Acolytes

Purpose: An acolyte is an attendant to a priest. The job is to assist the celebrant or priest and enhance the worship service to help glorify God. Serving as an acolyte is a commitment of your time and talents to serve the Lord. Beyond serving at our regular worship services, acolytes also serve on special occasions such as baptisms and the National Festival of Acolytes at the National Cathedral.

Joining: Acolytes must be in at least the 4th grade and 10 years old.

Contact: Chairman Averi Gray on becoming an Acolyte by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Adult Bible Study

Purpose: Calvary hosts Adult Bible Study on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, and Sundays at 8:45 am. At our Wednesday study, we share a potluck meal. We study using the “Precepts for Living,” a weekly study guide for the Uniform International Lessons published by Urban Ministries International.

By studying scripture together we grow in our knowledge and love of God, becoming better disciples of Jesus Christ.

Joining: All are welcome to join us as we study the Word of God. It is not necessary to be a member of Calvary. Just come to any of the Sunday or Wednesday bible classes. You can find the scripture lessons for this week’s study here.

Altar Guild

Purpose: The Altar Guild partners with the priests to make the worship life of the parish run smoothly. It is organized for the care of the sanctuary, the sacred vessels and the vestments. The guild is organized into four working teams lead by a team leader. Each team is responsible for altar guild services and activities in their scheduled week. The altar hangings are changed according to the colors of the church seasons or for special occasions. The Altar Guild is called upon throughout the year to lend its assistance to provide special flower arrangements, such as at Homecoming Day, Thanksgiving, Baptisms, weddings, funerals, Poinsettia Plants at Christmas, and Lilies at Easter time. On the first Sunday in June the guild gathers for Corporate Communion, enjoys a delicious catered luncheon and a wonderful program with family and friends.

Joining: We invite all who are interested in joining the Altar Guild to contact the director who will be pleased to assign you to a team. If you have a passion for flower arranging and would like to only be involved in that area of the guild duties let the director know that and she will accommodate you.

Contact: Chairman Eleanor Hill to join the Altar Guild  by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Archives Committee

Purpose: The Archives Committee produces high quality, scholarly research on the history of Calvary Episcopal Church, and preserves the Church documents that have historical significance. The Committee establishes, coordinates and preserves the tangible heritage of Calvary Episcopal Church through research, education, and treatment. We educate parishioners about the nature and condition of our church increasing knowledge, changing attitudes, and driving positive behaviors.

Meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month (excluding July and August] at 11:00 a.m.

Joining:  Young adults age 18 and older are welcomed to join.

Contact: Chairman Dr. Sylvia Keene to join the Archive Committee by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Audit Committee

Purpose:  It is charged with facilitating the annual audit of the Church’s finances, as carried out by a certified third-party.

Joining:  All parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Chairman Gwendolyne Brown for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Birthday Guilds

Purpose: Calvary hosts twelve Birthday Guilds, one for each month of the year. Each guild works to promote fellowship among those persons at Calvary who were born in a given month. Guilds collect and contribute a yearly sacrificial offering to support the Church's ministries of service, teaching and healing throughout the neighborhood, the community, and the Greater Metropolitan DC Area. The Guilds also take on other service and fellowship projects at the discretion of their members.

Joining: Each Birthday Guild elects a chair from among it's own members who is responsible for receiving new members.

Contact the Church Office for a full roster of all Birthday Guild Chairs, and their contact information.  Church Office phone number:  202-546-8011.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Purpose: Calvary’s Chapter of the The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a ministry for the spread of Christ's Kingdom among men and boys in the Episcopal/Anglican Communion. Our ministry is to help men and boys deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, through the disciplines of prayer, study and service. The Brotherhood has established mentoring program with the Bishop Walker School for Boys, and hosts two fundraisers a year to support Calvary’s Homeless Breakfast. Last year, we organized a panel discussion on the topic: "Young Black Men — An Endangered Species?” moderated by Mr. Kojo Nambdi.

Joining:

Contact: Chairman Walter Swindell for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Buildings and Grounds Committee



Purpose:
The Buildings and Grounds Committee is a standing committee of the Vestry. It is responsible for the physical plant of the church. It supervises maintenance, repairs, and improvements to the church property and grounds.

Joining:  All parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Co-Chairs Antoinette Schooler or Michael Sherman for more information phone by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Center for the Study of Faith in Justice

 Center for the Study of Faith in Justice is an independent non-profit of Calvary Episcopal Church, founded by the Reverend Gayle Fisher-Stewart. The Center the intersection of faith and justice in the world, provides a safe space for discussing issues that divide the body of Christ, and organizes speakers and training to guide faith communities and organizations in seeking reconciliation.

