Welcome to Christ Church

Here we are called to live out the gift of Jesus Christ’s unlimited love that brings transformation and new life to ourselves and to our brothers and sisters, especially those who suffer from poverty, violence, and injustice.

We are connected to each other. We worship, we learn, we pray, we laugh, we cry, we sing, we care for others and ourselves.

Wherever you are on your faith journey, you will find opportunities for education, guidance, and the joy of belonging to and serving in a community of justice and love. Join us for fellowship, faith formation, prayer, services, or simply to tour our church.

Faithfully,
Ann Gillespie, Senior Associate Rector 

Worship Times

SUNDAY WORSHIP

 

8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist Rite I *

10:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist Rite II *

5:00 p.m.  |  Contemplative Holy Eucharist with Healing

 

WEDNESDAY

 

12:05 p.m.  |  (Chapel)

*RITE I worship uses Elizabethan language that includes words such as thy, thou, and thee. RITE II worship uses contemporary language that includes words such as your and you. Rite II services can include hymns, chanting, service music, and choir anthems.

 

Directions and Parking

118 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Christ Church is located at the intersection of N. Washington and Cameron Streets in Old Town, Alexandria, VA.

Parking around Christ Church

Street parking abounds around the church. 

On Sundays, there is no fee for metered spaces or limit on length of time to park. This provides ample free parking when visiting or attending services.

What To Expect

Christ Church is a historic church with a living congregation. Within the space where George Washington also worshipped, we sing, pray, and listen to our clergy preach. We gather after services for Christian education and fellowship.

WORSHIP. The Book of Common Prayer and the hymnal shape our services. Communion is taken at the chancel rail and is open to everyone who wants to receive it; all are welcome at the Lord’s Table.

NURSERY. We have nursery care available for our morning services. We also have an infant caring room where parents can remain with their children and experience worship from a live feed.

MUSIC DIVERSITY. The choir lifts their voice in song to beautiful music at the morning services. The 5:00 p.m. service offers a quiet, reflective time with healing prayers and the laying on of hands.

TOURS & VISITS. Visitors are welcome to this historic church, which is normally open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The church is closed to tours during holidays. Trained docents are available to describe Christ Church and the role that many of its parishioners played in American history. There is no admission charge. A donation to help maintain the church building is requested and welcome.

You are welcome here; we look forward to visiting with you soon.

For Your Kids

Children are welcome at every worship service. Children’s bulletins and crayons are in a cart outside the church entrance and can help your child follow along with the service.

Nursery and Infant Rooms: We offer childcare for infants through four-year olds on Sundays from 7:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The nursery rooms are staffed with caring adults, while the infant caring room offers closed-circuit television that allows you to attend to your child’s needs while watching the service. These rooms are located across the courtyard in the parish house. Enter the parish house through the double doors, turn right, go up the stairs, through one door, and straight through a second door.

Children's Church: Children aged three through third grade are invited to Children’s Chapel, leaving the church service just prior to the Gospel reading and returning for the Peace. Worship includes singing, a Gospel reading, an age-appropriate sermon, and prayers.

 

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[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana’s emergency response efforts in the wake of widespread flooding that has affected more than 40,000 homes across the state.

Some areas received more than 24 inches of rain, with record precipitation of up to 30 inches around Baton Rouge. As of Aug.17, 20 Louisiana parishes (counties) had been included in the federal disaster declaration due to flooding, notably Ascension and Livingston along the Amite River. One-third of the 45,000 homes in Ascension were flooded when the river overtopped the levee nearby, and more than 90 percent of homes in the town of Denham Springs have been affected. The rural parish of Tangipahoa is also severely impacted, and assessments are ongoing.

With support from Episcopal Relief & Development, the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana is responding to immediate needs such as food, emergency housing and storage, gasoline and replacement of lost items by distributing gift cards at churches and shelters. Over the long term, the economic impact of the flood will fall most heavily on those least able to recover quickly, with road and business closures resulting in lost income on top of repair costs.

“The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana has many strong lay and clergy leaders at both the congregational and diocesan level with extensive disaster response experience and connections,” said Katie Mears, director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s U.S. Disaster Program. “This experience allows for streamlined processes and wisdom about how to best serve the needs of their neighbors, both in the short-term, but especially in the weeks, months and years to come.”

The Diocese of Louisiana stated that St. Francis Episcopal Church in Denham Springs reported damage to its building, and that many clergy, parishioners, staff and friends across the diocese have home damage and are staying in shelters or with family. Episcopal School in East Baton Rouge Parish was also affected but reports that 80 percent of its classrooms are undamaged and it will reopen on Aug. 22.

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FEMA warns of heavy rain through August 20 from Texas to Alabama and likely flooding in Louisiana and further north along the Mississippi River. Emergency preparedness activities such as creating a disaster kit and ensuring adequate supplies of food and water at home are outlined in Episcopal Relief & Development’s web resources.

Please continue to pray for all those impacted by storms and flooding, for first responders who are conducting rescue operations and for church communities who are reaching out to care for their most vulnerable members and neighbors.

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