Thursday, December 15, 2011

Join the Conspiracy

As Outreach Coordinator at The District Church (TDC), I've helped develop an Advent Conspiracy Campaign for our church community that I'd like to invite you to be a part of - either with us or with your own community, and your own version of this! TDC is participating in the nationwide Advent Conspiracy campaign, along with churches all over the country, but we've changed the details of the campaign to fit the vision God has put on our heart's for our church and our neighborgood. The purpose of the Advent Conspiracy campaign is to help the Church live into the true story of Christmas by worshiping fully, spending less, giving more, and loving all. (Check out this awesome video and the Advent Conspiracy website to learn more)
So this Christmas season, we are spending less on meaningless gifts and are instead redirecting our money to those who really need it. And we are focusing on spending more thoughtful time with loved ones, instead of spending money on a gift they probably don't need. We have organized the giving portion of this campaign around 7 local organizations, with the hope of deepening relationships with each organization in the process, so that this pattern of worshipping fully, spending less, giving more, and loving all can continue throughout the year in relationship with each organization. Listen to our Pastor Aaron Graham's powerful messages from the past two Sundays to hear more about the campaign and why we're doing it!
Next week we are organizing a huge gift drop to people in these 7 organizations. The goal is to have over 200 people participate! On December 4th, everyone in our church received a card, assigning them to a person in one of the organizations, and listing gift needs for this person. If you would like to participate in this campaign, email
A few important points about this campaign:
- $25 spending limit per person
- Bring gift to TDC on Sunday, Dec. 18th, or email to drop off your gift at another time
- Place gift in gift bag and label with contents
Below are the organizations we are partnering with for this campaign:
- Samaritan Inns is an organization in Columbia Heights that provides structured housing and recovery services, and support and accountability, to homeless and addicted men and women to help them rebuild their lives. Visit
- Christ House provides comprehensive health care to sick, homeless men and women from the District of Columbia, and assists them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness. Visit
- Joseph's House offers a welcoming community and comprehensive nursing services for formerly homeless, HIV positive men and women at the end of life. Visit
- Restoration Ministries seeks to bring healing to men, women and children who are trapped in the slavery of sex trafficking here in DC. Visit
- Central Union Mission operates an 18-month rehabilitation program for men with life-controlling issues, a free meals program, a clothing and furniture distribution center, and a 220-acre retreat center with a camp for underprivileged children and recreation facilities for the community. Visit
- Columbia Heights Youth Club: TDC helped launch this youth outreach this fall in partnership with Grace Meridian Hill and the Columbia Heights Community Center. The Youth Club aims to reach local high school youth. If you want to learn more about the Youth Club, email
- TDC is also partnering with three DC teachers and their classrooms. These three teachers are a part of TDC's church community and are doing an amazing job in their classrooms, but are very under-resourced and need our help.
In addition to the gift drop, the District Church is also taking up an offering to build a well in Liberia as a part of the Advent Conspiracy campaign. (I highely reccommend listening to Pastor Graham's message on why we are building this well in Liberia:
TDC is encouraging everyone to think of two friends or family members - one for the gift drop and one for the well campaign. Then write this person a letter instead of buying them a gift, telling them how much they mean to you and how they have inspired you to give money to this gift campaign or well campaign in their name. Then bring your gift for the gift drive and your money for the well to The District Church on Sunday, December 18th. You can also donate online to the well project (
TDC's goal with this campaign is to inspire members of our own church community, as well as the Church at large, to show the love of Christ through our lifestyles - not to give out of excess but to truly live differently than the culture around us and live a lifestyle of love and generosity. We pray that the Church would be unified in this, not just during the Advent season but all year round!
-Blythe Scott
Outreach Coordinator, The District Church

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

DC Church History Interlude: Wayland Seminary

Q: What do Judiciary Square, I St., Louisiana Avenue, and Meridian Hill have in common?

A: They were all meeting places for Wayland Seminary, the Washington branch of the American Baptist Home Mission Society's National Theological Institute.

Immediately after the Civil War and Emancipation, a $1,500 grant from the Freedman's Bureau allowed NTI to form Wayland Seminary. The school was named after Dr. Francis Wayland, a former president of Brown University and anti-slavery leader and operated as center for education in Christian leadership in the District.  Classes began in 1876.  In 1899, Wayland merged with Richmond Theological Seminary, Hartshorn Memorial Women's College, and Storer University to form what is now Virginia Union University.

Though classes only ran for 23 years, Wayland enjoyed success under president George Mellen Prentiss King in attracting students eager to take advantage of their new freedom to learn and to serve.  Wayland was Booker T. Washington's final stop before teaching at Hampton and leading the Tuskegee Institute.

For more information, see:

Personal connections to Wayland?  Let us know...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kids Konnection Christmas Pageant, Dec. 21

Kids Konnection/Sidewalk Sunday School is a multifaceted ministry to young people in public housing  spaces in the District.  You are invited to the...

Kids Konnection Annual Christmas Pageant

"I Hear The Bells"

Wednesday December 21, 2011, 7:00 PM 
1300 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020 

The Kids Konnection Choir will be presenting their annual Christmas Pageant.  This event brings parents, the community and special partners together to celebrate Christmas in song and dance.

This year the Pageant "I Hear the Bells" will present special dances Break Through and Northeast Performing Arts, and Youth of Tomorrow African Dancers. Special gifts will be given to all that attend.

