December 21, 2018 at 9:10 am EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Christmas and Kwanzaa events
Christmas services, LGBT-affirming Christmas, gay news, Washington Blade

Washington National Cathedral is the largest LGBT-affirming house of worship in the D.C. area.(Washington Blade file photo)

Editor’s note: Many churches in the D.C. area are LGBT affirming. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive. 

Christmas Eve

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Rock Creek Park (Rock Creek Church Rd. and Webster St., N.W.) holds a Christmas Eve service today at 4:45 p.m. For details, visit stpaulsrockcreek.org. 

Dumbarton United Methodist Church (3133 Dumbarton St., N.W.) has a Christmas Eve worship service at 6 p.m. There will be a children’s Christmas pageant, special Christmas music, blessing of children, carols and candlelight. For more information, visit dumbartonumc.org.

National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) holds a candlelight community worship service with prelude music at 7 p.m. For more information, visit nationalcitycc.org.

Seekers Church (276 Carroll St., N.W.) celebrates Christmas Eve with a dinner from 6-7 p.m. followed by a service of lessons and carols from 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more details, visit seekerschurch.org. 

The Christ Church on Capitol Hill (620 G St., S.E.) has events and services throughout the day and night. At 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., the church hosts its “come as you are” family service which features an informal pick-up pageant, carols, children’s message and communion. A formal family service follows at 6:30 p.m. with a Christmas pageant, homily, carols, communion and music from the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble. At 10 p.m. there will be a choral prelude with the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble. They will be joined by the Christ Church choir. The Festival Eucharist follows at 10:30 p.m. with a candlelit sanctuary, sermon, communion, carols and music from the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble. The final event is the festive reception at 11:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring food and drink to share. For more information, visit washingtonparish.org. 

Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.) holds a children’s Christmas Eve service today from 6-7 p.m. followed by a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service from 8-9 p.m. For more information, visit foundryumc.org.

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) has a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. For more details, visit mccdc.com.

Saint John’s Episcopal Church (1525 H St., N.W.) has Christmas Eve services from 3:30-11 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. there will be carols and anthems followed by a pageant and the Choral Holy Eucharist at 4 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be carols and anthems with the Festival Eucharist starting at 7:30 p.m. The last service of the night kicks off with carols and anthems at 10:30 p.m. and then Festival Eucharist at 11 p.m. For more details, visit stjohns-dc.org. 

Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) holds a children’s Christmas service today at 11 a.m. Lessons and carols is this evening at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist is tonight at 10 p.m. Check online before going — some services may be full in advance. Details at cathedral.org. 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (300 A St., S.E.) has a pageant with Eucharist today at 4 p.m., a carol sing at 9:30 p.m. and a festival Eucharist at 10 p.m. Details at stmarks.net. 

Christmas Day

Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) holds its Christmas Day Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. featuring scripture, season choral performance, instrumental music and hymns. Passes are not required. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a Christmas Day organ recital by George Fergus. There is a $10 recommended donation. For more information, visit cathedral.org. 

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church (1830 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) has a Christmas Day service with the Holy Eucharist today at 10 a.m. For more details, visit stmargaretsdc.org.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Rock Creek Park (Rock Creek Church Rd. and Webster St., N.W.) holds a Christmas service today at 10:30 a.m. For details, visit stpaulsrockcreek.org. 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (300 A St., S.E.) has a Christmas Day Mass today at 10 a.m. Details at stmarks.net. 

Kwanzaa

UNIA-ACL hosts “Kwanzaa Nia 2018 Feast and Celebration” on Sunday, Dec. 30 from 5-10 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust (1816 12th St., N.W.). Look for the event on Facebook for details. 

Roots of Scouting, Inc. hosts a Kwanzaa celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church (3301 Windsor Ave., Baltimore) in Baltimore. Look for the event on Facebook for details. 

BRUHS: Book Reading Uplifts His Spirit presents “UMOJA,” a Kwanzaa celebration for LGBT communities of color, family and friends. It’s a potluck event with music, vendors, festivities and more on Wednesday, Dc. 26 at 6:45 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., no. 105). Details at thedccenter.org. 

The D.C. Kwanzaa planning committee has various events planned and also offers a calendar and resource guide. Look for the group on Facebook for details. 

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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