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Sunday Mornings

Worship at 10:30am

We meet at:
Rivendell School
2410 N. Kensington St.
Arlington, VA 22205

The main entrance to Rivendell is on N. Kensington St,
the opposite side of the building from the parking areas.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
We want to be good neighbors, so we ask that you
please DO NOT park in front of a residential home.

Parking on Sundays

At this time, we do not have a designated parking lot. However, there are four parking options.
Please DO NOT park in front of a residential home.

Rivendell Parking Lot (N. Kentucky st)

There is limited on-sight parking reserved for newcomers, families with infants requiring strollers, and those requiring handicap assistance.

Lee Community Center (N. LEXINGTON ST)

Lee Highway and N Lexington St

Street parking

Street parking directly along the park behind the Community Center

Little Ambassadors Preschool

Blue building across Lee Highway from the Community Center

Public Transit

East Falls Church and Ballston-MU on the Orange and Silver lines are the two closest metro stations

ART 55 FROM EAST FALLS METRO STATION

ART 51 from Ballston-MU Metro station

The  closest metro station is East Falls Church (Orange/Silver lines). From the metro station, it is an approximately 15 minute bus ride to Rivendell School.

You can take the ART 55 bus from the East Falls Metro. The closest bus stop is N. Jefferson St at Lee Highway. From the bus stop, walk approximately 500 feet west on Lee Highway toward N. Kensington St.
The second closest metro station is Ballston-MU (Orange/Silver lines). From the  metro station, it is an approximately 20 minute bus ride to Rivendell School.

You can take the ART 51 bus from Ballston-MU Metro . The closest bus stop is  N. Harrison Street at Lee Highway. From the bus stop, walk .3 miles west on Lee Highway toward N. Kensington St.

Walking

East Falls Church and Ballston-MU on the Orange and Silver lines are the two closest metro stations

walking FROM EAST FALLS METRO STATION

walking from Ballston-MU Metro station

The  closest metro station is East Falls Church (Orange/Silver lines). From the metro station, it is a 1.5 mile walk to Rivendell School.
The second closest metro station is Ballston-MU  (Orange/Silver lines). From the  metro station, it is a 2.5 mile walk to Rivendell School.

What To Expect

What do you have for children?
As of September 2021, we have fully opened Children’s Church.  We currently have nursery for children up to 24 months and Children’s Church for children up to fifth grade on Sundays.

What are the demographics of your church?
We believe a healthy church reflects the community around it and draws from a variety of gifts, talents and experiences. To that end, Emmanuel celebrates our being a multi-ethnic church that roughly mirrors the rich diversity of Arlington and the surrounding area. Further, our congregation includes singles, young couples, families and empty nesters—and kids of all ages. God welcomes people from every background, and so you’re welcome, too.

What is your worship style?
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 aim for an acoustic feel, a little folk, a little jazz. Weekly communion is an important element of the service, a visible reminder and experience of God’s grace. But the most important consideration is that every element of the service is 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.

What should I wear?
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.

Are there sister congregations in the area?
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.

How will I know service is canceled due to inclement weather?
In case of inclement weather, updates will be available on Emmanuel’s website and office phone.