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Foundry United Methodist Church
1500 16th St NW
Pastor: Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Foundry Church has been serving downtown Washington and the wider world since 1814. Foundry is a Reconciling Congregation, affirming the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be in ministry with all people of all races, gender identity, sexual orientations, ages and physical conditions. We want all people to feel welcome here.
Here are a few things that are important to us:
We value worship. We open ourselves to the Spirit of God through prayer, praise, and engagement with Scripture. Children are an important part of our worship. We sing with all our heart, mind and strength. We value and expect nurturing, intellectually stimulating, and honest preaching from our pulpit.
We value mission. Dozens of groups work to serve the needs of our neighborhood as well as the global community. From our Walk-in Mission where each week dozens of despairing persons find help, to our Volunteers in Mission who travel around the world, to our outreach to local day laborers, we are deeply committed to mission. We are committed to ministries of both compassion and change.
We value openness. We are a community that seeks to embrace all God’s people – young and older, children and youth, all ethnicities and languages, those who are single and those who are married or partnered, those with children living at home and without, straight and gay, persons with special needs, everyone. God keeps stretching us to open our hearts, minds, and doors wider and wider, and every time we do, we are enriched.
We value lifelong learning and spiritual growth, Bible study, mutual support, and caring. Powerful pastoral care happens here in relationships and in small group settings. For example, members of our cancer survivor group network reach out to those touched by this disease with great sensitivity and understanding. Caring relationships like these within our congregation sustain our life of worship and healing.
We value good administration of our life together. We respond to the call for good stewardship of our resources. We are also part of the larger United Methodist Church with its 30,000 congregations and 10 million members. Our denomination’s reach extends to schools, clinics, and ministries in 70 nations. We support these ministries actively and enthusiastically. As a Reconciling Congregation, we are committed to helping our denomination become open, affirming, and welcoming.
What To Expect
Welcome to worship at Foundry. We are a reconciling congregation and an accessible congregation campaign member. In short, we are diverse, inclusive and we welcome all people and affirm their spiritual journey.
We are called by God to deepen faith through transcendent worship. We count it a blessing to offer three worship experiences. You are invited to come and worship with us anytime.
Sunday, 9:30 AM
Gospel & Contemporary Worship
A celebration through energetic praise
The Sunday 9:30 service offers an uplifting, engaging and inspirational worship experience. An intimate praise group accompanied our Kawai concert grand piano and musicians, sing a blend of gospel, folk, contemporary worship songs and spirituals. The sanctuary fills with energy through singing, praying and preaching. The Pastor’s message is biblically base teaching relevant for today’s culture.
Sunday, 11:00 AM
A contemplative experience of spirit-filled praise
The Sunday 11:00 am service embraces a blend of classical anthems, traditional hymns, gospel and spirituals is accompanied by our 60-rank Casavant Frères Pipe Organ. The service is often enhanced by orchestral and jazz instrumentation. Rich in tradition, this service features the Foundry choir and liturgies. The Pastor’s message is biblically based bringing the ancient text to active engagement.
Both Morning Services
Both services include a children’s message and Foundry’s Youth Choir and Children’s choir also contribute to our worship experience on a regular basis. The participation of children is cherished and celebrated. Hearing assisted devices are available at the audio console. Childcare is provided.
Sunday, 5:30 PM
A diverse community of believers to doubters, bored to burned
The Sunday Night @ Foundry service is blend of pop culture and modern worship songs. The band rocks, the Pastor’s message is engaging and the community is alive. Held in the church’s fellowship hall, this service provides a relaxed place and open space for people to discern and digest what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The spiritual journey can start here. Dress is informal. Visit Sunday Night's website.
Communion is held at all three services on the first Sunday of every month. New members joining service are held twice a year (contact Doug Kim at [email protected] for more information). If we have any baptisms, they are done typically the fourth Sunday of the month, but we do try to accommodate the wishes of parents.