This will be an event that will be long remembered. Please contact us if you need more information or directions.  202-563-1720 

Clergy/Business Employment Forum, Dec. 7, 9-11 AM

There will be an employment summit from 9-11 AM at Israel Baptist Church, 1261 Saratoga Ave. NE.  THe summit is sponsored by The Jobs Coalition, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, and Wednesday Clergy Fellowship.  Representatives from various business industries will be on hand to present and dialogue about the employment picture in the D.C. metropolitan area.  Please call 2-2-291-5711 to register and attend.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DC Area Churches & Real Estate Development

A positive trend in the Church: using church property to provide housing to low-income neighbors.  This WP article highlights the work of Enterprise Community Partners in helping churches develop their properties.  Also see The Church at Clarendon. (Page slightly out of date).

Article excerpt:
Macedonia Baptist Church has been serving the Arlington, Va. community and Washington, D.C. region in excess of one hundred years. We firmly believe that our faith community should be an integral part of the broader community, and it is a part of our mission to serve beyond the walls of our sanctuary. As part of our comprehensive plan, we recently undertook the challenge of providing needed affordable housing within the Nauck community of Arlington. Along with several key partners, we successfully opened a 36-unit apartment building serving low- and moderate-income residents, with five units reserved for Arlington County Supportive Housing mentally and physically disabled residents. The site also includes an incubator space for several small and start-up businesses in support of economic empowerment.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Help Provide Thanksgiving Baskets - 2011

Partial repost - 2010 version found here. Care Company is completing their Thanksgiving drive offline. They, as they should, will be making appeals for care for the needy around Christmas time also.
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When Nabal refused to feed David and his men in 1 Samuel 25, in spite of their help for him, the insult was all the greater because it occurred at a feast time, when landowners and the wealthy were under obligation to feed the poor. So with Nabal's fortunes in mind, we can think of these events as more than just opportunities to serve. In the words of Capitol Hill Group Ministries, "Remember that your generosity means there are more families seated at the Thanksgiving table." Let there be much Thanksgiving!

Given the recent increasing trend over the past few years CHGM estimates that this year’s demand will come in close to 440 baskets! A Thanksgiving Day Basket typically costs around $50 and feeds a family of 4. For more information about how to register to donate a Thanksgiving Day Basket or for detailed instructions regarding what items go in a thanksgiving basket please CLICK HERE.

If you are interested in Volunteering with the Thanksgiving Food Basked Distribution please CLICK HERE.

There is a wealth of similar programs around the city run with the help of churches, government organizations, and others. In addition, on top of the always incredible work of DC Cares, a Thanksgiving volunteering gateway can be found here.

"It is right to give Him thanks and praise!"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Council of Churches of Greater Washington - Sundays Nov. 6 & 20

CCGW Fall Assembly, November 6, 2011
Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. at historic St. Aloysius Church. Mayor Vincent Gray is the invited guest to speak. All are welcomed to attend this free event. St. Aloysius Church is located at 19 "I" Street NW ("I" Street NW and North Capital Street). Refreshments will be available following the Assembly. 

Washington Area Jobs Initiative
Sunday, November 20, at 2 p.m. at National City Christian Church. A jobs program meeting of the Council of Churches of Greater Washington. All are invited. The council will introduce an innovative program to help people get jobs, a program to be supported by churches, business, foundations, union, and the government.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Multi-Church Prayer for the City, 10/29, 7pm

Please join our sisters and brothers for a multi-church time of worship and prayer for our city. The event will be hosted at Christ our Shepherd Church (801 N. Carolina Ave. SE) on Saturday, October 29 from 7 to 9pm. Childcare will be provided. Look forward to praying with you there for the many needs of our city and in celebration of the good work that God has already begun.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Columbia Heights Neighborhood Youth Club - New Collaborative Youth Group

Yet another youth group bringing a community and its churches together for the glory of God!

This time, it's in Columbia Heights/Cardozo. The Neighborhood Youth Club is a partnership between Grace Meridian Hill, Park Rd. Community Church, The District Church, and Columbia Heights Youth Club. Their meetings will be at the Columbia Heights Community Center at Girard & 14th Sts.

It's about the kids. It's about relationships. It's about Jesus. It's about building community for and with our younger neighbors. It's about caring for spiritual needs (embracing and growing in the gospel). It's about caring for all-of-life needs (tutoring, life skills, sports, food).

Neighborhood Youth Club is seeking adults and older youth to help connect with the middle & high school kids, pray for them, and support the organization. Talk to one of the churches if you're interested.

We're beginning to see a godly trend here: We have local churches collaborating on youth ministry with The Porch in NE, Merge DMV in PG...and surely some others?

Other youth groups include (but are not limited to) these.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Prayer Night October 15th (to 16th!)

Care Company invites congregations and Christians from all over the DC area to a night of prayer for the youth of DC.

Date: October 15-October 16th
Time: 10pm-6am (yes, all night - but you can come and go as you desire)
Focus: The Porch/The next generation in DC
Location: Washington Community Fellowship, 907 Maryland Ave. NE
If arriving late/in the middle of the night, call: (202) 422-7032

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Help The Homeless Walkathon November 19

Time to start drumming up support in your church for the Help The Homeless Walkathon on Saturday, November 19, 2011.

