At Church of the Advent, we believe that the Christian life is a joyful experience, with continued growth leading to continued flourishing for us and the world around us. As a church, we value discipleship and are committed to establishing practices help us grow together into a flourishing life in Christ. As such, a variety of spiritual formation practices that shape our life together. 

Common Worship

Worshipping together on Sundays is the crux of our life together. Each week, we gather to sing, pray, hear the Word, and share in communion. This prepares us to go out into the world to love and serve the Lord in the week to come. 

Core groups

Core Groups are the primary way to be involved at Advent outside of Sunday worship. Throughout the week, groups gather across the city to study the Bible, pray, and, often, share a meal or dessert. 

Reading the bible together

The main way God speaks to us is through his Word, so we study it together. As a church, we are committed to prayerfully and regularly reading the Bible with one another. If you would like to follow the readings of the church calendar, please find the daily office here.

Morning and Evening prayer

Each day is a new opportunity to present our cares before God and to hear from Him. We encourage everyone to find ways to incorporate prayer into their daily lives. If you would find a liturgy helpful in guiding your prayers, we recommend using the Book of Common Prayer. 

serving others

Throughout Scripture, it is clear that the world flourishes most when the Gospel is faithfully lived out. At Advent, we believe that one of the most critical ways the Gospel can be lived out is through serving the world. This happens on Sundays, in our services, serving one another through various ministries. This happens in our Core Groups, as groups unite around different visions to serve their neighborhoods. 

Sabbath

Each week, we pause to rest from our work and to remember that we are creatures in need of rest. 

retreats

We gather together once a year as a whole church to set aside time away from the bustle of D.C. and to seek the Lord's presence in community. We rest together, learn together, and worship together. Additionally, different ministries (men's and women's ministry, Core Groups, etc.) will gather together to do the same throughout the year.

confession and direction

The church is called to be a confessing people, so we encourage confessing to one another as a regular practice. As we share with one another about our personal failures and confusions, we are reminded of the great need for and grace of the Gospel. Our pastors are also available for confession.