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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will attend the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at Dumbarton Church on March 13th to honor its 250th year as one of the oldest continuously active Methodist churches in the world. “It all started in a cooper’s workshop in Georgetown before the Revolutionary War,” said Rev. Rachel Cornwell, the pastor.  “Our church has so much of D.C. history wrapped into its own stories.”  Dumbarton is also one of the oldest churches in DC.  It is the mother church for Mt. Zion, Foundry, Capitol Hill, and other Methodist Churches still active in the denomination.

Also:  Quilts for DC Statehood, Historic Stained Glass Exhibit

In honor of Dumbarton’s 250th anniversary and Rep. Norton’s visit, a selection of quilts from Quilts4DC Statehood will be on display at the church and open to the public from 12:30 to 3 PM that day.  In July 2021, the League of Women Voters invited quilters nationwide to a Quilts4DC Statehood Challenge to help make Washington, DC the 51st state.  These small quilts celebrate the natural, historic, visual, and ethnic richness of the future Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.  They speak to the continuing challenge DC residents face to achieve full representation and the full rights of US citizenship. The complete collection is posted in a virtual exhibit at https://www.lwvdc.org/quilts4dcgallery.

And Dumbarton is renowned for its stained glass windows.  Each window has a story that can be accessed by a QR Code next to the window.  Come learn some of Georgetown’s surprising history on March 13 at 12:30 p.m. 


Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Wednesday, March 2

7:00 pm on Zoom

Ash Wednesday services will be offered on Zoom at 7:00 pm. BYO ashes and communion elements for the evening service.

Meeting ID: 927 6616 2679

Passcode: 486477


Celebrating the Life of Norman Alexander Garcia

Monday, February 28 at 12 PM ET

Dumbarton United Methodist Church

This service will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel starting at 11:50 AM. Please join us at this link: https://youtu.be/OiKYGmMW5wU

We kindly request that all person attendees be fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and masked while inside the church building.


On February 27th, 2022, Dumbarton United Methodist Church celebrated 35 years as a congregation advocating LGBTQ+ civil rights and supporting the full inclusion of all persons in the life of the church.  Rev. Mary Johnson, a retired United Methodist clergy and a transgender woman, preached, and her spouse, retired United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson, celebrated Holy Communion with an original liturgy written by Rev. Mary Johnson.  Dumbarton Church has been a leading advocate for change in the national Methodist denomination’s policy of discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons since March, 1987.

The Adult Education session preceding the worship service featured a presentation by Joseph Russ on his ministry to LGBTQ+ youth in El Salvador.  The Santa Marta Anglican Center for LGBTQ+ Youth and Young Adults is a comprehensive support center for LGBTQ+ people who are facing violence at home, have been kicked out of their home, have been deported back to El Salvador, or otherwise have ended up on the street. 


Councilmember Pinto worshiped with us on February 20 to honor our 250th Anniversary as the oldest Methodist Church in Washington DC. Ms. Pinto is the youngest elected Councilmember in the history of the District, and the first woman to represent Ward 2, which includes Georgetown. During her swearing-in ceremony, she pledged to uphold the values of integrity, transparency, and accountability in office, and believes that “government not only can use its resources to improve lives but has the moral obligation to do so.”

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All are welcome for in-person worship at Dumbarton Church each Sunday at 11:00 am--masks and social distancing will be required. For more information about our Covid safety protocols, please click here

You can also join us on Zoom where our in-person worship will be broadcast simultaneously using: Meeting ID: 898 3876 7270 Passcode: 312148, or dial by your location 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

 Adult Education is also held in-person and via Zoom most Sundays at 10:00 a.m..

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What People Say About Us

--"There is a welcoming fellowship and a continuing challenge to be engaged in social justice."--Harry K.

--"I love how Dumbarton continues to stand up for the rights of the marginalized, especially LGBT people"

--"I appreciate the incredible lay participation and leadership - it is unrivaled elsewhere, in my experience."--Jamie M.

--"Everyone at Dumbarton is honestly and uniquely who they are - there are no pretensions or facades to pretend to be someone we are not." Michelle D.

--"I like the time in the service when we prayerfully express our joys and concerns."--Joan C.