During the summer, youth in 6th grade and up are invited to join us in worship.
During the school year, at the 11:00 a.m. service, youth participate in a combination of worship and Sunday School. On each first Sunday of the month, all youth in 5th grade and up stay in worship throughout the service and are actively recruited to participate by serving as a reader, musician, usher, greeter, or in other roles. Rock Spring places a great value on including youth in worship so that they can come to understand its rhythms and rituals. The 6th-8th grade class meets on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of the month. The 9th-12th grade class meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.
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If you are interersted in reading books from some of our guest preachers, please visit the Saegmuller room. Available books by Diana Butler Bass are Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution and the widely infuential Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. Nun on the Bus written by Sister Simone Campbell is available as well. Donations are welcome!
While Kathy is on sabbatical this summer, Rock Spring will welcome the following preachers who will offer fresh and varied perspectives on the Bible and issues confronting our community and our world.
June 11 - Diana Butler Bass
Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. Her most recent books will be available for purchase and she will be available following the service for fellowship and book signing.
June 18 – Sister Simone Campbell
Sister Simone Campbell is the Executive Director of NETWORK. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. Her book will be available for purchase and she will be available following the service for fellowship and book signing.
June 25 - Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.
Dr. Leonard Hamlin is the Senior Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Hamlin’s concern for human welfare that reaches beyond the interpersonal to the systemic has consistently shaped his foundation for ministry.
July 2 - Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd
Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd serves as Senior Minister at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, MD. She has published writings for both Unitarian Universalist and ecumenical audiences and is grateful to have learned and led through many social justice movements across
the DC region.
July 16 - Douglass Hallwood-Dreiemeir
Doug Hallward-Driemeier is the attorney whose arguments helped persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage during the summer of 2015. He is managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office and leads the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice.
July 30 - Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea
Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea is Director of Refugee & Immigration Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She works to mobilize Disciples congregations around the country to offer hospitality to immigrants and engage in advocacy on behalf of refugees and immigrants.
August 6 - Minister Tonia Heggs
Minister Tonia Heggs is an Associate Minister and Director of Congregational Care for Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington. Her greatest joy is being able to speak a “word” of encouragement to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
August 13 - Rev. Drew Ensz
Rev. Drew Ensz is the Director for Arise Campus Ministry at George Mason University. Previous to his call to lead the ministry at GMU, Drew worked with teenagers and young adults for over a decade. He loves seeing teenagers and young adults creatively follow their call to follow Jesus and grow in faith.
Again this year, we will be switching to Summer Choir. This choir meets to rehearse at 9:00 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday. There is no Thursday night rehearsal. We will begin on Sunday, May 28. Join us in the choir room in your “Sunday best” (no robes are worn in the summer) for one or all of the Sundays from May 28-July 30. We also welcome youth and adults to offer the gift of music by playing a music selection of 2-4 minutes for our summer preludes. Let Elizabeth or Ed know if you or your youth have a piece you have been preparing to play, and bring it to worship!