Here, we strive to live out our mission statement - The people of St. Margaret’s are members of the Body of Christ.
Though our parishioners represent many groups — straight; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning; single, married, and families of all types; older, baby boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials — we like simply being who we are – one Body in the Lord where all are welcome and belong.
Empowered by God, we will work for justice.
St. Margaret’s has been a leader in justice issues and we continue that work daily. We welcomed the first woman to serve as rector in the city of Washington, host Dignity/Washington, celebrate same-sex marriages, and sponsor Charlie’s Place ministry for homeless persons.
Healed by the love of Christ, we will seek to care for all people and God’s creation.
Healing has a place of honor at St. Margaret’s. A healing rite at the altar rail is offered twice a month during Sunday services, and our Lay Eucharistic Visitor program is robust. Outreach programs have attracted members to our parish. In addition to caring for the homeless, we provide Thanksgiving dinners for needy families and give Christmas presents to families served by a local maternal and childcare agency, we furnish apartments for formerly homeless families, and support a medical clinic in Honduras.
Forgiven through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will create a diverse and inclusive community, through worship, prayer and love of neighbor.
As a community, we are proud of our diversity and of how natural that diversity feels when we gather together. Inclusivity and welcomeare core values at St. Margaret’s; they inform all our ministries and our interactions with the community. Over time, great care has been put into our liturgy so that members and visitors will feel honored, respected, and invited into a sacred experience. All are invited to receive communion, which includes bread lovingly baked by our altar guild members. Our style of worship is perceived as reverent to those with a traditional perspective, but also inclusive and comfortable to those who may have been wounded by a church in the past. This spirit of welcome inclusiveness is a long-valued tradition in our community. Friendship between individuals, couples, and families of all orientations are woven throughout our parish life. Beautiful liturgy and music are vital parts of our worship.
Our beautiful worship space, the loving and thoughtful leadership of our clergy, the talents of our accomplished organist/choir master, and the constant welcome, acceptance, and call to new spiritual growth that we receive in St. Margaret’s are among our many blessings. We give thanks in our worship and in the pledges that we make to share our time, treasure, and talent.