And take a few minutes to check out the many good organizations serving our brothers and sisters in need in the DC area by looking at the fundraising beneficiary list.

If you run a service organization and want to become a beneficiary through the Help the Homeless Walkathon, see the details here.

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Music This Weekend: Classical Piano by Thomas Pandolfi, October 9

Music This Weekend: Liberian History Cantata, October 8

For more information, visit Liberia Will Rise Again.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ecclesia Network Gathering, March 2012

The Ecclesia Network of churches, a church-planting and missional church support organization that serves churches nationwide (including two in the DC area), is hosting a meeting next March 5-7 in Chevy Chase. Featured speakers include John Perkins of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and children's ministry expert Dr. Ivy Beckwith.  

The conference focus is how churches can function as centers of reconciliation.

For more information, visit:

The gathering will be hosted at the National 4-H Center
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-4934

(301) 961-2801

Friday, August 26, 2011

Columbia Heights Day/DC State Fair - Update: Cancelled

Soo... About that hurricane missing DC.  Maybe not.  Sadly, Columbia Heights Day is cancelled.  Stay safe and dry, and watch out for those who might not be.

August 27, Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 11th & Kenyon NW, from 10am-6pm RAIN OR SHINE! (The hurricane is missing DC, so what do we have to complain about, right?)  Columbia Heights Day, including the awesome contests brought to you by the DC State Fair is bringing the neighborhood together tomorrow, Saturday, August 27.

The day, drawing inspiration from neighboring Adams Morgan's own awesome day, Columbia Heights Day will bring the neighborhood together tomorrow. Naturally, the Church is in on it, with Grace Meridian Hill coming back to Tubman a week after doing improvement projects to contribute a photo booth (like last year), Church of the Advent providing refreshments, and The District Church and several others without website links on hand for encouragement.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Q Gathering, Washington, DC April 2012

"Q" is an organization dedicated to the Christian vision of restored and redeemed human culture. The founder, Gabe Lyons, is the author of unChristian, and more recently, The Next Christians. Q hosts a website that collates ideas about how the Church can serve the world around us and make it look more like the kingdom of God.

Q's next big gathering will be in DC, April 23-25 of next year.  They get props for distinguishing in their literature between "official Washington" and the lively and wonderful District. And of course they get bigger props for believing in the power of the Holy Spirit and the significance of the Gospel.

If you're interested in helping them get set up in DC or in attending the conference, check out the event site at 

Friday, July 29, 2011

DC Area Health Care Professionals Breakfast, August 6

Gather with health care professionals and students from local churches for a hot breakfast, fellowship, teaching, and prayer. Dan Claire from the Church of the Resurrection will teach on “Getting a Second Opinion from the Great Physician,” drawing on his background in the medical sciences, with a focus on trusting and following God in all things.

9:30 am, Saturday, August 6, Georgetown Baptist Church, 3101 N St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Sponsored by RenewDC, CCO Campus Ministry NW DC, and the Georgetown Baptist Church. For more information, contact Jim Hagan

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

9/11 National Day of Service - Team Leaders Needed

From Greater DC Cares. A good chance to help the city.

Lead Volunteer Projects to
 Honor the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes
of September 11 Through Service.

This September, HandsOn Greater DC Cares (HGDCC) will pay tribute to the victims, survivors, and heroes of 9/11 by engaging 10,000 volunteers in service to others across the region. We need more than 100 talented volunteer leaders, however, to manage service projects!

Friday, September 9 is a day of service for students and sponsors;
Saturday, September 10 is a day of service for community volunteers.

We still need Project Managers & Project Leaders for both days.

All new Project Managers & Leaders are required to attend a fast-paced, interactive training on Saturday, August 6 from 10am-1:30pm at our office--1156 15th St, NW.


This year's National Day of Service & Remembrance projects include:
  • Spending time with veterans;
  • Painting and landscaping at schools;
  • Cleaning up area parks;
  • Sorting food and feeding the hungry;
  • Restoring 9/11 memorials;
  • And more!
Project Managers and Leaders act as the lead volunteers at project sites and are the "go-to" volunteers of the event.  Project Managers are responsible for what happens at an entire volunteer site, and Project Leaders are responsible for 15-25 volunteers working on a particular task at that location.   

 Visit this link to sign up to lead high-impact projects!   

Questions? Email Matt Crawford at  

Friday, July 22, 2011

Trauma Healing Seminar August 13, Baltimore

Healing Trauma Seminar

An Elijah House Video Teaching Series Featuring Sandra Sellmer Kersten

Saturday, August 13, 2011

So many people experience trauma every day. Trauma that sinks into the soul and causes core wounding that can affect a person's life far more than most are aware of. In this series, Sandra's heart is to do more than put
band-aids on people who are bleeding to death emotionally. She believes that we all need to learn how to minister to trauma. These teachings focus on helping people overcome trauma and discover who God always intended for them
to be.

This is a one-day seminar in which we will be viewing a selection of videos, followed by a time of prayer for healing trauma.

*Date: *Saturday, August 13, 2011
*Time:* 10:30 a.m. ˆ 4:30 p.m.
*Place:* Venue TBD
Baltimore, MD

*Cost:* $20 (includes seminar guide); a freewill offering will also be
collected on the day of the seminar

*Registration deadline:* August 4, 2011

Register here:


*Lesson Titles*

- The Many Faces of Trauma
- The Devastating Effects of Trauma
- The Trauma of Unmet Need

Friday, July 15, 2011

Lay Theological Education

It's too late for the info session, but the program doesn't start until the fall. If you are a Sunday School teacher, elder, deacon, or anyone interested in God, theology, and the Church, this is a great opportunity!

