Updated March 27, 2020

Dear Northminster,

I write to announce that after prayerful deliberation the Session has decided to cancel worship service at the church until further notice. This decision is based on recommendations by authorities on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and those that were announced by the Leadership Council of the National Capital Presbytery on Friday, March 13th:

Leadership Council strongly recommends that NCP sessions not conduct in-person Sunday worship services for the next two weeks.  Our recommendation is that churches find a way for parishioners to connect, worship and pray remotely on Sundays (and throughout the week) instead of conducting regular Sunday Worship. 

The Session and I also decided that instead of in-church worship, we will still move forward with worship through dial-in phone conferencing and livestreaming. Although this is less than ideal, it still gives us an opportunity to gather together as a community of faith. The service will start promptly at 11 am on March 22nd. Here is the (updated) dial-in information:

Dial-in Phone #: 301-715-8592

Meeting ID: 154-310-283#

Participant Code: #

To access the livestream, click the video icon on the top of the website home page.

We are encouraging all of you to join in this worship experience and to also remain faithful in giving your tithes and offerings. Please consider mailing-in your offering [7720 Alaska Ave, Washington, DC 20012], slipping-it through the mail slot at the chapel entrance of the church, or using the Paypal link on the sidebar of the website. If you have questions about how to use one of these online options, please send an email to anne.pillay@northminsterdc.org.

Thank you for your patience and prayers as we work through this very challenging time. This health crisis is affecting people locally and globally on many levels (physically, economically, and spiritually). May we seize this unprecedented crisis as an opportunity to expand our capacity for ministry and to live more boldly into our mission “to become effective witnesses of Jesus Christ.”

Please share this message with those who may not have access to a computer or email; and likewise, continue to reach out to our sick and shut-in members. Let us remain prayerful as we prepare for worship on Sunday morning.

Lenten Blessings,

Rev. Byron