Maturing in Christ begins with being a part of His body, the Church (Eph. 4:15-16). Membership in a church is an intentional commitment of every individual member to serve and love the whole and a reciprocal commitment of the whole church to love and serve each individual. It’s mutual belonging and love on mission together.
Our membership process involves completing three sessions where we cover our mission, our church covenant, and our statement of faith, followed by a membership interview with a pastor, and baptism for those who haven’t been baptized as believers yet. To find out more, contact Abby Tseggai in the church office.
To mature in Christ, we need to eat solid food (Heb. 5:14). That “solid food” is the word of God. So we gather at Anacostia High School each Sunday morning from 9:00-9:45am to dig deep into the Bible on a range of subjects relevant to following Jesus. Join us as we think about singleness and sexuality, marriage, parenting, finances, defending the faith, and a host of other topics.
Mature and maturing Christians worship! In fact, we’re commanded to never neglect gathering with other Christians to encourage one another and stir one another up to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24-25). Our public worship gatherings feature fellowship, singing, prayer, and Bible preaching and teaching. We meet at Anacostia High School’s auditorium at 10am. Then, since worship is not limited to what we do a couple of hours on Sunday, we scatter from our gathering to worship God in all of life!
“Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). We get our very life from the word of God. So, on Thursdays at 7pm, we gather for our mid-week Bible study where we discuss God’s word one verse and paragraph at a time. We meet at 1610 17th Street SE. We are currently studying the Book of Acts.
Growth in being like Jesus. That’s the goal of our small groups. We choose smaller communities of intentional friendship and teaching so that we might see Jesus Christ formed more fully in one another. We have groups for young married couples, people living in the same neighborhood, and groups just for men or women. To learn more about when groups are meeting and what they’re studying, contact our deaconess for small groups, Hanna Baker.
Some of our discipleship is particular to who God has made us to be as women. So in keeping with Titus 2:1, 3-5, our pastors meet monthly with the older women of the church to encourage and equip them to teach younger women. Many of our older women instruct, counsel, and mentor younger women in the faith by practicing hospitality, leading small groups, and simply building friendships.
For those interested in women’s small group can contact our group coordinator, Hanna Baker. For those interested in more information about other fellowship opportunities and events contact Abby Tseggai in the church office.
The Bible gives the church a pretty clear goal for maturing men: “teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled” (Titus 2:1-2, 6). As men, we need encouragement and help from each other to grow this way. So we host men’s small groups throughout the week and men’s fellowship opportunities about once monthly.
For information on small groups, contact Hanna Baker. For information on upcoming fellowship opportunities, contact Abby Tseggai in the church office.
Exposing children to God’s glory in Jesus Christ through gospel-centered, culturally appropriate teaching and resources.
Jhonna Turner serves as our children’s ministry director. She leads four team leaders and a host of faithful volunteers.
We currently serve children 2-5 years old. Children enjoy the first part of our main service with the entire church family. They are dismissed at the offering for a program that normally includes Bible teaching, drama and crafts, and organized play.