Q: What “type” of church is this?
We truly try to live out our vision statement. We are proud of our African-American heritage and embrace the diversity of the United Church of Christ. Sunday service consists of prayers, singing and a message (there are no laser light shows at this time).
We are a small congregation and optimistic about what we can accomplish as a group with God’s guidance. Lincoln Temple is in an “intentional interim” period and that’s a good thing! We’ve been very blessed to have a Sr. Minister who is knowledgeable about guiding congregations during periods of transitions and this gives us time to evaluate who we are and what we need to be as a congregation before calling a “settled” Sr. Minister. This is a humbling and extremely hopeful time in our church’s life and we encourage others to join us during this time. This is a great church if you’re looking to make a difference with your time and talents. You might even discover your have more time and talents than you thought.
Q: What should I wear?
There is no specific dress code other than please wear clothes.
Q: Where can I park?
You can park at the Reeves center at 14th and U St NW for free on Sunday mornings, which is a brisk 20 minute walk to the church. The church encourages taking public transportation, walking, biking and carpooling for the sake of the environment (and for your health). Please review Lincoln Temple Map_2012 to see which streets are available for off street parking.
Q: Is the church near Metro?
Is Lincoln Temple an Open and Affirming (ONA) Congregation?
Yes, for many years and proud of it. At Lincoln Temple we welcome gay and straight people into the congregation and ministry and to the responsibilities and joys of discipleship and full participation in all sacraments. That practice has been so much a part of the church that it was not until 2014 that we realized we did not have the official Open and Affirming (ONA) status with the United Church of Christ (UCC). To be sure that our practices and official status were aligned, the congregation unanimously adopted an Open and Affirming statement on November 16, 2014 and our status is now officially recognized by the UCC.
What does it mean to be an Open and Affirming church?
Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for
congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. To find out more about ONA in the UCC visit the UCC website.
Q: I’m not sure I believe everything this church believes. Is that a legitimate concern?
As a multi-generational, multicultural congregation made up of people from varying backgrounds, we don’t expect everyone to have the same perspective on theology. It’s a journey not a synchronized march.
Q: What’s A Deacon?
A deacon is the “right hand” of the pastor therefore helps with pastoral ministry. Deacons check in on the sick and help out members in time of concern. They also read the scripture during Sunday service and help serve communion. At Lincoln Temple deacons can be female or male. Deacons also take up the diaconate offering which is monies specifically used to minister to the home-bound and hospitalized.
Q: Why do churches talk about money so much?
Because money funds mission and we feel that our mission is to be a part of the beloved community. Our building, it’s pipe organ, our mission and ministry projects are predominately member funded and supported.
Q: Where should I send a prayer request?
Using the contact us link is the most effective way.
Q: Who is allowed to take communion?
We have what is called an “open” communion/last supper/Eucharist where everyone (including children) are invited to take of the bread and cup. If you have more questions about communion contact the pastor.
Q: I’m only going to be in DC for a year, should I join?
You have options! You can become an associate member or placed under watch care or remain a friend of the church. So if you’re in DC for school, a temporary assignment or have a home church but feel called to work with Lincoln Temple as well, you have options. Talk to the pastor to discuss further.
Q: Why should I join?
For the baked goods at the fellowship hour! Just kidding. Being a part of a church community adds a lot of flavor to Christian discipleship. In community, you might realize you have more time and talents to help “spread the love” than you thought possible. In community, you might be able to clear spiritual hurdles by learning and sharing with others following The Way. At Lincoln Temple we understand struggle as well as the power of God’s grace. So if you feel moved by our mission or vision statement please visit and join.
Q: Is there child care?
Parents are encouraged to bring their children and sit with them during the service. When children are ready, they can light the candles on the altar, join liturgical dance, the choir or participate in other aspects of the worship experience and church life. We keep child and tween appropriate spiritual material at hand so all ages can get the most out of the worship service.
Q: Can I rent space at Lincoln Temple?
Possibly! Find information here.