Altar Guild 

St. Bartholomew’s Altar Guild is a ministry of quiet service dedicated to the Glory of God and committed to supporting the liturgical life of the parish under guidance of the rector. Members strive to ensure that the altar is set as perfectly as
possible throughout the church year.

The Altar Guild’s sacred responsibilities include weekly preparation of the altarfor the celebration of the Eucharist as well as the other sacraments and offices of the church including baptisms, weddings, funerals, memorial services, and other special services.

In addition to preparing the altar for worship and restoring it to order afterwards, members launder and press the linens, polish and maintain the holy vessels and other metalware, and conduct “holy housekeeping” as necessary. Members work faithfully and diligently to create a beautifully adorned space for the celebration of every season of the church year.

The Altar Guild serves in teams of two members per month and each team serves two months per year. In addition, all members participate in quarterly polishing of the metalware and are always willing to step up throughout the year when needed.

Everyone is encouraged to consider volunteering for this vital and rewarding ministry. To learn more, or to volunteer, contact Stevie Grimes at 301-972-3072 or
steviegrimes@verizon.net.

Christian Formation

At St. Bartholomew’s we offer lifelong Christian Formation for all ages. Thursday morning Bible Study, led by parishioner, is available on Zoom. Tuesday afternoon Book Study meets in person at the rectory and is facilitated by Reverend Jo-Ann.

 

Pastoral Care 

In the catechism of the Episcopal Church our laity are listed first as ministers. At St. Bartholomew’s we care deeply about each other and live out our baptismal promise to “seek and serve Christ in all persons. . . . “  

Whether it is a meal following a hospital stay or a check-in phone call, transportation to a medical appointment or a hospital visit, pastoral care is the top priority of both laity and clergy at St. Bartholomew’s.  Contact the parish office for additional information. 

Blessings Committee

This blessings ministry is vital to the needs of our church family and addresses the short-term needs of our parishioners. Meals are prepared and delivered for example, to families suffering a loss, have an ill or incapacitated family member or are going thru a rough time. Visits are made to hospitals and homes, and transportation is provided to medical appointments, to run errands and church if needed. Cards are sent to our church family who are homebound, sick or those who are grieving. If you are aware of someone who is need, please contact Nancy Row at nancytrow@comcast.net

 

Bible Study

St Bartholomew’s group Bible Study is held every Thursday at 10.30 am. We are currently meeting by Zoom. You are warmly welcome to join us for any session. More information can be obtained from Richard Rutherford at richard.rutherford90@gmail.com

Book Club

The Tuesday afternoon Book Group led by Reverend Jo-Ann meets in the rectory from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. each week.

Liturgy

 St. Bartholomew’s is currently offering one Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 AM. On most Sundays this is a service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II. During the season of Lent we offered Rite l Holy Eucharist. On occasion we offer a service of Morning Prayer in place of Holy Eucharist.
The St. Bartholomew’s choir, under the direction of Music Director Lauren Fisher, sings at our Sunday 10:30 AM worship service.
During the season of Lent his year we offered Rite l Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings and Reverend Jo-Ann led a mid-week Compline service on Zoom. On Good Friday Lauren Fisher presented a stunningly beautiful Tenebrae service.
Holy Baptism is offered as requested. The Diocese of Washington offers an annual service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows. This year that service took place at the Washington Nation Cathedral in May. St. Bartholomew’s presented two candidates, one for Confirmation and one for Reception.

Chalice Bearers

Licensed and trained chalice bearers assist the celebrant at Sunday morning worship. Volunteers are always welcome.