Visit Church Site
Foundry United Methodist Church
1500 16th St NW
- Morning Worship 9:30 AM
- Sunday School 9:30 AM
- Sunday School 11:00 AM
- Morning Worship 11:00 AM
- Sunday Night @ Foundry 5:30 PM
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Foundry does not have convenient parking available. Street parking is limited, so we strongly suggest using Metrorail or Metrobus mass transit. Metrorail Foundry is located near the Dupont Circle station on the Red Line. Exit the station by the Q Street – North exit. At street level follow Q Street right (east) for four blocks. Turn right on 16th Street (south) and walk two blocks. Foundry is on the right at the corner of 16th and P Streets. To plan your trip click here. Metrobus Foundry is located on the S1, S2, S4 and G2 routes. There is a bus stop directly in front of the church. To plan your trip click here. Parking When planning to arrive by car, we advise you to allow an additional 15-20 minutes to find parking along 16th Street, P Street, Q Street, Church Street, and other streets near Foundry. Limited on-street parking is available and metered spaces are free on Sundays. Paid parking is available at the Colonial Parking Garage located on P Street between 16th and 17th Streets. See below for hours of operation and prices. We will validate parking for any first time visitors to Foundry. Just visit our Welcome Table before or after the service to get the validation sticker. Parking Hours are Monday – Friday, Sunday at 7AM, Saturday at 8AM, closed Monday – Thursday, Sunday at 11PM, Friday, Saturday at Midnight Parking Prices on weekdays before 5 PM is $16 for the day, on weekdays after 5 PM is $8 for the night, and on weekends is an $8 flat rate for the entire day. Driving Directions Driving north from Virginia Follow Interstate 95 north to Interstate 395. Use the Route 1 exit (a left-hand exit), which becomes 14th Street NW. Once you pass the Washington Monument continue for about two miles (north). Turn left (west) onto P Street and continue to 16th Street. Foundry is two blocks ahead on the right side. Driving south from Maryland Follow Interstate 495 (the Beltway) to the Georgia Avenue exit. Follow signs to 16th Street. Once on 16th Street, continue south for about five miles. The church will be on your right, between Church and P Streets.
Faith Sharing – Outreach and Evangelism
We witness to the presence of God in our lives by sharing our faith with others. Having found a community of faith-filled disciples on our journey, we are eager to share what we have discovered with others. Our outreach is a welcoming one, following upon our Statement of Reconciliation. Our sharing is a listening one, respectfully hearing the experience and the life stories of others.
Our mission is that all will be welcomed and given the feeling of belonging here. Although worship is the central focus of life at Foundry, really belonging to a church means getting involved at some level beyond regular worship attendance.
Faithful Connections – Community
We are transformed through fellowship with God and with the family of God. We extend welcome and hospitality, making connections with our world, with our city, with our neighbors, with all who pass by and come through our doors, and with one another. We open our doors so that all people may “find themselves at Foundry.”
Through our relationships we enjoy life, challenge each other, comfort and support one another, and share companionship on our journey.
Our connections go beyond sharing a cup of coffee or a lunch after Sunday services. A variety of small groups meet together for social events, for support, for prayer and learning.
Faithful Service – Mission and Ministry
We give ourselves and have purpose as we serve others through ministries of justice and mercy in the community and the world. Activated by a broad variety of passions that reflect the concerns of our time, missions are powerful components of Foundry’s life as a congregation. Mission work extends the reach and influence of the Church by addressing a diverse array of social needs and economic inequalities in our community and the world.
Foundry mission groups provide hospitality, food and clothing for people who are homeless; mentor ex-offenders; support day laborers; address global and domestic humanitarian needs; and advocate for peace and justice. Foundry also regularly provides meeting spaces for 12th Step Groups, Books to Prisons, Union de Trabajadores, and many more community/mission outreach groups.
1500 16TH ST NW
Mon - Thur 9 am to 9 pm; Fri 9 am to 5 pm; Sat 9 am to 12 pm; Sun 8 am to 8 pm