, a young demon-in-training, and Screwtape, his uncle and mentor. Through 31 letters – by turns comic and devastating – Screwtape advises his nephew about how best to sabotage a human being’s attempts to live a faithful, fruitful, beautiful life.

This Lent, we will participate in Jesus’ 40 days of being “tested in the wilderness” by walking with C.S. Lewis, leaning into the power of literature to provoke thought and inspire action. With humor, wit, and imagination, Lewis explores an array of familiar, everyday struggles – and thereby helps us chart a way forward, into the delight and renewal of Easter morning and beyond.

This devotional is appropriate for adults and older teens. You will also need a Bible and a copy of “The Screwtape Letters,” available at online booksellers for under $10, or as a free pdf file here. Pick up a printed copy of the devotional in the church or parish hall, or download the electronic version here.

40 Day “Love Builds Up” Lenten Family Challenge

The 40-Day ‘Love Builds Up’ Family Challenge is the perfect way for families of all shapes and sizes to strengthen spiritual muscles and emotional health during Lent.  We could all use a little training – and a little practice!

Here’s the challenge: For each of the six weeks of Lent, spend some time at the beginning of the week reading that week’s Bible passage together.  Talk as a family about the suggested topic, using the devotional’s optional conversation prompts if you like. Commit to taking on an action or practice for that week – and then just watch as the Realm of God fills, strengthens, and beautifies your home and the world!

This thoughtful and engaging Lenten resource comes complete with an editable page on which you can enter any events on your family’s calendar – service projects, upcoming worship services, and other Lenten activities – before printing. The result is a devotional that looks and feels like your own, organically integrated into the life of your family and congregation. Pick up a printed copy in the church or parish hall, or download the electronic version here.

S’Mores and More Youth Gatherings in Lent

Sundays, 5:00–6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
During Lent at our S’Mores & More Youth Gatherings, our Youth will explore this time for reflection and fasting through Lenten activities and discussions. As a group, led by Director of Children and Youth Formation Audi Barlow, with assistance from Kevin Lonabough, they will work toward discovering that Lent is not just about self-denial for its own sake, but that it can be a time of meaningful sacrifice, service, and self-reflection.

Remember a loved one or give thanks for a joyful occasioN with a Donation for Easter Flowers

Honorary Easter Flower Donations | Accepted Through Friday, March 15

Remember a loved one or give thanks for a joyful occasion by making an honorary donation for Easter flowers for our beautiful Easter services. Donation forms can be found at the back of the church, in the church office at Kirklea, or in the Parish Hall. You can also submit your form and donation online.

Donations in any amount are welcome and checks should be made out to “St. Paul’s, Ivy” with “Easter Flowers” in the memo line. Forms and payment are due by Friday, March 15. Your remembrance or thanksgiving will be listed in the Easter Sunday bulletins.

Worship with us Palm Sunday through Holy WEek

Palm Sunday Worship | March 24

Holy Eucharist Rite I | 8:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite II with Children’s Chapel | 10:30 a.m.
Contemplative Evening Prayer | 5:30 p.m.

Palm Sunday begins our observance of Holy Week, as we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with the distribution of blessed palm leaves and a joyful procession into the church. The mood shifts quickly  when we turn to a reading of the Passion, where we remember the final moments of Jesus’ life and his death on the cross. The dramatic shift from joy to sadness on Palm Sunday serves as a frame and foundation for the rest of Holy Week.

*Please note: there will be no Children’s Formation, Rector’s Forum, or Youth Gathering on Palm Sunday. The nursery will be available for the morning services only.

The Paschal Triduum – The Three Holy Days

On Maundy Thursday, we enter into the last stretch of Holy Week, which takes us through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and into our celebrations of Easter that begin at our Easter Vigil on the night before Easter Sunday. Although we worship in different ways on each of these days, these three days are intended to be observed as one liturgical service that begins on Maundy Thursday, reaches its summit with our celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord at the Easter Vigil, and continues through the Easter Sunday liturgies. If any of these services are new to you, we encourage you to come and participate, and experience for yourself this sacred way of walking with Jesus in his last three days.

Maundy Thursday | March 28

Maundy Thursday Worship with Foot-washing, Concurrent Children’s Service, and Stripping of the Altar
Thursday, March 28 | 5:30 p.m. 