This fall, there will be an opportunity to begin a lay theological education program at First Baptist, Education for Ministry (EfM). The four-year curriculum covers Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theological Choices. The format is a weekly seminar that meets from September to June. The program utilizes academic study, theological reflection, and worship, which allow participants to grow theologically, as well as, learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. There is an annual fee of $350.00 for materials and administration. An informational meeting will be held July 11 following worship in the Conference Room. If you have questions or want additional information, contact Ellen Parkhurst at 703.578.1862 or Information is also available at

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Urban Hands Youth Week Aug. 7-13

"Come to UH if you want to know God, because you will see God reign in this trip!"
- 10th grade male

Urban Hands is an annual week-long camp for youth from different neighborhoods, schools, cultures, churches and denominations. Participants stay together at Washington Community Fellowship in NE. They spend their days acquainting themselves with ministry in the city and volunteering in all sorts of community service. Each morning and night, they gather to read scripture; reflect on God's love, justice and mercy; and pray on a life of discipleship to Christ.

This year, Urban Hands will be from August 7-13, and Care Company is requesting volunteer hours from the body of Christ to make it a success. To sign up, click here.

Most Needed Volunteer Positions:

1) Breakfast/Lunch Volunteers: (6:30-8:00 am) You would be responsible for setting out all of the breakfast food for breakfast starting and also preparing and packing all of the lunches for the youth to take to the service projects. "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."(2 Thess. 3:10) So then if they are working hard they should get some grub! Help keep the tired, hungry workers fed! You can help out once or every day.

2) Shower Drivers: (3:30-5:15 pm): We need driver volunteers to transport groups of youth to and from WCF and the pool where they will be showering. This requires that you have a car available to use. “For we are to God the aroma of Christ”(2 Cor. 2:15) and hopefully not an aroma of anything else! Help be the reason all the teens can get cleaned up before dinner. You can help out once or every day.

3) Evening games (8:30-10:15pm).Take the youth to play games at a nearby park (usually capture the flag or soccer) to get out any remaining energy before heading to bed!

Again, to volunteer for Urban Hands on any day from August 7-13, click here.

Last year's Urban Hands was a great success. Many thanks to the volunteers. Let our prayers be with the youth of the DC area this summer.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sad News - WTU to close

WTU To Conclude its Mission in 2013
Washington Theological Union, a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the District, announced that it does not have the financial resources to be able to continue offering its academic services to the Church and community beyond the 2012-2013 academic year. WTU will continue to operate its conference center and offer lectures and programs during this period of time. For more information, visit For Washington Theological Consortium information, visit


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

PG Youth Groups Merge to Glorify God Together

First Baptist Church of Glenarden and Zion Church of Landover, have recently joined forces for youth ministry.

As is often the case, the worship leader sums it up best: “Let’s salute the living Christ who rose on the third day.”

...and the new youth group's website:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Other City Movie- HIV in Washington - June 25

“1 in 20 people has HIV in DC.  It’s time to get informed.”
Saturday, June 25 @ Harriet Tubman Elementary School (3101 13th St NW)
Doors open @ 7pm, Movie starts @ Sundown.
Get free screening, free food (first 100 people), get information on DC organizations
For more information about the film and to watch the trailer click here.

DC churches and medical organizations are banding together to present The Other City, a sobering film about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Washington. Come see what the story is on Saturday the 25th.

Pentecost Breakfast - Aisha Hussein's Story - June 25

During the season of Pentecost we are reminded of God’s love for all nations and cultures. He still speaks to us in our given language and draws us by His Holy Spirit to Himself. God created and loves
diversity. He also reveals His diversity in each unique way He enters into a relationship with us.

Come hear Aisha Hussain, a senior at George Mason University and campus DJ, share the unique way God called her to Himself. Aisha owns a Pakistani-Indo-Puerto-Rican-American background. She will be sharing her faith journey story from a Muslim family to trust in Jesus. Her story will convict and encourage you. Please invite friends from any background to attend. Breakfast will be served with a Question and Answer time following Aisha’s story.

GBC has a full service kitchen so if you would like to help cook and serve breakfast, please come at 830am. Children are welcome. However no child care will be provided but a nursery/play room is located adjacent to the fellowship hall. If you have any questions or would like to help in the kitchen please contact Jim Hagan, CCO NW DC.

What: Breakfast with Aisha Hussain
When: 930am, June 25th. (830am to help in the kitchen)
Where: Fellowship Hall of Georgetown Baptist Church
3101 N. St. NW, Washington, DC. (Corner of 31st and N Streets, NW DC)
Sponsored by RenewDC, CCO Campus Ministry and Georgetown Baptist Church

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Baltimore - Washington DC Church Planting Study

A good review of church planting in the DC-BMore area came out this past February.

The State of Church Planting in the Washington DC / Baltimore Corridor was led by Ron Johnson and published by Accelerate, a church-planting network working in partnership with the Exponential Network.

The study recognizes difficulties in cataloging all non-English-speaking churches, churches without formal incorporation or traditional media advertising, and those still under the care of a planting church, but its results are extremely enlightening. Praise God for the hard work, and may the report be useful to you, dear reader, God's servant.

