WHAT TO EXPECT ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS:
Profile: Age-wise, we are mostly young, but have students, singles, and older married couples with kids. Sunday attendance is about 30 people (as we are a new church plant). Dress trends toward casual, you can find anything from jeans to business-casual. People are friendly, and since we are new, we love to meet our neighbors, so please introduce yourself.
Beginning: On Sunday afternoons at 4:30pm we come together in the Chapel of Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Our services are usually an hour and a half. We begin our time by singing songs to prepare our hearts for the service. The address where we meet is 1636 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20003 (map).
Music: The music we sing at Pillar Church is a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of the sixteenth century, and we find blessing in the choruses of the twenty-first. Most of us who are comfortable with music from one particular era have discovered, while at Pillar Church, that we have come to enjoy other songs we had not previously encountered. We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which tends to spotlight the abilities of some while encouraging passivity in the rest.
Body of Service: During this time we sing God’s Word, Read God’s Word, Pray God’s Word, and Preach God’s Word, Collect an Offering, and Observe the Lord’s Supper (directions will be given in the service about participation for this time).
Sermons: Preaching at Pillar Church is mainly expositional, meaning that it seeks to declare the point of a particular Biblical passage. Sermons usually last between forty minutes and an hour and are packed with material for reflection. On a regular basis, our sermon series alternate between the Old and New Testaments. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Post-Sermon: We read a Benediction encapsulating the theme of the sermon and then encourage all to hang around afterward to fellowship. We provide light refreshments immediately after the service. Thirty minutes later, you might still find folks talking over the sermon and events of the past week.
* Adapted from Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC)