Service Schedule



Many visitors as well as members attend our historic church. All are welcome!  It is our hope that you experience us as people seeking deeper connections with God and pathways to a loving response in the world.  We invite you to explore, to ask questions, to attend classes, and fellowship or any other gathering of the community.  Contact us should you have any questions about visiting St. Andrew’s. 

Sunday Services
                                    8:00  a.m.      Traditional Service (Rite 1)
                                    9:30  a.m.      Sunday school Classes during the Program Year
                                    10:30 a.m.      Contemporary Service with Music (Rite 2)

Holy Week and Easter Sunday Schedule
Palm Sunday
                                    8:00   a.m.      Reading of the Passion
                                    10:30 a.m.      Palm Procession and Reading of the Passion
Maundy Thursday

                                    Noon               Holy Eucharist in Church
                                    6:30  p.m.       Family Eucharist in Parish Hall
Good Friday               
                                    Noon              Communion from the Reserved Sacrament in Church
Easter Sunday
                                    8:00  a.m.      Holy Eucharist 
                                    10:30 a.m.      Festival Eucharist
                                    Noon              Egg Hunt and Children’s Activities

Christmas Eve Services
Family Service           
                                    5:00  p.m.      Blessing of the Creche and Holy Communion
Candlelight Service
                                    10:00 p.m.      Festival Eucharist



Location and Contact Information


Located in St. Mary’s County on U.S. Route 4 at 44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road, California, Maryland 20619, we are centrally located in the county.  The Historic Church is to the right of the Parish Building. It houses the Parish Hall, offices, classrooms, Thrift Shop and Preschool.

Follow either N/S I-495 to Exit 7A (Branch Avenue toward Waldorf). 12.3 miles.  Use the left 3 lanes to turn left onto MD-5 S Mattawoman Beantown Rd. 3.2 miles.  Use the left 2 lanes to urn lest onto MD-5 S/Leonardtown Rd. 17.6 miles.  Continue onto MD-235 S 13.9 miles.  Turn right onto MD-4 S/ St. Andrew’s Church Rd. 2.2 miles.  Destination on right.

Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact Information

The Rev. Beverly Weatherly, Rector,
Lyn Schramm, Minister of Music,
Donna Triplett, Parish Administrator,

Sarah Freese, Director
Preschool phone  301.862.1610

Thrift Shop phone 240.925.7445
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44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road, California, MD 20619


Episcopal Diocese of Washington
The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington

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St. Andrew’s reason for being remains the same as it was at our founding in 1744:  The free gift of God’s grace is available to all who seek it.   We invite you to join us for worship at 8:00 A.M. for a “said” traditional communion service or at 10:30 A.M. for a communion service with choir and liturgy in the more contemporary style.  At St. Andrew’s, we find God’s grace in many ways in community. We use the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer of 1979 as a model for our services. For special services, there are special liturgies.

Children and youth are a priority at St. Andrew’s and they are welcome at either of our morning services. At the entrance of the church, there are weekly Children’s Lessons to color about the Bible lessons being read in church.

Children in the Church are most welcome. We love children and believe their presence, their questions, their honesty and their special and intuitive sense of God make us a more faithful and interesting congregation.  We welcome them in the liturgy, and we invest heavily in their Christian formation and nurture through Sunday classes and service leadership as acolytes, readers and ushers.   

Kneel, Stand or Sit? If you’re new to the parish, you will quickly discover that we do a lot of sitting, standing and kneeling at various times in the service.  Generally, we stand or kneel for prayer, sit for instruction, and stand for praise and song. The congregation is full of a mixture of each preference, so any preference or tradition that you may have is certainly acceptable.

Our music on Sundays enriches every part of the service with the leadership of a strong adult choir. We sustain and celebrate a large, lively and varied music program including the community outreach of the Sanford Concert Series and Sounds of Tomorrow. Hymns are usually listed in the service leaflet or announced and may be found in the Hymnal.  In the service we also recite Psalms (hymns of the Hebrew Scriptures) in a form that facilitates congregational reading.

After each service we invite you to the Parish Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshment over juice or coffee.  At 9:30 A.M. our Sunday Classes convene for ages 3 and up.  There are four Christian Formation classes for our children and youth and a class for the adults in the Parish Hall. The classes are from 9:30 until 10:15 A.M.

