I'm New at Emmanuel
Why did you name the church Emmanuel?
Emmanuel is a biblical word meaning “God with us.” Many people associate the word with Christmas carols and their reminder of God becoming one of us, that we may know him. If that is true--and we believe it is--everything changes. And in a wide variety of contexts throughout Scripture, God often says, “I am with you.” That means there is no place, circumstance or emotion that escapes God’s strong and reassuring presence. Our church wants to help each other and this community grow in realizing that promise. Further, Emmanuel is a word that has the same meaning and pronunciation in many languages. Our church celebrates the ethnic diversity of Arlington, and a multi-lingual name reflects the richness of the community we hope to serve.
What are the demographics of your church?
We have been praying for a diverse group of people, as we believe a healthy church reflects the community around it and draws from a variety of gifts and talents. And God has been answering our prayers. Our core group includes singles, young couples, families and children of all ages. Several nationalities are represented at Emmanuel, and we pray for increasing diversity.
Our services draw from the rich history of hymns, songs, prayers and confessions the Church has created over the centuries--including the present one. Yet "traditional" probably won't be the word you use to describe our services. Or worse, "stuffy" or "slick". We're aiming for an acoustic feel, a little folk, a little jazz. Weekly communion is already an important element of the service, a visible reminder and experience of God’s grace. However it comes together, we want the entire worship to be Christ-centered, so that all of us can experience the presence of God.
Nobody likes to be yelled at or brow-beaten, so you won't get that. You also won't hear a lot of rules and regulations. All of that conveys we relate to God based on our performance. We don't. That's the anti-gospel. Instead, everything depends on God's graciousness on our behalf, in everything. Getting hold of that, though, has enormous implications for our life and relationships. So mostly, that's what you'll hear about: how God and what he has done for us is greater than we've ever dared imagine, and how that changes everything.
From September through May, we have nursery and classes for all ages at 9:20am on Sunday mornings. During the service at 10:30am, we offer nursery for children 0-24 months and Sunday School for 2-3 year olds. Older children begin the service with their parents. Prior to the sermon, parents are given the option whether to have their children remain with them or participate in Children’s Church for ages 4-7 years old. Learn more about nursery and classes for children and youth at Emmanuel's Family Ministries.
From September through May, Emmanuel offers Sunday morning Discipleship Classes for children, youth and adults from 9:20am-10:15am. Nursery will also be provided. Learn about the Discipleship Classes.
Please feel free to wear whatever you like. We've seen the range from shorts to suits--but if it helps, most people wear what could be called "dressy casual." Since the point isn't what you're wearing, but who you're worshipping, there's no dress code.
Where Should I Park?
If you like to bicycle, there is a Capital Bikeshare station, as well as bicycle parking right at the entrance of GMU Founders Hall.
In case of inclement weather, updates will be available on Emmanuel’s website and office phone.