Growing in Relationship

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Through social activities and small groups, we connect people into Christ-centered communities and help them grow as disciples. We have dozens of small groups, including purely social gatherings, task groups, book discussion groups, and prayer groups. For more information, or if you are seeking a small group, contact our Pastoral Team.

All Sorts of Activities
We not only pray together… we “do life” together! Annual Cribbage Tournaments, Arts & Crafts Projects, Monthly Dinners around town, Monthly Movies, and so much more are the things that keep our St. M’s community active, vibrant, supportive, and most of all connected. For more information on up and coming activities, click here.

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group
This group meets once a month on Mondays for prayer for those caring for those living with Alzheimer or Dementia. For more information, contact our Pastoral Team by clicking here.

Camping at Fort Stevens
Join us for fun, adventure, fellowship, and s’mores at the annual Fort Stevens State Park camping trip near Astoria, OR.  For over forty years, campers from St. Margaret’s have enjoyed this amazing campground which has miles of bike trails, quick access to the beach (complete with the remains of a sunken ship), a historic military area, and great campsites.  We camp in a big block of sites so that we are able to socialize with one another, making it the perfect setting for families. For more information, click here.

Here is a link to more information about Fort Stevens State Park.

Contemplative Prayer / Silent Prayer
The Contemplative Prayer Group meets regularly on Mondays from Noon – 1:30 pm in the sanctuary in the prayer corner next to the organ.  We have two periods of 20-minute silent meditations with a silent meditative walk in between.  Following the mediation we do a group Lectio Divina on the scripture for the day, read what Father Thomas Keating reflects on the same scripture and discuss briefly.  All are welcome and no experience in meditation is necessary.  For more information, click here.

Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM is an enrichment in faith. It is an active pursuit to deepen your own personal relationship with God. This pursuit shared in a small group format, not only deepens our bonds to fellow classmates but also by opening us and bringing us into the awareness of the divine presence in us and in all of those around us. Learning in this community, and in this format, sharing ideas without judgment creates a safe and profound environment to explore teachings and our own unique understanding of God. For more information, click here.

LGBTQ+
Our LGBTQ+ fellowship, lovingly known as, “The Alphabet Team,” welcomes all who are interested in welcoming the LGBTQ+ community in love and compassion to Saint Margaret’s and the Episcopal Church.  The team has endeavored to inform all of our brother’s and sister’s at Saint Margaret’s regarding diocesan programs of inclusion.  Over the past several years the team has organized our participation in the annual Gay Pride Parade in Seattle, organized discussion and movie nights aimed at gaining better understanding of the needs of our LGBTQ+ members and promoting worship and fellowship activities for the inclusion of all. For more information, click here.

Mom’s Group
Whether you’re two months pregnant or your kids are well over 20, Moms of Saint Margaret’s is an inter-generational support group that is woven by the fabric of faith, fellowship, respect, and trust. Mothers meet on Monday mornings in Bristol Hall from 9:30 am to 11:30 am for Bible study, sharing, and support. While the little ones are cared for by loving staff in a playtime format. For more information, click here.

Supper & Brunch Club
Supper & Brunch Clubs are social gatherings of parishioners who meet four or five times during the year to share a meal together and get to know each other.  All are welcome! Singles, couples, families with children. Some groups meet during the day, others at night, some at restaurants, and others in homes. For more information, click here.

Senior Men 
For decades the retired men of St. Margaret’s have met on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. for discussion, fellowship, and support. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, click here.

Small Groups
You will be matched with a group that is tailored to your interests inviting individuals to develop deeper relationships with others through activities, conversation, and prayer. For more information, click here.

Sunday Fun Days!
Sunday Fun Days meets monthly on a Sunday afternoon during the school year.  All ages are welcome to attend a family-oriented program that includes a potluck meal, an activity that varies by month (watching a movie, making a craft project, or playing board games), and ends with worship in time for families to get home before bedtime. For more information, click here.

Retreats
The word “retreat” comes from the Latin verb “to pull back.” Retreats allow you to pull back, get inspired, become spacious, bond in sacred communion with others, and most importantly, deepen your relationship with God. There are many opportunities at Saint Margaret’s to “pull back” and connect more deeply in faith and fellowship. For more information about our retreats, visit our retreat page by clicking here.