Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church

Our Vision: Extending radical hospitality, transforming lives, and pursuing justice. Washington, DC
Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church
Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church

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3401 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

202 363-4900


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Who We Are

Welcome to Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. We are glad you’re here. We hope this website provides you with useful information about our church, our community, and our beliefs. There’s a lot happening at Metropolitan and we hope this virtual meeting will lead to an opportunity for us to get to know you over a cup of coffee, in service, or in worship.

In this section of the site, we’ve provided some basic information about who we are as a United Methodist Church and tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. So explore, engage, and discover Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church.

All are welcome and we can’t wait to meet you.

About Us

Casual, Traditional Liturgy, Multigenerational, Young families, Neighborhood-focused, Historic, Gay affirming, Progressive, Friendly

Community Service, Social Justice, Children's Ministry, Nursery, Adult Education, Daycare, Preschool, Choir, Missions

Traditional Hymns, Contemporary

Methodist (UMC)




Our Services

What are services like?
9:00 a.m. WORSHIP Our 9 a.m. Dayspring worship is a family-friendly, less formal service. The welcoming time includes singing a variety of praise music and a congregational greeting time. Following the Scripture reading, the children are invited to come forward for “The Children’s Time” when a story or short activity reinforces the Scripture or theme. The children then have an opportunity to go to the nursery, to sing in age-appropriate children’s choirs, or return to sit with their parents. The sermon is preached from the floor and prayers are led by a lay liturgist. The Dayspring choir sings a variety of music including contemporary, gospel, and traditional, and includes small, ensemble pieces. Congregational members are encouraged to sing solo pieces, when appropriate. 11:15 a.m. WORSHIP Metropolitan’s worship service at 11:15 a.m. is in a formal, traditional style. We gather and center for worship with an organ prelude, and begin worship with congregational singing and the procession of choir and clergy. We recall God’s promises with responsive readings and Scripture. Lay members service as readers and liturgists. The sermon is preached from the pulpit and the Chancel Choir sings a variety of music including a cappella anthems and masterworks. Infant and toddler care is available for the children of families attending the service. 5 p.m. WORSHIP Our 5 p.m. Crossroads worship service is a casual, music-driven service featuring a full band, multimedia, and weekly communion. Worship elements include singing, praying, silence, scripture, sermon, and a time of reflecting using various prayer stations. The prayer stations provide opportunities for reflection through writing, praying, and other creative art forms. Our music is diverse and includes popular music, contemporary, gospel, traditional hymns, and music from around the world. The Crossroads service is held at the St. Luke's Mission Center.

Leadership View all

Charles  Parker

Charles Parker

Bringing a wide range of experience, passion, and commitment to issues of social justice, Charlie has long been a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised residents of Washington, D.C. For sixteen years, Charlie served as the Executive Director of two non-profit ministries in downtown Washington, D.C.: Bread for the City and Emmaus Services for the Aging. As Executive Director of both of these agencies, he oversaw programs that directly touched the lives of thousands of low-income individuals, families and senior citizens. At the same time, Charlie has been an eloquent public witness for justice, persistently putting forth—in the media and at Congressional and City Council hearings—a vision for ending homelessness and hunger in the District.

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