If you would like to discuss your spiritual journey with the Rector, do not hesitate to contact her.  And, if you want a deeper relationship with God, we can introduce you to the rich array of ministries at the parish.  Some of the areas of ministries are:  worship and music, pastoral care, outreach, fellowship, children and youth, Christian formation and the Thrift Shop.

You can learn more details about our worship and ministry by viewing the latest parish monthly newsletter, The Loaves and Fishes which is available on this Web Site. Also, you can find on this site, more information about Membership, Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage and Funeral Planning.  A very effective way to start is the fill out our Visitors Form. and drop off the printed form.   To make a more timely contact via the Internet you may complete a Visitor_Contact Form.



Clergy And Staff 


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The Rev. Beverly K. Weatherly joined St. Andrew’s in May, 2010 as the 57th Rector of the parish.  She hails from Ohio where she completed her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University with a major in Psychology before building a career in Human Resources in the public sector and corporate world. 

Responding to her vocational call to ordained ministry, she graduated with her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary which was followed by the completion of an additional year of graduate studies at General Theological Seminary in Anglican Studies. Her ordained ministry began as Curate in Pennington, New Jersey, Diocese of New Jersey.  Meeting her future husband, The Rev. John Weatherly, they were married in Trenton, New Jersey the city from which they departed to become Missionaries for the National Episcopal Church in the outpost of Brasilia, Brazil for nearly three years.

Returning to the United States with two children, Kathryn and Andrew, they served in the Diocese of East Carolina, where their daughter Maegan was born.  Their next stop was St. Luke’s Darian, Connecticut where she served a Chaplain to the Day School and Pastoral Assistant for Growth.  She was called next to Christ Church, Alexandria, Virginia and over the next years served two other parishes in the Diocese of Virginia before she accepted the call from St. Andrew’s.

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Minister of Music  Amy Forster

We are delighted to have called Amy Foster to join our staff as the Director of Music in time for the start-up of the new program year on Homecoming September 10, 2017. Amy will provide worship leadership through vocal and instrumental performance for all ages, and act as organist and Choir Director as well as music visionary with the Rector and Vestry. 

Her church music leadership includes fifteen years directing for denominations from the Reformed to the Lutheran Churches. At all her churches, she has worked with children, youth and adults, directing choirs to sing weekly and for special occasions and holy days. We are impressed with her priority to establish good rapport with volunteers, and to cultivate those relationships. 

Since she is a full-time Music Teacher for Calvert County Public Schools, she has learned the gift of welcoming and encouraging children and youth into the music program to participate in a variety of music opportunities, including chorus for county and state adjudications and festival performances. 

Amy is a graduate of Penn State, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, holds Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University, Certificate in Music Education (K-12), and is currently on the Human Resource Development (M.S.) Educational Leadership Track for her graduate studies at Towson University.

Retired Minister of Music and Director of the Sanford Concert Series Lyn Schramm 

Lyn Schramm graduated cum laude from Michigan State University with a Bachelor in Music Education as a string specialist. As the first co-recipient of the Motor Wheel Foundation Grant for Graduate Study, she received her Masters Degree in Music Education with emphasis on keyboard and choral music also from Michigan State University. She has served as an accompanist, organist, cellist, choral director and music educator in both choral and string music throughout the United States and Japan. Currently, Mrs. Schramm is Minister of Music at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in California, Maryland; Artistic Director of The Sanford Concert Series at St. Andrew’s;  treasurer of the St. Mary's County Arts Council; director of Two Rivers Harmony; private instructor in cello; and serves as accompanist for choral workshops in souther Maryland.

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Parish Administrator   Donna Triplett

Donna Triplett has been part-time Parish Administrator at St. Andrew’s since January 2011. Donna has lived most of her life in Virginia, but has long family ties with St. Mary’s County.  Donna lived for more than 20 years in the Shenandoah Valley, having graduated from Madison College (now JMU) with a degree in Secondary Education, majoring in English.  For some years she was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg, Va.  After serving as the first paid Director of Christian Education at Emmanuel, she returned to Alexandria, Va. where she had grown up. She deepened her education at  Virginia Theological Seminary, where she received a Masters of Arts in Christian Education in 1993. She served as Director of Education in several churches and did consulting in that field with a number of local Episcopal Churches. She became Parish Administrator at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia, where she worked for 15 years. It was there that she met and worked with Rev. Beverly when Beverly became Interim Rector from 2006 -2009. She retired from St. Andrews when a new rector was called.  Knowing that Donna had family roots in St. Mary’s County, Rev. Beverly called Donna when she became Rector at St. Andrew’s in May of 2010 and was looking for an experienced, part-time Parish Administrator the following year. A move to St. Mary’s County has brought Donna full circle and living in the same area where her parents had retired to in the 1970’s.  Donna loves that her desk at St. Andrew’s offers her a view of this lovely and historic church and enjoys meeting and working with the people at St. Andrew’s. 

