Welcome to National! I’m David Renwick, and I arrived here as the “new” senior pastor in August 2011. I know firsthand that getting comfortable in a new place with new people isn’t always easy. In the months after I arrived, I made time to look behind every door, try out every mysterious staircase, and ask many questions. As I did, I met amazing new friends who want to follow Jesus. I hope you’ll feel free to do the same – and find the same encouragement, support, inspiration and teaching. Now National is not only where I work; it is my church home.
Hope you’ll find a true home here too.
NPC is a large church of about 1800 members, where we strive for everyone to be known and feel at home.
We have an intimate, contemporary service in our chapel every Sunday at 8:15; and two larger, more traditional services in our main sanctuary at 9:15 and 11:00.
You’ll find people from all walks of life here, and that means a variety of styles of dress. Many people “dress up,” but no one has to.
We serve Communion in worship on the first Sunday of every month, and anyone who acknowledges Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior can participate. You don’t have to be Presbyterian or be a member here.
After each service, many people stay to chat over complimentary coffee and cookies, which are served on the veranda in the summer and downstairs in the fellowship hall year round.
Our sanctuary and most classrooms are accessible to persons with disabilities.
NPC is located at the corner of Nebraska Avenue and Van Ness Street, near NBC and American University. We have a huge, free parking lot behind the main church building, which you can turn into from Van Ness Street or Nebraska Avenue. Click here for detailed driving directions.
Take the red line Metro to the Tenleytown stop, and we’re about a 10 minute walk from there. From the Metro stop, walk south on Wisconsin Avenue (that’s toward the Tenleytown Library) and then turn right onto Nebraska Avenue at the circle. We’re just two blocks from the circle.
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When you know that your children are safe and well cared for, you can relax and concentrate on worship. We have separate, developmentally-specific nurseries staffed by loving, experienced, female caregivers. Parents of infants are given a beeper.
Child care is provided from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Look for signs pointing you to the right nursery room. All nurseries are located on the two lower levels of the main church building:
|Crib Room: Babies 6 weeks - Crawling||Main Church ground floor, Room 16|
|Crawler Room: Crawling - Toddlers||Main Church mezzanine (mid-level), Room 107|
|Walker Room: Strong walkers up to 4 yrs.||Main Church ground floor, Room 7/8|
Sunday School for Children and Youth
If you are hoping to nurture a love of God in your children and to give them a strong moral compass, you’ve come to the right place.
At NPC, we have a “critical mass” of children of all ages. Your child will make friends his or her own age, and find a Sunday School class tailored exactly to his or her age.
Our teachers follow carefully selected curricula that are Biblically based and Christ-centered.
Children’s Sunday School classes are taught in the school building during the 9:15 service. (Classes for adults are offered at the same time—we encourage you to learn so you can better teach your child the faith!)
Joining the Church
If you are interested in becoming a member at National, Pathway to Membership classes are available three times throughout the year. Click here for more information about joining the church.
Life in a big church is richer and more personal when you meet people. We want to help you find the ways that are right for you to worship, care, grow and serve. All of it adds up to discipleship, which means following Jesus as we journey through the ups and downs of life. To connect at NPC,
Call our Connections office at 202.537.7494.
Look in the weekly worship bulletin for activities that interest and challenge you.
Find a Connections card in the pew or at the Information Table and drop it in the offering plate.
Come downstairs to the big fellowship hall (“Stone Hall”) after church and look for the comfy sofas and friendly faces in our Connections Corner.
Sign up here to receive weekly e-mail updates and information.
Just fill out this quick online form, and our Director of Connections will be in touch to see how we can make you feel at home.