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Jesus said to them, “Come and see.”  - John 1:39a

The congregation of Ware Episcopal Church is a wonderful mixture of newcomers and others who have made Ware their church home for years. It is a warm and congenial group who shares their time and talents with one another and the community. The congregation numbers about 325 members, with another 40 who attend and take part in worship and the church programs.


Sunday Services
8:30 Holy Eucharist - quiet communion service
9:30 Adult Christian Education Class (September-May)
10:30 Holy Eucharist - communion service with choirs
(Sunday School for young people during the 10:30 service September-May)


Our People

About half the congregation are families and individuals holding jobs, pursuing careers, or owners of small businesses. They are attorneys, bankers, business owners, college professors, computer experts, contractors, doctors, corporate representatives, counselors, electricians, engineers, financial advisors, government employees, members of the military, nurses, planners, secretaries, school administrators, ship builders, teachers and watermen.

The other half of the congregation is retired, with about half of that group being single. They are an active crowd at church and numerous community groups. Their work experience mirrors those who are employed.

Young families with children are a smaller part of the congregation, and the children are the core of the Acolytes, Christian Education Program, and Youth Group. They are talented and they are fun!

Our Community

Gloucester Country is surrounded by rivers and bays! The boating and fishing are great and there’s a plentiful supply of seafood. The area near Ware Church is at the convergence of several major roads that lead to the metropolitan communities around Hampton Roads. This has resulted in employment and housing growth and the arrival of a number of national retailers. Located east of Richmond and north of Yorktown, Gloucester has a population 37,385 with a projected annual growth rate of 3.9%. The area around Ware is expected to grow by 5.2% over the next five years. Major employers include the Gloucester County School System, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and Walter Reed Hospital. The county has wonderful public schools and there are quality independent schools serving the area. Gloucester is easily accessible to Newport News, Richmond, and Williamsburg, Virginia.

Our Transition

Ware Church is currently in transition, working with the Diocese of Virginia and following an established process to select a new permanent Rector. We expect to secure an Interim in the near future, and in the meantime we are drawing upon a talented pool of local Episcopal “supply clergy” for the conduct of Sunday services.