Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Baltimore, Maryland



Sunday School

Messiah’s Sunday School meets during the 10:30 service on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. There are three different classes.

The primary class (age 3 through kindergarten) focuses on play, music and stories. The elementary class (grades 1-5) focuses on Gospel stories, music, play, and crafts.

The Youth class (grades 6-9), which meets for Journey to Adulthood: Rite 13, focuses on discovering how faith, prayer, scripture, and Christian practice can help them draw closer to God in their daily lives. Student in the youth class are also supported in exploring ministries in the church as acolytes, lectors, altar guild, and participants in outreach and service programs.

The classes work together at both Christmas and Pentecost to prepare liturgical plays to share with the entire congregation.

Bible Study

Messiah has an Adult Bible Study, an informal group that meets in the family room for one hour before the Sunday service -- at 8:30 in the summer, and 9:00 the rest of the year. We read and discuss the Revised Common Lectionary readings for each Sunday, learning background about each passage, and then sharing how it impacts our lives today. It's never boring! No advanced reading is necessary. Everyone is welcome!   


On the second Sunday of each month during the program year, we invite a speaker to address the congregation on matters of interest that are important to our Christian witness and mission. Presenters have included people from our own faith community as well as diocesan staff members, representatives from neighborhood organizations, and experts in biblical or theological studies. Bible Study is not held on this day so everyone can participate in the forum, which is held in the lower hall beginning at 9.15 a.m. The forum is not held during July and August.

Advent and Lent Programs

Father Tim will lead a study group during Lent entitled, "Journeying through Lent with the Mystics." Each evening we will gather from 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.  for something to eat together, followed by conversation about the writings of such well known Christian mystics as Julian of Norwich, Hildegard Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Eveylyn Underhill, Thomas Merton and others. 

The group will meet on the Tuesdays of February 24, March 3, March 10,  and March 24, and Thursday, March 19. (The switch to Thursday is necessary because of the Vestry meeting on the third Tuesday of each month.) We will meet in the lower hall, except on March 19, when we will meet in the Family Room. We will end our time with the service of Compline.

If you would like to take part in these discussions as part of your Lenten discipline, please let the parish office know by phone or email. Materials for each session will be supplied in advance.

The Open Book Group

The Book Discussion Group meets in the lower level Family Room to talk about a book, available in paperback or from your local library.  Non-church members are always welcome to join in -- the only requirement for coming and joining the conversation is to read the book beforehand!

The Library

Messiah has a cozy reading and conversation area in the Lower Hall, complete with sofas and two large sets of bookshelves filled with books for our members to borrow, including titles that have been discussed by Messiah's Open Book Group.  Books are easy to check-out -- just sign your name and the day's date in the books you choose to take, take them home to enjoy them, and when you're finished reading, simply return them to the "returns" spot on the shelf.  

Quick Links

Bible Study

9:00 AM

Sunday School (Oct-May)

10:30 AM 2nd & 4th Sundays

Messiah Forum (Sept-May)

9:15 AM Second Sundays

Fourth Wednesdays

7 PM - Open Book Group

Education Schedule

Sundays at 8 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I (spoken)

Sundays at 10:30 AM: Holy  Eucharist Rite II (choral)

Wednesdays at !2 Noon: Informal Eucharist

Worship Schedule

Episcopal Church of the Messiah • 5801 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214 • 410-426-0709 •