Joining: All are welcome

Contact: Reverend Gayle Fisher-Stewart for more information.
Phone 202-546-8011

Christian Education Committee

Purpose: The Christian Education Committee is a standing committee of the Vestry. It is responsible for operating the Church School and Adult Education offerings.  It promotes activities for the benefit, welfare, and spiritual growth of all generations of the congregation.

Joining: All parishioners are welcome.

Contact:  Co-Chairs Ashanel Smith or Dr. Charles Vincent for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Children's Sunday School

Purpose: Our Children’s Sunday School meets each Sunday, at 10am, during worship services. We provide activities for the benefit, education, welfare and growth of children to increase their knowledge of the Bible. We encourage Christian character and living. The Church School activities includes reading, games, trips, crafts, plays, songs, fellowship, and participation in church services.

Joining: Children may join our Sunday School by attending Sunday mornings at 10:00 am in the West Hall. Adults wishing to support the Sunday School must contact the Chairperson.

Contact: Chairman Ashanel Smith for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Contemporary Choir

Purpose: We offer praise to God through contemporary song and welcome persons to join to help uplift the name of Jesus. Currently we are growing and adding new members. We offer 1-2 concerts throughout the year, and are involved with providing music for other guild programs (ex. Altar Guild Brunch, March Birthday Guild concerts, etc.) during the year.

Joining:  18 or older

Contact: Musical Director Susan Walls for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Communications Committee

Purpose: Communications Committee is a standing committee of the Vestry. It is responsible for the promotion of important church events and activities.  It maintains and updates the Church's website and social media presence, publishes a periodic newsletter, and keeps the historical records of the perish.

Joining:  All parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Chairman Dianne Slaughter for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Daughters of the King

Purpose: The Order of the Daughters of the King work to extend Christ's Kingdom through Prayer, Service and Evangelism.

  • We host monthly meetings that include Bible study (except July and August)
  • Receive Corporate Communion on a monthly basis during the Sunday Service
  • Care for our sick and shut-in
  • Donate funds to the Order and Parish
  • Participate in community outreach by donating food, clothing and/or funds

Joining: Joining requires completing the National Study Guide, consisting of twelve sessions, requiring at least a three month period of preparation. The Study Guide offers insight into the basic philosophy and practices of the Order.

Contact: Chairman Edna Martin for more information by callling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Episcopal Church Women & Girls of Calvary

Purpose:  TBD

Joining:  TBD

 Contact: TBD

Evangelism Committee

Purpose: The Evangelism Committee is a standing committee of the Vestry.  It is responsible for developing, planning, and executing initiatives aimed at sharing the Good News, raising new disciples, and growing Church membership.

Joining: All parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Chairman Phyllis Bolden for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Feeding My Lambs Ministry

Purpose:  Provides hot meals and carryout groceries for food insecure college students.

Joining:  All are welcome.

Contact:  Antoinette Schooler for more information on how you may become involved with this ministry. Call the church office at 202-546-8011

Finance Committee

Purpose: The Finance Committee is a standing committee of the Vestry. It is charged with maintaining the Church's financial affairs, records and procedures in good order, and advising the Vestry in all matters related to the Church's financial assets.

Joining: All parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Chairman Joyce Wilson for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Homeless Breakfast Ministry

Purpose: We serve the needs of those less fortunate by distributing clothes, praying with them, providing food, sharing information, and offering a sense of community for those who may feel abandoned. We serve to an average of eighty homeless men and women on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of each month, at 8am.

Joining: All are welcome to join the volunteer team by showing up at the Church between the hours of 6-9 am on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Saturday of the each month.

Contact: Chairman Valerie Samuels for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Hospitality Committee

Purpose:  Facilitates repasts and Sunday Coffee Hour.

Joining:  All are welcome.

Contact:  The church office for more information 202-546-8011.

Lay Eucharistic Ministries

Purpose:

  • Lay Ministers visit our sick and shut-in members to bring the sacrament and offer prayers. During our worship services,
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers serve as readers, and cup bearers, as well as offering healing prayers.

Joining: 

Contact Reverend Peter Jarrett-Schell for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Legal Committee

Purpose: The Legal Committee is a standing committee of the Vestry. It is charged with reviewing and advising the Vestry with regard to all matters of legal import to the Church.

Joining: All parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Chairman Yvonne Garner for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Parish Choir


Purpose: We offer praise to God through song, leading the congregation in musical praise. The Parish Choir leads all hymns during worship, and performs a solo anthem at each service.

