Episcopal Church Women

For over 150 years, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) has assisted the women of the Episcopal Church to carry on the Lord’s work through worship, service, stewardship, outreach and fellowship.  All women of St. Mary’s parish are invited to participate in this wonderful Christian group.  Membership in ECW is a gift that comes through membership in the Church.

Sing to the Lord and bless his Name; proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.


Consider supporting our Music Fund here at St. Mary’s. A rich variety of music that is in harmony with the ministry of God’s word is a significant part of the life of our church, and points towards the role of music in our praise of God. You are asked to consider monthly contributions to support this ministry. For more information, contact our Organist and Choirmaster, Mr. Julius Tilghman or by phone at 443-629-7672.

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Thank You!


St. Mary’s Founders’ Legacy Fund is an endowment left to us by our members—both current and former, living or deceased which provides for the ongoing support of our mission. The members of its committee are grateful for your generosity and commitment to our future. Those wishing to contribute can do so by writing their checks directly to St. Mary’s Founders’ Legacy Fund.

There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone.


Licensed Lay Ministers of St. Mary’s is fortunate that our senior minister is authorized to educate any seriously interested parishioner for this ministry. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him…. To serve as Pastoral Leaders; to help administer the Eucharist as Eucharistic Ministers; to act as Eucharistic Visitors, taking Holy Communion to others. The Bishop of Washington issues the licenses to participants.

The Levites were responsible for the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary with which the priests minister.


A labor of love and rewarding opportunity is joining the ministry of St. Mary’s Altar Guild.  All interested parishioners should contact Altar Guild Lead Ms Julia Stroefer at 202.484.9325.

Ms Helen Compton-Harris 

Ms Gwendolyn S. King   

Ms JoAnne Beard

Ms LaVerne G. Naughton


They read from the book, from the law of God, clearly; and they gave all the sense, so that the people understood the reading.


Being an Acolyte is a vital ministry of service and faith. The day begins as acolytes lead the procession as the congregants prepare to gather around Christ’s table for a festival Holy Eucharist..


If you enjoy working with people, being an Usher may be a role for you. Ushers are the first persons to welcome parishioners and guests to St. Mary’s. You act as guide, assist with seating, collect offerings, provide and anticipate assistance throughout the service. Ushers are clearly a vital member of the worship experience.  We invite all interested men and women to explore this special ministry.


We are proud of our former Church School Students. The Church School staff would like to share their accomplishments with the St. Mary’s Family.

Congratulations to our recent graduates:

  • Ethan Bomersheim graduated high school and will be attending William & Mary in the fall.
  • Amelie Ellerbe graduated 8th grade and will be attending high school in the fall.
  • Spencer Johnson graduated high school and will be attending Clark Atlanta University in the fall.
  • Sydney Johnson graduated from Hampton University and will be attending Howard University’s School of Medicine in the fall.
  • Leah Mattox graduated from Maryland Institute College of Arts and is currently vacationing in London.

Where Are they Now?

  • Miranda Bomershein will enter her third year at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in the fall.
  • Lauren Harris will enter her third year at The George Washington University in the fall.
  • Cecelia Huggins is an elementary school educator in the Fairfax County Public School System.
  • Joseph Huggins, III is a recent graduate of George Mason University. He is looking forward to attending law school.
  • Skylar Johnson will enter her third year at Norfolk State University in the fall.
  • Ana Lawrence will enter her second year at George Mason University in the fall.
  • Sabine Lawrence graduated Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Anthropology and does digital research for a UK based Think Tank.
  • Ella Tessone will be entering 5th grade in the fall.

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