Wherever you are on your journey of faith, we welcome you to Christ Church. We hope you will experience a warm welcome, respect, belonging, and God’s love. We invite you to worship with us and participate in whatever ways nourish your spiritual life. As Episcopalians, we believe in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith. We are a people of resurrection faith. We hope the following will serve to introduce you to certain aspects of life at Christ Church.
What is the address and where do I park?
Christ Church is located on the southwest corner of 31st and O Streets NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. Parking is available on the streets surrounding the church. If you leave a few extra minutes, you will be able to find parking nearby. There is also parking available for a fee in the lot behind the CVS at the corner of Wisconsin and O Streets NW.
Is there nursery care?
The Nursery is open every Sunday morning from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The nursery provides a welcoming, safe, and stimulating environment for infants and small children while they are at church. Children ages four months to 3 years are invited to enjoy the nursery while their families attend worship or religious education classes. The nursery is staffed with professional childcare providers who engage the children in age appropriate play and activities.
What should I wear to church?
There is no dress code for church. People should follow their own sense of what is appropriate. The more casual services, in terms of dress, are the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Eucharist in the garden during the summer, and the 5:00 p.m. Sunday Eucharist year round in the chapel.
Do I have to be an Episcopalian to come here?
No! Whether you are in your first steps toward seeking God, or if you are confirmed in your faith; if you are a long-time member of another denomination, or a tentative believer with no denominational affiliation; if you are a person of another faith or of no faith at all; this is a house of prayer for all people.
Who may receive communion here?
Everyone is welcome at the Lord’s Table. Following ancient custom, communion is normally received by those who have been baptized into the Body of Christ (in any denomination). Others who come forward to the Altar Rail may receive a blessing in Christ’s name.
What should I expect from the different worship services?
The principal act of worship for Episcopalians is the Holy Eucharist, also known as the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or the Mass. The service last from about 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes depending on whether or not there is music. A leaflet is provided that lays out the service to help guide you. We invite you to “come and see.” At times you will stand, sit or kneel and for Communion will walk to the altar. Follow those around you and know there is no right or wrong way. We invite you to “come and see” – join us in worshiping God with joy. Visit the Worship section of our website for more information.
What are the adult education opportunities?
The Sunday Adult Forum Series is the cornerstone of Christ Church's Adult Education programs and takes place 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Keith Hall. The program offers a series that lasts from October through May and attracts high-level speakers from a variety of backgrounds. All parishioners, guests and visitors are welcome. In addition to the Forum, there are a number of groups that meet for study, discussion and prayer. Visit the Education section of our website for more information.
When do Sunday School and Youth groups meet?
Religious education classes for children and youth ages 3-18 take place on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 10:55 a.m. Click here for more information on Children's Education programs and for Youth Programs. Sunday School classes meet in the Parish Hall building. Visit the Children/Youth/Family section of our website.
Are there fellowship times on Sundays?
There is a time to visit with and meet other parishioners following each service on Sunday morning. Following the 8:00 a.m. service, there is an informal gathering in the kitchen of the church building; after the 9:00 a.m. service, parishioners gather in the Parish Hall building (where Sunday School classes take place) or in the Memorial Room on the third floor. A reception takes place in Keith Hall after the 11:15 a.m. service. On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month (October-May), there is a reception in Keith Hall following the 5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong.
How do I become a member of Christ Church?
We invite you to complete a pew card or the Contact form on this website. A member of the clergy will be in contact with you. Additional information is available on the Membership page of this website.
How can I contribute financially?
A majority of our funding comes from pledges made by parishioners prior to the beginning of each year. We invite you to visit the Stewardship page of our website to learn more about pledging – when, why, how much, etc. The website also has a donation page. You are welcome to speak with a member of the clergy at any time about stewardship.
I would like to serve the church in some way, what should I do?
Opportunities to become involved in the life of the parish abound. We suggest you visit the pages of our website to learn more about participation in worship and volunteering. Opportunities include the Soup Kitchen, teaching Sunday School, participating in worship, helping with our youth, the Thrift Shop, the Flower Guild, and many others. You are also welcome to email or call (202-333-6677) the Parish Office for information.