We heard about Atonement from a friend who attended Atonement for a few years before moving out of the area. Our friend said, “If I was still living closer, I would be going to Atonement.” We decided to give it a try. The first time we attended we didn't know anyone; however, a friendly person took an interest in our lives and invited us out to lunch. Needless to say we were blown away by this simple act of love and kindness. We attended the adult Sunday school class and other activities and began to get to know people. Along with loving Christ, one of the strengths of Atonement is that the people of the church love people well. This makes Atonement a special church. It’s a blessing to be able to call Atonement our home church. When people found out that we were called to serve God overseas, they continued to do what they had already been doing—displaying love in abundance. We hope that we can bless others like God has blessed us through Atonement.
Marcus (and Bethany)
I started attending Church of the Atonement during my freshman year of college. At that time, I was looking for a place to worship regularly and get involved. I was drawn by the Bible-centered teaching and by the connections I formed in the Sunday school class for young adults. I met my sweet wife, Kristen, at Atonement and now we are raising our three boys in the faith. For the past two years, I have served as the superintendent of adult education at Atonement. I love being able to use my professional knowledge of teaching to serve the body of Christ. My goal is to ensure that the Sunday school program for adults remains strong and continues to get better and better each year for the glory of God!
My name is Aiden Peters. I am a Middle School student born into the Atonement family. I officially became a member of the church when I was in 3rd grade. I have attended the Atonement youth group for two years now. Youth group is an amazing place to have fellowship with good people. We take part in lots of fun trips and activities. The church services at Atonement are very interesting and engaging. We are taught about important events in the Bible and how they relate to modern day society. Also, Sunday School starts after the service. Our teachers are great and always give us lessons that we can take into the real world. I am thankful to be a part of Church of the Atonement.
My husband, young son, and I came to Atonement in 2011 after relocating to the D.C. metro area from Washington state. We visited Atonement by what some may consider happenstance—our new apartment was only a few blocks away—but what in retrospect was certainly God’s providence. Many aspects of Atonement’s church life stuck out to me from that very first visit: the genuine, warm welcome extended to us as visitors, the mutigenerational character of the congregation, the lively participation of the whole church body in worship, the presence of other young families with their children in the sanctuary, Scripture being preached in a way inescapably relevant to daily life.
On a more personal level, the years following our move to the D.C. area were some very lean years for our marriage and young family. We found ourselves transitioning to new jobs, new academic pursuits, and a host of parenting struggles—with our nearest family some 2500 miles away. And yet, because of the Lord’s leading us to Atonement, we were constantly ministered to not only by the preaching of the Word on Sunday mornings, but also by an active, family-centric children’s ministry, and a Small Group who truly took us in as family. It is a joy to live in community with a group of believers who so actively support and love one another, and share a common goal of growing together in Christ. Atonement is that community for us.
Atonement has been my home for 30 years. I met my incredible wife, Robin through the young adults group. My two children were raised here. My son and his wife and our new grandson are active members. I’ve been a deacon twice and am just finishing up my first term as an elder. There are many reasons why I first started coming here and why I’ve remained over the years. I came to Christ through the witness of members here. The Word of God is strongly proclaimed as unequivocal truth every week. The people here are my family.
I lovingly refer to Atonement as the best dysfunctional family I could ever be part of. We’re all broken and messed up in different ways but through our mutual love for Christ we look past our differences and help carry each other through the trials and challenges of this life. If you’re looking for a place where you can learn what it means to live as a Christ follower, where you can be you and find acceptance, where you can be challenged to grow in your faith. This is the place. And isn’t that what a true family is all about?