Visiting Dumbarton

What to expect on Sunday mornings

Except in summer (from Memorial Day through Labor Day), Adult Education classes begin each Sunday morning at ten in the church’s Fellowship Hall on the first floor. Worship services are upstairs in the sanctuary every Sunday at 11, generally concluding at noon or a few minutes thereafter.

For all Sunday activities at Dumbarton, dress is casual.

Worship Times and Modes:

We welcome visitors to participate on Sunday morning in both Adult Education programs and worship services, each available both in person and online.  For an Adult Ed presentation, given every Sunday except from Memorial Day through Labor Day, join us at 10 a.m. — in person in our Fellowship Hall on the first floor at 3133 Dumbarton Street NW in Georgetown, or by Zoom, dialing 301-715-8592 and punching in Meeting ID: 823 2708 4830 and Passcode: 801277.   If you missed an Adult Ed presentation you wanted to see, you should be able to find it on our Adult Ed YouTube Playlist within a few workdays after it was given.

Worship services start at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday except from Memorial Day through Labor Day, when they start at 9:30.  You can join us in person in our sanctuary upstairs at 3133 Dumbarton Street NW, or on Zoom, where our in-person worship will be live-streamed simultaneously.  To join on Zoom by phone, dial 301-715-8592.  The Meeting ID is 898 3876 7270; the Passcode: 312148.  If you missed a sermon or musical worship performance you wanted to see, you should be able to find it on our Sunday Worship YouTube Playlist within a few workdays after it was given.

Most members of the congregation wear name tags to make introductions easier, but this is purely voluntary.


We strive to be welcoming in all ways, including by ensuring that our space is accessible to all. We have a ramp to the front doors of our building, automatic doors, and an elevator on the first floor to get to the sanctuary. We have one wheelchair-accessible, gender-neutral bathroom with a changing table. Hearing assisted devices are available in the sanctuary for worship.

Pandemic Safety:

We comply with all applicable Covid-19 Safety Protocols:  [Link to News page for current safety protocols]

Child Care:

Children are an important part of our faith family and are always welcome in worship.  Nursery care is available for little ones from birth through age 5, during both Adult Education and Worship.  During worship, children (and adults too) are invited to gather in the center of our worship space to hear a story or other lesson, usually based on the Bible or other reading for that Sunday’s service.  These are led by adult volunteers.

For the protection of all children and youth, all paid and volunteer adult caregivers, Sunday School teachers, and off-campus youth activity leaders must be trained in and comply with our Safe Sanctuary requirements based on corresponding United Methodist policies.  Among other things, this requires that at least two trained adults meeting our Safe Sanctuary requirements be present with any child, young person, or youth group under the church’s care, on or off campus.

Ways to Get to Dumbarton:

By Bike:  Bikers are valued.  If you don’t own one and need a convenient rental bike, Capital Bikeshare has conventional and e-bikes at more than 600 stations across DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Fairfax Counties, and the City of Falls Church.  Visit the Capital Bikeshare website to find a station near you.

By Metrobus:  The following Metrobus lines come within a few blocks of Dumbarton: 31, 32, 36, 38B, D1, D2, D3, D5, D6, and G2.  Here are the Metrobus schedules.

By Circulator Bus:  Circulator buses going to Dupont Circle and Rosslyn run along M Street.  The Union Station bus runs along K St. and up Wisconsin Ave., a half-block from Dumbarton.  The regular fare is $1.  Here are the details.

By Metro:  Closest stations are Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn, each about a 20-minute walk.

By Car:  Street parking in Georgetown is sparse but unrestricted on Sundays. There are several parking lots within walking distance of the church.

Be Prepared

If you plan to attend a Dumbarton activity in person and are not walking, biking, or taking a hired vehicle or public transit, allow a few extra minutes to find a parking spot, even on Sunday mornings. Parking in Georgetown is notoriously scarce, but easier if you come for Adult Ed and Children’s Ed, both at 10 a.m.

Where do I park when I visit Dumbarton United Methodist Church on Sunday mornings?

Parking is always available on Sunday mornings in Georgetown in Washington, DC.  Sunday morning parking in that neighborhood is a flexible experience.  From Sunday morning until early Sunday afternoon, parking is permitted on P Street NW – on both sides of the street – from Wisconsin Avenue, NW to 30th & P Streets NW.  You will not get a parking ticket.  If you do, let us know and we will cover it.

How do I dress?

Come as you are.  We are not dressy (well, except at Easter) and we are particularly casual in the summer.  We bring our heart and soul to God – not our threads.

There is always a place for you

There are so many ways to participate at Dumbarton United Methodist Church.  From social missions, adult education, choir or celebration, we have a place for you.  As a medium-sized church, we find that committed members can make a big difference in the life of our congregation. You will not get lost in the crowd here.

What is the focus of Dumbarton United Methodist Church?

Service.  We do not limit ourselves to the four walls of our church. We learn more about world and local problems and act on them by writing and demonstrating for social justice. We commit ourselves to promoting world peace. We try to set an example by helping the homeless, teaching disadvantaged children and aiding others in need. We have gotten national recognition for some of our efforts.