Pictured above: First Sunday Gathering, Fall, 2014.
Living Hope Church began meeting in Bowie in the Fall of 2014. We are an outgrowth of Solid Rock Church in Riverdale, Maryland. As Solid Rock grew, we decided to start a new church rather than add multiple Sunday services or build a bigger building. We prayed and discussed this as a church. Then about 65 adults who live in Bowie and surrounding communities began meeting to form a new church.
When the pandemic forced public schools to shut down in early 2020, we moved our meeting location to a space in the heart of the Waugh Chapel shopping center, close to where many of our members live.
Our intention is to put the local back into the local church. We found that church life multiplies when members live a short distance from each other. Most of our members live in Crofton, Gambrills, Bowie, and Upper Marlboro all along the Route 3 corridor.