We have two Internet based forms which are sent to the Rector and the Parish Administor:   
Visitor Contact Form 
Request Information about St. Andrew's Parish Form.

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Preschool Director and Staff

Miss Sarah – Director / 4 year-old Teacher

Sarah Freese is pleased to be the preschool director and lead teacher for the four year old program.  She has a bachelor's degree in Education and Child Development from East Carolina University. She just received her level five childcare credential certificate for the state of Maryland.  Sarah extends her own education through professional development education programs through the State of Maryland.  She is looking forward to working with and getting to know all of the children this year.

Miss Sarah has been happily married to her husband Barry for 15 years and has two girls ages 10 and 8.  She enjoys crocheting, reading, and being involved in her girls' school




Parish News


Weekly Parish Email Announcements

Every week, our Parish Administrator sends out the weekly announcements on Thursday or Friday of the week with all pertinent information for the coming Sunday.  An All-Parish Email message is also sent out should there be an important pastoral announcement, cancellation announcement or reminders.  If you would like to be added to the parish email list, simply notify the parish office at and make your request.

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Parish Newsletter

The Loaves and Fishes is the monthly parish newsletter published and edited by Dee McRae.  If you would like to receive it by email, or need a copy sent to you, please notify Dee McRae at directly or contact the Parish Office to make a request.   

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church


St. Andrew’s Parish was created by the Maryland Provincial Assembly in 1744 from parts of two adjoining parishes, All Faith Parish on the north, and William and Mary Parish on the south.  The northern boundary was from Breton bay and Major Barnes’s Mill on Breton Bay Run to Cole’s Creek on the Patuxent.  The southern boundary was from Legrande’s Creek on the Patuxent to Poplar Hill Creek on the Potomac.

The new parish could not be organized until the rectors of All Faith and William and Mary resigned or died, thus releasing their freeholds.  After the rector of William and Mary, the Reverend Lawrence De Butts, died in 1752, the parishioners in the northern part of William and Mary that was to be included in St. Andrew’s Parish elected vestrymen and wardens in 1753 and started functioning as a parish.  On November 27, 1753, William Russell made the first entry in the “Register for St. Andrew’s Parish” now in the Hall of Records in Annapolis.  Worship services were held in the courthouse in Leonardtown.  The Reverend Moses Tabbs of William and Mary parish served as rector of St. Andrew’s also until 1757 when he assigned curates to serve St. Andrew’s Parish.  In 1764, the Reverend John Urquahart of All Faith Parish died, releasing the norther part of St. Andrew’s Parish.

Within this part of St. Andrew’s Parish was the Four Mile Run Church, which had been a Chapel of Ease of All Faith Parish, located near what is now Sandy Bottom, on the Three Notch Road.  The Four Mile Run Church was used by St. Andrew’s Parish until St. Andrew’s Church was built.  Four Mile Run Church and its graveyard, where Governor Plater’s mother and father were buried, have now disappeared.

In April, 1766, two acres of land, called Waldrums’ Old Field, were purchased from Samuel Bellwood for five pounds currency as a site for the new church.  It should be noted that this property fronted on the now abandoned road that was perpendicular to the existing paved road.  This abandoned road is still the boundary between the third and eight election districts of St. Mary’s County.

One reason the new parish of St. Andrew’s had been established was to serve Leonardtown, which had become Maryland’s first incorporated town and the county seat of St. Mary’s County in 1710.  Just why the new church of this parish was built five miles from the town in an isolated spot is not clear.  However, the site was near the geographical center of the new parish.

