December 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
LGBT-affirming Christmas services
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Metropolitan Community Church of D.C. (Washington Blade file photo by Callie Marie)

Many houses of worship in the Washington region are LGBT-affirming. Here are a few that are having holiday services.

Christmas Eve

Foundry United Methodist Church (16th and P streets, N.W.) holds a kid-friendly Christmas Eve service from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with interactive storytelling and glowsticks. At 8 p.m., the church will also hold a Christmas Eve service with scripture readings, music and a homily. For more information, visit

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) holds a Christmas Eve worship service tonight at 8 p.m. Visit for details.

Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) has carols by candlelight with Rev. Mariann Budde. At 10 p.m., there’s Festival Holy Eucharist with Budde and Rev. Gary Hall. For more information, visit

Dumbarton United Methodist Church (3133 Dumbarton St., N.W.) offers two Christmas Eve services today at 5 and 9 p.m. The first service is geared toward children while the later service is more formal and will feature Advent worship themes. Visit for details.

National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) has a service tonight at 7:30 p.m. with a musical prelude starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

The Christ Church on Capitol Hill (620 G St., S.E.) holds a festival service at 10:30 p.m. with a choral prelude starting at 10. For details, visit

Saint John’s Episcopal Church (3240 O St., N.W.) presents its Christmas Pageant today at 4 p.m. Later in the evening, there’s a Holy Eucharist service with choral prelude beginning at 8:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Seekers Church (276 Carroll St., N.W.) holds a Christmas Eve dinner and service beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Church of the Pilgrims (2201 P St., N.W.) holds a Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service with performances by a choir, soloists and instrumentalists. Visit for details.

Christmas Day

Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) holds Festival Holy Eucharist this morning at 11 a.m. There is a Christmas Day service of lessons and carols today at 4 p.m. followed by an organ recital featuring organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley at 5:15 p.m.

The Christ Church on Capitol Hill (620 G St., S.E.) has its Christmas Day breakfast and service this morning from 7:30-8:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Saint John’s Episcopal Church (3240 O St., N.W.) has a Christmas Day and Eucharist service at 5:30 p.m. For details, visit

  • Dignity/Northern Virginia will have Catholic Mass at on Christmas Eve at 7pm (followed by a potluck dessert social) at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill at the corner of Seminary and Quaker Roads in Alexandria. Dignity/Washington will have Catholic Mass at 6pm on Christmas Day at St Margaret’s, 1820 Connecticut Ave., in NW Washington. All are welcome to our Masses for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, our family, and our friends.

  • Peter Montgomery

    All Souls Church Unitarian has a lovely candelight-and-music service at 10pm on Christmas eve and an earlier family-oriented service at 7pm. It’s a very welcoming congregation led by an openly gay senior minister; the city’s marriage equality law was signed in the sanctuary.

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