For Visitors

Welcome! As a recent or prospective visitor to Christ Church, Georgetown, we hope you find the following information useful. If you have other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of the clergy or staff via telephone or email. We will be happy to help in any way we can. In the meantime, we give thanks for your interest in the life of this parish community!
 

How do I get to Christ Church? And where do I park?
Christ Church is located at the corner of 31st and O Streets, just a few blocks from the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, in the heart of Georgetown. The parish mailing address is 3116 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Unfortunately, Christ Church does not have a parking lot. However, if you leave a few extra minutes, you should be able to find a space nearby, particularly on Sunday mornings. Parking is also available (for a fee) in the lot behind the CVS store at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and O Street, one block from the church. For detailed directions to Christ Church, click here.

Do I have to be an Episcopalian to attend Christ Church?
Christ Church is a house of prayer for all people. No matter whether you are a life-long Christian or someone with no faith at all; a cradle Episcopalian or a member of another denomination; a skeptic, a seeker, or someone who is simply in need of community, you are most welcome here.

What should I expect during a service at Christ Church?
The principal act of worship for Episcopalians is the Holy Eucharist, also known as the Mass, Holy Communion, and the Lord’s Supper. Services of Holy Eucharist can last anywhere from 45 to 75 minutes, depending on the day, the time of year, and the music to be sung. Upon arrival at the Church, an usher will provide you with a printed service leaflet, a document designed to guide you through the liturgy. The usher will be happy to answer any questions you may have and, when the time comes, to direct you to the altar rail to receive Holy Communion. Please know there is no right or wrong way to participate in worship. Come as you are and let the beauty of the words, music, and ritual wash over you. For more information, visit the Worship page.

Who may receive Holy Communion at Christ Church?
All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. In accordance with ancient custom, the sacrament of Holy Communion is normally received by those who have been baptized in a Christian denomination. Others are welcome to come to the altar rail to receive a blessing in Christ’s name.

Is there nursery care at Christ Church?
Nursery care for children four months through three years of age is available on Sundays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall, the large brick building that is three doors down from the Church. Nursery care is also available on days of liturgical significance (e.g. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, etc.) and for other special occasions in the life of the parish community. Staffed by professional child caretakers, the nursery provides a welcoming, safe, and stimulating environment for infants and small children. For more information, including questions about the nursery schedule and procedures, contact the Parish Office.

When do Sunday School classes and youth groups meet?
Christian education for children and youth ages three through 18 takes place on Sundays, 10:00 - 10:55 a.m. For more information, visit the Children & Families and the Youth Ministry pages, or contact Rita Yoe, Youth Missioner.

What about education and formation opportunities for adults?
The Adult Forum, a series of scholarly lectures on a variety of biblical, theological, and moral topics, is the cornerstone of the parish’s adult education programming. The Forum takes place on Sundays, 10:05 - 11:00 a.m., October - May, in Keith Hall. All are welcome! A number of small groups meet regularly for study, discussion, fellowship, and prayer. Periodic and seasonal programming includes a monthly Coffee and Colloquy in the Rectory and an Epiphanytide Inquirers’ Class for those who wish to learn more about the Episcopal Church. For more information, visit the Education page, or contact the Reverend Elizabeth Keeler, Assistant to the Rector.

How do I get to know people at Christ Church?
Take time to introduce yourself to a member of the clergy and, by all means, join us for one of the several opportunities for fellowship that is offered each Sunday: at the informal time of coffee and conversation in the Memorial Room following the 9:00 liturgy; at Coffee Hour in Keith Hall following the 11:15 liturgy; and at the reception in Keith Hall following the 5:00 p.m. liturgy. The ushers will be happy to guide you.

How do I become involved in the life of Christ Church?
All are invited and encouraged to participate in the life of the parish through one or more of the many volunteer opportunities that exist. Some examples are: serving in a liturgical capacity as an usher, acolyte, lector, or member of the Altar Guild; serving as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, or on a parish committee; serving our homeless brothers and sisters through the Soup Kitchen, Grate Patrol, or Georgetown Ministry Center's Winter Shelter.

How do I contribute financially to the mission and ministry of Christ Church?
The vast majority of funding for parish mission and ministry is generated through pledges made by parishioners each year. To learn more, speak with a member of the clergy and visit the Stewardship page.

How do I become a member of Christ Church?
If you would like to become a parishioner, we invite you to complete a pew card or the online Contact Us form. A member of the clergy will be in touch with you shortly thereafter. Additional information is available on Newcomers and Membership page or by calling the Parish Office.