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Welcome to Mount Olivet

We are a growing congregation of the United Methodist Church. We are a people who pray, praise God, and proclaim the Word in worship. Diverse in age, background, and life experience, we strive to be a place for all ages to gather, grow in discipleship, and go out in service.

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church is committed to loving God and loving neighbor with our whole selves – heart, mind, soul, and strength. We believe that all persons are of sacred worth and dignity as part of God’s creation, as demonstrated by the ministry of Jesus Christ. We therefore welcome all persons into the life and ministry of our congregation regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or socioeconomic status, education, politics, physical or mental ability or health, or faith history.

Mount Olivet from N Glebe Road

There are three opportunities for you to worship on Sunday mornings:

traditional worship at 8:30 & 11 am

Traditional Worship

The traditional services are, well, traditional! We sing from a hymnal and participate in worship together. We have an incredible choir that aids in creating an atmosphere of reverent worship. Our pastors give meaningful sermons that typically last 10-15 minutes.

The 8:30 a.m. service tends to be lighter in attendance, perfect for early risers who feel comfortable in a more intimate setting. Communion is offered the first Sunday of every month.

The 11:00 a.m. service is our largest service and carries with it lots of energy. Communion is offered the first Sunday of every month.

the way modern worship at 11 am

The Way is generally more casual. We invite you to “come as you are to worship” and join our amazing band in a more modern, emergent time of worship. You’ll hear music ranging from Hillsong to The Eagles. We enjoy hearing messages from our pastors and often host guest speakers that bring a fresh perspective. Communion is served after the message and all are invited to participate. So enjoy a cup of coffee, grab a bite to eat, and worship as you are.

The Way meets in the Fellowship Hall of Mount Olivet, located on the lower level. 

The Way in the newly renovated Fellowship Hall

Location & Parking

We are located on the corner of North Glebe Road and 16th Street in Arlington, Virginia. Our address is 1500 North Glebe Road.

Our parking lot is in the block north of the church. There is an entrance from the southbound lane of North Glebe Road. If you need an ADA entrance, it is on Glebe Road next to the circle that can be accessed from the southbound lane of Glebe Road. ADA parking is available in the parking lot and on North 16th Street. near the church.

The closest door to the parking lot is on North 16th Street. Head up the stairs to get to the Sanctuary. Head downstairs to the lower level classrooms and the Youth Area and Fellowship Hall where The Way takes place at 11:00 a.m.

Kids at Mount Olivet

Childcare during worship

Your infants and toddlers are in very capable hands at Mount Olivet. Our nursery is staffed by caring professionals who love children and are strongly committed to their safety and security. Nursery care is available on Sundays and for many other church events. 

For childcare during worship, go through the doors on the left side of the sanctuary and follow the signs. If you are attending The Way worship, go up the staircase located next to the Fellowship Hall entrance. Parents receive pagers to let them know if they are needed.

All volunteers in the Children's Ministry complete our Child Protection Policy training.

Infants - 3 Years8:15 AM - 12:15 PMPreschool Wing

Contact: Linnea Carlson, Director of Children's Ministry |

Children's Church

after the children's message during 11 am worship

At 11 AM worship, following the Children’s Message, the kids will be divided up to have their own worship experience. We use the Godly Play curriculum.

During their worship time the kids will hear a Bible Story and connect it to their own experience and relationship with God. Godly Play encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God. Godly Play is a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of our congregation as they develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites.

Children are dismissed after the Children's Message and go to the room locations listed below where they can be picked up at the end of the 11 AM services.

Wee Believers3 Years - Kindergarten U7
Belief BuildersGrades 1-5L8

Contact: Linnea Carlson, Director of Children's Ministry |

Sunday School

We offer Sunday school for adults, youth and children.

9:40-10:40 am

Wednesday Nights

Wednesday nights are a great time to connect with the Mount Olivet community. From Wednesday Night Dinners to Children's Choir, there's something for everyone and every age.

Not ready to visit, but want to see more?

Watch our Live Stream! We stream the 8:30 AM Traditional Worship service each Sunday beginning at 8:25 AM.

Ready to take the next step?

Learn about becoming a member at Mount Olivet.