Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Baltimore, Maryland



Sunday School

Messiah’s Sunday School meets during the 10:30 service on Sunday mornings from October through May. There are three different classes.

The preschool class (ages 2-3) focuses on play, music and stories. The early childhood class (ages 4-8) focuses on Gospel stories, music, play, and crafts. Both of these classes meet on the first, third, and fourth Sundays of the month.

The Youth class (ages 9-14), which meets on the first and third Sundays of the month, focuses on discovering how faith, prayer, scripture, and Christian practice can help them draw closer to God in their daily lives. The classes work together at both Christmas and Pentecost to prepare liturgical plays to share with the entire congregation.

The second Sunday of the month is Youth Sunday. Students are encouraged to participate in the 10:30 service with readings, offerings, and a youth-focused sermon.

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

During Advent and Lent, which are traditionally seasons when the church gathers for teaching, reflection, and prayer, we meet on Tuesday evenings at 6.30 p.m. in the lower hall to discuss an assigned book or topic and to enjoy fellowship and worship. A simple potluck meal of bread, soup, and salad has become a feature of our Lenten gatherings. We conclude our discussions with the service of Compline (late Evening Prayer) and leave the building by 8.30 p.m.

During the 2011 Advent season, we prepared for the Jesus’ incarnation at Christmas by studying the book Jesus Freak: Feeding, Healing, Raising the Dead by Sara Miles. We gathered at 6:30 on Tuesday evenings in Advent to discuss a portion of the book and how it applies to our Christian journey. Participants were invited to bring their own dinner and, if possible, something to share.

Our Lenten program begins on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. and will run for the next four Tuesday evenings, ending on March 27. We will gather in the lower hall for a light meal followed by a period of study and discussion, and we will end with Compline before 8:30 p.m. Our discussions will center around a new book by James Bryan Smith, "The Kingdom and the Cross." This short book focuses on Christ's work on the cross -- what it reveals about God and how, armed with that knowledge, we are to live as God's people. Please bring something to eat and, if you are able, to share, but everyone is welcome to join the discussion beginning about 7:15 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be available during coffee hour after the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. service. The books should be available for purchase on Sunday, February 19, at a cost of $5.00 each.

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.  

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Bible Study

8:30 AM

Sunday School (Oct-May)

10:30 AM

Messiah Forum (Sept-May)

9:15 AM Second Sundays

Fourth Wednesdays

7 PM - Open Book Group

View the 2013-14 Sunday School Calendar

Education Schedule

Sundays - Holy Eucharist

8 AM - Rite I (spoken)

10:30 AM - Rite II (choral)


Noon - Informal Eucharist

Worship Schedule

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