St. Margaret's Church makes every effort to make the language of worship conform to our conviction that the nature of God embraces both male and female and that men and women are equal in God's sight. Therefore, in our worship, we take our Bible readings from the New Revised Standard Version, the best translation currently available in this aspect, and Psalms from inclusive language sources. In our liturgies, we make minimal but symbolically important changes in the language of the prayer book in accord with our commitment to inclusive expression. Some historical texts, like the Lord's Prayer, that are widely known and loved are left unaltered, as is copyrighted material, such as hymns and anthems. In those texts, as in the ones that are changed, we recognize and affirm both the masculine and feminine in God.
The Altar Guild provides us with a beautiful space and the simple implements needed to celebrate the Eucharist.
They clean, polish, dust and maintain the beauty of our sanctuary.
For more information please contact Florence Palmer at 301.445.2879 or via email at email@example.com
St. Margaret's community is a community that appreciates the aesthetic and is blessed with simple yet stunning arrangements of flowers on the high altar, under the central altar, around the lecterns, and on special occasions at the baptistry, pew ends, and even the columbarium.
The flower guild is currently accepting volunteers. While it is helpful, flower arranging skills are not necessary. If you would like to join this important ministry, please call or email Bob Healy 202-966-4252, firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Every week members of the congregation take the Eucharist directly from the altar to those in the congregation who aren't able to attend church because they are ill or no longer mobile. This ministry is critical in that it keeps us bound together as a community and assures that those who are unable to be with us are visited by lay persons as well as clergy. Though this is a liturgical, not a pastoral role per se, it is a way that we can be alert to the needs of those who are not physically with us. If you would be interested in assisting, please contact Kate Blackburn at email@example.com.
St. Margaret's children and adults offer their consistent presence each Sunday morning at the 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM services. We ensure a seamless service by serving as acolytes, chalice administrators, crucifers, intercessors, lectors and vergers. Interested members should contact head verger Charlie Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a brief training and be included in the rota.
Often the first people that visitors encounter, our ushers strive to welcome all who enter. If you are a member looking for a way to get more involved in the life of the parish, why not consider this ministry? Interested? please contact the Assistant Rector at 202.232.2995, ext. 13 or email@example.com.