History

Washington Farm UMC was founded in June 1965 as a project of the Northern Virginia Board of Missions. The new congregation was designed to serve a developing community adjacent to the Mount Vernon Estate.

The first pastor, Jack Arnold, was appointed at the 1965 session of the Annual Conference. That summer was a time for visiting the community in preparation for the first worship service, which was held at Washington Mill School on September 12th. The name at the time of organization was Our Savior Methodist Church. The charter service was held on March 13, 1966, and the first members were received.

The new congregation was able to obtain an existing church building and parsonage in May of 1967. The building had previously served as a Wesleyan Pentecostal Church, a Fairfax County Schoolhouse, and a Church of the Nazarene. The first service in the building was held on June 1, 1967.

At the request of members of the congregation, the Annual Conference changed the name to Washington Farm Methodist Church in 1967. The name of the denomination became the United Methodist Church following a merger with the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968.

Classes began in the “Farm House” in June of 1969. For some years, Sunday school classes met in the Sanctuary and also the basement of the parsonage. Growing demands for classroom space compelled realization of the need for an educational building, and ground was broken in April 1977. This building was completed and consecrated in May 1978. It was named the Glenn G. Williams Christian Education Building.

From its origins as a mission congregation, a status which lasted until 1971, Washington Farm has had a rising commitment to new forms of mission and ministry.

The Washington Farm United Methodist Women were formed in 1970. They have grown into a vibrant community of women serving our community in prayer, service, and fellowship.

The annual Easter Egg hunt began in 1973. It has been a fun ministry for our young children and their families.

Our Christmas tree project began in 1968 . It has served the community by providing low cost trees to people in need. It has also been a great opportunity to meet our neighbors and work together.

Our Semi-Annual yard sales began in 1971.  This has been a popular fellowship opportunity over the years. We have had the opportunity to meet people in the community and provide an outlet donate and buy “treasures”.