Saint Alban’s is a small but very active church. Our faith in Christ and love of God compels us to “love our neighbor as ourselves” which we strive to do through our different ministries.
Here is a list of some of the many ministries that we currently offer and/or support or have supported over the years. They are broadly categorized as outreach, inreach, upreach, and diocesan… though be it known that a lot of these could fall into other categories as well.
Note that where there is not a link (such as for our internal ministries) a brief description is provided.
OUTREACH — SERVING OUR COMMUNITY. Please click on the link for a description of these ministries that we support or have supported in the past.
Building Use — Over the years our building has been and continues to be used by various organizations whose vision is consistent with our mission as a church including the Wild Geese Quilt Guild and Wild Threads Quilt Guild; Yoga classes; CPR classes; and NA Meetings.
INREACH — SERVING ONE ANOTHER
Please click on the link! Our group is the newest in the Maryland Diocesan Assembly, and is currently the only Anglican chapter, and the only chapter in Harford County, Maryland. It has an active membership of 11 daughters. They meet monthly at church and at other times throughout the year. DOK heads up our parish intercessory prayer list and engages in numerous charity activities throughout the year including sponsoring a needy family for Christmas,
Saint Alban’s Men’s Group — Meets monthly throughout the year for fun and fellowship
Grace, Grit, and Thanksgiving — Monthly meeting for prayer and discussion
Intercessory Prayer Group — Meets after weekday Holy Day services
Rector’s Forum — Meets every Sunday between services in the parish hall
Annual Lenten Study — An approximately two month study lead by the rector
Hospitality — Refreshments after services and at other special events
Vacation Bible School — Held in the summer for the children of the parish
Fellowship Dinners — Held quarterly (and more!) in conjunction with major Holy Days
House Blessings — Offered by the rector during Epiphanytide and at other times.
UPREACH — SERVING GOD IN WORSHIP
Altar Guild — Assisting the rector with setting up for services and cleaning up afterwards
Servers Guild — Assisting the rector at weekday and Sunday liturgies. By invitation only.
Holy Day Services — We are one of the very few Anglican/Episcopal parishes in the region that offer the full array of feasts and fasts found in the Book of Common Prayer!
Lenten Devotions — Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is offered every year during the season of Lent.
Music — Members are invited to use their musical talents to enrich our worship.
DIOCESAN MINISTRIES — SERVING THE LARGER CHURCH AND WORLD
Bishop’s Lenten Appeal — These have included things like support for overseas and domestic missions, and humanitarian relief in third world countries (e.g. medical operations, parochial school construction and support, agricultural development, new church construction, etc.).
Seminarian Support Sunday — On the 2nd Sunday in Advent we collect donations for the diocesan seminarian support fund which is used to help seminarians and their families while they are studying and being formed for full time ministry.
Overseas Partnerships & Dioceses — Our province has dioceses in Haiti, Ecuador, India, and the Philippines. Our missionary bishop and liaison to them is the Right Rev’d David Haines. Many of the Lenten appeals go to support the work of the Church overseas.
PAST MINISTRIES AND FELLOWSHIP FUN & EVENTS
Parish Yard Sale — Held annually for many years. Currently on hiatus due to the building project
Coats for Prisoners — with Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Baltimore, MD
Socks for the Homeless
Prayer Shield Ministry — with St. Paul’s Church, Crownsville MD
Senior Express — Ride share for the elderly