St. Dunstan's Ministries
"Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness"
worship God to honor our Creator, who gives us life. We seek deeper
knowledge of ourselves as God's beloved children and of our purpose and
vocation on this earth. We draw from the well of hope and inspiration
through sharing scripture, preaching, prayer and music. While there are
many paths to God, we are grateful for the revelation of God in Jesus of
Nazareth , and we ground our spiritual life and faith in him.
or call the church office at 301-229-2960 to contact persons in the
ministries listed below. The ministries are open to everyone and
welcome new members.
One of St. Dunstan's Altar Kneelers
Celebrating the love of God through prayer, praise, song, scripture and preaching.
Both youth and adults serve as acolytes and assist ministers in our
liturgies. They carry the cross and torches in processions, assist the
priest with Holy Communion and have other duties.
Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, maintain altar
linens, silver, brass and accoutrements, and ensure the church is a
beautiful place for worship.
Family Service (Sunday 9:00 am)
This team creates an informal service that is meaningful and
enjoyable to both children and adults. The group includes musicians,
audio-visual helpers and liturgy leaders.
The guild arranges the flowers for Sunday service and provides floral decorations for the holidays.
These ministers serve during worship as readers of scripture,
chalice-bearers and leaders of prayers. Ministers are prepared in the
parish and licensed by the bishop for a three-year term.
"Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."
In the spirit of Christ, we minister to spiritual needs - in times of
joy, sadness, sickness, and uncertainty. Prayer, companionship and
counsel are available to all.
Please contact the office to arrange for baptism.
Our Columbarium is a garden wall next to the church that is available for interment of ashes at St. Dunstan's.
Please contact the Rector immediately for pastoral care for the dying and arrangements for Christian burial.
Please contact the office if any member of the parish family becomes ill or is hospitalized.
Pastoral Care and Counseling: Please contact the office for assistance.
Please contact the Rector if you are considering marriage.
The Rector introduces a newly baptized member of St. Dunstan's to the congregation.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION MINISTRIES
We believe Christians are formed over a lifetime through
teaching, worship service experiences, discussion and wrestling with
issues both personal and global, spiritual and worldly. We continually
create opportunities for all of us to grow as Christians.
For more information about our Christian formation activities, click on the links below.
Adult Christian Formation
Youth Christian Formation
Child Christian Formation
We welcome friends old and new in the name of Christ,
sharing our spiritual home in our local community. Good food,
friendship, discussion and joy mark our parish life together.
Our greeters welcome everyone arriving at St. Dunstan's for the
10:45 a.m. Sunday service. They assist newcomers, giving them
information about the church and introducing them to other parishioners.
Special Events and Receptions
Please contact the church office.
Sunday Coffee Hour
Parishioners take turns hosting the weekly coffee hour before and after services.
The usher appoints parishioners to bring to the altar the offering
and the elements for communion and gives the service program to those
entering the sanctuary for the 10:45 a.m. service.
Women of St. Dunstan's
The Women of St. Dunstan's (WSD) is committed to outreach, building
community and enhancing spirituality at St. Dunstan's. The Women of St.
Dunstan's has provided a network of friendship for over 50 years.
Throughout these years the women have come together at a monthly
luncheon, held on the 2nd Wednesday October through May, to enjoy each
other, to discuss the needs of our church and the needs of local
charities. Additionally, WSD offers a quiet day in Advent and Lent, and
an overnight spring Sabbath retreat, sponsors periodic all parish
brunches after church on Sunday, and provides support for parish needs
and outreach projects. The Women's Board oversees women's activities and
the distribution of funds raised from them.
A generous check from St. Dunstan's in 2005 helped establish the Bishop Walker School for Boys. The
Women of St. Dunstan's maintain a relationship with the boys by
providing holiday programs and gifts. Click here to visit the school's website.
See photos of a recent Women's luncheon .
Women, Wine & Wisdom Women
of all ages gather at a monthly evening session, held on the 3rd
Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., over snacks, wine and non-alcoholic
beverages. They discuss a variety of topics in the context of our
faith, including family, friendship and life transitions. This group
offers an opportunity to share deeper conversation than is typically
possible on a busy Sunday.
Men's Morning Gathering - The
men of St. Dunstan's meet once a month over bagels and coffee to
discuss personal and spiritual concerns. This is part of longstanding
tradition of men's groups at St. Dunstan's. Recent discussions have
included issues of fatherhood, our working lives, international
relations, war and biblical questions. All ages of men are represented,
and all men of the parish are invited to come.
