We are an urban Christian congregation committed to making Mennonite traditions and beliefs relevant in the Washington, D.C. area.
Statement of Welcome
As a congregation of the Supportive Communities Network, Hyattsville Mennonite Church welcomes into our life and our ministry all who are earnestly seeking God. We strive to offer a safe and open space to offer praise, seek healing, nurture spiritual growth and explore and live out the call to discipleship.
Through the Holy Spirit, Christ calls us into a fuller communion with each other, so that we are strangers no more but members in the household of God. It is our desire that our faith community should be as diverse and complete as God’s creation, reflecting the face of God.
We recognize that our world is a broken place, where divisions of economic and social status, sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, education, age, mental and physical health, and religion create false borders between God’s children.
As we follow Jesus, we work to break down these divisions and borders, opening ourselves to those who are often marginalized by the Church and society, including all those who have been excluded because of sexual orientation or gender identity.
No matter where you are on the journey and no matter who you are on the journey, God has named each of us “beloved,” offering abundant grace to all who seek truth and righteousness. Come join us on the journey.
A Statement on the Practice of Marriage at Hyattsville Mennonite Church
We affirm, bless and support those among us who have chosen or choose to publicly declare their commitment to each other in holy marriage.
- We believe that marriage is a God-given gift that celebrates the human expressions of love and partnership, and
- We are called to live that gift out fully in a responsible, lifelong, committed and faithful covenant.
- We rejoice in the work of the Spirit in the lives of those who make such covenants.
- We recognize that marriage is not just the initial vows of a couple but a lifelong relationship which is affected by and affects the larger community and so
- We pledge as a congregation to work to strengthen all marriages, to minister with truth and compassion, and to offer a sanctuary for hope and healing.
We empower our pastors to participate in marriage celebrations as they are led to do so, trusting in the individual and congregational discernment they have undergone with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We commit ourselves — as a congregation — to continue to be led by the Holy Spirit in our decision making while we examine what it means to follow Jesus in the Anabaptist tradition. We recognize that as a congregation we are not always in agreement and that this statement and practice may have painful consequences.
With humility we acknowledge that our covenant of faith compels us to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” and to labor together “until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure to the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:3, 13) It is in this spirit of unity that we go forward.