Like many young professionals, I grew up going to church. I went to church mostly because my parents took me to church. I enjoyed it, but never really went deeper. It was always something I associated with my family, not myself. In college and law school, I would attend a variety of churches occasionally. I prayed often, but yet something was missing. When I moved to Birmingham after law school, I vowed to find a church home. I wanted a church that was inclusive, God-driven and that just felt right. I quickly found one. I loved my church in Birmingham and I enjoyed going each week. However, even in Birmingham, I still felt like I was holding back a bit. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I could feel it.
When I moved back to DC, finding a church home was a definite goal. I could go to church with my parents in Maryland, but honestly, I’m far too lazy to get up early enough each Sunday to drive 30 minutes to Maryland. I tried a few different churches and I enjoyed them, but just didn’t feel that thing. Finding a church is almost like finding a mate: you know when it’s right.
A few weeks before Christmas, I noticed that a church meets over at the Atlas Theater, very close to my home. I made a mental note to check it out. Of course, I promptly forgot. Lucky for me, Capital City Church was having a Christmas Program and I received a flyer for said program in my mailbox. I decided to go and knew within five minutes that I had found my church. It was amazing. I have a tendency to get excited about things really quickly, so I knew that before declaring that I’d found my church, I should actually give it a try on a normal Sunday. So I got up early on New Year’s Day (yeah, I did. go me!) and trekked over (okay, it’s a three minute walk from my house, not a trek) to church. WOW. I don’t know how to explain what I felt other than to say that I felt God in that building. It was amazing and I am so happy that I’ve found a church in DC so early on in my search. Kind of ironic because it took me almost 30 years to find a church where I truly feel I belong.
Side note: if anyone reading this is interested in checking out Cap City Church, PLEASE let me know. I’d love to have company any Sunday! 🙂