St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

A Place to Belong! A Place to Become! Germantown, MD
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church


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15575 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD 20874-3012



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Who We Are

We are a spiritual home, a safe haven, grounded in Scripture and centered in life, where we are nurtured and challenged in our journey of faith. We welcome all people to join us in worship and prayer, and in joyful service to the community around us. We believe that the only sufficient basis for Christian community is Christ’s love for us. We experience that the power of Christ’s love can hold us together in the midst of great diversity.

About Us

Inclusive, Casual, Creative, Down to Earth, Friendly, Neighborhood-focused, Young families, Lots of kids, Lively, Down to Earth, Multigenerational, Young families, Lots of kids

Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Young Adults, Adult Education, Choir, Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Food Pantry

Traditional Hymns, Passionate Reverent, Contemporary, Organ, Jazz





Our Services

What are services like?
Our unity as a congregation is centered in our common worship, because it is here that we experience the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Sunday is our primary day of for worship. Our primary form of worship is called the Eucharist (Greek for "thanksgiving”), though you may also have heard it called the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass. Most of our services have two parts. The first part is the Liturgy (or Service) of the Word in which we read the scriptures. hear a homily, affirm our faith, pray for ourselves and each other, are forgiven all the ways we have fallen short, and share with each other a sign of God's peace. The second part of the sermon, is the Liturgy of the Sacrament (or Communion), in which we liturgically remember Christ's redemption of the world, gather around the altar to receive the body and blood of Christ (the bread of life and the cup of salvation), thank God for feeding us, and then are sent forth into the world to do God's work by serving those around us. Our worship style is somewhat traditional in form, yet informal in spirit, and child and family friendly. As one worshiper put it, “We take God seriously, and ourselves with a grain of salt." People dresses quite casually (some even wear shorts in the summer). But if you want to dress a bit more formally, that’s O.K., too (we want you to feel comfortable).

What is the community like?
We are a young and growing congregation serving the Darnestown-Germantown-North Potomac area of Montgomery County, Maryland, a member congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, The Episcopal Church, and part of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. We are warm and welcoming, come-as-you-are and be-who-you-are kind of congregation, grounded in Scripture and centered in life. And, of course, with a name like St. Nick's, we have a special affinity for ministry to the youngest among us and a desire to involve them actively in all that we do.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Questions? Doubts? Uncertainties? Bring Them To Church. You don't have to have it all figured out to come to St. Nick's. At St. Nicholas Church we welcome and love you just as you are, because God has welcomed and loved us the same way: with no strings attached. And we want to be there to help you explore what God is calling you to be and to do, because that exploration is our life's journey as well.

Leadership View all

Ken Howard

Ken Howard
Rector (Sr. Pastor)

A Christian of Jewish origins, Fr. Ken is the founding pastor and first rector of St. Nicholas Church. He is also the author of the book "Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them," which describes a third way being Christian that transcends divisions, honors differences, and nurtures unity in diversity in the love of the living Christ.

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