Looking to visit the church?
here are the basics if you're attending worship with us for the first time.
(Below is our normal worship schedule. Due to Covid-19 quarantine all public activities have been cancelled until further notice.)
sunday worship times
1525 Newton St NW
Washington, DC 20010
We are at the corner of 16th St. NW and Newton St. NW in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C.
By car: Much of the area around the church is a dense residential area, but street parking can usually be found at most times of the day. Parking in the small lot between the church building and 16th St. is reserved for people with limited mobility, and a sticker, available from the church office, must be displayed in your car if you park there.
By public transportation: The closest Metrorail station is Columbia Heights, at 14th St. NW and Irving St. NW, just 3 blocks south and one block east of the church. Numerous bus lines run near the church, especially north and south on 16th St. NW, a major thoroughfare in the city.
Misa Alegría (Spanish)
a word of welcome
St. Stephen’s uses a model of ministry and leadership in which lay people and clergy, paid people and volunteers provide the work to run the parish—a model that reflects “the priesthood of all believers.”
Read a welcome letter from Sandra Moore, the highest lay leader in our parish.
What to expect at worship
A bit about the style of our Sunday morning worship services and what happens:
We follow a liturgy every week, which is a set order of the elements of the worship service – the hymns, Bible readings, prayers, sermon, etc. The liturgy we follow is from the Book of Common Prayer, which is the worship book of the Episcopal Church. (We’re quite traditional in this way.)
At the 10:30am service, we use incense every week. (We’re quite formal in this way.)
We are a very musical congregation. The 10:30am service includes a lot of music. Music includes congregational hymns and parts of the liturgy accompanied by the organ or piano (and sometimes a cappella) and songs sung by the choir that range from classical to international.
We celebrate Holy Eucharist (communion) at every service and every week. The congregation as a whole gathers around the altar for communion at the same time. Children are included in communion (and may receive the bread and wine if they and the parents desire).
Because we have a Senior Priest and other priests who make up our clergy team, most weeks, there is a different preacher from the team at the morning services. This gives us different perspectives and variety.
What about children? During the 10:30am service, there is care for children. Godly Play and Connect (our spiritual formation program for children ages 3-12) takes place during the service, and a sitter cares for children up to age 3. Learn more.
Getting to know you, fellowship and learning
Getting to know you: Meet our clergy. Should you need to be in touch with any of our clergy, you’ll see at least one of them at each service.
Fellowship: After the Sunday 10:30am service, refreshments are always served in the Auditorium, the large room behind the altar area (go through the arches on either side of the altar). You are welcome to come and meet some of our members.
Learning: The Forum is held every Sunday at 9:15am, between the two morning services. It’s a time to discuss a current topic in a small group or hear from a member who has an interest or expertise in something.
At the end of an interview with a diocesan committee for my ordination process, a priest asked me this question: What has been the most appealing thing for you in the Episcopal Church? Without thinking too much, I answered: Being welcomed! I’m happy in the Episcopal Church, at St. Stephen’s, because I have been welcomed. On my first Sunday here, I felt this was my new church home.