Executive Summary
Church planting churches, national and local networks, and denominations have planted at least 274 churches in the last five years in the Washington Baltimore metropolitan area. 92 of these churches (34%) are in non-English languages.

1. Church planting churches
• 15 church planting churches have been identified (churches that have helped plant three or more churches in the last five years)
• Church planting churches provide the most training, support and ongoing coaching for church planters
• Planters who have attended an internship / residency program at a church planting churches are often better equipped to plant

2. National and local networks
• 12 national and local networks have been identified
• Networks are strong in assessment and training. However until they establish local hub church training centers and coaches, their coaching will be sporadic
• Network started churches are still a small number as the national networks have not yet established churches as hubs in the Washington DC / Baltimore corridor

3. Denominations/associations
• Most denominations are providing opportunities for assessment, training and coaching although it varies greatly in amount
• Denominations would benefit from having church planting churches that would develop internship/residency programs and partnering with national networks

4. Church planters
• The tensions and needs expressed by church planters can be seen as external (what we do) and internal (who we are). The external needs most expressed were the need for team support from sponsoring churches, funding, training, and learning effective ways to reach
the community
• The internal needs most expressed were the need for relationships with peers for encouragement, support and accountability; and coaching relationships with an experienced church planter who they can learn from, bounce ideas off of and from whom they can experience a sense of permission

5. Common Best Practices for Equipping Church Planters - There are at least nine common best
practices for equipping church planters:

• Assessment
• Church planting training
• Internship, residency, or church planting experience
• Sponsoring churches involved in helping the plant
• Administrative and strategic support
• Coaching/mentoring relationship
• Peer-to-peer relationships
• Ongoing training opportunities
• Exposure to available resources

6. Coaching/mentoring relationships and peer-to-peer relationships are key weaknesses.
• In most denominational or network situations a planter is to find a coach or one will be assigned. Most coaching is sporadic and coaches are often not trained. Attention to chemistry, availability, experience, and flexibility of coaches is important
• Peer-to-peer relationships are often left to the planter to initiate. Most planters have a number of other planter friends but meeting is usually sporadic and often lacks direction. Planters often desire relationships across denominational boundaries

Frederick Co. Convoy of Hope June 18

This Saturday!

Frederick Fairgrounds - Gate 3 (off Monroe Ave.)
Saturday June 18, 2011 - Beginning at 10:00am, until supplies last!




Don't forget the...

All-Volunteer Rally Friday, June 17th at the Frederick Fairground Grandstands beginning at 7:00pm (Music begins at 6:30pm)

For more information, call 240-575-1676 or visit

The Porch Community Youth Group Talent Show: Wed, Jun 15



The Porch’s SWAG

 GOD met us this year, this is what we’ll REMEMEBER…… (I Sam 7:12)

Community Event

Wednesday, June 15th from 7-9 p.m.


Washington Community Fellowship Church

907 Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, DC

Come and enjoy talent, testimony and togetherness as the youth from The Porch share and REMEMBER how GOD has met them this year.

It’s FREE, but a love offering will be taken

(Please make checks payable to The Porch)

The Porch makes disciples of Jesus Christ by providing a safe and welcoming space for the youth of Washington DC to know, receive, and respond to GOD’s message of love, hope and healing.

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in the ministry, contact:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Grace and Race Ministries 3rd Anniversary, June 18






Grace and Race Third Anniversary Celebration: You’re Invited!

Saturday, June 18, 2011 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
The Board of Directors of Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. and Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Founder and President cordially invite you to share in the Third Anniversary Celebration as we continue to strive to become Ambassadors of Racial Reconciliation
Guests speakers will be:
Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is an ordained preacher, professor, published poet, visual and performance artist, and jazz dancer. She is associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Homiletics & Worship at Lancaster Theological Seminary, and a scholar in theology and the arts. Dr. Bridgeman is the founding president and CEO for WomanPreach! Inc., and is a respected Womanist thinker around preaching, bible, and cultural criticism. She has been a lecturer and conference speaker across the country, most notably as the C. Gardner Taylor Lecturer for the African American Studies Program at Duke University
Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia and founder of Being Known, which develops teaching programs, seminars and resource materials to help people explore the connection between interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spirituality which lead to genuine change and transformation. Dr. Thompson is the author of Anatomy of the Soul (Tyndale,June 2010) which demonstrates how insights from interpersonal neurobiology resonate with biblical truths about God and creation—validating the deep human need for meaningful relationships as a key to a life of hope and fulfillment. Thompson graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Metropolitan Day School
1240 Randolph Street, NE

Washington, DC 20017
Registration fee of $30 includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch
Register for Grace and Race Ministries Third Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC  on Eventbrite

Prayer for the Poor - June 13, 7pm

Prayer for the Poor
On Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. the D.C. Baptist Convention will host a time of prayer for the poor at Hillandale Baptist Church, 2601 Powder Mill Rd, Adelphi, Md. 20783-1143.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pray for Missing Church Staff Member - Good News Update

The Capitol Hill Baptist Church staff member and GW campus ministry worker Matt Hill who was missing for almost a week during late May was found alive and well in North Carolina. Family and friends report that he left DC of his own will and continue to ask for prayer.  Praise the Lord!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

LaughingFlock/Food for Life May 21

The local Christian women's comedy troupe LaughingFlock is performing Saturday May 21 to benefit Food for Life:

Food For Life is a culinary training opportunity for DC high school graduates who are unemployed and currently without educational/vocational options. Once a week, a small group enters a positive and supportive kitchen environment where they can learn professional culinary skills from trained chefs by preparing “gourmet takeout” for up to 50 people.

