Welcome to Christ Church! We invite you to learn more about our vibrant faith community, attend a worship service, and engage in our many ministries. We serve parishioners of all ages, backgrounds and stages in their spiritual journeys.
Who We Are
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Learn more about our Beliefs and Practices.
Our vision is to serve and glorify God as a Community in Christ, embrace and impart the teachings of Jesus, affirm the Anglican liturgical tradition, share God’s abundance and grace and be culturally diverse, dynamic, and welcoming to all.
Christ Church celebrates our strong sense of family as a multi-generational manifestation of Christ. We are a family who practices Christ’s unconditional love by accepting, supporting, and challenging one another. We seek involvement from our whole community and no one is excluded from participation due to their circumstances in life. We also seek to enable all our members to discover ministries to which they are called and to validate the gifts they have to offer.
Christ Church is an Episcopal congregation founded in 1739 as the core church of colonial Prince George's Parish. We are located in downtown Rockville, Maryland, and hold Sunday worship services at 7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. from September through May, with summer services at 7:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (Please check the Church Calendar for current service times.) Christ Episcopal School, which serves children in preschool through grade 8, is a mission of Christ Church.
Worship at Christ Church
Our culture of worship is based on the historical Anglican liturgical tradition, which evolves over time. Worship services at Christ Church follow the traditions of the Book of Common Prayer; each service includes celebration of Holy Eucharist and a sermon. All who seek Christ are welcome to receive Holy Communion. The children's choristers sing at the 9:00 a.m. service, and the adult choir leads the 11:00 a.m. service. Our 9:00 a.m. service tends to less formal practice and draws more families and children, while the 11:00 a.m. service may include more ceremonial practices and traditional choral music. We encourage you to try all three services to see which best serves your needs.
Christ Church is led by Fr. John S. McDuffie, Rector, and the Rev. Cynthia A. Simpson, Assistant Rector, who also serves as Chaplain of Christ Episcopal School. Fr. McDuffie and Rev. Simpson bring a diverse wealth of personal experience and professional training to their ministries.
Christ Church is a very active community that enjoys fellowship with one another and is committed to Christian education for Youth and Adults, Outreach activities, Pastoral Care, and stewardship of the earth and its creatures.