Annual Meeting of the Parish
The Annual Meeting of the Parish, an important event in the life of the community, takes place on the fourth Sunday in January. Following the 10:30 Eucharist, parishioners gather in the Parish Hall for a pot-luck luncheon and the meeting itself. Reports are given by the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other parish leaders. Elections are held for new Vestry members and delegates/alternates to the Diocesan Convention.
Blessing of the Animals
Every year, on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4), a Blessing of the Animals is held on Redeemer’s outdoor labyrinth. Pets of all kinds – furred, feathered, scaled – and their owners are welcome! This traditional rite is held in celebration of the love that St. Francis of Assisi had for all creatures great and small, a reflection of the love that God has for us all.
Each year, on the Third Sunday of Advent, the children and youth of the Parish offer a dramatic recreation of the Nativity story. At Redeemer, no two pageants are ever exactly alike. Although the directors change, the Christmas Pageant is always imaginatively scripted, designed, costumed, and performed. The Pageant, which includes the reading of appropriate biblical passages and the singing of carols, takes place within the context of the 10:30 Eucharist.
Easter Egg Hunt
Following the 10:30 a.m. Festal Eucharist on Easter Day, dozens of young parishioners and visitors participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the church lawn, a long-standing tradition at The Church of the Redeemer. While the youngsters are hard at work gathering candy-filled eggs, adults enjoy traditional hot cross buns and fellowship in the Parish Hall.
As the quiet days of summer draw to a close, the parish community gathers on the Sunday after Labor Day for Homecoming Sunday, the start of a new year in the programmatic life of the church. After a festive celebration of the Holy Eucharist, in which the Adult and Youth Choirs make their return from a well-deserved summer recess, the fellowship continues with an ice cream social in the Parish Hall.
Music at Redeemer Series
Begun in the fall of 2005, Music at Redeemer is an exciting series of choral services and concerts held in the stunning acoustic of Redeemer’s sanctuary. The series is one of the key outreach components of Redeemer’s growing music program. For centuries, the church has played an important role in the cultivation and promotion of artistic endeavors. That tradition continues here. We invite you to join us! For more information, including a complete listing of events, please visit the Music page.
Attending a new church can be an overwhelming experience! One of the many ways in which we strive to welcome and incorporate newcomers into the life and ministry of The Church of the Redeemer is through semi-annual receptions. These receptions provide an excellent opportunity for newcomers to get to know fellow parishioners and members of the clergy, staff, and Vestry. Although they are primarily occasions for food and fellowship, Newcomer Receptions always include time for questions and answers.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper & Talent Show
Each year, on Shrove Tuesday, scores of parishioners gather in the Parish Hall to enjoy a traditional pancake supper. Volunteers mix the batter, flip the pancakes, and serve up generous portions of sausage and apple sauce to those in attendance. After supper, all are invited to participate in the annual Talent Show. A quartet from the choir sings; the kids put on a silly skit; someone recites a poem; a piano student gives a practically perfect performance of Beethoven’s Für Elise. The Pancake Supper and Talent Show, a definite highlight of parish life at Redeemer, is an evening of pre-Lenten fellowship and fun for all.
Strawberry Festival & Silent Auction
In June of each year, when the strawberry crop is at its peak, a group of stalwart parishioners gathers at a local farm and handpicks bushels of berries. The berries are then washed, hulled, and stored for the next day’s big event – the Strawberry Festival, a yearly fundraiser enjoyed by parishioners, as well as hundreds of neighbors from Bannockburn, Glen Echo, Cabin John, and beyond. In addition to strawberry shortcake and sundaes, the delectable fare includes grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks. While kids enjoy the moonbounce, face painting, and games outside, grown-ups peruse the baked goods, books, recordings, household items, and clothing on sale inside. At the Silent Auction, one can bid on a wide array of unique items and opportunities – from lessons in Greek to a basket of treats for your spoiled dog – from a rector-guided tour of an art museum to a week-long stay at a parishioner’s summer get-away. And if none of this suits you, simply waste the day away with live music on the lawn!