Joining:  18 or older.

Contact: Musical Directors Susan Walls or Devlin Leigh for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011

Pastoral Care Committee

Purpose: Pastoral Care is a standing committee of the Vestry. It serves to oversee, coordinate and promote ministries of Christian care and outreach, including Bereavement,  Christian Care Giving, Community Outreach, Homeless Ministry, Prison Ministry, Substance Abuse Ministry, and other pastoral needs as they arise.

Joining: All parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Chairman Yvonne Lee for more information by calling the Church Office at yy202-546-8011.

Personnel Committee

Purpose:  The Personnel Committee is a standing committee of the Vestry.

Joining: All parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Chairman Timothy Grandy for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Sanctuary Committee

Purpose:  Offers support and encouragement to DMV immigrants.

Joining:  All are welcome

Contact:  Jennifer Amuzie by calling the church office 202-546-8011.

Contact: Chairman Jennifer Amuzie for more information by calling the Church Office at  202-546-8011.

St. Monica Guild

Purpose: St. Monica Guild is a hospitality Guild for Calvary. It provides refreshments after 10:00 am worship services on the second Sunday of each month, and serves on other occasions at the request of the Rector and Vestry. The group also conducts a number of fundraisers to support organizations in the community that support those in crisis.

Joining:

Contact: Chairman Veronica Greenfield for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Stewardship Committee

Purpose: The Stewardship Committee is a standing committee of the Vestry. It is charged with assisting members with their gifts of time, talent, and treasure as well as challenging our members to use those gifts for the Glory of God.

Joining: All parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Chairman Yvonne Garner for more information by calling the Church Office at 1-202-546-8011.

Senior's Group

Purpose: The Senior's Group is a fellowship group that provides an opportunity for those over the age of 55 to meet, greet and become acquainted in a social setting; to share and receive information which will enhance our daily lives. We meet once a month (usually on the second Monday of each month) at 11am, to pray and share fellowship. We generally host a guest speaker to discuss topics of interest to the community.

Joining: To become an active member one must be 55 years or older and pay a membership fee of $15.

Contact: Chairman MaryRose Chappelle for more information by calling the Church Office at  202-546-8011.

Vergers

Purpose: The Vergers Guild is responsible for welcoming all parishioners and visitors to Calvary Episcopal Church. They manage the logistics of worship, including: passing out Sunday bulletins, collecting and taking up offertory, helping parishioners during Communion, ensuring that the Carillions are played before the start of Sunday service, setting up the A/V system for worship and counting attendees and maintaining a log of the same on a weekly basis.

Joining: 

Contact: Chairman Joyce Johnson for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Vestry

Purpose: The Vestry has the responsibility for the corporate property and financial affairs of the church and, in cooperation with the clergy of the church, develops and implements programs which will promote the mission of the church through teaching, preaching, social action, worship and service.

Joining: Members of the vestry serve three year terms in rotation, and are elected at the Annual Parish Meeting.  Elections are held to install Vestry members.

Contact: Reverend Peter Jarrett-Schell for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Volunteer Choir

Purpose: The Volunteer Choir offers praise to God through song.  The Musical Director or contacts members of the choirs to determine who is available to sing for special occasions such as funerals, memorial services, and other unplanned occasions where music is needed.

Joining: All are welcome to join. That includes joining in with other choir members at any time to sing for special occasions. Most of the time there are no rehearsals.

Contact: Musical Director Susan Wall for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Website Committee

Purpose:  Development and maintenance of our  internet website presence.

Joining:   18 or older with website design, photography and graphic arts expertise or interest.

Contact:  Debi Stewart for more information by calling the church office 202-546-8011.

Worship and Music Committee

Purpose: The Worship Committee is a standing committee of the Vestry.  In consultation with the Rector it is charged with overseeing all aspects of worship at Calvary, including the planing and coordinating of Sunday and Holiday services. The committee solicits feedback from the congregation to identify ways to keep the worship services engaging, challenging, and spiritually nourishing for all.

Joining: All parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Chairman Edna Martin Schell for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Young Adults

Purpose: The Young Adults Ministry programs and offers fellowship, service, worship and study activities targeted at those in their 20s and 30s, to help this population grow as disciples. The Ministry is also responsible for identifying way the congregation at large can better respond to the needs of young adults, and reach out to the community of young people in our neighborhood.

Contact: Reverend Peter Jarrett-Schell for more information by calling the Church Office at 202-546-8011.

Zoom Committee

Purpose:  Helps to facilitate online worship services.

Joining:  18 or older.

Contact:  Edna Martin for more information by calling the church office 202-546-8011.