Grace is a diverse congregation, with members hailing from every continent and reflective of the neighborhood in which we are located.  We have become known for our ministry and outreach to the African immigrant community in the Washington, DC metro area.  Our programs and community life mirror that diversity throughout. 

GRACE CARES FOR OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND SUNDAY SCHOOL


The Lutheran tradition places great emphasis on Christian education, and that begins with our children and carries through to our golden years. Sunday school for children 6-13 is offered Sunday at 10:30 a.m. A special teaching moment for children of all ages is incorporated toward the end of every worship service. The pastor meets personally to train all children of high school age in preparation for confirmation. Children enrolled in Sunday school also learn by taking an active participatory role in the in worship service, by serving as acolytes, ushers or lectors.



Black Lives Matter


For about 2 seconds Grace had a Black Lives Matter sign on our lawn adjacent to 16th St. It was removed, maybe to someone’s lawn, or maybe to the trash somewhere, we don’t know. But here is a biblical/theological perspective on why Black Lives Matter is important to say, post, repeat, support and practice.
 
Jesus tells the story of 100 sheep. 99 were safe, but one was lost. Jesus went in search for the one that was lost. His focus was on the one that needed help. Of course, the 99 were important to him, but they weren’t the one whose life was in danger.
 
Similarly, to say that Black Lives Matter is to say that peoples of color lives are in danger, and have been for quite some time, and deserves our focus and attention. We have work to do. It doesn’t mean that ALL lives don’t matter, of course they do. But ALL lives aren’t at a disproportionate risk of beatings, brutality, discrimination and more.
 
Grace is a diverse congregation in a predominantly white denomination. We lift our hearts and voices to support Black Lives Matter. We practice a wide welcome. As people of faith we are called to love God, love everybody and change lives.



CRESTWOOD

Grace Church sits in the Crestwood neighborhood. Grace participates in the neighborhood through activities with the Crestwood Citizens Association and offers options for neighbors to participate in as well. We have organized a Running/Walk Group, a Pet Blessing to honor St. Francis and held a joint Diaper Drive to benefit the Greater DC Diaper Bank. Grace Church has participated in the neighborhood Turkey Trot, 4th of July Bike Parade, MLK Service Day trimming English Ivy from trees and other activities as they arise. Grace is happy to provide space for neighborhood meetings and events. 



IMMIGRANT OUTREACH


In the past 20 years, Grace has welcomed members from Africa, South America and other continents, often assisting them with the many struggles immigrants face in a new land: legal issues surrounding ability work in the U.S., housing, and the everyday practical aspects to establishing a new life in a new home. Grace is considered the most diverse Lutheran congregation in the District by virtue of these many years of conscientious outreach. Africans in particular have found a welcoming community consisting of other Africans that help ease their transition to life in the U.S. Services incorporate music and tradition that celebrates those African roots.



MUSIC MINISTRY


Music is a central component of worship at Grace Church, and we are particularly blessed with some magnificent voices in our Chancel Choir—several of whom are trained in opera, the classics, and theater. Our choir is under the capable direction of Catherine O. Greigg, wife of the late Congressman Stanley Greigg. The design of the sanctuary provides excellent acoustics to the powerful, and newly restored, 1927 Lewis and Hitchcock organ. For the music lover, the rich sound of the organ, combined with these talented musicians, delivers an unforgettable worship experience every Sunday. Grace celebrates its faith through a choral program that reflects traditions in music from Bach, to spirituals, to the contemporary. In addition, Grace hosts a multitude of musical events throughout the year featuring a diversity of musical genres.

For years, Grace has also lent its sanctuary to a wide variety of musical events including choirs from the U.S. and Europe, Renaissance-era madrigal singers, African traditional, and harp recitals to name a few. Our location along busy 16th Street offers a high-visibility venue for benefit concerts, and an adjoining formal lounge make for an elegant reception setting. To learn more, please contact the church office at (202) 829-9400.



PRE-SCHOOL


Amazing Life Games operates a pre-school for children 2.5 to 5 years of age out of Grace’s facilities. ALG supports children by encouraging what comes naturally to them: play. Highly trained teachers foster each child’s natural curiosity of and care for the world around them. Families contribute their unique experiences and talents to the school by participating in our cooperative. Children leave ALG ready to embrace, question, and contribute to their community. For more information, click here to visit ALG’s Web site.
http://www.amazinglifegames.org