About Us

The mission of Darnestown Presbyterian Church is to welcome all, share Christ’s word and build community.

Darnestown Presbyterian Church (DPC) is an historic Montgomery County, Maryland church established in 1855 and located on Turkey Foot Road at the intersection with MD Route 28. We are a mid-size, 450-member Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation and a member of the National Capital Presbytery

To fulfill our mission, we seek to embody these five core values as a congregation:

  • To welcome all. When we say we welcome everyone, we mean it. We recognize the strength that comes from a diversity of backgrounds and views coming together. We believe that we grow as individuals when we are exposed to different ideas.
  • To make disciples. Jesus commanded his disciples to make disciples, so we work to equip ourselves to go out in the world and share the good news of Jesus. We do this through vital worship that prepares us for the week ahead, through setting an example of Jesus’ love in how we treat others, and through continuously growing in our own faith. We would love to be a Church for everyone, but know that it is more important for everyone to find their right Church.
  • To practice grateful generosity. In gratitude for all that we have been given, we give generously of our time and resources to help those in need. As individuals, we have unique talents that when combined with the talents of others in our church family and the community, help to strengthen both our congregation and the community.
  • To maintain a lifelong faith journey. As disciples of Jesus, we recognize that our journey of faith and finding meaning is lifelong. We engage in worship, study, and prayer toward an ever more fully-developed Christian life in Jesus’ example. We recognize that we are all at different places in our faith journey and that each of us has the potential to impact another’s. We value questions, honesty and wonder.
  • To be a caring family. We do feel like a family at DPC. We care about and take care of each other, and we take that responsibility seriously. We recognize that families come in all shapes and sizes, and we treasure being an additional source of family support for our members as we journey through this life together.

Traditionally, we've held two morning services on Sundays except in the summer when we hold a single service. Our schedule is somewhat in flux in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and as prepare to occupy our newly renovated Sanctuary.  Currently we're holding a single "virtual" service at 11am Sunday mornings, streamed live on YouTube. Yet regardless of the schedule, our Sunday services are child-friendly, and visitors are always warmly welcomed. 

About Being Presbyterian

To learn more about being Presbyterian, we invite you to visit the Presbyterian 101 section of our national organization website at this link.

The following websites and resources are also useful in understanding our faith.

Presbyterian Church (USA)

This website is a good starting point for finding out more about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  In addition to the overview mentioned above, this site includes the latest news on Presbyterian involvement worldwide, resources like the Books of Confession and Order, daily readings, the Presbyterian news service and links to other sites.

The National Capital Presbytery (NCP)

This site is a source of information about the NCP to which Darnestown Presbyterian belongs, consisting of 37,000 members, 115 congregations, three missions, and five immigrant fellowships.  Information that can be found at the site includes the NCP calendar, committees, staff, and congregations within the NCP.  Darnestown Presbyterian Church is a member of the National Capital Presbytery.

The Book of Order

The Book of Order is a governing document of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is divided into four parts: The Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, Form of Government, Directory for Worship, and Rules of Discipline.

The Book of Confessions 

This contains historical statements of what we as a church believe, and it is available in several languages and forms. 

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