Maplewood Park - The
Reverend Jeffrey MacKnight conducts bible class at Maplewood, Park Place
every first and third Tuesday of the month. Bibles as well as
reference books accompany class members who enjoy sharing the wisdom of a
lifetime with each other. All are welcome.
Outreach Committee -- " I was hungry and you gave me food."
St. Dunstan's serves the needs of the community beyond our
parish walls -- in Bethesda, the city of Washington, D.C. and as far
away as Haiti, Rwanda and South Africa. The following list includes many
of the groups St. Dunstan's supports.
Action in Montgomery (AIM): AIM is an organization of 31
congregations in Montgomery County working through the local political
process for a more just and livable society . Recent issues include all day kindergarten, taxicab reform, affordable housing, and immigration justice.
This is Montgomery County 's food pantry for needy families.
Interfaith Housing Coalition
Located in Bethesda , this coalition provides transitional housing and social support to families moving out of homelessness.
Loaves and Fishes
Based at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in DC, this organization
provides meals to the homeless. On the second Saturday in January,
April, July and October, St. Dunstan's covers the cost of food and
brings volunteers to St. Stephen's to prepare the food and serve the
homeless. We meet at 10:00 a.m. and usually return by 1:00 p.m. Click here for photos from our April 8, 2006 visit to Loaves and Fishes.
A Washington, D.C. organization which rehabs or builds housing for first-time home buyers.
Meals on Wheels
Parishioners deliver meals to homebound people in our community.
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington: Samaritan Ministry
is a community partnership bringing together homeless people and others
in need with support and volunteers from Episcopal and other churches.
The agency's Next Step self-sufficiency approach allows participants to
set life improvement goals for themselves and determine a series of
manageable, specific tasks toward the fulfillment of those goals.
Services such as housing and employment counseling, coaching, motivation
and much more are offered.
Parishioners make casseroles and deliver them each month to help feed the homeless. SOME is located in Washington , D.C.
Stepping Stones Shelter
Based in Rockville, this shelter provides emergency housing to families and individuals.
Sunday School Projects
Projects include collecting funds for the Heifer Project, money for
blankets for local and foreign distribution, toiletries for Samaritan
Ministry and participating in our annual walk-a-thon for the homeless.
Transitional Housing Corporation
St. Dunstan's currently supports the Transitional Housing
Corporation"s (THC) Adopt-an-Apartment program. Every two years we
organize donations of furniture, kitchenware, linens, and other items to
furnish an apartment in one of THC's Partner Arms buildings for a
homeless family. The family, at the end of their two year program, moves
into permanent housing, taking the donated furnishings with them.
School Youth, 7th - 12th grades, go on a week-long Work Camp in June
following the close of school. They have worked in York, Pennsylvania,
Hedgesville, West Virginia, Onancock, Virginia, Savannah, Georgia,
Anacostia, Washington, DC, and Queens, New York. The Youth have spent
time with the elderly, built wheelchair ramps, cleaned up desolate
areas, organized games and activities for the young, fed the homeless,
and entered into worship with a variety of religious denominations. It
is one of the single largest Outreach initiatives at St. Dunstan's.
Anglican Seminary in Grahamstown, South Africa
St. Dunstan's has provided funds for student needs and two teachers
from our parish. We are now assisting their developing a new website in
order for the Seminary to gain visibility and greater financial
support. Click for August 08 on-site update from Ray Donnelly.
Fikelela Children's Center in South Africa
This is an AIDS orphanage housing young children whose parents have
died or are dying of AIDS. Some children are themselves HIV positive.
St. Dunstan's gave money collected from individuals in the parish and
from outreach funds for the completion of their building and purchase of
additional land. The center opened in August 2001, and we continue to
support Fikelela's needs.
Honduras Hope Scholarships
The scholarships enable children to stay in school and go on to do vocational training.
Caring for God's gifts to do God's work in the world
The Endowment Committee and Anvil Society The
Anvil Society develops future financial resources for St. Dunstan's
through the support of our endowment and the growth of our legacy
society. Bequests, trusts, and current gifts of cash, securities, and
real estate are encouraged.
Cliff White is our Treasurer
The committee manages the financial resources of the parish to
responsibly fulfill our ministries. The finance committee assists the
vestry in developing the budget, planning for future needs, and manages
the cash flow and financial systems at St. Dunstan's.
Stewardship activities include teaching and promoting generous
giving for the needs of the church. The church's funds are raised in an
annual pledge drive every fall. All congregants are encouraged to do
their part by giving a proportion of income to support the church.
Buildings and Grounds
This group oversees the maintenance and improvement of our
facilities and property -- a beloved home for our parish and a valuable
tool for ministry.
Facilities Improvement Project
Members of this project plan for the improvement of our facilities.