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.