Parish Life


St. Margaret's is a bunch of seekers who care deeply, laugh regularly, and take our faith seriously, but not ourselves. The practice of radical hospitality is essential to us. We break bread together with joy, rejoice in our mutual gifts with gusto, and support one another through the challenges of life. If you want a piece of the action, come on over. If something below speaks to you, give a shout to the folks listed, or to the clergy, and we'll hook you up.  

20s and 30s Group

The St. Margaret's 20s and 30s group hosts a monthly brunch (usually on the 2nd Sunday of the month) as well as service opportunities throughout the year.  Join the St. Margaret's 20's and 30's Email Group for more information! 

Sunday Coffee Hour

After each Sunday service, Parishioners host "Coffee Hour" in the fellowship hall, providing light refreshments for anyone and everyone. While friends catch up on the week's happenings, new members and visitors connect with old timers in the parish and begin building strong and lasting relationships in a relaxed atmosphere. If you'd like to volunteer to bring food for coffee hour, please contact Susan Woods Schneider.


Parish Potluck Groups 

It is easy with our busy lives to feel disconnected from others. For those who wish to meet and get to know other members, joining a St. Margaret's Potluck Group may be the answer.  Interested parishioners are placed in groups that choose a regular time each month to meet to share a meal and fellowship. Group members rotate hosting, and each participant brings a dish to share, often around a specific theme, cuisine, or occasion. If you would like to join a Potluck Supper group, please contact Ms. Carlin Rankin


Lenten Madness

For years St. Margaret's has thrown a parish-wide party the evening before Lent begins. We celebrate our Anglican roots and love of Mardi Gras with pancakes and jambalaya. During the week before Easter, when Lent ends, we have a simple supper together on Maundy Thursday, with parishioner John McCall's legendary lamb stew. And of course on Easter Sunday, we kick it old school. There are deviled eggs and little crustless cucumber sandwiches. 

For more information about helping out with any of these annual Lenten gatherings, please contact Lou Steadwell


Annual Picnic

Each spring, we have a parish picnic, usually in Rock Creek Park.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring a side-dish to share. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know other members of our community of faith better, and see how good they are at ultimate frisbee. For more information about the Annual Picnic please contact Gary Collins.




Blessing of the Animals 

In observance of the feast day of St. Francis, we offer a blessing of the pets on the steps of St. Margaret's on a Sunday in early October. Bring your beloved pet of any variety to this most delightful short service. Of course, all animal companions are welcome to come to the regular service on that Sunday as well!  Click here to see the photos from 2010.  


Rummage Sale

St. Margaret's is known throughout Washington for our spectacular Rummage Sale held every fall. You don't want to miss rummage madness. Plus, you get to shop ahead of time. Ask the rector about how she scored a Prada purse one year.