Our ministries include…
- Worship Committee
The Pavilion’s Worship Committee works closely with the Pastor to oversee all aspects of the Pavilion’s worship services, plan special services, and prayerfully consider changes and enhancements to our worship services. In addition to our weekly Sunday services, the Worship Committee plans our Christmas services, Youth Sunday, Children’s Sunday, and other special services.
The Worship Committee, under the direction of the Pastor, is made up of leaders from the Board of Deacon, our Church Administrator, and music leadership. Input from other ministries and members is always welcome. For any and all questions about the Pavilion’s worship services, please contact the church administrator, Stacie Hill 202-374-2216, or the pastor.
- Bible Study
Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God’s Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives.
The Pavilion provides opportunities for members and others to get connected, study God’s Word, and encourage each other in their walk with Christ.
Bible study topics are varied and we use creative approaches to the study of God’s word.
For more information about current Bible study topic, time and location, please contact Deacon Avia Mebane, 202-758-5004.
- Youth Ministry is called “Young Christian Power” (YCP)
Simply put, Youth Ministry is the Pavilion’s efforts to help each and every young person grow personally and spiritually. We make every effort to prepare students for effective ministry to know and believe that they are God’s gift to their family, their church, their community and to the world!
The Pavilion is proud that 100% of our youth have graduated from high school! As graduates, they have moved forward into institutions of higher education in the United States and the world.
Training young people to lead the cause of Christ, and apply Christianity to every area of life is what our “youth ministry” is about. To that end, the youth of the Pavilion:
- Participate in youth group (in collaboration with New Community Church), the Young Christian Power (YCP) that meets twice a month.
- Have an opportunity to lead in every aspect of worship on Youth Sunday. Traditionally, the Pavilion’s graduating seniors provide the message for the day.
- Are invited to participate in the Pavilion’s Christian Rites of Passage program.
Are given many opportunities to have their opinions and concerns heard and validated and to build relationship with their Pastor and other leaders in the congregation.
- Christian Rites of Passage
Our Christian Rites of Passage Program is designed to support parents in preparing their sons and daughters for the responsibility of adulthood. In creative and developmentally appropriate ways, each session will addresses psychological, cultural, academic, social and religious themes your children need to understand in order for them to safely transition into adulthood.
The Pavilion of God’s Rites of Passage program is an experiential and dialogical Christian program that is designed to lead African American boys socially and spiritually into manhood: a status of responsibility, earned rights and privileges with corresponding duties and obligations to God and society. The axis on which the program pivots is a set of eight principles borrowed from traditional African rites of passage programs, namely:
- Love for God, self and others
- Respect for self and others
- Honor for all God has made
- Strength to soar above distractions
- Wisdom to know what is right
- Courage to stand up for what is right
- Patience to take your turn
- Pride in who you are
- Facilities Committee
The Facilities Committee provides advice and technical guidance to the Pastor for the care and maintenance of the rented space that the Pavilion uses for regular worship and/or any space the Pavilion use for it ministry and church activities.
Though the Pavilion does not own property, we are committed in embracing and demonstrating good stewardship for the space we rent or use.
Deacon Charles Withers is a property management specialist and guides and directs the priorities and details the specific responsibilities of this committee. To serve with this committee, please contact Deacon Charles Withers, 202-365-2842
- Prayer Ministry
The Pavilion’s Prayer Ministry exists to save, equip and send Prayer Warriors to present the praises and petitions of our church and community before the Lord.
The Prayer Ministry is blessed to have the committed leadership of Deacon Agnita Coleman and Kia Glover. We invite you to pray with us and to share your prayer requests.
We invite you to call our Prayer Line on Wednesdays at 6 a.m. and 12 noon.
Dial 605-475-4333 followed by the Access Code 213781.
You can also send a confidential prayer request through this website.
- Social Justice Ministry
The Social Justice Ministry at the Pavilion seeks to assist its members in deepening their relationship with God through acts of justice. As an urban congregation, we have the opportunity to engage with many neighbors in the DC metro area.
The work of our Social Justice Ministry consists of direct service, advocacy efforts, educational opportunities, and donations. We also engage with two sister congregations – Covenant Christian Community – in the preparation and distribution of hundreds of Thanksgiving Baskets to families in need.
The social justice ministry strives to follow the following principles:
General Principles of Social Justice
We are all, equally, children of God, and our faith calls us to recognize the dignity of each individual and to act with compassion. Through the work for social justice, we are guided by the following principles:
- We seek to demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ in all circumstances (Matthew 9:35-38);
- We strive to be mindful that we are God’s living hearts and hands on earth;
- We seek to cultivate an understanding of the communities and individuals with whom we collaborate;
- We are empowered to work in solidarity to understand the root causes of poverty, hunger and homelessness, and support sustainable solutions.
