In-Person Outdoor worship

Sunday, Sept. 27

Join us Sunday, September 27 at 9:30 a.m. in Reinhardt Park (across from St. Paul's front doors). 

St. Paul's Decisions

St. Paul’s UMC is entering a season of decisions. 

Several years ago, you embarked on a journey of redesigning and renovating the Sanctuary, Narthex, and Fellowship Hall. Last year, you launched a journey of exploring whether to be identified and live into the understanding of a reconciling congregation. You entered last year’s charge conference perhaps without realizing a change of pastoral leadership was on the horizon.

Much has happened within these past few months and we are the place of making decisions as a congregation. 

The following dates designate the end of our time of discerning and the moment of decision:

Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 7pm

Special Church Conference to vote on the finalized scope of the building project.

Sunday October 18, 2020 at 3pm

Church Meeting to vote on becoming a Reconciling Congregation

Sunday October 25, 2020 at 1:30pm

Annual Church Conference

Given the social distancing precautions required because of COVID, all of these events will be conducted virtually. The instructions for how the voting will be accomplished will be shared by Sunday September 20, 2020.

21 Days of Prayer

On Sunday September 6, 2020 you were invited to join in 21 days of prayer. 

The number 21 is spiritually significant as it represents rebellion. For some the thought of rebellion carries a negative connotation. But consider it, if you will, as a spiritual check up, the preventive soul maintenance that will remove anything that will keep us from being who God needs us to be in this season.

As we embrace this time of prayer, let us hope that we will ask God to reveal to us the place within each of us where we are resistant to God’s move or rebelling against God’s will. It is not too late.

We are praying collectively until Sunday September 26, 2020.

Questions? Contact Pastor Pat at pallen [at] or 301-933-7933 ext 101.

Pastor Pat's

CHat in the Park

We were just beginning to know one another when life shifted and we were thrust into social isolation and distancing. Our outdoor worship service reminded us of just how much we miss in person interactions, and just how much we have missed the opportunity to get to know each other.  

I am available to meet with you in Reinhardt Park with masks and social distancing precautions, for anyone who would like to arrange a time to chat. Please contact me ( to set up a time that works for you. 

As we continue to navigate these unusual times, I am truly grateful for the many ways in which God is stretching us to be light and witness to our community and our world. Stay safe, stay hydrated, and stay well!

--Pastor Pat

"Re-Entering Well"

A Message from Pastor Pat

The work of preparing to re-enter our space and life as a congregation cannot be completed by one person. Therefore we have created the Re-Entering Well Team of St. Paul’s Kensington to guide us in that work. The team members are Phil Rush, Steve Lillie, Laura Tribble, Nathan Bazawada, Dr. Hal Frazier, Marge Higgins, Tracey Furman, Erin Steele, Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, and Rev. Dr. Pat Allen. 

The work of this team will be to create the path and timeline in accordance with guidance from our episcopal leader Bishop Easterling and government officials, and input from the ministries of the church, that we might re-enter St. Paul’s Kensington well. 

Re-entering well is not synonymous with re-entering quickly, as we are committed to entering in a way that minimizes risk and preserves safety for all. 

The video message below (6:40 playing time) will also help St. Paul's members and friends hear more about the current state of the church and our early "Re-Entering Well" considerations. If you prefer to read a copy, the transcript is available: click here to down the message as a *pdf.