What does it mean to be a member of Foundry Church?

There’s one thing that Christians worldwide can agree upon: if you have been baptized, you’re already a member of the church. Being part of a particular United Methodist congregation means placing your name officially on its rolls. Our membership affects our voice within the larger denomination. Being a member also allows a person to fully participate in and vote in church conferences.

Are all United Methodist churches the same?

No. While all United Methodist churches follow the Book of Discipline in regard to doctrine and practice, churches are as varied as people. Some have a very conservative nature and others are more liberal.

Can someone attend worship without being a member?

Of course! Our average Sunday attendance is around 650 (our total membership is more than 1,400), and perhaps as many as 25 percent of attendees are not members.

What are the demographics of the Foundry congregation?

We have never done a formal census, but it’s safe to say our membership comprises individuals of many income groups, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and political persuasions. Because we are a downtown church, we draw heavily from our surrounding neighborhood and across the District of Columbia as well as Virginia and Maryland.

What does being a “reconciling congregation” mean?

The United Methodist Church is open to all persons who seek to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. In acknowledging our oneness with all of God's creation, a reconciling congregation invites gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons to share our faith, our community life and our ministries. But it does not stop there. A reconciling congregation affirms the same for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, economic status, or physical or mental condition. We at Foundry seek to be an inclusive congregation. We proclaim our commitment to seek reconciliation of all persons to God and to each other through Jesus Christ. We work diligently to make the larger United Methodist Church inclusive and welcoming of all people.

Are children welcome at services?

Absolutely. We believe that the presence of children makes us a more faithful and vibrant congregation. Our services make a special effort to include children, including having Children's Sermons at both morning services before the children depart to their Sunday school classes.

What’s the hierarchy of the church?

The United Methodist Church is overseen by regional bishops. Our bishop is the Rev. Marcus Matthews. Our ministers are appointed to the congregation by the bishop.

Can I get texts or recordings of Sunday sermons?

Yes. Texts of the sermons as well as audio recordings are posted here. Sermons are also available as podcasts.

What is the annual Foundry budget?

Foundry’s operating budget totals approximately $2.0 million per year. We conducted a separate capital campaign in 2001-2002 to boost church holdings that will allow us to make some necessary building renovations. More than $2 million was pledged to that campaign.

Can anyone participate in communion at Foundry?

Our communion table is open. All are welcome to participate in the Lord's Supper as this meal is for God's family and we are all God's Children. At Foundry, we celebrate Eucharist on the first Sunday of every month in the sanctuary. Communion is served by intinction, in which the bread is dipped in the wine and both are taken together.