- 6:30 PM: Informal
Singing, prayer, and conversational Bible study
- 8:00 AM: Meditative
Intimate worship with organ, sermon, and hymns
- 9:30 AM: Contemporary
Upbeat music, sermon, Bridges to Worship for the children
- 11:00 AM: Traditional
Choirs, sermon, and the full, graded educational program for children and youth
Life as an adolescent can be tough. Cultivating a strong faith as a teenager can be challenging. Following Jesus while you are in middle school and high school isn’t exactly a recipe for popularity or an easy life.
That’s why we are here: To help you grow your faith. We also want to partner with parents in talking about faith and life with their teens.
Sundays at 11:00 a.m., Spencer Hall (on the Lower Level)
If you are in middle school or high school and looking for a place to connect with others your own age, check out the GPC youth group. Things are pretty relaxed, so wear whatever makes you comfortable. We’ll spend time chilling. Then someone will share something from Scripture before we split into small groups.
Sundays at 9:30 a.m., the Sanctuary
Being a Christian is about being part of a diverse community. Hanging out with your peers is important, but it isn’t the end of faith. If we want to grow, we have to be a part of the larger church community. This is why we invite all middle and high school students to join us for our all-church worship services.
Middle School Youth Program
High School Youth Program
Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00/9:00 p.m., Spencer Hall (on the Lower Level)
Do you want to ask questions? Raise doubts about your faith? Engage Scripture? Or just learn more about what it means to be a Christian? Then join us for Midweek. We spend plenty of time hanging out, and dinner is served from 6:15 to 7:00 as part of FourthNight activities! Afterwards, we examine and engage Scripture creatively, and you’ll have a chance to wrestle with your faith. Middle school students stay until 8:00; high school students stay an extra hour praying and discussing.
Each year, students in 9th Grade or above have the opportunity to participate in our Confirmation Class. This is a time to examine the Christian faith, ask a lot of questions, and decide if this whole Christianity thing is for you.
Every autumn, high school students and middle school students spend time retreating from life as usual by attending their own, separate retreats. Our retreats are a time to connect with one another and with Jesus. In the quiet of nature, we try to practice Sabbath. We find that, by slowing down, we are better able to hear God. Of course, we also make some amazing memories that we’ll never forget!
Service and Mission
We believe that Jesus invites us to join in His mission. He tells us that what we do to the least of these, we have done to Him. By helping others, we encounter Jesus in others and allow them to see Him in us. We invite all students—regardless of whether you are involved in other parts of our ministry or not—to join us in serving our community throughout the year.
The mission of the Young Families program is to connect with God and one another in this ever changing stage of life. A Young Family is defined as a parent or parents with at least one child in the pre-teen years.
Young Families Ministries
The daily life of a young family can be consumed by hectic schedules, stress, challenges of raising small children, paying mortgages, and career advancement, while trying to discover where faith and values intersect with reality.
A growing number of families with young children are finding it more important to be part of a church now more than ever. At GPC they come to find friends who can be trusted, discuss issues common to young families, seek advice and spiritual guidance, and discover opportunities to live out their faith through service in the community.
The Young Families program at GPC provides support through annual retreats, discipleship groups, and fellowship events throughout the year.
For more information about becoming part of the Young Families program, please contact Carolyn Hayes.
Going away to college, navigating relationships in a new place, getting that first “real job,” and finding your own place are all part of growing up, but they can also be incredibly nerve-wracking experiences. It’s easy to feel lonely and stressed as a young adult—especially if you don’t have a community supporting you.
Whether you’ve been attending GPC for your entire life or have just moved into the area, we invite you to become part of our community. Being an adult is hard. But it’s a little easier when you aren’t alone.
Contact Carrie Larsen if you are interested in becoming involved.
We want to stay in contact with you, but we need your college address to do that! Email Carrie Larsen or drop your address, marked “College Address,” in the offering plate on Sunday morning.
Our VIPS program is geared for those who are 50 years of age and older, but guests of all ages are welcome to participate. Our programs feature speakers on a wide variety of topics. We encourage those who are interested to simply attend one of our meetings to meet the members of the group in a fun and casual setting and learn more about how the VIPS help GPC and our surrounding community.
Our regular meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in Lindsay Hall and usually last for a couple of hours. From time to time, special field trips to destinations in the DC metropolitan area are arranged.
Members may choose to bring their own lunch or may purchase a sub sandwich/salad/chips combination. Beverages and desserts are provided. Potlucks and special lunches are planned periodically.
Details regarding upcoming VIPS activities can be found in The Mainstream and the Sunday bulletins, as well as on the GPC website calendar.
For additional information about VIPS, please contact Nancy Sanders.
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
This group meets at 8:00 a.m. in Lindsay Hall on the first Saturday of the month. Please see the web site calendar for details on the next Men’s Fellowship Breakfast.
All men and guests are welcome to join us for breakfast and Christian fellowship.
Recipe for a Divine Experience:
- 1 date and time
- 2 hosts with entrée
- 1 appetizer
- 1 salad, vegetable, or bread
- Lots of desserts
- 6 guests hungry for Christian fellowship and discussion, and good food
Add all ingredients in any size home and blend thoroughly.
The Dinners for Eight program is a wonderful way for new and current members of GPC to get to know one another in a small group setting. This gives each of us the opportunity to create lasting bonds of friendship with other members of GPC outside of service, committee meetings, and ministry programs.
Each year during September, you can sign up for the next year’s Dinners for Eight as a single, a couple, or a substitute. Gatherings are held from November through June. As the host for one dinner you will provide the entrée in your home. As the guest for three other dinners, you are asked to bring an appetizer, salad, vegetable, bread, or dessert to your host’s home.
Contact Clara Pratt at 301-840-2212 if you have any questions or for more details.
- Prayer Chain: Prayer requests are received and distributed to members of the Prayer Chain to uplift our congregation
- Wednesday Noon Prayers: Composed of a diverse cross-section of our congregation, and led by our clergy and lay leaders, this group prays for the congregation, the nation, and the world.
- Covenant Groups: Meetings for Bible study in members’ homes
- Men’s Ministries:
- Men’s Bible Study: Meets weekly on Tuesdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
- Men’s Fellowship Breakfast: Meets the first of the Saturday of each month at 8:00 a.m.
- Synod Men’s Retreat: Held every summer at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia
- Women’s Ministries:
- Christian Women’s Fellowship: Meets every Sunday after the 11:00 a.m. worship service for Bible study, singing, and fellowship
- Other ministries: (in development)
Please contact Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence to volunteer, participate, or with any questions or suggestions that you may have.