On Maundy Thursday, we enter the The Holy Triduum with Jesus and his disciples on the night before his death, through our remembrance of the Last Supper and the ritual of foot-washing (optional, but encouraged). The name ‘Maundy Thursday’ comes from the Latin mandatum, or mandate, and is used for this holy night because this is the night Jesus gave a mandate to his disciples: to love one another as he loved them. The Stripping of the Altar happens at the end of this service and provides us with a brief but powerful reminder of Jesus’ humiliation before his death. During this portion of the service, the lights are turned down as the clergy remove all decorative items from the chancel area and wash the bare altar. At the end of the service, we all leave in silence as we prepare for the darkness and solemnity of Good Friday. Our sisters and brothers in Christ at Mt. Calvary Baptist church will be invited to join us for this special service.

Children will begin the service with their adults, and then be led to the Children’s Chapel for a concurrent Children’s Maundy Thursday service including foot washing, simulation of the Last Supper, and stripping of the Children’s altar. Special crafts and a pizza dinner will be provided.

Nursery care will be available from 5:15–7:30 p.m, for children ages birth through 3 years old.

Good Friday | March 29

Good Friday Worship
Friday, March 29| 12:00 p.m.

In this service, we enter into the mystery of God’s love revealed on the hard wood of the cross, “a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.” Join us as we remember what Jesus suffered for us, and experience the feelings of sorrow and regret that arise for our share in the brokenness of the world. It is a day of intense sorrow, but it is a sorrow that holds tightly to Christian hope.

Good Friday Children’s Stations of the Cross
Friday, March 29 |
12:00 p.m., St. Paul’s, Ivy Grounds

On Good Friday, we continue the tradition of recounting each step of Jesus’ final journey to the cross. Children and their adults are invited to join us as we enter into the mystery of God’s love revealed on the hard wood of the cross through our intergenerational of Stations of the Cross. We’ll process through the church grounds as we recount each step of Jesus’ final journey to the cross. If you are interested in learning more, please email Audi Barlow, Director of Children and Youth Formation.

Holy Saturday | March 30

Holy Saturday Worship
Saturday, March 30 | 10:30 a.m., St. Paul’s, Ivy Graveyard

Experience the “in-between time” of Holy Saturday morning, a threshold day of waiting, when all is still and death seems to have had the last word. We will gather in the graveyard to remember loved ones who have died in the Christian hope. This service will be a time for quiet prayer, where, in the midst of the budding flowers of Spring, we will hope to catch a glimpse of resurrection life to come. Nursery care will not be provided for this service.

Easter Celebrations

Our Easter worship begins the night before with the Vigil and the lighting of the Paschal Candle. On Easter morning, we will continue our celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord and the Christian hope it brings to the world with three services and one Easter egg hunt!

The Great Vigil of Easter | Saturday, March 30

The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, March 30 | 8:00 p.m.

The most significant church service of the whole Christian year, this dramatic service of extraordinary depth and beauty leads us through the profound shift from the darkness of Good Friday and Holy Saturday and into the beauty and light of the resurrection of our Lord on Easter. It begins in the darkened church, and consists of four parts: The Service of Light (kindling of new fire outside the church, lighting the Paschal candle); The Service of Lessons (the telling of the story of our salvation history); Baptisms, Confirmations and Receptions into The Episcopal Church (on occasion); and the very first Eucharist of Easter. After the service, join us for a cake and bubbly reception in the Parish Hall. Please note: this service lasts about 2 hours. Incense will be present, and nursery care will not be provided.

Easter Sunday | March 31

Family Service with Choir and Brass (Rite II) | 9:00 a.m.
This joyful and boisterous service will feature music from our choir, organ, and a brass ensemble, as well as an Easter children’s homily. An Easter egg hunt on the lawn will follow. Nursery care will be provided.




Easter Sunday Children’s Easter Egg Hunt | 10:00 a.m., St. Paul’s, Ivy Lawn
Bring your baskets to the 9:00 a.m. service and stay for our beloved Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn!


Traditional Easter Service with Choir and Brass (Rite II) | 11:00 a.m.
Our final service on Easter morning will again feature special music from the choir, organ, and a brass ensemble. Nursery care will be provided. No children’s chapel at this service, and no Youth Gathering this evening.

Church Office Closed | Monday through Friday, April 1-5.

Please note that the church office will be closed the week following Easter Sunday (Monday through Friday, April 1–5). In case of a pastoral emergency, please click here or call the church office at 434-979-6354‬ and you will be directed to the clergy on call. We look forward to seeing you in church again on Sunday, April 6.