Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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Church of the Resurrection
Capitol Hill

Rector:Dan Claire

Assistant Pastors:Matthew Anderson and Mark Booker

Attendance: About 150

Service Length: 2 hours

Sample Worshipper Dress: Pressed chinos, maroon fleece pullover

Parent Church:Anglican Church of Rwanda

Congregational Fervor

Not since Children of the Corn have so many young white people gathered to worship. At a recent service nearly 200 young adults raised their hands in the air and praised the Lord as a band performed the “Agnus Dei” with acoustic guitars, conga drums, and a euphonium. Only a few could possibly have remembered the Carter Administration.

Food for the Soul

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Drawn from Hebrews 7:1n10, Assistant Pastor Mark Booker’s sermon was fiery, informed, and a bit long-winded. After 20 minutes of warning the young-professional-heavy congregation against the dangers of pride, legs began to shift, necks began to crack, and it was not uncommon to see somebody discreetly scribbling on a bulletin.

Food for the Body

For $4 (free for visitors), attendees could dine on a postservice meal of pizza and soda. Toppings included cheese, sausage, and barbecue chicken; thirst quenchers ranged from Dr Pepper to RC Cola.

Overall Worship Power

The Church of the Resurrection is privileged with a thriving congregation, a fiery clergy, and tasty pizza dinners, but there’s one thing it doesn’t have: old people. In a reversal of normal church-recruitment policy, Resurrection is actually shopping for grandparents. “We’re not just for the young,” said congregant Randy Kenna. “We would really like to see some older people attend our church.