Whether you have five minutes or five days, there is a way for you to live your faith. Let us help you find it. “I don’t preach a social gospel; I preach the Gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned for the whole person. When people were hungry, Jesus didn’t say, ‘Now is that political or social?’ He said, ‘I feed you.’ Because the good news to a hungry person is bread.” (Bishop Desmond Tutu)
The Social Justice Ministry is directed by the Pastor. To participate in particular activities in this ministry, contact Rev. Alethea, RevAlethea@gmail.com
- Ministry of Deacons (Board of Deacons)
Deacons are called by God, authorized by the church, and ordained to a lifetime ministry of Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice, to both the community and the congregation in a ministry that connects the two. Deacons exemplify Christian discipleship and create opportunities for others to enter into discipleship. The work of deacons is the work of justice, serving, and equipping others to serve the needy, neglected, and marginalized with compassion. In the congregation the deacon leads, teaches, and proclaims the Word in forming and nurturing disciples under the direction of the Pastor.
At the Pavilion, Deacons Provide Leadership:
- By supporting the Pastor in any and all pastoral duties and responsibilities;
- In the teaching and proclamation of the Word;
- In worship and in assisting the Pastor in the administration of the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion;
- In inspiring and nurturing disciples;
- In leading the congregation in response to the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.
- The Fishers – Men’s Ministry
The Pavilion’s Men’s Ministry, The Fishers, is organized to support men in embracing authentic Christian manhood which will enable men:
- To humbly follow Christ and proudly stand for Christ as “Fishers” of men (Matthew 4:19).
- To accept and carry out their responsibility within the family, the church, and the broader community;
- Lead courageously and follow respectfully and supportively;
- To engage Christian brotherhood and fellowship (It’s ok to have fun!)
- Invests in eternity.
For years, the Fishers have supported and served the congregation in a plethora of ways! In Proverbs 27:17 we are told, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Strong men build up other strong men.
- Hebrews 13:1-2 Ministry (Fellowship Ministry)
The Pavilion’s Hebrews 13:1-2 Ministry is guided by the Hebrews mandate to extend and build hospitality: “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrew 13:12 NIV)
And because of the Pavilion’s commitment to “hospitality”, we are truly a welcoming community! Every Sunday after church we have a repast with light fare and, at times, we a veritable feast!! As important as is the food, every Sunday, we take the time fellowship with one another and welcome new friends.
During the year, the Hebrews 13:1-2 also plans other opportunities for fellowship and fun!
Contact Helene Fisher to serve with this ministry.
- Sunday School
The Pavilion’s Sunday School embraces a ministry to our children. They have an opportunity to learn Bible stories and learn about the life of the church. If the Pastor is preaching about prayer, the children have opportunities to learn about prayer. The Pavilion’s children are not marginalized! The children are at the heart of our church and ministry. During our annual Christmas Pageant, on Children’s Sunday, and on other occasions they assume important roles during worship and in the life of the church.
They also read classic literature and learn to discover God’s presence in everything they read. The Sunday School plans opportunities for fun and fellowship for all the children including but not limited to ice skating and kite flying.
- Music Ministry
The purpose of the Music Ministry of the Pavilion is embodied in those two words – music and ministry. If we may be so bold, in terms of what God desires in any “function” of the Body of Christ, music without ministry is void and without meaning. Ministry should be what drives music in the Body of Christ! Music touches us in ways nothing else can and music that takes birth and inspiration from God reaches even deeper.
We are praying that God will send the ideal man or woman to lead our Music Ministry. Until that time, we will continue to worship and sing praises to the Lord (with or without a musician)!!
- Health Ministry
Health Ministry at the Pavilion is an intentional ministry focusing on both healing and health, combining the ancient traditions of the Christian community and the knowledge and tools of modern health care. We believe in the power of prayer, Jesus as healer and divine physician, and in the practice the “laying on of hands”! We have been blessed to witness healing that results exclusively from our faith and/or in combination with modern health care.
The mission given Christ’s disciples is to preach, teach and heal. The Pavilion’s teaching and preaching live into that mission fully, brilliantly and completely.
There is also a significant need for the church to address twenty-first century health issues. Thanks to the knowledge, brilliance and commitment of Patricia Davidson, MD, cardiologist, the members of the Pavilion have learned a great deal about a healthy diet and exercise and importance of being good stewards of the body. Dr. Pat, as she is fondly known to the Pavilion, has not only taught many of us what to eat, she has taught us healthy ways of preparing our food.
The Pavilion’s Health Ministry is a living witness of the healing activity of God through the local congregation, encouraging whole-person health through:
- Integration of body, mind and spirit
- Increased self-knowledge (including knowledge about cancer prevention, mental health, etc.)
- Personal responsibility
- Interdependence among God’s people
- Technology (IT) Ministry
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
The Pavilion’s Technology Ministry is purposed to glorify Christ through the use of technology by enhancing the worship, preaching and teaching of the church. The goal of our IT Ministry is to ensure that services are provided in an effective, efficient and timely manner to allow the Pavilion to evangelize and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to our members and, YES, throughout the world! We have a great deal of ground to cover to be able to supply information technology solutions and training for the Pavilion members and ministries, but we are pressing on!
Current areas of service for the Technology Ministry Include:
- Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
- Conference calling for our Prayer Ministry, meetings, and other ministries as needed
- Video recording of select sermons for Youtube
- “RevUp with Rev Alethea” Blog Talk Radio, an internet radio program
- Audio & video setup, production and teardown for church services, events and functions.
- Audio recording of select Sunday services and special events.