Nurture Programs

The following are some of our ongoing programs at Washington Community Fellowship. If you have questions about becoming involved in any of these programs, please contact us

  • Selah Retreats

    Selah” is a word used over and over in the Psalms. Biblical scholars believe that it’s a musical term calling people to pause, to wonder, to worship. For many of us, life is just too fast-paced and over-scheduled to get a moment to stop, reflect and spend time in wonder and worship. Retreats help to create those moments of pause, wonder and worship that too often seem elusive. WCF offers this half-day spiritual retreat at WCF in hope that it will provide a welcome opportunity to slow down and spend time in reflection, scripture and prayer, solitude and fellowship. See if there is a Selah Retreat coming up here.

  • Mothers of Young Children

    Mothers of Young Children is a monthly ministry in which mothers of older children come alongside mothers with young children to encourage, support and share insights and experiences. We generally meet on a Saturday morning, have breakfast together and invite someone to share with us. We finish our time with discussion and prayer. Topics have included “Respectful Parenting: How to Respect Your Child and Yourself in the Parenting Journey,” “Teaching Faith through Daily Life,” “Work-Life Balance: Myth or Reality?” and “Talking to Your Young Children about Sex.” Please contact Phyllis Thompson if you’re interested in joining us or want more information.

  • Youth Nurture

    Youth at WCF have a variety of nurture options in addition to their regular worship-time gathering. These include Unity Night, where middle and high school youth from a number of DC churches to join together for fun, fellowship and spiritual formation; mission trips such as the 2014 trip to Navajo Nation, the world’s largest Native American reservation, near Houck, Arizona; leading worship on Sunday mornings as part of an intergenerational worship team; participating in Urban Hands, a summer camp for teenagers from different neighborhoods, schools, and denominations; and the chance to participate in a mentoring program with an adult from WCF. Contact us to find out more.

  • Men’s Ministry

    The WCF Men’s Ministry coordinates a monthly Men’s Breakfast. Men of the church (as well as any friends, neighbors and co-workers who may be interested) gather together for a time of food, fellowship and prayer. The breakfasts are generally on the third Sunday of each month, at 8:30am in the basement of WCF. Check the calendar for specific dates. Additionally, the Men’s Ministry holds an Annual Men’s Retreat each spring. The weekend tends to be filled with laughter, friendship, healing and growth as we learn how to support each other as brothers in Christ. Contact Byron List for more information about WCF’s Men’s Ministry.

  • Women’s Breakfast

    A Women’s Breakfast is held once a month in the Fellowship Hall. All women are invited to come for a delicious breakfast, as well as a time of sharing and prayer. Contact Janet Tupper for more information. 

Prayer Teams


    Moms Praying for Youth is a group of moms who began gathering while their kids attended youth group meetings. They met together once a month during youth group to pray for their children’s faith, relationships, mentors, schools, activities, etc. At this point, many of those moms now have adult children, but have continued gathering to pray not only for their own children, but also for the youth of our church and local community. Newcomers are welcome to join us (third Thursday of each month at 7pm) for dinner, a time of sharing and prayer. Please contact Phyllis Thompson if you’re interested in joining us or want more information.

  • Healing Prayer Team

    The Healing Prayer Ministry at WCF invites you to times of prayer during the worship service. Prayer is available for all, even if you do not currently think of WCF as your church home. On designated Sundays, the Healing Prayer Team is available to pray with you in the sanctuary during the service, and after the service at the front pew. If you'd like to request healing prayer, please contact the Healing Prayer Team.

Community & Leadership Programs

  • Community-Supported Agriculture

    For several years, WCF has been a host site for a community-supported agriculture (CSA) organization called Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. This CSA offers weekly delivery of 2 different sizes of certified organic vegetable shares, along with options for fruit, eggs, meat, chicken, flower, herb, bread and cheese shares as well as an online CSA store. The season runs 26 weeks, and WCFers help staff the CSA pickup each week.

  • Annual All-Church Retreat

    Each fall, WCF has its annual all-church retreat at Skycroft Retreat Center in Middletown, MD. Featuring dynamic speakers, great food, hotel-style accommodations, and activities for the whole family, it's a great time to build community. 

  • LEAD Initiative

    LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Development) is one of three WCF initiatives for 2016. Consider being a part of this program if you are interested in learning more about identifying and developing your gifts, spiritual formation and Biblical models of leadership. Flyers with more detailed information (including meeting dates/times) are available in the narthex. To sign up, contact Byron List.

Outreach Programs

  • Missions Support

    Washington Community Fellowship provides missions support to people in relationship with the church and affiliated with a sending organization, with priority to members, and conducts outreach activities in its neighborhood and the DC metro area. WCF may support other organizations, individuals, and activities with priority for:

    • Former connections to WCF
    • Unreached communities
    • Those serving the poor
    • Training and development of indigenous leaders
    • A focus on evangelism and social justice
    For more information, contact
  • SErving with Soup & Stew

    We partner with local families for a multigenerational service project by preparing soup & stew for 200 unhoused neighbors at Central Union Mission. 

    There are jobs for every skill level—adults & kids of all ages are welcome to attend. Roles include chopping vegetables and creating mealtime inspiration kits, which include utensils and a picture or cheery note to let our neighbors know they are loved as they eat their meal. Please visit our events page for the next quarterly gathering.