Spiritual Life

Goodwin House is a faith-based community, highly respectful of all traditions and beliefs. The chapel, pastoral programs and atmosphere of caring and community service underscore this special commitment to faith. Residents are encouraged but never pressured to participate in all activities at Goodwin House, including those related to spiritual life.

A full-time chaplain offers services and support to help residents develop the spiritual life of the Goodwin House community, as well as to maintain ties to local congregations. Chaplain interns provide additional assistance through the Clinical Pastoral Education Program.

All are welcome to participate in the services and programs offered through the Memorial Chapel, its Outreach Committee and the Spiritual Life Committee.

Opportunities for Worship

  • Services using the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer are offered on Sundays and Thursdays, both in the Memorial Chapel and the Health Care Center. Once a month a service is held in Assisted Living and twice a month in Hope Garden
  • Roman Catholic services are held every Monday
  • Several local congregations pick up residents for services held elsewhere
  • Memorial services are held throughout the year and are individually designed to provide for the variety of traditions in this community.

Additional Participation

The Spiritual Life Committee, open to all interested residents, provides support in many ways, including an Advent series, a Passover Seder meal, services in Hope Garden and ushering at memorial services.

The Outreach Committee provides support and service to those in need within and outside the community, both locally and internationally, including the Advent Angel Tree, Lenten Series, Back-to-School projects, toiletry and clothing drives, and volunteering in a variety of ways. They coordinate ongoing collections of food for ALIVE! of Alexandria, Box Tops for Education, pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House and eyeglasses.

The time and talents of residents make many Memorial Chapel services and programs possible. They serve as ushers, greeters, altar guild, readers, chalice bearers, piano players, song leaders and coordinators of these ministries.

Bible study, prayer groups and a knitting ministry meet at various times and places throughout Goodwin House.

Offerings received for the Memorial Chapel help provide for the flowers, printed materials, communion and altar supplies, organist and other musicians.  Special offerings are received on occasion for particular outreach projects or as memorial gifts.

For additional information, please bstewart@goodwinhouse.org or call the Chaplain’s Office, at 703-824-1284.