Scott hails from Charleston, SC. In middle school, he was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church, and a few years later first felt a call to ordained ministry. He attended Furman University where he majored in Chemistry and Religion, as well as began his career in Youth Ministry. After graduation, he moved to Corpus Christi, TX where he served as the Director of Youth Ministries at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
Sent from the Diocese of West Texas, he earned his MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary, and was subsequently ordained. From 2017 to 2020, he served as the Chaplain at Christchurch School and Priest-in-Charge of Vauter's Episcopal Church. He was called to Ware Church in July of 2020. His wife, Pilar, is also an Episcopal priest and serves at St. Stephen's in Heathsville. They have a daughter, Charlene, who is one year old.
A native of Panama, Ana has been a Gloucester resident for the last 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua, Catholic University in Panama. Most of her professional experience has been in banking, as well Real Estate and most recently she became a Patient Care Aide (PCA) which has become her passion for the last 4 years, as a Caregiver for the elderly.
She is an active member of Church of St. Therese where she volunteers for different ministries, including being in the choir and she leads the Art and Environment Ministry. She enjoys her free time being at home with her dog Charlie and her recently rescued cat Mr. Roger. Baking, gardening and flower arrangement are some of her hobbies. Back in her country she was a folk dancer and was member of the Ballet Folklorico Panameno Directed by the Professor Elisa de Cespedes. Performing is another of her passions and she has been dancing and promoting her country through her performances in schools, churches, libraries, festivals, etc. around the Hampton Roads and Middle Peninsula areas. Visits with her family back home and around the USA are her biggest joy.
In this season of COVID, we are holding our worship services outside on the south side of the Historic Church. As the pandemic guidelines change, so will our worship services. This fall, we will move back to a two-service schedule: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The 8:30 a.m. service will be held in the Historic Church, provided health markers are maintained; the 10:30 a.m. service will be held in the pavilion, under the heat lamps. Both services will include a service of Holy Eucharist.
We have ample parking in front of the Church and the Parish House. Some of our parking places are designated as handicapped spaces for those with disabilities. You will also find several parking spaces marked especially for our visitors. If you are new to our parish, these are for you.
You should expect to be greeted warmly and made to feel welcome and at home. Ushers will hand you a bulletin for that day's service and will answer any questions you may have. At the end of the service, the Priest will greet you as you leave, and many members of the congregation usually linger outside the door to greet friends and visitors. A Coffee Hour is held in the Parish House (September – May) and on the church grounds at the church door (June – August) after the 10:30 a.m. service, and we invite you to stay for fellowship, conversation, coffee and refreshments. You will also be encouraged to take a few minutes to fill out a "Visitor Information Card" and leave it with an usher or give directly to the priest.
Worship services at Ware Church are open to all; anyone may attend and worship.
There is never a cost to worship at Ware. Contributions to the church are entirely voluntary. We pass a collection plate. Anyone may contribute as they wish.
There is no dress code at Ware. Many parishioners wear what could be described as "business casual" attire. You may also see tee-shirts and jeans. You'll see a few suits and a few more formal dresses. Come as you are most comfortable.
At Ware Church we have two Sunday morning worship services. The central act of worship in the Episcopal Church is the Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion. The liturgy (or format) for both services is found in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and in The Hymnal 1982 (hymnal). The weekly church bulletin will guide you to necessary sections of the BCP and the hymnal. Both books are found in the pews. If you are new to worship in the Episcopal Church, the best way to learn the liturgy is to experience it. Don’t get frustrated trying to keep up with all that happens your first visit. Just be present. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and heart. It is helpful to sit with someone who is very familiar with the liturgy. Ask an usher to introduce you to someone that is willing to guide you through the service.
Music is an important part of our worship. We have an excellent Sanctuary Choir, which welcomes new members who wish to help lead the congregation.
All baptized Christians are invited to share Holy Communion at Ware Church, regardless of denomination. However, if you are not Episcopalian, your own denomination may have instructions for you on this matter. If you have not been baptized, we invite you to come forward for a blessing.
At Ware, we use real wine and small wafers for Communion. The Ushers will assist in getting you to and from the communion rail. There are a variety of options when it comes to receiving Communion. First, you may stand or kneel to receive. When the priest comes by with the bread (wafers), hold out your crossed open hands and the bread will be placed there. You may consume the bread then or wait until the Chalicer comes by with the wine, touch the bread lightly to the wine, and then consume it. You may also drink wine directly from the chalice (the common cup). When the Chalicer reaches you, take the base of the chalice lightly with your thumb and forefinger and assist in bringing the chalice to your lips. If you wish to receive the bread only, simply cross your arms over your chest as the Chalicer approaches. Those who are not baptized and those wishing to receive a blessing only are always invited to come to the communion rail for a blessing. Indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest. If you have difficulty approaching the altar rail for communion, let an Usher know and it will be our honor to bring the Sacrament to you in your pew.
When Gloucester County was opened for settlement in 1651 it was divided into four parishes: Ware, Kingston, Petsworth and Abingdon. Petsworth Parish no longer exists while the others are active Episcopal congregations. There isn’t an exact establishment date, but 1652 is generally accepted.
Why the name Ware Parish? There’s no clear answer other than that the Ware River is near by. The parish was formed after the execution of Charles I in England and before Charles II was crowned king. During this period the offices of the Bishop of London and The Book of Common Prayer were abolished. Yet the colony in Virginia remained loyal to the monarchy. In the parish’s earliest days they worshiped on Ware Neck near Glen Roy Plantation.
