There are lots of ways to participate at St. George's
On Sunday mornings, volunteers read the lessons, serve at the altar, set up for services, and welcome guests and visitors while handing out service booklets. There are opportunities to support the food pantry, assist with the shopping for the Gaywood Food Program, or bring food for the coffee hour. You can participate in bible study, attend the monthly contemplative prayer night, or join the book group. The opportunities are many. If you like to be hands on, just ask—there is a place for you at St. George’s!
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Adult Bible Study
There are regular opportunities at St. George’s to read and reflect on scripture together. In the spring or summer, St. George’s often engages in a Fifty Day Bible Challenge, inviting folks to read scripture daily from one book of scripture or on a particular theme.
In 2020 we will be doing the Way of Love Bible Challenge, which focuses on scripture connected to seven core spiritual practices and offers an intentional, Spirit-led path to following Jesus.
The St. George’s ECQ book group (Explore, Converse, Question) meets monthly. Those gathered read books that explore spirituality and spark thought-provoking discussion, including memoirs, spiritual autobiographies, and other narrative works that challenge participants to ask questions and consider spiritual issues in new ways.
Confirmation is a sacramental rite in the Episcopal Church by which adults and teens make a mature profession of their faith with laying on of hands by a bishop at a service at the Washington National Cathedral.
The confirmation class prepares participants for this experience by exploring our faith, the Episcopal tradition, the scriptures, prayer, and more, for the purpose of deepening of one’s faith. Those joining St. George’s from another tradition are also encouraged to participate in confirmation class.
Singing songs and prayers from multiple musical traditions and cultures, the St. George's music ministry strives to enhance the worship experience for our diverse congregation and invite people into deeper connection with God. The choir leads our hymns at every 10am Sunday service and sings an anthem once a month, with special musical offerings at particular seasons including Holy Week, Easter, and Christmas.
The weekly and Anthem choir is a non-audition group where everyone is encouraged to join! Come to our rehearsals at 7:30pm on Wednesdays or email our music director, Josh Fishbein, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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mardi gras party (February)
St. Georgians appreciate a good celebration, so before we head into the season of Lent, we celebrate Mardi Gras. It's our best known party and it brings out the creative spirit of our congregation.
Dress up for the planned theme, enjoy some excellent cajun food, and peruse the silent auction, full of items and services donated from our congregation and local businesses. It's a wonderful time of fellowship and a great fundraiser for the parish as well.
Parish Retreat (Spring)
Each Spring, the parish sponsors a retreat weekend for adults seeking a time apart from the busy-ness of life. Although the theme varies from year to year, the consistent goals are to deepen our faith and spiritual insights and nourish and enjoy our community connections.
The weekend-long retreat begins with supper on Friday evening and ends with breakfast on Sunday morning. Locations vary, but are within a short driving distance from Saint George’s. If finances would be a hindrance to attendance, assistance is available through our Ensuring Our Future fund.
St. george's day celebration (april)
Each year near April 23, we celebrate our patron saint with a special worship service and international potluck lunch. The story of St. George and the dragon is retold at the 10am service and acted out in dramatic fashion. The Potluck follows the service, where parishioners are invited to bring a dish that reflects their heritage.
pride parade (June)
June is Pride Month and many in our congregation look forward to marching in the DC Pride Parade. It's a celebration for everyone no matter where they are in the LGBTQIA+ community. There's a truck available to ride along if you can't walk the parade route, or you can even cheer us on as we walk by. You can tell it's St. Georges because we throw bouncy balls and rainbow bracelets to the crowd. It's a great time for everyone and we are proud to show our pride to the area.
warm nights week (fall/winter)
In partnership with Community Crisis Services Inc. (CCSI) of Maryland, St. Georges participates in the Warms Nights program. For one week in around the beginning of winter, we open our doors to homeless families in the area. Besides providing sanctuary, our volunteers prepare and serve meals and provide services such as homework help to our guests.
There are a variety of ways that a parishioners can help, including preparing and serving the meals, donating items that will be needed throughout the week, greeting guests as they arrive, or setting up and tearing down the space at the beginning and end of the week-long program.
blessing of the animals (october)
st. nicolas party (december)
December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicolas, patron saint of children, who is is remembered by the Church for his generosity, kindness towards children, and care for those in need.
Each year St. George's celebrates St. Nicolas with a special party on the Saturday closest to December 6, where Bishop St. Nicolas himself usually makes an appearance and brings a gift for the children. Then everyone enjoys food and crafts as children decorate the parish hall Christmas tree.
pizza making party (winter)
Come make your own pizza at our annual pizza-making party! Grab a hand-made pizza dough, add your choice of sauce, and sprinkle with a variety of toppings. We bake it for you, so it's one of the easiest (and fun) dinners you can have. If you arrive earlier in the day, you can even learn how to make pizza dough with a relatively simple and well-tested recipe.