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Worship In Person

2nd Saturday Church and Dinner

Saturday, April 20 at 5:00 p.m.

2nd Saturday Church is intergenerational, inclusive and family-friendly. At this month’s service we’ll celebrate the joy of the Easter season on the THIRD Saturday, April 20, at 5:00 p.m.

There will be opportunities for kids to participate by ushering, greeting, lighting the candles, and more. Come early to get the job you want! Our service will be followed by dinner and fellowship in the Ministry Center.

If you’d like to join our 2nd Saturday singers and musicians (all ages welcome!), please contact Susan McGuire or Denis McMullan.

Please RSVP below for dinner so that we can make sure we have enough.

CELEBRATE EARTH SUNDAY ON APRIL 21

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.

Got kids? Sunday School happens 10:35 to 11:30 a.m.

Flower Donations for the Sanctuary and Chapel

We welcome the gift of flowers at the Sanctuary Altar for weekly services. The cost is $50, tax deductible, as a gift to the Church. Following services, the flowers will be delivered to home-bound parishioners. Please download the form HERE and submit to the Church Office two weeks prior to your requested date along with your check. You may pay online HERE (select “Flowers” from the Fund menu). For questions or if you wish to give flowers for the Chapel, please contact Lolly Mixter.

Sunday

Children’s Chapel during the 9:30 a.m. service (beginning October 1)

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

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.


Register for Children and Youth Activities!

Sunday School for Pre-K–6th Grade meets from 10:35 to 11:30 a.m. Learn more.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (4-year olds and kindergarten) Room 309 (3rd floor)

Godly Play (1st–4th graders) Rooms 310 and 313 (3rd floor)

Faith in Action (5th and 6th graders) Lilian Croy Room (1st floor)

Sunday School for 7th–12th Grade meets at 10:35 to 11:30 a.m. Learn more.

Middle School meets in the old library (1st floor)

High School meets in McGill Hall (2nd floor)

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.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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!

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Worship Ministry

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.

Digital Ministry:

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.

Eucharistic Ministers:

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.

Greeters:

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.

Music Ministry:

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!

Ushers:

Provide assistance in seating, handing out bulletins, and other logistics for services.