GERMAN MINISTRY

Welcome to Washington’s historic German Protestant congregation!  

Most of our German congregants have established their families in the United States and value their German heritage. Others are part of our congregation because they study German and are interested in German culture. 

The German Ministry at The United Church helps you connect with other German speakers who understand the joys and challenges of living a life between different cultures. We conduct services a traditional worship service in German twice a month and celebrate bilingual  baptisms, weddings, and memorials.  

We take great pride in our beautiful sanctuary that is filled with keepsakes of our rich German-American heritage. Many windows have memorials written in German and our baroque style organ was built by the German firm of Alfred Fuehrer in 1980.

We see ourselves as part of the wider German speaking community in the city and contribute to the many cultural activities and we are open to all people interested in our Christian Protestant tradition.

For more information about any German event please email: germanministry.tuc@gmail.com

EVENTS IN GERMAN AT THE UNITED CHURCH  

See our event page for more details.

Traditional Worship Service in German
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 9:30am-10:30am followed by coffee hour.

German Sunday School for children
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 11am-12pm (during the English language worship service) followed by coffee hour.

German Language Meetup
On Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm (check church calendar for dates).
Meet other German speakers to practice and maintain your German skills. Snacks and drinks provided. Usually meets in the Cooper Lounge.

https://www.meetup.com/Foggy-Bottom-German-Meetup/

 

 

 

 

The Vereinigte Kirche German language service helps me deepen and develop my cultural identity. This becomes more relevant for my day-to-day life the longer I live here. I really enjoy alternating with our American congregation because it provides good balance given that Washington is now my home. Being able to live a multicultural life is a great comfort.
— Claudia
To me the church is a place of contemplation, of inner peace, of redirection of thought, music from my childhood. A place to meet people of all backgrounds to worship together in the German language, and I find that the interaction with the group enriches my life.
— Eva
Through the form of the service, the singing and organ music and the language used in the liturgy and the sermon, feelings and thoughts are touched that go way back in my personal history. By getting connected again to early child and adolescence experiences, in a way I feel like being at “home” again.
— Frederich