On April 17, 1766, the vestry decided to build a church 70 feet long and 40 feet wide according to Richard Boulton’s plan, for which he was paid five pounds currency.  However, nine days late, the vestrymen changed their minds about the size of the church, and the following specifications were recorded in the register:

“The church to be 55 ft. long in the clear exclusive of chancel and 40 ft. wide in the clear; to be painted inside and outside, pews to be wainscoted and painted; pillars to be fluted and capped; a handsome pulpit and reading desk; pews to have doors; aisles to be laid with flag stones; a handsome altar piece of lonic order.  Two galleries to be wainscoted; portico with pyramids; roof to be planked with cypress shingles.  Outside quoins to be built with stock bricks as also all the outside of the walls.  One arched ceiling and two flat ceilings.  Ground glass with chemical party.  Foundation of wall to be 3 ½ bricks thick; from the water table to the eaves 2 ½ bricks thick.  Height of walls 14 t. from floor to flat ceiling.  Outside and inside work and pews to be painted over three times with white lead; folding doors, weights for the sashes.  To be finished by Richard Boulton’s plan (the middle spire excepted): the portico to be laid with brick edgeways”

Little is known of the architect of the church, Richard Boulton.  He was an indenture servant to Colonel George Plate of Sotterley, an important parishioner of St. Andrew’s.  Boulton is credited with the construction of the unfinished Chinese Chippendale staircase in Sotterley Mansion.  The only other building known to have been constructed by Boulton is All Faith Church near Charlotte Hall.  This church was built after St. Andrew’s and is similar in design, although considerably smaller.  

St. Andrew’s Church was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on March 14, 1973.

St. Andrew’s is considered to be among the most unusual of Maryland colonial churches by virtue of its twin west towers embellished by brick quoin, the inset portico, the two convex tapering columns, the palladian or venetian window, the fluted lonic interior columns the two-level gallery, and the reredos.

The reredos is the most unique feature of the church, and was painted in 1771, when the vestry supplied one “John Friech, Limer” with the lampblack, white vitriol, and a book of gold leaf to finish the altarpiece.  He was paid 16 pounds, 10 shillings currency, and his board and materials.  It took him five weeks to complete this magnificent work.  When it was completed, the vestry hired Thomas Thompson for seven shillings and six pence to “glue the big board”.  The “board” is surround by magnificent carving, forming the “handsome altar piece” called for in Richard Boulton’s plan.  This reredos remains as originally painted, although it has been treated for preservation.  The arrangement of the three fundamentals of the faith, the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, combined into one unit as a reredos is unique among Maryland colonial churches.


                                                                                                                  The Reredos 

Meanwhile, the vestry had commissioned the Reverend Mr. West and John Black, a vestryman, to purchase various church linens.  As far back as 1757, Col. Barnes had been asked to send for a surplice, two church prayer books, a church Bible, one silver chalice and salver.  Regrettably, all that is known to remain of these original purchases is the church Bible, which is still in excellent condition.  The age and origin of old communion silver in possession of the parish has not been definitely established, except for one chalice, which is dated 1869.

On May 11, 1769, after notice had been placed on the doors of the church and the courthouse, a sale was held at the church by the vestry to dispose of the pews.  Col. George Plater, of Sotterley, later governor of Maryland, and Col. Abraham Barnes, of Tudor Hall in Leonardtown, bought pew number 1 jointly.  Each pew was bought and shared by two or three people, with the prices ranging from 16 pounds currency for number 1 down to 2 pounds currency for number 22.  From then on, the register recorded in several instances the assignment of rights in a given pew from the original owner to a new owner “and his heirs forever.”  In spite of this phrase, the vestry decided to sell the pews at public auction again in 1839.  All pews were to be sold except those owned by persons who contributed to the minister’s support.  A committee was appointed to re-number the pews, the numbering to commence on the right of the pulpit and end on the left.  Walter H. Briscoe bought pews number 1 and 2 for $35.00.

In 1871, about the time St. Peter’s, the chapel of ease in Leonardtown, was built, a major renovation of the church took place.  The altar rail was moved back to extend between the pilasters at each side of the chancel.  The Vestry minutes record the removal of the reading desk and pulpit.  Nothing is known of this original pulpit, probably located on the northeast side of the church, except as called a “handsome pulpit” in the original specifications of the church. 

