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Vol. 5, Issue 1 — January 2019

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year from Boys Home of Virginia! We hope your 2019 has begun well, both in your private lives and in the churches that you call home. We are always looking for new churches to visit and would love to come to yours during your morning worship service! Please call or email Lauren at (540) 965-7714 or if interested.

Thank you to our Christmas Sponsors!
Boys Home would like to thank all of our Christmas sponsors for the Christmas gift program. Sponsors make it possible for each student to have a special Christmas at Boys Home. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity poured out by our sponsors. We wish each of you could see the happy faces of the young men as they open their presents each year! Thank you! 
 Group of students and staff during the Christmas party

A Note from Chaplain Anne Grizzle
Chapel at Boys Home is fortunate to have the gift of a new music volunteer. Martha Ann Burford, music minister at Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington, VA, came to lead songs for our Christmas carol and communion service. Martha Ann brings extensive professional gifts and abilities to engage the students through leading songs in the style of Paperless Music. She uses listening and singing and call and response in order to engage the audience. She had all of the students singing loud and then soft, and in rounds. Drums, bells, and additional instruments added variety and fun to make the singing lively in praise to God. Martha Ann has great gifts for our community at Boys Home. She is planning to continue volunteering at Boys Home several times a month. We are grateful for her willingness to bring our music alive in new ways as she comes to participate in Chapel. 

Martha Ann Buford leading songs during chapel at Boys Home 

Christmas Spectacular "A Christmas to Believe In"
Boys Home held "A Christmas to Believe In" on Friday, December 14, 2018. Students, staff, and members of the local community were in attendance. 
"A Christmas to Believe In" is the story of a teenager, who has never heard of the Christmas story, finding belief in Christ. Set in modern times, the teenager becomes curious about the meaning of Christmas. He learns about the angel Gabriel, Zechariah, Elizabeth, and the miracles of God that led to the Virgin Mary becoming the Mother of Jesus Christ. The teenager becomes very nervous for Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus as he learns of King Herod's evil plot to be the "King of Kings." The teen celebrates as they find safety by fleeing Israel and becoming refugees in Egypt until the angel tells them it is safe to return. At the end of the play, the teenager decides that he does believe the story and knows that Christ will always be with him. With his newfound Christmas spirit, he leads the Christmas carolers in song. 
Jacy Burdette, English and theater teacher, said she plans to continue the Christmas play next year. She said she enjoyed watching the students progress as they practiced and prepared. Jacy feels her theater program provides an outlet for those who are not participating in other activities. Jacy is proud of the students and their hard work, commitment, and team work. She said it is very rewarding to watch the students build self confidence and improve their communication skills and she is already looking forward to next year's production!
Teachers Ms. Sig and Mr. Sarratt and student Jude during the play
Students singing a Christmas carol
Students singing with guitar accompaniment

 How Can I Help?
If your congregation would like a visit from Boys Home, please contact Lauren at and we will work to set it up. We look forward to visiting as many parishes as possible to share the Boys Home story.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

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