At the intersection of S. 27th St. andShirlington Rd. there's a pavilion and parking lot, daily lined with bicycles at the far end. This small park, nestled between WETA studio and Weenie Beanie, has become a gathering place for men seeking work.
For a few years now, a group of neighboring Arlington Churches has come together to offer a monthly worship service and a meal. The monthly Saturday worship started simply, with prayers in Spanish and songs led by guitars. Soon the group of churches realized that there needed to be more and so, with the help of a National Capital Presbytery, the churches pooled resources to hire a Chaplain to minister to the men who gather there in the park. Chaplain William Velasquez preaches in Spanish, conducts Bible study, and gives lessons in conga drums and guitars. A faith community is truly forming! This ministry in Shirlington has become a united and holistic approach to reaching those that so often live on the margins of society, and helps them to feel welcomed, loved and appreciated!
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