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
At St. Bartholomew’s we offer lifelong Christian Formation for all ages. Children’s Sunday School, Tuesday afternoon Book Group, and Thursday morning Bible Study will resume in the Fall.
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. . . . “
For parishioners, whether it is a meal following a hospital stay, a check-in phone call, or a visit by our priest, pastoral care is the top priority of both laity and clergy at St. Bartholomew’s. Contact the parish office for additional information.
This blessings ministry is vital to the needs of our church family and addresses the short-term needs of our parishioners.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tuesday afternoon Book Group meets in the rectory. Meetings will resume in the Fall.
St. Bartholomew’s Sunday morning worship service is held at 11:00 a.m. 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 11:00 a.m. worship service.
Licensed and trained chalice bearers assist the celebrant at Sunday morning worship.