Organized in November 1817, Christ Church, Georgetown, recently completed an 18-month-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of this and other important milestones in the formation of the community of faith at the corner of 31st and O Streets. The Bicentennial Committee planned and executed an extensive and multifaceted slate of events and programs involving hundreds of parishioners who committed themselves to brainstorming and preparation through the work of five sub-committees: Education, Events, Marketing & Communications, Multimedia & Publications, and Music & Worship. The goals of the Bicentennial celebration were: to express gratitude, to build community, and to inspire growth.

Bicentennial Oral Histories

Bicentennial Bulletin

September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018
January 2019

Bicentennial Articles

The Founding of Christ Church, Georgetown 
Thomas Corcoran
Reuel Keith
Clement Smith
Francis Scott Key
Writing a Bicentennial Hymn Text
John Francis Hoff
James Sewell Morsell
Thomas Plater
Eloise Randolph Page
Ulysses Ward
The Peter Family
Charles Alexander Burnett
John Barnes
John Pickrell
Jeremiah Williams
William Hayman
1885 Time Capsule

Founders Luncheon Lecture

Click here for a video recording of parishioner Tom Crocker's Founders Luncheon Lecture, given April 15, 2018.

Bicentennial Celebrations

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Christ Church, Georgetown, was organized on November 10, 1817. On Sunday, November 12, 2017, we honored the founding of our beloved parish with a combined celebration of the Holy Eucharist, at 10:00 a.m. The liturgy featured the premiere of a new congregational mass setting commissioned for the occasion. It was followed by a Founders Festival, featuring period food and drink, live music, and an exhibition of historic documents and artifacts, and other items of interest.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
On Saturday, May 12, 2018, Christ Church opened its doors to the wider community with a Flower Display and Open House. The multi-faceted event coincided with the annual Georgetown Garden Tour, which is based at Christ Church. The doors of the church were open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided architectural tours were led by the clergy and a group of parishioner volunteers. The Open House featured an Easter-themed flower display created by members of the Christ Church Flower Committee. The Choir of Christ Church offered two brief, informal, identical choral programs at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 13, 2018
The cornerstone of the first church building was laid on May 12, 1818. We marked the occasion with a combined celebration of the Holy Eucharist, at 10:00 a.m. Following the liturgy, the Choir of Christ Church led parishioners and guests in an outdoor procession up 31st Street to Tudor Place. The Garden Party and Picnic featured family-friendly food and drink, live jazz, activities for children, and tours of the Tudor Place mansion and gardens.

Sunday, January 6, 2019
The first church building was consecrated on December 30, 1818. On Sunday, January 6, 2019, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of this milestone with a service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Epiphany, at 5:00 p.m. The liturgy was followed by a festive reception in Keith Hall.

Bicentennial Committee

Page Lane Smith, Co-chair
Mary Stuart (Puffin) Brown Travers, Co-chair
Katherine Brown
Tim Carrington
Henry Courtney
Ed Crocker
Anne Gambal
Marcia Mayo
Glenn Metzdorf
Scott Plumridge
Evie Rooney
David Shepard
Thomas Smith
Heather Stouffer
Christy Thorley
Sally Squires Wilhelm
Harry Volz