Saturday, November 8, 2008

Seventh Day Baptist Church

Seventh Day Baptist Church: Like their counterparts, the Seventh Day Adventists,
they worship on Saturdays. That's where the similarities end.

This past spring, I started a twice-weekly series called The Churches of 16th Street. The series featured a picture and information about a different church on 16th Street NW every Wednesday and Saturday. In June, I suspended the series because the weather was warming up and I was getting out and photographing more. As we move into the late fall and early winter months, it's getting dark earlier and the weather is a bit nippier, which means I'm not going out as frequently. So, today, I'm resuming posts about the remaining churches I haven't featured in this series. I'll post in this series once a week, on Saturdays.

To start (or restart) us off, this week's church is the Seventh Day Baptist Church. Located at 4700 16th Street NW, this congregation was established in 1946. I couldn't find information about how long they've been worshiping at their current location. What makes this gathering of Baptists unique from their broader Baptist counterparts is, Seventh Day Baptists worship on the biblical Sunday--what is known on the calendar as Saturday--rather than on calendar Sundays. In this sense, they are akin to Seventh Day Adventists, but that's as far as the similarities run. To learn more about Seventh Day Baptists, visit this information page on the church's website.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential


slim said...

Interesting series ... I'm going back to look at your spring posts. This post truly fits the label "house of worship".

Virginia said...

Glad I'll be in on this remaining series. Interesting about this group of Baptists!

D.C. Confidential said...

Slim: Thanks! I started the series because I was struck by how many churches there are on 16th Street--beginning with St. John's Episcopal a block from the White House on the south end of 16th and ending with a church less than a half mile from the District-Maryland stateline, six miles up on the north end of 16th. In that six mile stretch, there are nearly 50 churches!

VJ: I thought so, too.

Maya said...

I would have never guessed that was a church.

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: Save for the sign, it's just a house. I always wonder about the history of churches in buildings like this. Who owned the house before and why did they decide to sell to a church rather than a family or an diplomatic mission?