Food For Life also aims to connect these young adults with life skills training as well as mentoring and discipleship relationships so that they are better equipped to pursue their life goals, inside and outside professional kitchens.

The show will be hosted at Christ our Shepherd Church, 801 North Carolina Ave., SE, at 6:30 pm.  The menu for the evening, catered of course by Food for Life, will be a choice of:

Mediterranean: Chicken, Hummus, and Yogurt Sauce, Pita bread, Lebanese Salad (olives, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, feta, lemon, mint, parsley, garlic) fresh Baklava;

Mediterranean vegetarian will have falafel instead of chicken;

Quasi-Southern: Chicken fingers and BBQ sauce, Potato salad,  Cilantro-lime cabbage and carrot slaw, Fudge brownies.  

I'm not going to lie. That sounds really good.

Get your tickets here!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

June 4 - Neighborhood Violence and Reconciliation Workshop

How can Christians help foster reconciliation in neighborhoods plagued by violence? This question and many others will be explored at the “Neighborhood Violence and Reconciliation Workshop,” which will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. - noon.

This workshop will be facilitated by Marinetta Cannito Hjort, an American University chaplain who has worked extensively in the area of peace and reconciliation in Italy and Mexico as well as the U.S. The workshop will be held at the Baptist Building, 1628 Sixteenth, Street NW Washington, D.C. For more information, please call 202.265.1526.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

He is Risen Prayer Gathering, April 25

Care Company is hosting an inter-church prayer gathering on Monday April 25, from 7:30-9:00pm.  Come, Christians, come, to celebrate the Resurrection and pray for your neighbors.  Location: Christ our Shepherd Church, 801 North Carolina Ave., SE.  See for more information.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Today - Bakke Graduate University Open House

Dr. Lowell Bakke from Bakke Graduate University will be at Leland's Main Campus on Thursday, April 7 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. for an information session on their D.Min. program. Presentations about the program will be at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. If you are interested in attending one of the sessions RSVP to (include your name and which session you will attend). Click here to learn more about Bakke's D.Min.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Renew DC Guide to Lenten Fasting

Renew DC's website has a very helpful guide for observing Lent written by Pastor Aubrey Spears of Church of the Incarnation in Harrisonburg, explaining the 'how' and 'why' of fasting during Lent.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lenten Devotionals

As part of their Lenten Celebration, Church of the Resurrection has compiled Lenten Devotionals that start today, Ash Wednesday. These can be found on their website or you can sign up to receive them via email by using the link This is a great way to focus our prayers during Lent.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ash Wednesday

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9. Lent began with the church tradition of having new converts--catechumens, or learners--prepare for their baptism in the season leading up to Easter, when they would be baptized. The practices of prayer, fasting, charity and scripture reading eventually caught on as already-baptized Christians realized the spiritual value of special time to preparing for the Resurrection and focus on spiritual disciplines. Not all churches celebrate Lent as an official season, but all approve of humbly preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ and of His Kingdom. The ashes that people get on their heads for Ash Wednesday are both a reminder of our mortality (and need for a Savior), and a symbol of repentance.

Ash Wednesday services dot the city. Two of note include:
1) The seven heavily attended Ash Wednesday imposition of ash services at the Catholic St. Matthew's Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW.

2) A three-church joint service at 7pm at National Baptist Memorial Church at 1501 Columbia Rd. NW. Nearby congregations Church of the Advent and The District Church will participate (and other members of the community are also invited to participate.)

Feel free to mention others.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Frederick County, MD Convoy of Hope, June 18

Convoy of Hope, a community event organized by an international Christian non-profit and sponsored by local churches in cities from Manila to Frederick is coming to Frederick County Maryland on June 18.

The event, at Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21705, will be a combination carnival, job fair, food assistance location, concert, counseling center, etc.  It is designed to serve everyone in the Frederick community in some form or fashion. 

Convoy of Hope is still looking for sponsor churches, businesses, local government and community organizations.  To get involved, please contact Matt Thompson at 

For more information, visit

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Seminary Open House - Answering the Call March 1

Are you interested in seminary or do you know someone who is? Make plans to attend the John Leland Center for Theological Studies' Open House on Tuesday, March 1 from 6:45-8:30 p.m. at the Baptist World Alliance in Falls Church, VA. Participants will learn about Leland's master's degree programs and options for non-degree seeking graduate students. Click here for more information or to RSVP. Visit online at


DC area Haitian Ministry Workshop: "Crossing Cultures," March 5

Crossing Cultures Workshop
The Crossing Cultures workshop, which was originally scheduled for January 22, will now take place on Saturday, March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This workshop is designed for those interested in ministering internationally, particularly in Haiti. Topics will include: “The Country and People of Haiti,” “Community Life in Haiti,” “Religion in Haiti,” “Practical ‘How-Tos’ for Building Relationships with Haitians,” and “Cross-Cultural Ministry Guidelines.” The workshop will be held at the Baptist Building, 1628 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. A light lunch will be served. Please make reservations early. To register, click here.

