Our Ministries

We believe God calls all persons to ministry in various settings: in the church, the community, the world, at work, in church or in their family.  All of our ministries are open to anyone.  Please contact the church office at 301-871-7660 for more information on the ministries and to be connected with the contact person responsible for each ministry. Join us!

Ministries of Worship

Acolytes: Serve at the Altar with the priest every Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service.
Altar Guild: Prepare the altar for communion for each service including linens, decorations, wall hangings and floral arrangements. 
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs): Assist in communion at the church services.
Lectors: Read the Lessons and prayers each Sunday.
Ushers: Welcome everyone at worship service, assist in liturgy and provide general knowledge to newcomers.
Lay Eucharistic Visitor: Spanning pastoral and liturgical lay ministry, those who are trained to bring communion to the homebound or those in hospitals and nursing homes keep the network between the parish and homebound members strong.


Our choirs: Chancel Choir & Sounds of the Spirit Choir
Our program is designed to help the chorister get the most from choir participation. Through music instruction and vocal practice, the chorister develops talent and receives a basic music education.  Rehearsal times: Sounds of Spirit: Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Saturday at noon;
Chancel: Thursdays at 7:30 pm 

St. Mary Magdalene Liturgical Dance Ministry (SMM LDM) serves others through the gift of dance and music, movement and expression.  LDM serves the people of this parish by presenting dance as worship during services at the church, working with other ministries to participate in and produce programs such as “lenten prayer”, “Even Song” and “Welcome Silence” as well as supporting the Major Feast Day programs at the church and other activities, such as “International Pentecost Sunday”.  LDM holds dance practice most sundays after the 10:30 am service.

Ministries of Service - Community Outreach

The Chase Center: Members prepare, deliver and serve meals once a month to this shelter for men. Seeking volunteers!

Thrift Shop: Sell clothing and home items for men, women, and children at very reasonable prices.  
- Open Friday’s & Saturday’s from 10 AM to 2 PM

Environmental Stewardship Ministry: Seeks to educate members and community on environmental concerns.

A variety of ministries of service: Many of our church groups undertake ministries for: The Episcopal Children’s Center, Men’s Homeless Shelter, Women’s Shelters, Christmas for families, and more.

Spiritual Life and Fellowship

Wednesday Bible Study and Noon Prayer:  Wednesdays at 11:00 am in the chapel.  Bible study, followed by Noonday Prayer.

The Order of the Daughters of the King: A women’s order with vows of prayer, service and evangelism.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew: A men’s organization with the goal of Spreading Christ’s Kingdom among men and boys in the Episcopal/Anglican Communion.
Women’s Group: A women’s organization of sisterhood and outreach activities.  

Lifelong Discipleship: Christian Education and Formation
Sunday School for children and youth is held following communion at the 10:30 service. Classes are focused on scripture and faith development.
Baptism:  Baptism is held several times a year. Register by filling out the Baptism Information form or call the office. Baptism preparation class for parents and godparents is held before the class.
Other programs and events are offered throughout the year. 

The Vestry

The Vestry is the governing board of the church. Made up of elected positions, the vestry oversees ministries of the Church mission, managing finance and stewardship.

Fellowship: Special Church Wide Events

Members of the congregation gather after the 10:30 a.m. service each Sunday to share in a coffee hour supported by the various ministry groups. Additionally, there are many special church-wide events celebrated including but not limited to:

 - Honoring our Graduates Sunday
 - Thanksgiving Luncheon and Recognition of  volunteers
 - I
nternational Sunday 
 - Cultural Celebrations: come learn about other cultures and celebration our worldwide membership.
 - Pancake Supper

Stewardship: Pledging Support

Members of St. Mary Magdalene are asked to pledge their financial support to provide for the expenses and ministries of the church. The Stewardship Committee asks that all “open their hearts to God, step out in faith and invest in our uplifting spiritual future.”