All that’s left at that site are the soft brick foundations of two buildings and a single grave marker. Early Virginia churches were built of wood and many fell quickly into disrepair. Ware’s first known rector (1655-1672) was the Rev’d Alexander Moray (or Murray) who came to Virginia after an attempt failed to return Charles II to the throne.
Mordecai Cooke (1650-1718), a Vestryman of Ware Parish, gave an acre of ground near his home ‘Mordecai’s Mount’ now known as ‘Church Hill’ for the construction of a new church. During the tenure of the Rev’d James Clack, third rector of the Parish from 1679 to 1723, a petition was submitted to the Council and General Court in Williamsburg in April 1681 for another church. Tradition and research by the Rev’d William Byrd Lee, 12th rector of Ware, indicated that the church was completed circa 1690.
Careful study of the brickwork and the mortar mixtures along with an examination of the roof structure indicate that the church was finished sometime after 1718. The lack of Ware’s seventeenth and eighteenth century vestry books and registers has obscured much of the church’s early history.
Despite the loss of records, Ware's history has been described in a few works. Virginia's Bishop William Meade wrote about Ware's history in Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia (1857) and the Rev'd William Byrd Lee wrote an account in Colonial Churches: A Series of Sketches of Churches in the Original Colony of Virginia (1907). The World of Ware Parish (1991) is a more contemporary account by Spotswood H. Jones.
The first American-born rector was the Rev’d John Fox, rector from 1737-1758. Educated at the College of William and Mary, he sailed to England and was ordained deacon and priest by the Bishop of London in 1731. On September 11th of that year he was given a license “for performing the duty of Minister in the Colony of Virginia in America.” Ware is fortunate to have the original license.
After the American Revolution the population of Gloucester County fell into decline. New areas in western Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee opened and there was land for anyone wishing to settle there. The church of Petsworth Parish ceased to exist and its third church building, which had been described as one of the grandest in Virginia, fell into disrepair and was torn down in the late 1800’s.
Ware Church continued after the American Revolution and was recorded in 1785 as one of the founding parishes of the Diocese of Virginia. Unfortunately, Ware’s deputation did not attend the meeting.
Repairs are part of the church’s history with the first known one occurring in 1827. Later the Rev’d Charles Mann, rector from 1837 to 1878, was authorized to have chimneys placed in the church. Evidently they didn’t prove satisfactory and stovepipes again projected through the walls. In 1854 the church was again repaired, re-roofed, and this time altered. The floor of the chancel was extended over the tombs in the east end of the church. The flagstone aisles were removed along with the box pews and new flooring installed with modern pews. The church remains in this configuration.
Federal troops camped in the churchyard during the Civil War. The interior was badly damaged and repairs were finally made in 1878. Just inside the churchyard wall are the graves of two unknown confederate soldiers who died in 1862 at Burgh Westra which was used as a hospital. In the early twentieth century the church had the last wood shake roof removed and the present slate one installed.
During the rectorship of The Rev’d Robert A. Magill (1925-1932) more repairs were made to the church. Beginning in 1926 through 1927, extensive renovations were made to the interior with the church receiving electric lights and the present pulpit, dentil molding, choir seating, communion rail, lectern, Altar and the framing of the reredos tablet with its Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer and Summary of the Law. The area under the gallery was enclosed to provide class rooms.
In 1952 a modern Parish House was completed in an architectural style compatible with the church providing five classrooms, a chapel, parlor, kitchen, large parish hall and, for the first time, indoor plumbing. It received an addition in 1979 of a library, church offices, sacristy and the Chapel of the Christ Child. In 1986 the memorial garden was opened providing a special place for those wishing cremation.
Two major additions were completed as Ware entered the 21st century. A seventeen rank Casavant Freres pipe organ was installed fulfilling the dream of the Rev’d Reginald W. Eastman, rector from 1942 to 1975. It was dedicated in his honor and to Judge John E. DeHardit, church organist for forty-seven years. The adjoining twenty acre parcel with its two bedroom house and other buildings was purchased for the future growth of the congregation. With this acquisition Ware’s grounds have grown to thirty-one acres protecting one of Virginia’s earliest churches.
First to be buried at Ware was the Rev’d James Clack who, at the beginning of his ministry had the vision of a new church for Ware Parish. He lived to see its completion and his grave is just east of the center of the east wall of the church. Ware is graced with a cemetery of more than 900 individuals. One can find markers honoring everyday folk, unknown Confederate soldiers, generals, children, veterans, doctors, the clergy, judges, attorneys and statesmen
In all of Ware’s years there have been twenty rectors; many of whom served for more than thirty or forty years. Ware is an active congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia with two choirs, adult Christian education, emergency housing at Ware Cottage, and groups for children and adults. A host of community organizations meet in the Parish House. Parish life is a far cry from the days of the early nineteenth century when Dr. William Taliaferro, Sr. read Morning Prayer and old Mrs. Vanbibber sat in the box pews so there would be a congregation. Today you will find a congregation beginning its 21st century history. Come be a part of it!
Ware Church is a vibrant parish. We have multiple opportunities each week to engage in worship, community, learning, and service. As you scroll through our website, the consistent point of contact for information will be our parish administrator. Click the link below to email Ana directly.
There are so many ways to support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways to get our message to your friends and family.
7825 John Clayton Memorial Highway, Gloucester, Virginia 23061, United States
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 2pm
Friday - Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Worship Service at 9:30 am