Welcome to Christ Church, Georgetown, an historic, vibrant parish in the heart of the nation's capital. For over two hundred years, the people of Christ Church have sought to be a body through which the light of Christ is seen, his life is shared, and his work is done. Defining characteristics of the parish may be found in . . .

Worship: Reverent, dignified, beautiful worship that is deeply rooted in the rich liturgical heritage of The Book of Common Prayer and enhanced by a choral tradition of exceptional quality. The spiritual life of Christ Church is grounded in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and strengthened by a continuous pattern of Morning, Noonday, and Evening Prayer throughout the week.

Education: A comprehensive approach to Christian formation for parishioners of all ages. Christ Church has a team of truly gifted Sunday School teachers, a wide-ranging complement of adult education opportunities, including a Sunday morning forum that addresses issues of faith with an incredibly high level of scholarship.

Parish Life: A warm, affectionate community and a deep well of pastoral care that has been built-up over many years. A network of small groups was recently established across the city and surrounding suburbs in an effort to provide parishioners with additional opportunities for fellowship, discussion, and other activities, such as community service and faith formation.

Outreach: An absolute commitment to Christian mission in the wider community - here in Georgetown and throughout Washington, across the nation and overseas. Christ Church provides significant financial support to some 20 mission partners. Over 100 parishioners regularly engage in outreach work, particularly feeding ministries, with the homeless population of Washington, DC.

Each week, we greet each other at the door of the church, at the Peace, and during Coffee Hour. We embrace our friends and exchange handshakes with strangers - those of like mind and those with whom we profoundly disagree. Repeated again and again down the months and years, these greetings become warmer and warmer. They are exchanged with more and more people until all are greeted and all are known. These greetings are made with the same hands we lift up to receive the Bread of Life at the altar each week and, in this act, our hands show our hearts and minds the way.

What binds us here goes well beyond the differences between us: race, class, gender, politics, intellect, or any of the other things that distinguish us one from the other. Our hands know the priority of grace and so our hearts and minds are able to learn it also. If we receive the Living Christ in our hands each week and seek to do his will, then we are already brothers and sisters and, of course, always and forever, children of the same Father. In this, we share a bond that makes all our differences secondary.

We look forward to welcoming you in the days, weeks, and months to come.