I'm New at Emmanuel
Where does your church meet?
We worship at 10:30am on Sundays at:
George Mason University (GMU)-Arlington Campus
Auditorium at Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Drive (Fairfax Dr & N Kenmore St)
Arlington, VA 22201
Parking / Metro / Capital Bikeshare
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.
What do you have for children?
During the service at 10:30am, we offer nursery for children 0-24 months and Children’s Church for the older elementary aged children. 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. On the 4th and 5th Sundays, they stay in worship so they can begin to learn to participate in the entire service. Learn more about nursery and classes for children and youth at Emmanuel's Children's Ministries.
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.
What about the preaching style?
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.
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.
There are many wonderful churches in metro Washington DC area. If our congregation is not the most convenient time or location, please refer to this list of sister Presbyterian Church in America congregations that may be closer to you. Emmanuel Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a denomination committed to the historic truths of Scripture and the relevance of the gospel in everyday life.
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