St. David’s Church and Day School is located in the Roland Park neighborhood of the city of Baltimore; our current building on Roland Avenue was built in 1906. We are an Episcopal parish, a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, part of The Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Church of England. Many of our parishioners live in the Greater Roland Park area, in Roland Park itself, or in Guilford, Homeland, Keswick, and Hampden. On sunny Sunday mornings after coffee hour, you might spot a group of parishioners walking together, led by children on bikes and scooters, heading south on Roland Avenue and peeling off, family by family, as they reach their neighborhoods. But just as many of our parishioners come from farther afield, especially from Mt. Washington, Lake Roland, Ruxton, and Towson. We have parishioners who come to St. David’s from across the Baltimore metro area, from Mt. Vernon, Canton, Dundalk, Southwest Baltimore, and one particularly committed family drives in from Havre de Grace! Our Sunday morning services, with the exception of a few special occasions, begin with the Summary of the Law from the Gospel according to St. Matthew (chapter 22, verses 37-40): “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Loving God and loving our neighbor are the cornerstones of our identity as followers of Jesus Christ.As Episcopalians, we worship according to the Book of Common Prayer, and at St. David’s, we adhere very closely to the Prayer Book liturgy. Our style of worship is traditional and reverent without being rigid and stuffy. We value sermons that help us to see how to apply the ancient words of the Bible and the centuries of wisdom of the Church to our modern lives. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist (Communion, the Mass, or the Lord’s Supper) every Sunday, and all baptized Christians are invited to join us at the altar rail. We livestream the 10am service on Facebook and on YouTube.
St. David’s is well-known in the Baltimore region for its outstanding traditional Anglican choral music program. Members of the Choir of St. David’s have gone on to join prestigious choirs like those at the Washington National Cathedral and St. John’s Lafayette Square. In addition to leading our music on Sunday mornings, the Choir of St. David’s sings at Evensongs and other special events throughout the year. The music program at St. David’s also includes regular Friday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts featuring both local and international artists. And though the classics of the Anglican choral tradition are the foundation of music at St. David’s, our Director of Music Dr. Douglas Buchanan regularly programs and commissions works from contemporary composers — especially composers who are women, people of color, and queer — who are expanding the traditional repertoire. You can learn more about music at St. David’s here.
Following Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbor means that service to our communities, and especially to our neighbors in need, is an important part of our common life. We have been very involved with the Hampden Family Center and the Hampden Food Pantry, the Guardian Angel Food Pantry in the Remington neighborhood, and Paul’s Place in downtown Baltimore. You can read more about these and other outreach opportunities here.
Our parish community includes the St. David’s Day School. St. David’s Day School, spreading across two floors of the parish facility, serves children ages 2 to 5, nurturing their love of learning and setting them up for success at the school of their choice once they leave our halls. The clergy of St. David’s Church lead weekly chapel services, and the church has become a home for many Day School families long after their children have graduated.