Arlington Presbyterian Church is imagining a new way to be a faith community.

It’s been said at Arlington Presbyterian that the call from God to create affordable housing on Columbia Pike was bigger than our previous building—so the walls of the building had to come down.

And the walls indeed came down.

APC was the engine in creating Gilliam Place, a 173-unit affordable housing apartment building being developed by the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing on the land where our previous building was located.

In the early fall of 2019, APC will relocate to the ground floor of Gilliam Place in a beautiful new office and worship space designed to be a place of connection and community.

This is a radical act of faith to express the radical love of God.

For the sake of the well-being of our neighbors, APC is imagining a new way to be a faith community in South Arlington. We break bread together. We sing. We pray for each other and our neighbors. We explore the Biblical stories in community. We serve in ways that are communal and relational. We practice community organizing. In essence, we create APC together; our life, worship and faith are all an act of equal collaboration. You are part of that process of dreaming and scheming for God’s holy justice on Columbia Pike.

I am honored to be the pastor here at APC where we pride ourselves on being a small-batch congregation, and where our sacred imagining is brimming with life and hope for a more equitable and just Arlington County.

Know that your hopes and dreams, struggles and questions, celebrations and sorrows are all welcome here at Arlington Presbyterian.

In order to living into that holy welcome, Arlington Presbyterian is what’s known as a More Light Congregation, a designation that a congregation takes within the PCUSA to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the life, ministry, and witness of the Church and society. We are incredibly proud to be a More Light congregation in South Arlington.

We worship at 11 am in our current chapel at the Arlington UMC Center. On the 4th Sunday of the month we worship in our garden at 9th and Lincoln (weather permitting, otherwise we are in the chapel).

APC is a place of new beginnings—now and always. Join us on this faithful adventure of love, compassion, and justice.

Ashley Goff, Pastor