For DC-area Haitian churches, see:


DC Baptist Women in Ministry Roundtable Feb. 28

Women in Ministry Roundtable To Meet
The “Women in Ministry Roundtable” will meet at Clyde’s Restaurant, 707 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., on Monday, February 28 at noon. The Roundtable seeks to continue to strengthen partnerships with DCBC member churches and female clergy and to better support women in ministry by providing relevant programming, ministry resources, practical trainings and occasions for both fellowship and networking. For more information, contact Rev. Starlette McNeill at


Teacher Trainings, Feb. 25-26

Training for Teachers and Leaders by the DC Baptist Convention (Open to all)
There will be several training sessions for teachers and leaders of Sunday school, Bible study and Missions Education on Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26. All classes will be held at First Baptist Church of Hyattsville, 5701 42nd Avenue, Hyattsville, Md. The schedule for these training sessions is as follows:

Training for Directors and Superintendents
Friday, February 25
7-9 p.m. led by Dr. Robert D. Cochran, Associate Executive Director, DCBC

Training for Teachers of Adults
Saturday, February 26
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. led by Pat Dunnavant, Clifton Park Baptist Church and Ellen Teague, WMU Executive Director, Baptist Women's Ministries

Training for Teachers of Youth
Saturday, February 26
1-3:30 p.m. led by Rev. Dub Pool, Heritage Baptist Church and Rev. Arlene Anderson, Youth Consultant, Baptist Women's Ministries

Training for Teachers of Children & Preschoolers
Saturday, February 26
1-3:30 p.m. led by Rev. Deborah Cochran, Associate Pastor, FBC of the City of Washington and Gail Lacy, Baptist women's Ministries
For more information, contact Gail Lacy at 202.265.1526 or To register, click here.


DC Area Youth Leaders Gathering Feb. 28

Calling all youth leaders and workers!
The Center for Ministerial Leadership’s Youth Ministry Initiative would like to hear from you.  Rev. Jevon Billups, Senior Pastor of the Holy Comforter Baptist Church, is hosting a D.C. Area Youth Leaders Interest Meeting on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Johenning Baptist Community Center, 4025 Ninth Street, SE, Washington, D.C.  For more information and to register, please contact Rev. Starlette McNeill at 202.265.1526 ext. 209 or


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Washington Post: Regular prayer unites, uplifts church members from corners of Washington region

WP, 2/5/2011. By Hamil Harris

"For about 110 years, preachers, deacons and ordinary men and women from 28 congregations across the area have come together at different locations on the second and fourth Fridays of each month and every federal holiday for prayer.

James A. Roberts, chairman of the deacon board of the Shining Star Freewill Baptist Church in Seat Pleasant, serves as secretary of the group. He said the union is guided by the verse James 5:16 in the New Testament: "Confess your faults one to another and pray one for another that ye may be healed. ..."

Full Story:

Monday, January 31, 2011

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Gathering 2/2, 5:30-8:30pm

The Washington Theological Consortium is hosting the 2011


This Year Honoring:

Past President of the National Council of Churches and
Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

FEBRUARY 2, 2011
5:30 p.m.

Howard University School of Divinity
1400 Shepherd Street NE
Washington, DC 20017


Reception to follow

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Washington DC Area Youth Groups - CU Resources #23

Christ Centered Young People
Mount Airy Baptist Church
1100 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 789-0640

First Friday of each month. The activities for youth in grades seven though twelve are designed to encourage an inquiry into Christian identity, an openness to deal with diversity, sharpening of academic and intellectual skills; to help youth explore their feelings and concerns about significant social issues; and encourage them to use their individual talents in programs and ministries that interest them in order to nurture their growth as people of faith while providing volunteer services to the community.

Community Club
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC 20005
(202) 393-3700
Every Thursday night at 6:45 p.m., Peter Marshall Hall comes alive with the energy of some 100 7th-12th grade students and their mentors (tutors), working on homework, longer-term school projects, and college applications Consistent meeting week after week allows for a trusting relationship to grow. Additionally, doing homework in a room full of other teenagers who are also working hard provides positive peer pressure that may not exist in their neighborhood environments. At 8:00 p.m. work stops, and the assembled group hears Club announcements, including the latest scholarship and college acceptance letters. As the younger students thunderously applaud the fruits of the seniors’ hard work, their own desires for academic success are nurtured.

Crossroads (Middle School) & Cornerstone (High School)
The Falls Church
115 E. Fairfax Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
The purpose of The Falls Church Student Ministries is...
…to bring students into an authentic and growing relationship with Jesus Christ that transforms their lives and impacts the lives of those around them.
…to develop a dynamic community of high school and middle school students that is rooted in the grace and love of Jesus.
…to walk alongside students as they pursue Christ and to help them navigate through the challenges and joys of middle school and high school life.

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church
1 Chevy Chase Circle NW, Washington DC 20015
(202) 363-2202
Sunday evenings from 6pm - 8pm, grades 9th - 12th. After a dinner together, each group enjoys a time of fellowship, fun, games, and study. Please call church for details.

Friday Night Youth Group
National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20016
(202) 537-0800
Friday nights from 7pm - 9pm. Middle Schoolers meet in the Multipurpose Building, Room 101. High Schoolers meet in Jones Hall / School Gym. Please call church for details.

