Religious Services

Maureen Murphy Nutting, December 2004

Known for their stunning architecture, rich liturgies, extensive community outreach programs, and inclusive congregations, the downtown and close-to-downtown churches, synagogues, and mosques of Seattle welcome visitors. Among those close to the AHA meeting site are:

  • First AME Church of Seattle at 1522 14th Avenue on Capitol Hill has worship services at 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sundays; church school at 9:30 a.m.

  • First Presbyterian Church at 1013 8th Avenue, holds its Traditional Sunday Service at 9:30 a.m.* in the sanctuary and Contemporary Service at 11* a.m. in the chapel. Bible study groups meet at 9:30 a.m.* and 10:30 a.m.*, and fellowship and refreshments are available from 10:30* to 11 a.m.* in the Gathering Room.

  • Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 911 Stewart Street, has Worship Service at 9 a.m.*

  • The Idriss Mosque, at Northgate Way and 15th Avenue NE, begins juqua on Friday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. To get to the mosque, take any Seattle Metrobus to Northgate, and walk north to Northgate Way NE, then east to 15th Avenue NE. Or take I-5 from downtown north to the Northgate exit, turn left on 1st Avenue E., then right on Northgate Way NE, and drive east to 15th Avenue NE.

  • Plymouth Congregational Church at 1217 Sixth Avenue (United Church of Christ), service in the Sanctuary at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Bible Study, the Plymouth Forum, and Church School are at 10 a.m. and Fellowship Hour begins at noon.

  • St. James Cathedral at 9th Avenue and Marion (Catholic), celebrates Sunday Masses at 8 a.m., 10 a.m.*, noon,* and 5:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:30 p.m. Taizé Ecumenical Prayer services are held at 6 p.m. on Fridays; choirs sing at the 10 a.m. and noon Masses. Refreshments are served after Sunday morning and noon services.

  • St. Mark’s Cathedral on Capitol Hill’s Broadway N. (Episcopal), holds Holy Eucharist Services Sundays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m.*, 11 a.m.* (Cathedral Choir), and 7 p.m. (co-sponsored with Integrity, the Gay and Lesbian organization of the Episcopal Church). The 9:30 p.m. Sunday compline is a Seattle tradition.

  • Seattle’s First Methodist Church at 811 Fifth Avenue holds its Chapel Service at 9 a.m. and Sanctuary Service at 11 a.m., with coffee and fellowship following this service.

  • Temple de Hirsch Sinai at 1511 East Pike holds its Kabbalat Shabbat Service on Friday at 6 p.m. and Shacharit Service on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., preceded by Torah and T’filah Together, at 9:30 a.m.

*Childcare available.

— Maureen Murphy Nutting