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.

Ann Gillespie, Senior Associate Rector 

Worship Times



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




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.




  • Palm Sunday is March 25 :: Click below for a list of Holy Week services.
  • Sunday, April 1 :: Click below for the Easter Sunday worship schedule.
  • Easter Egg Hunt :: Easter Sunday, April 1. Click below for details.
  • March Rejoice ::  Click 'continue reading' for the current issue of Rejoice.
  • Worship Schedule :: Click below for a listing of service times.

before there was a nation, there was christ church

Learn more about the HISTORY of one of America's oldest Episcopal Churches


Making Worship Longer

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Not long ago, I attended a service at a different church and the hymns were all shortened – that is, we only sang random verses of each hymn rather than all of them. It was especially odd given that for one hymn, we sang verses 1 and 4, but verse 3 ended with a comma and verse 4 was a continuation of the thought from verse 3.... MORE

Walking the Middle Ground and Marching for our Lives

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On the first Sunday in Lent, part of my sermon focused on gun violence, what I see as our nation’s obsession with guns and how that is connected to the second renunciation in the baptism liturgy, and about finding the middle ground for a conversation about guns and gun violence in our nation. Out of the mass shooting and deaths of 14 youth and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, our nation has seen two sets of responses. One set has come from the usual sources on their usual sides – and without much middle ground from either those who promote a right to bear arms/guns in the Second Amendment as being without restrictions or from those who promote only having arms/guns as being in the hands of the police and other civil and military authorities.... MORE

Celebrate Easter at Christ Church

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The worship schedule for Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 varies slightly from the regular worship schedule: ... MORE

Easter Egg Hunt 2018

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Sunday, April 1, 2018. Easter Egg Hunt. Join us for a 9:00 a.m. family Easter service, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the courtyard at 10:15 a.m. (There is also a service at 11:15 a.m.) Plastic eggs filled with small toys and stickers will be hidden around the yard for kids of all ages to find. The hunt will move to the Fowler House in case of rain. Our youth groups will be hiding 4,000 eggs, so there will be plenty for everyone to find! Bring a bag or basket if you can. We reserve a special space for egg hunters age 3 and younger.... MORE