At St. Patrick's, we know visiting a new church for the first time can be intimidating. We want to make sure you feel welcome, comfortable, and loved when you come visit us. Here's a few commonly-asked questions.
We are a group of people at various stages of faith gathering together to explore deep questions and discern together where God is calling us.
We believe that God loves all people. No exceptions. We strive to live our lives with that ethic.
We understand that faith is something that one can work on in solitude, but growth happens exponentially when done in community. We encourage all of our members to participate in formation programs that will deepen their relationship with Jesus and with our neighbors.
We have an amazing facility that allows us to have one service time to meet the needs of our congregation.
10:00am - This is a multigenerational service with various musical styles. Although it is a traditional service following the Book of Common Prayer, parishioners of all ages are welcome. We are a community of laid back people. Children are always welcome in the service. We believe church is a family activity. The Great Hall is available as a cry room. The entire service can be heard from that room.
St. Patrick's is located in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. We've been ministering here since 1911. Our address is 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW. Whitehaven Parkway stretches between MacArthur Blvd. and Foxhall Rd. We are neighbors to the Lab School, the German Embassy, and the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University.
On Sundays, parking is available in the parking lot east of the building, in the diagonal spots extending up the hill to Foxhall Rd., and on the street. St. Patrick's has lots of parking that is accessible without steps.
We are very laid back at St. Patrick's. Some people dress up, others are wearing shorts. Dress in what makes you comfortable. Come as you are!
On every visit, you should be moved by the Spirit. Everyone is moved in different ways. Some will be moved by the variety of music, the sermon, or the prayers. You might even be moved by all of them. Many St. Patrick's members say that one of the most important attributes of this parish is the community. We know each others' names and have long-term relationships. We are a second family for many people. We want to know your name, so expect to be greeted when you arrive, when we pass the peace during the service, and after the service during the fellowship time in the Great Hall. We want more people to join our family.
Every Sunday, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament that Jesus instructed his disciples to repeat as a reminder of his life, death, and resurrection. It is meal of bread and wine that unites us in a common mission. Jesus taught many things, but the most important was to love our neighbors.
God loves everyone and would never turn anyone away from the communal table. So, we encourage everyone to receive if they feel called to do so. Instead of communion, you may choose to receive a blessing. Let the minister know by crossing your arms in front of your chest. NOTE: At every service, gluten free bread is available.
We believe children are very important. They have always been important at St. Patrick's. We started our Day School because we wanted to form children in the Christian way. In addition to our Day School, we offer opportunities for children in music, education, fellowship, and service. Check our our page on children's ministries at St. Patrick's.
Children are always welcome at St. Patrick’s, and are an important part of our congregation. Sunday School for ages three to Grade 5 is during the service, and takes place down hall in the Church Library. We have other offerings for youth on Sunday evenings and at monthly events throughout the year, including preparation for Confirmation for 7th and 8th graders. Please ask the Rev. Dr. Kurt Gerhard about these programs or contact the Church Office.
We invite all children to be present in the Nave during the service, but at times family members want to take their children out of the service for a break, a drink of water or some time to run about a bit! Directly across from the Nave is our Great Hall—you will be able to hear the service from in there if you’d like to step out for any reason. We also have play bags of crayons, paper and books available, so ask the ushers when you arrive.
We feel it is important for children to worship with their families--you’ll be surprised at how much your children get out of being present during the service.
First off, let an usher know that this is your first time at St. Patrick's. They will help you get situated and will answer any questions you might have. Please sign the welcome book and pick up a packet of information about St. Patrick's. After the service, stick around for a few minutes. One of the priests will want to meet you and the Vestry Person of the Day can tell you more about the ministries of St. Patrick's (The Vestry is our board of leaders).