I am interested in theater—does Metropolitan have any performing arts programs?
Are there any programs at Metropolitan specifically offered for women?
Worship services at Metropolitan are Sunday mornings at 9am (a Blended worship style) and 11:15am (a more formal, traditional style), and at Wesley at 11am (a diverse and welcoming service with a rockin' Gospel choir). Click here for more information about our worship services.
What is the inclement weather policy?
The church follows the policies of the federal government on inclement weather closings.
Metropolitan offers a wide variety of musical programs and new members are always welcome. Our musical programs include the 9am Dayspring Choir, the 11:15am Chancel Choir, the Handbell Choir, and the Children’s Choirs.
Children have a special place in the hearts of Metropolitan members. We offer a range of Christian education programs from our infant Nursery through 6th grade). Click here to learn more about our programs for children. In addition, for more than 40 years we have also run the highly respected Metropolitan Nursery School.
No, you do not have to be a member of the church to have a child in our Nursery School, but church members are given preference in admissions. For a full explanation of the Nursery School policies, click here.
We have a commitment to help our youth grow in their faith and be nurtured by our church family. We have programs in which junior high and senior high youth are combined, and we also have programs in which the youth participate in small groups by age and gender. Every year, many of our youth participate in the Appalachian Service Project. Click here to learn more about our youth program.
We have a class of young adults that meets on Sunday mornings at 10:10am (during the church-wide study hour). They study contemporary issues of faith and many of the members of this class are also involved in service projects. For more information about this class of young adults, contact Rev. Kate Murphey Payton.
Metropolitan has a very active, vital United Methodist Women (UMW) program. There are 6 different groups, known as Circles, which are primarily organized by age or stage of life. The UMW offers a broad array of programs, including study, service, and special retreats. Funds raised through UMW efforts go to programs that benefit women and children in our country and around the world. Click here to learn more about our UMW.
The United Methodist Women sponsor a book club and is held several times throughout the year.
Metropolitan offers Bible study led by our Senior Pastor on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month as a component of our Soup and Study program. In addition, many of the adult Sunday school programs focus on different dimensions of biblical texts and history. Click here to learn more about our adult study opportunities.
At Metropolitan House (our homeless shelter at Metropolitan Memorial, 3401 Nebraska Ave., NW D.C.) the dinner meal is provided by volunteers every night of the week when the shelter is open from October to April. We always welcome the participation of new volunteers to make a meal either the day it is to be served or made ahead and frozen at the church. At the St. Luke's Shelter (located within our St. Luke's Mission Center, 3655 Calvert St., NW D.C.) the dinner meal is provided by volunteers four nights per week throughout the year. To access our volunteer meal program, click here.
The homeless shelter program at Metropolitan involves volunteers who spend the night on Fridays and Saturdays in a locked, secured space adjacent to the shelter. Families, friends, and individuals have all served as overnight volunteers. To learn more about our overnight volunteer program, click here.
When Metropolitan merged with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, we were blessed by the strong programs already established there that complemented the ministries established at Metropolitan. The space is now used as a homeless shelter; a hypothermia shelter; and a hostel for groups doing mission work in Washington, D.C. The Mission Center is an important component of Metropolitan’s outreach to the community and to the homeless men who stay there.
Metropolitan has a long-standing partnership with American University and its students, and a number of our members are graduates of AU. A team of our members shares monthly meals with AU students, as well as cookies and other treats during exam time. In addition, Metropolitan provides space in the church for AU students to study and have fellowship time in space that is close by, but off campus. For more information about the Metropolitan-AU partnership, click here.
“Reconciling” is the United Methodist term for a church or community that is explicitly welcoming of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. For more information on reconciling and to read the statement that Metropolitan has adopted, click here.
We welcome opportunities to offer hospitality to groups and ministries in our community. To check availability of the church for an event, please contact our Executive Director of Operations, Bill Potts.
Metropolitan has a beautiful sanctuary that has been the site of many weddings over the years. Click here for information on the church’s policies and costs.
We have an active prayer team that holds in prayer those identified on our prayer concerns list, as well as those held in prayer confidentially. There are prayer request cards in the pews in the sanctuary, you may submit a prayer request online, or you can contact Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson, our Minister of Congregational Care.
Flowers on the altar both enhance worship services and serve as a beautiful way to honor a loved one or someone who is deceased. If you want to donate flowers for a particular Sunday or if you would like to work with our flower committee members in the creation of the altar flowers, contact Patrisha House. In addition, the flowers continue to enhance lives as members of our Visitor Corps divide the arrangements from Sunday and take them to homebound members of our church family. If you would like to learn more about our Visitor Corps program, click here.
Our Metropolitan Players have been challenging and delighting audiences for more than two decades. We have a strong, intergenerational team that is always looking for new theater lovers—on stage or behind the scenes doing lights, sounds, makeup and hair, or props.
We know that people can encounter crises at any time, and we want to provide support for individuals or families who have an emergency or health crisis and need the support of a Pastor. Click here to learn more about contacting a pastor after church office is closed.
We have a number of ways for sharing information about our programs: each month we publish a newsletter, the Messenger, which can be sent to you by email or mailed to you. Click here to subscribe or call the church office at 202-363-4900, extension 113. In addition, each week we distribute Metropolitan Updates (with detailed information about upcoming events in our church and our community). Click here to subscribe.