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church
1 Chevy Chase Circle NW, Washington DC 20015
(202) 363-2202
Sunday evenings from 6pm - 8pm, grades 6th - 8th. After a dinner together, each group enjoys a time of fellowship, fun, games, and study. Please call church for details.

High School Youth Group
Christian Reformed Church
5911 New Hampshire Ave NE, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 832-7539
The High School Youth Group is made up of everyone in grades 9-12 in the church and three leaders. The Youth Group meets about once a month, usually at the church, but occasionally at the leader's houses for the chance to hang out in a Christian setting. We talk about issues that are pressing for the kids as they travel through life. We also plan several fun activities for each season. Past outings have included camping on the Eastern Shore, Lazer Tag and bowling and plenty of overnighters. You'll have to come to one of the Youth Group's overnight events at the church to really understand Grog, but let's just say it's probably one of the best games ever made for a dark church. Please call for details!

Male Youth Enhancement
Shiloh Baptist Church
1500 Ninth Street, NW, Washington DC 20001
(202) 232-4200
Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30pm - 8:45pm, in the Gymnasium.

Middle School Youth Group
Christian Reformed Church
5911 New Hampshire Ave NE, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 832-7539
The middle school youth group, grades six through eight, is held one Saturday evening a month at the church for a fun time of devotions, games, snacks and hanging out.

Porch, The
Washington Community Fellowship, Christ our Shepherd Church, Faith Tabernacle, Church of the Resurrection and others.
Meets at Washington Community Fellowship
907 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-1926
Wednesday nights, grades 7th - 12th.
We honor God, ourselves and others, have fun, play games, laugh, dance, listen to good music, eat delicious food, celebrate birthdays, meet new people, strengthen friendships, study the Bible, learn Truth about ourselves, discover Truth about God, get to know Jesus, learn how to follow Him, experience the Holy Spirit, worship through song, participate in small group discussions, ask hard questions, share honest answers, hear authentic testimonies, receive encouragement and support, give encouragement and support, talk to God, listen to God, receive love from God, and so much more!

Robotics Ministry
Mount Airy Baptist Church
1100 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 789-0640

To.promote technology learning, the use of robots and computers as valuable tools to enhance the educational experience of youth and young adults. Please call church for details.

Zion Baptist Church
4850 Blagden Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 722-4940
Girls only: Third Saturdays from 10am - 12pm (Except July and August), ages 13 -18. The Program provides girls a variety of developmental, educational, cultural, social and age-appropriate life-sustaining experiences. Workshops on communication skills, healthy self-esteem and interpersonal relationships along with theater outings and book discussions are typical examples of activities in which the group engages.

Thursday Night's Live!
DC Christian Reformed Church
5911 New Hampshire Ave NE, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 832-7539
Thursday Nights Live! is the primary summer program of the DCCRC. Part family night, and part community outreach, the congregation and community come together for six weeks of fun in getting to know eachother, and rejuvenating our Christian faith. Every Thursday evening for six weeks, we start by eating a free meal together, prepared by volunteers. After the meal we disperse for singing, crafts, outdoor games and adult group discussions. The amount of energy and laughter in our building on a weekly basis make us all eager for the next year's program to come rolling around.

Urban Sent Youth Group
Christ Church
3855 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20016
(202) 363-4090
Fridays at 7:30pm.

Young Adults and Urban Sent Youth Group
Christ Church
3855 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20016
(202) 363-4090
Sundays at 7pm. Teens, singles, and married couples in their 20’s & 30’s! Come join us for music food, concerts, outings, discussions on faith, friends, and much more!

Youth Bible Study
Mount Moriah Baptist Church
1636 East Capitol Street NE, Washington DC 20003
(202) 544-5588
Friday evenings at 7pm. Please call church for details.

Youth Bible Study Class
Saint Paul AME Church
4901 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20011
(202) 882-7088
Wednesdays at 6:45pm

Youth Bible Study Class
Shiloh Baptist Church
1500 Ninth Street, NW, Washington DC 20001
(202) 232-4200
Tuesdays from 7:15pm - 8pm.

Youth Fellowship
Faith Moravian Church of the Nation's Capitol
405 Riggs Road, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 635-9012
Saturdays at 4pm, ages 11 - 17. Bible Study, youth choir, arts and crafts, community service. Please call church for details.

Youth Group
Georgetown Presbyterian Church
3115 P Street, NW, Washington DC 20007
(202) 338-1644
Sunday evenings at 5pm. Our Youth Group is involved in many service and missions projects. Please call church for details.

Youth Ministry
Capitol Hill Baptist Church
525 A Street, N.E Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 543-6111
Alternating Fridays at 7pm. Come join us on the fourth floor for a time of fun, studying God's Word, and small groups! Please call church for details.

Grace Covenant Church
707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
PO Box 50202, Washington, DC 20091
(202) 832-3330
Youthirst is the Youth Group of Grace Covenant Church. It is held on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month at 10:30am, near the concession stand at the Regal Cinemas in Chinatown. All youth are welcome to attend. Our Mission is to cultivate a family of youth that reflects evangelism,discipleship and lordship while training reliable and trustworthy leaders who will advance the Kingdom of God in their generation and generations to come., a website connecting people to ministries that help to strengthen a relationship with Christ, is shutting down in February 2011. The site’s owner has allowed others to distribute its very helpful information, including the DC area’s regional page. CU's information is not comprehensive, but it is substantial. The DC regional page is posted, with minor changes, on TCDC in this series.