St. Andrew’s Church was used less and less and was in need of considerable repair when the Diocese of Washington sponsored its second major renovation in 1942.  At this time the communion rail was restored to its original position and the original flagstones of the floor relaid in concrete.  The fluted columns which help support the roof were restored and strengthened.   Wainscoting was removed from the ceiling and it was replastered as it had been originally.


                                                                                               The original wainscoting on the ceiling (circa 1940) 

The church was wired and lighting installed in 1975.  A heating system was added in 1985.

Until 1985, St. Peter’s Chapel, the chapel of ease in Leonardtown, was used as the main worship center of St. Andrew’s Parish.  Services were held in Old St. Andrew’s Church only during the summer months and for special occasions.  However, in 1985, St. Peter’s was found to be structurally unsound, making it necessary to discontinue its use.  The addition of heat and lighting to St. Andrew’s made its year-round use possible.  With a growing sense of its historical importance and architectural beauty, and under the leadership of a new rector, the Reverend Dr. Joseph Weaver, the congregation made the old church the center of the Parish once again.  Services are held each Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 am.  All visitors are welcome.

The material for this brochure was taken primarily from the original Register of St. Andrew’s Parish which contains records of all the business transacted by the vestry.  In the early days of the parish this consisted of such things as drawing up lists of taxable bachelors in the parish, this appointing tobacco inspectors, adjudging the age of Negro slaves, and administering admonitions to those parishioners behaving immorally.  Additional information regarding the building was obtained from the Historic Structure Report for St. Andrew’s Parish, dated February 25, 1986, by James T. Wollon, Jr. A.I.A.



Cemetery and Columbarium



Cemetery        IMG_0603

At present, there are 316 marked graves in the church yard, but many more have been interned in the yard.  The first mention of burials at the Church yard occurs in April 1789 in the description of the duties for the new rector.  Church registries indicate that more than 620 souls have been buried in the yard.  Many of these graves now lost were marked with wooden crosses or carved cedar markers that did not withstand the elements of time.  There are veterans from every war fought including a Captain George Dent who served in the Continental Army and later as a Colonel in the War of 1812.

St. Andrew’s has an active cemetery located on the property of St. Andrew’s Parish. While there are many historic grave sites within the church yard, there are grave sites available for sale.  Parish Point of Contact is the Parish Administrator in the Parish Office by phone 301-862-2247 or

Columbarium       IMG_0607

A columbarium is a permanent resting place for cremated remains.  The early Christians in Rome used the term to describe the catacombs where they not only interred their dead but sought refuge and shelter for worship during times of persecution.

In 2003 the Parish underwent intensive restoration.  It was during this time that actual groundwork began for our Columbarium.  In November 2006, the columbarium was consecrated and the cremated remains of two parishioners were interred.

There are niches available for sale.  Each niche will accommodate a maximum of two urns that do not exceed the required dimensions. Please contact the Parish Office should you be interested in learning more about this part of our Church Yard.




The Episcopal Church


The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We are both Catholic (true to the historic Christian faith) and Protestant (reformed and evangelical). This walk in the middle way is a hallmark of Anglicanism and of the Anglican Church in the United States, known as the Episcopal Church. Our core beliefs are expressed in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, shared with many other Christians. You are welcome here with all of your doubts and questions!

Laypersons are members of the Episcopal Church by virtue of their baptism, for we believe that the Church is the body of which Jesus Christ is the Head and of which all baptized persons are members. The ordained ministers are bishops, priests, or deacons.

Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist (The Lord’s Supper) are the two great sacraments (visible signs of spiritual grace) in the Anglican tradition. In addition to the Sacraments and the Creeds, there are two other essential foundations of the Episcopal Church: the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and the Historic Episcopate, the line of succession of bishops in the life of the church. The Rt Rev. Michael Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW) is the ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Episcopal Bishop of Washington in the United States.  The Ninth Bishop of the Diocese, the first female diocesan bishop, Mariann Edgar Budde was ordained and consecrated on November 12, 2011

Church House on Mount St. Alban next to the Washington National Cathedral.Its principal church, bishop’s seat and spiritual center is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, unofficially known as The Washington National Cathedral, located on Mount Saint Alban at the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, N.W. in Washington, D.C. The Episcopal Diocese of Washington is a member “see: of the greater The Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA), which is led by the Presiding Bishop of the national church. The Episcopal is in turn a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion under the titular leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace outside London, in England.