Smedley

Welcome

Thank you for exploring Fourth Church. I invite you to join us in celebrating the grace of God at any of our regular Sunday services below, and during the present season, for special Advent and Christmas services as well. We hope the info on this page and throughout this site will help you know what to expect as you visit and get to know our ministries that serve the church body, our community, and the world.

Grace and peace,

Dr. Todd M. Smedley
Senior Pastor

 

Sunday Worship Services

Morning Worship

Services at 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
9:30 service available via livestream

Evening Worship

6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

What to Expect

At Sunday services, you will hear the reading of Old and New Testament Scriptures, congregational and choral singing, corporate prayers of confession and thanksgiving, and preaching from the Bible.

What to wear? You will see a range from dressy to casual. Our goal as we gather is to direct our gaze to our great God and make him the focus. All are welcome!

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

Fourth is located at 5500 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland, a five-minute drive east of the Capital Beltway (I-495). Visitor parking spaces are available in the Upper Parking Lot (entrance from Ridgefield Road). General parking is available in the church lots as well as the neighborhood.

ACCESSIBILITY

Parking spaces are reserved in the Upper Parking Lot for those with accessibility needs. Wheelchair access to the building is provided through the Sanctuary ramp doors (adjacent to the Upper Parking Lot), the covered Upper Portico (drive through), and Lower Portico doors (both porticos are on the Ridgefield Road side of the building). Elevators are situated throughout the building.

WHERE TO FIND INFORMATION

If you are new to Fourth, visit a Welcome Table to connect with a greeter and get information on ministries and current activities. Bulletins are available as you enter along with Communion elements for services that include Communion.

FAMILIES IN WORSHIP

Nursery | For infants to age 2 | 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services 
Parents, you can register your young children in the classrooms with their caregivers. Ushers will direct you to the appropriate rooms.

Sunday School | Classes during the 9:30 a.m. service for age 2 through 5th grade.

Cherub Church | Sundays, 11:00 a.m. service, age 2 to Pre-Kindergarten. Children start out in their classroom and are escorted by their teachers to Cherub Church for singing and teaching. They are escorted back to their classrooms for crafts and activities. Parents please pick up your children in their classroom after the service.

Children's Church | Children age 2.5 through 3rd grade | 11:00 a.m. services
Check in your children at the Welcome Table in Halverson Hall before the worship service to receive a name tag. Before the sermon, the pastor will dismiss the children, and teachers will accompany them to their classrooms. All children must wear masks in the classroom. Parents, please pick up your children immediately after the service; ushers can direct you.

Family Room
We treasure the presence of families with children in our worship services and hope your whole family is able to worship the Lord together. If you need to leave the service with your child, feel free to take them to our Family Room where you can continue to follow the service via livestream. You’ll find the Family Room out the back doors of the Sanctuary and to your right.

WHAT OTHER PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED ON SUNDAYS?

Classes for all ages have resumed. Check our individual pages for children, special needs, youth, college, young adults/young marrieds, and adults.

Delighting in God's Glory • Demonstrating His Grace • Declaring His Gospel