Youth Ministry

We are blessed to have a vibrant Youth Ministry that engages youth in the church and in the community through multiple programs, services, and activities. Our Youth Church and Church School programs are tailored to meet the spiritual needs of youth of all ages. Youth also serve in a variety of ministries such as the Usher Board, Liturgical Dance Ministry, and Music Ministry. They help lead worship services. And, they participate in community service projects. 

The ministry is led by Youth Pastor Rev. James L. Harris Jr., supported by a church-wide commitment to one of our core values—“Invest in Our Children.”

Because of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, Youth Church and Church School programs are being held via Zoom video conference.

Youth Church, 11:30 a.m. every Sunday

Church School

  • PreK to 1st graders (ages 6 and under) and middle schoolers (ages 7 – 10)
    Every Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • Tweens (ages 11- 13) and teens
    2nd and 4th Sundays at noon

For the links and codes for worship or for school classes, contact the church office at 202-829-2773 and, or Rev. Harris at and 202-829-2773, ext. 152.


When we are worshipping in the sanctuary, Youth Church is held the first, third, and fourth Sundays in the chapel. On second Sundays, youth help lead the main service in the sanctuary. On fifth Sundays, they attend the main worship service.

Recent youth activities include:

8th Annual Oratory Contest, held via Zoom on July 28, 2020. The topic was “How Has My Relationship with God, Family, and Friends Changed During the Pandemic?” Cash awards were given to middle school and high school students for outstanding presentations.

Vacation Bible School, a virtual at-home session. Thirty-one children, ages 2–12, enrolled in the two-week program. Each registrant received a packet with lessons, creative hands-on art activities and supplies, and a gift card for a lunch treat.

The ROCK 2020 retreat, in Ocean City, Maryland. The retreat, held the weekend of February 7-9, addressed what it means to be a believer through music, prayer, breakout sessions, and communion. About two dozen Nineteenth Street youth and chaperones attended the program.

Other organizations and activities involving youth include:

Youth Usher Board
Liturgical Dance Ministry
Kandelite Choir
Youth Church School
Manhood Training, a mentoring program for boys 9-16
God’s Daughters, a mentoring program for girls 8 -18
Youth Oratory Contest
Missionary Opportunities
Sports & Entertainment Outings
Annual Youth Retreat

Those interested in participating in or volunteering for any Youth Ministry program can reach Rev. Harris at 202-829-2773, ext. 152 or