This weekend (June 3–4) there will be no Saturday service. There will be one service on Sunday, June 4 at the 10:00 a.m.
The Rt. Rev’d E. Mark Stevenson will be with us to confirm, receive, reaffirm youth and adults into the Episcopal Church. Our summer Parish Picnic will follow, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m. on the Front Lawn! Learn more.
Face masks are optional. Administration of a common cup of wine for communion happens via standing stations. The clergy will direct the congregation to which side of the standing stations it will be available.
Trinity Sunday Choral Evensong
Sunday, June 4 at 5:00 p.m.
Holy Comforter’s England Pilgrimage Singers will present a service of evensong followed by an elegant reception. Music will include Harold Friedell’s Evening Service in F Major, “Pilgrims’ Hymn” by Stephen Paulus, and Peter Nardone’s Preces and Responses in D-flat. Join us, and bring a friend!
2nd Saturday Church for Kids of ALL AGES
Every 2nd Saturday at 5:00 p.m. join us in the Chapel for a child-friendly service including live guitar music and Shrine Mont songs! Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and fellowship will follow in the Ministry Center. Please RSVP to Sherryl Dorch so that we know how much food to provide. Not just for kids—ALL AGES are welcome.
Communion at Home: If you would like a pair of Eucharistic Visitors to bring Communion to your home once a month or once every other month, please contact the Church Office.
Drive-Thru Communion: If you are unable to come to church on Sunday, and would still like to receive Drive-Thru Communion in your car, please contact the Church Office at 703-938-6521 by Friday the week before.
Children’s Chapel during the 9:30 a.m. service
Before the gospel, children who would like to go are invited to follow the acolyte with the dove cross to the Chapel, where a children’s book about faith is read and time for conversation, prayer, and response is given. Children are returned to the Sanctuary for the Peace.
Nursery 9:00 a.m.–Noon
Childcare on Sundays for children through age 4 is available in the Nursery, located on the lower level below the Sanctuary.
Coffee and Fellowship Hour following the 9:30 a.m. service (about 10:40 a.m.)
Join us in the church Narthex for coffee and conversation. All are welcome for an informal fellowship hour—a chance to see one another and chat.
Sunday School for Pre-K–6th Grade meets from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m.; Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (4-year olds and kindergarten) Room 309; Godly Play (1st–4th graders) Room 313; Faith in Action (5th and 6th graders) Lower Level Lilian Croy Room Learn more.
Sunday School for 7th–12th Grade meets at 10:40 to 11:30 a.m.; Middle School meets in the old library; High School meets in McGill Hall Learn more.
Children’s Study of the Holy Eucharist
Sunday Bible Study 11:15–Noon on Zoom
PLEASE NOTE: SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY IS ON SUMMER HIATUS
From mid-September through mid-May, we use Feasting on the Word, a curriculum that focuses on one of the lectionary readings each week. Join on Zoom. All are welcome to this drop-in class.
Worship is at the heart of our community. Our experience of God creates a sacred life which changes the way we live, treating ourselves and others with dignity. Fed at Christ’s table, we take that deep nourishment out into the world, recognizing Christ’s presence everywhere. All of our ministries are a response to the love of God we experience around the table. It is a profound claim on our hearts, minds and bodies.
Centering Prayer 1:30 p.m. on Zoom
Please join us for Centering Prayer, a means of Christian meditation that uses a single word for us to rest our attention while we come before the presence of God. This will include a brief check-in, an opening prayer, brief instruction, 20 minutes of silence and then a brief closing prayer. Please follow the link below and follow the prompts.
Men’s Bible Study 6:45–7:45 a.m. on Zoom
Join us on Zoom early for coffee followed by our Bible study. Please contact the Rev. Jon Strand or Ray Wadlow to RSVP. We are using the Bible study guide from St. Stephen’s Richmond—found below—to start out. We will generally meet weekly, taking breaks for holidays and the summer.
Women’s Bible Study 6:45–7:45 a.m. on Zoom
Bible women, especially those who speak, are surprisingly bold! Join us as we explore their voices, many of whom have been silenced or forgotten. Every week, please contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie to be included—first come, first served (limit 20). Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you!
Compline and Conversation 8:00 p.m. on Zoom
PLEASE NOTE: COMPLINE AND CONVERSATION IS ON SUMMER HIATUS
Compline is descended from the night prayers said before bed at the end of the monastic round of daily prayer. You may use our online Prayer Book HERE.
Noonday Prayer 12:00 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook
Join us on our YouTube Channel for a brief 10 to 12 minute meditation.
Helping our community prepare for and celebrate all the services of our liturgical life.
Acolytes & Vergers:
All youth in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to serve in the Acolyte Ministry. Acolytes not only grow spiritually by playing an active, meaningful role in the liturgies, but also develop tremendous leadership skills as they grow from being a young torch bearer to captain of their own team. School volunteer hours can also be earned. Vergers are committed lay people who assist the clergy in the conduct of public worship. Their varied tasks include recruiting, training and directing the acolytes, physical preparation of the worship space, coordination of lay ministers, ordering and marshaling of processions, as well as general safekeeping of the church building. Vergers are selected by the rector.
Run the audio and video for services in the Sanctuary and help live stream and record services—which involves monitoring the sound and video systems to ensure proper volumes, camera coverage, recording and troubleshooting and possible video editing for recorded services. An important part of the ministry is facilitating holiday services which expand the audio and video capabilities throughout the church building to accommodate the increased number of parishioners attending those services.
As Eucharistic Minister, you will serve the chalice of consecrated wine at the altar during Holy Eucharist at Sunday and special services. Lead Eucharistic Ministers assist the Priest in the preparation and serving of the Holy Eucharist, lead the procession, and perform other duties during Saturday services.
Greet people as they arrive at the services and assist any newcomers to find what they might need after the service—an excellent way to help with a person’s journey of faith. All that is needed is a welcoming attitude and every other talent and essential knowledge will develop on its own.
Lectors & Intercessors:
Read the lessons and/or psalm for the day and offer the prayers of the people as assigned for each service.
Bake the bread for our Eucharistic services using a standard recipe and a lot of love. Teams of bakers bake on a rotating basis and are happy to train new recruits.
The Adult Choir and Choristers serve on Sunday mornings and at other special services or events. The Chorister program uses the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) training curriculum called Voice for Life.
St. Mary’s Altar Guild:
Members prepare the worship spaces for the gatherings of God’s people: Holy Eucharist, Evensong, Baptism, Weddings, Funerals, Taize, and special liturgies. We take care of the sacred vessels, linens, and vestments working in teams that rotate weekly. At Christmas and Easter we decorate the church in celebration of our lives together in Christ. The Altar Guild is open to all parishioners ages 14 and up. We will train you!
Provide assistance in seating, handing out bulletins, and other logistics for services.