Meade Memorial Episcopal Church

Building the Body of Christ through Worship, Prayer and Service. Alexandria, VA
Meade Memorial Episcopal Church

Who We Are

ABOUT MEADE CHURCH

The Meade congregation is a diverse group of over 100 people, including all ages, economic and educational levels. Meade Church's new building, completed in 1990, provides more than 5,000 square feet of area space, and through our facilities' outreach ministry, we will, as in the past, make a significant positive impact on others in this community.

EVERYONES INVITED

If you are searching for a church home or just visiting the area – we extend ourselves to you as a church "family" that is growing through the building of bonds between the members of our church family, by studying God’s Word through Bible Study, and by offering programs and ministries for children, youth, and adults.


ABOUT OUR OUTREACH

Jesus calls us to reach out to others in service. We accept that responsibility to reach both within our church family and our community. We participate in community outreach on a regular basis. Some of the activities include:

• A Saturday Feeding Program for the homeless, unemployed and underemployed.
• Nothing But Nets: Mosquito nets for those in Africa
• Jazz at Meade: performances by local/national jazz artist
• World Vision 30 hour Youth Famine Fast
• ALIVE! (Alexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) nonprofit organization of volunteers from over 40 congregations and the community working to help those in need in Alexandria.

About Us

Vibe
Traditional Liturgy, Multigenerational, Friendly

Programs
Community Service, Choir, Dance, Adult Education, Food Pantry

Music
Gospel Choir, Traditional Hymns, Contemporary

Denomination
Episcopal

Size
Small

Language
English

Founded
1869

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
322 N Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314-2423

Phone
(703) 549-1334

Website

Directions
Get directions on Google Maps

Our Services

What are services like?
Worship in the Episcopal Church Sunday is traditionally when Episcopalians gather for worship. The principal weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist, also known as: the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass. In most Episcopal churches, worship is accompanied by the singing of hymns, and in some churches, much of the service is sung. Worship Styles Episcopalians worship in many different styles, ranging from very formal, ancient, and multi-sensory rites with lots of singing, music, fancy clothes (called vestments), and incense, to informal services with contemporary music. Yet all worship in the Episcopal Church is based in the Book of Common Prayer, which gives worship a familiar feel, no matter where you go. Liturgy and Ritual Worship in the Episcopal Church is said to be liturgical, meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don't change greatly from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness from week to week gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers. For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating or confusing. Services may involve standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses, and other participatory elements that may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. However, liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes. The Holy Eucharist In spite of the diversity of worship styles in the Episcopal Church, Holy Eucharist always has the same components and the same shape. The Liturgy of the Word We begin by praising God through song and prayer, and then listen to as many as four readings from the Bible. Usually one from the Old Testament, a Psalm, something from the Epistles, and (always) a reading from the Gospels. The psalm is usually sung or recited by the congregation. Next, a sermon interpreting the readings appointed for the day is preached. The congregation then recites the Nicene Creed, written in the Fourth Century and the Church's statement of what we believe ever since. Next, the congregation prays together for the Church, the World, and those in need. We pray for the sick, thank God for all the good things in our lives, and finally, we pray for the dead. The presider (e.g. priest, bishop, lay minister) concludes with a prayer that gathers the petitions into a communal offering of intercession. In certain seasons of the Church year, the congregation formally confesses their sins before God and one another. This is a corporate statement of what we have done and what we have left undone, followed by a pronouncement of absolution. In pronouncing absolution, the presider assures the congregation that God is always ready to forgive our sins. The congregation then greets one another with a sign of peace. The Liturgy of the Table Next, the priest stands at the table, which has been set with a cup of wine and a plate of bread or wafers, raises his or her hands, and greets the congregation again, saying The Lord be With You. Now begins the Eucharistic Prayer, in which the presider tells the story of our faith, from the beginning of Creation, through the choosing of Israel to be God's people, through our continual turning away from God, and God's calling us to return. Finally, the presider tells the story of the coming of Jesus Christ, and about the night before his death, on which he instituted the Eucharistic meal (communion) as a continual remembrance of him. The presider blesses the bread and wine, and the congregation recites the Lord's Prayer. Finally, the presider breaks the bread and offers it to the congregation, as the gifts of God for the People of God. The congregation then shares the consecrated bread and the wine. Sometimes the people all come forward to receive the bread and wine; sometimes they pass the elements around in other ways. All Are Welcome All baptized Christians, no matter age or denomination are welcome to receive communion. Episcopalians invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously. Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing from the presider. At the end of the Eucharist, the congregation prays once more in thanksgiving, and then is dismissed to continue the life of service to God and to the World.

What is the community like?
Meade Memorial has been serving Alexandria and surrounding communities for over 130 years. This historic and predominantly African-American Episcopal community brings to the greater Episcopal church a unique blend of worship, welcome and empowerment which transforms and enriches the lives of the children, men and women who enter into this community. We extend to all our web visitors a warm welcome. We invite you to worship with us and feel the presence of God’s spirit in your life.

What if I'm not a Christian?
EVERYONES INVITED Come worship with us! Visitors are always most welcome and we hope you may decide to make us your church home! We are a congregation with a big heart and open arms.

Leadership View all

Collins Asonye

Collins Asonye

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