Christ the King began in 2006 when a small group of men and women began to pray for a new church in the city of Alexandria. After a year of planning and praying, Christ the King opened its doors for our first service of public worship at Alexandria Country Day School. Within a year we relocated to our current location at 1801 N. Quaker Lane. We have kept our priorities clear: Worship God, grow as family and live out the gospel.
The vision of our church is three fold:
- To worship God, welcoming all to encounter Jesus Christ.
- To grow as a family of friends, strengthening one another to serve Jesus in the church and the world.
- To impact our local community for God's glory and the good of our community.
We want our church to be characterized by the following values or characteristics:
- Local: We value place and desire to be in the place (Old Town/Del Ray) for the needs of this place, for the people of this place
- Humble: We value humility and believe that humility is the beginning and end point of the faithful life, the only hope for life within the church, and the gift of the church to the world.
- Hospitable: We believe that the gospel grows best in community, and community grows best through hospitality.
- Joyful: We believe that joy and laughter are characteristics of a disciple of Christ.
- Historic: We value the our worship tradition and believe that historic, Anglican worship offers a place of meaningful connection.
We affirm our belief in historic Christianity as revealed in the Scriptures and summarized in the three Creeds (Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian) and the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. We recognize the need today for reaffirming the following beliefs:
- The Holy Trinity. The one God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and has so revealed Himself to us in Scripture.
- The Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ, God incarnate and fully human, is, by reason of His birth of the Virgin Mary, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension, and triumphant reign, the only Mediator between God and man.
- The Holy Scriptures. The canonical books of the Old and New Testaments are trustworthy as "God’s Word written," sufficiently teach God’s will for His world, and have supreme authority for faith, life, and the continuous renewal and reform of the Church. They are inspired, infallible, and "contain all things necessary for salvation."
- Justification and Sanctification. Repenting and believing sinners are (i) justified through faith alone by God’s gracious act of declaring us righteous on the ground of the reconciling death of Christ, who suffered in our place and rose again for us; and (ii) sanctified by the gracious, continuing activity of the Holy Spirit who perfects our repentance, nurtures the new life implanted within us, transforms us into Christ’s image, and enables us to do good works in the world.
- The Christian Church. The Church is the Body of Christ. Its members belong to Christ's new humanity and are called and sent to live in the world in the power of the Spirit, worshiping God, confessing His truth, proclaiming the Good News of Christ, supporting one another in love, and giving themselves in sacrificial service to others, especially those in need. Its great mission is to make disciples of all nations and peoples.
- Spiritual Gifts and Ministry. All Christians are called to exercise their God-given gifts to work, witness, and suffer for Christ. The particular call of ordained ministers is to preach, teach, and provide leadership and pastoral care to equip God's people for His service and present them mature in Christ.
- The Gospel Sacraments. The sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, ordained by Christ himself, are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace; when received in true faith and repentance, they are means by which we receive such grace; and they are means by which our faith is strengthened and confirmed.
- The Return of Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ will personally return in glory at the end of this age for the resurrection of the dead, some to life and some to condemnation, for the glorification of His Church and for the renewal of the whole Creation.