Here at St. Bartholomew’s, we feel that by “reaching out” in the community, we are able to best serve our neighbors. We are committed to helping our community in various ways. Our focus changes with the ever-changing needs of our local community needs, and the national and/or international needs.
“’What should we do then?’” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.’” Luke 3:10-11
Projects and Events
Look below for some of the projects and events we have been involved with, and/or in charge of. We hope you will find that you, too, will want to join us in making a difference in this world — one project at a time!
Young Children’s Music Program
The program called Music Together with Sonia (www.musictogetherwithsonia.com) is a 45-minute class geared toward music introduction. Fall and Spring classes bring many families together for a time of song and play.
Laytonsville Lion’s Club Coat Drive
We participate with the Laytonsville Lions Club in collecting winter coats, rain coats & parkas. These coats were brought to the Town Hall porch during a few weeks in November and December, and all were donated to the Frederick Rescue Mission, the Red Cross & the Salvation Army.
Food Collection for Olney Help
We have an on-going partnership with the local food pantry, Olney Help, in collecting non-perishable food items for their shelves. The need is great in our surrounding community and this allows us to help meet that need.
Laytonsville Town Parade
Every June, St. Bartholomew’s parishioners join in the town parade. This is a big event for our small town that showcases the many town organizations, businesses, and churches. Prior to the beginning of the parade we host a breakfast for the parade organizers and volunteers.
Laytonsville Town Picnic
Every September, St. Bartholomew’s works together with members of the Town Hall in hosting the Town Picnic. We invite children to our craft table (rock painting is a big hit) and we assist with parking in our lot that is next to the picnic site.
Shared Community Thanksgiving Eve Service
On Thanksgiving Eve we participate with six local United Methodist Churches in offering a community Thanksgiving service. Each church takes a turn in hosting this event, which heralds in the holiday season.
Laytonsville Christmas Tree Lighting
The first Friday in December marks the date for the Town Hall Christmas tree lighting. This event draws neighbors from all around the area. The local elementary school children sing carols and refreshments are enjoyed on the Town Hall grounds. We offer small goodie bags and prayer beads at our table and provide assistance with parking in our lot.