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October 2016 : Scenes from our annual homecoming and revival services

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Our beloved sunrise Thanksgiving service

Our much-loved sunrise Thanksgiving service—first held during the aftermath of the Civil War—will be held again this year, beginning at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.

As usual, there will be a season-appropriate message from a guest speaker, music, scripture, and prayer, followed by a light continental breakfast with opportunities for conversation and fellowship.

This is a joint service with our sister congregations from Shiloh New Site and Mt. Zion churches in Fredericksburg.

Originally, the service was held at dawn because so many Shiloh members were not granted any holiday from work on Thanksgiving. Yet they wanted to give thanks, especially for the end of legal  slavery in the United States.

We have continued the tradition of meeting at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning as a way of giving thanks for our own blessings as well as a way of honoring our ancestors, who endured so much for so long.

All are welcome.

Pre-Thanksgiving service of music and reflection

Our Walker Auxiliary will again sponsor its annual service of music and reflection on the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving. The Rev. E. L. Smiling will be the guest speaker. The thoughtful service always concludes with a circle of candles in the sanctuary, accompanied by singing. All are welcome.

Healthy life style program December 3

A special program on preventing and managing chronic diseases through adopting a healthy life style will be presented at Shiloh Old Site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2016.

The program is sponsored by the Community Wellness Coalition, of which Shiloh Old Site is a part. The primary presenter will be Thomas Roberson, a board-certified physician's assistant affiliated with Botanical Bites. A light luncheon will follow the presentation.

To aid in planning, please indicate that you plan to attend by contacting Marva Moore. You can share information on the program with others by downloading and printing a flyer, which can be found by clicking here.

Nearby garage offers 3 hours free parking

If you ever find parking difficult near the church, remember that there is almost always 3 hours of free parking available in the city-owned parking garage just two short blocks away.

The garage is at the corner of Sophia and Wolfe streets. The auto entrance is on the Wolfe Street side, with a pedestrian exit right onto Sophia Street.

New page for online giving to Shiloh Old Site

Shiloh Old Site's online giving page has changed. It's easier than ever to use, and more enhanced features will be added soon. You can connect to the new page by clicking here.

A word of welcome

We are pleased and honored…

We are pleased and honored to welcome you to Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), located at 801 Sophia Street in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Whether you are younger or older or somewhere in between, whether you live alone or are part of a larger family, we think you'll be pleased with what you find at Shiloh Old Site.

We are a fellowship of people who believe that God has no outcasts. We are convinced that there should be no walls of exclusion, no barriers to God's grace. At Shiloh Old Site, everyone is welcome. Because there are no bounds to God's love, we put no bounds on ours. So no matter who… [more]

Sunday highlights:   July 10, 2016

Click below to sit in on a portion of our 11 a.m. service the Sunday after two more young African American men were gunned down by police and five police officers were gunned down by a deranged individual in Dallas, Texas.

Minister Ritta Armstead presides, our Men's Chorus provides moving music, and our pastor, the Rev. Aaron L. Dobynes, delivers a strong sermon on those things that need to anchor our lives "in times like these" so that we might channel our rightful anger in constructive ways.

New on this site

History celebration photos

We have a new page that features a number of outdoor photos taken during the celebration of Shiloh Old Site's inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The celebration was held in front of our building on Sunday afternoon, April 10, 2016. To take a look, click here.


Discover more about our inspiring history

We have a new web page by our archives and history committee that offers an inspiring look at our congregation's long and significant history, including our many involvements in the struggle for social, political, and racial justice. Many photos are included. To learn more, click here.

Learn about Lott Carey's global mission work

We have a new page about our support of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention. The page includes a 5-minute video in which former U.S. ambassador (and Shiloh member) Pamela Bridgewater-Awkard tells why she loves and supports Lott Carey's work around the world. To learn more, click here.

Take advantage of fast and easy online giving

We have a new page on our web site that provides a fast and easy way to contribute online to Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site). You can set up a one-time gift or a repeating transaction. You can give to the overall budget of the church or designate for a particular program or ministry. To learn more, click here.

Update your personal information

We have a handy on-line form that you can use to submit (or update) personal information about yourself for use in the church records. This includes name, address, and contact information, as well as a number of personal preferences. Open the form by clicking here.

A Moment in Time: 1854
A Moment in Time: 1890
A Moment in Time: 1914

We have some new pages that convey this congregation's history at particular moments in time. You'll find descriptions of important events, photographs, maps, and even listings of names, reflecting some of the people who played either larger or smaller roles in this congregation's history. The first "Moment in Time" page that we created focuses on 1890, the year that we rebuilt our damaged sanctuary, a year of great energy and vision. You can view the "Moment in Time" pages by clicking on them under the "History" tab at the top of this page, or sample the 1890 page by clicking here. Or, to sample our "Moment in Time" page that focuses on 1914, click here. Or for a listing of members in 1854, including newly added information about some of them, click here.


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