Sundays @ New Journey

I know some churches have pretty elaborate church services, how about New Journey?

Currently we are a very small group of people meeting in the theater of Ormond Stone Middle School in Centreville, Virginia.   We meet at 10 a.m. on Sundays and the service runs about an hour. We don't have much of a show to offer you, but we do promise that we are committed to creating a safe space for people to explore Christ without feeling pressured or condemned.  Though we are small, we invite you to come and grow with us!

What is the music like?

While we hope to add more musicians and vocalists to our worship in the future, we currently are led with a single vocalist with guitar or keyboard.  The style of music is contemporary with some of the older hymns thrown into the mix on occasion.

Do I need to dress up?

We know there are some folks who like to dress up for church, so if that's you we welcome our suit clad friends with open arms, but most of us will be found in jeans and t-shirts.  How about shorts?  Sure.  Sandals? Hey, Jesus wore them, feel free.  Also, sometimes folks feel like they need to hide tattoos and facial piercings, etc. for church.  That is not the case here.

What are the messages like?

Our messages go about 30 minutes.  At New Journey, we believe that questions are a good thing and that there ought to be space for people to think for themselves as we journey through the scriptures together.  Those giving messages have a goal to make them relevant to everyday life while properly exploring context. We invite you to explore truth with us. 

Will I be asked to introduce myself in the service or stand up and be recognized?

NO! While the extremely extroverted among us all may love jumping up in front of strangers and introducing themselves, we know that can be very awkward for many.  

Do you take Communion?

Yes, we take communion every week.  This usually happens towards the end of our service. Some churches use bread and wine, we use bread and juice so that those who have wine allergies or are in recovery feel comfortable participating.  For more about Communion and why we do it, see below. Communion is open for all who consider themselves to be followers of Christ.  NO ONE is ever made to feel that they should take communion if they feel like they shouldn't or aren't ready to do so. Please note: Due to COVID, we are currently taking communion with individually sealed and packaged cups with a wafer and juice.  These can be picked up when entering the theater.  

What about Kids?

Since we are just getting started, we currently do not have a children's/Nursery program. Afraid that your kid may yell something out at an inappropriate time?  Hey, that's what kids do.  No worries.  We also understand when folks need to get up and take their little one out for a bit to attend to needs, so again, no worries!

What is Communion?

Every Sunday, usually toward the end of our time together, we take communion.  

This is where we previously would take a small piece of bread and dip it in the cup of juice and then eat the bread to remember Jesus's life and sacrifice with great love on the cross (some churches use wine and everyone drinks from the same cup).  Due to COVID, we are currently using individually sealed and packaged cups with a wafer and juice that can be picked up on your way into the theater. This way we eat our individual wafer and drink our small cup of juice.  

We know this can sound strange, eating bread and drinking juice to remember Jesus?  WHAT? However, it isn't that strange when we stop to think about it. 

It makes sense that a God who is described as the very essence of love, invites us to the table; good things can happen around a table!  Friends and family gather around a table.  Every week we remind ourselves that all are invited to God's table of grace, as together we experience life-changing love. 

God calls us to gather around the family table and he meets with us; such a divine mystery.  The bread, representing the body of Jesus, and the Cup, representing the blood, is a reminder of the message of Jesus's life.  It reminds us that he lived, that he sacrificed, that he died, that he lives again and for always, and that he calls us together at the family table to take part in a meal of Love. 

Here we find comfort that we come just as we are because of who he is.  We examine our lives; there we find the depths of his forgiveness when we come to him with hearts tuned to the vibrations of his grace and mercy discovered in repentance. It's a reminder of who he is, and who we are in him. 

This is Communion, the Lord's Supper, the Holy Eucharist, the thanksgiving meal.

At New Journey, our Communion is open for everyone that considers themselves to be a follower of Jesus.  We invite those joining us virtually to take communion at home with us if they wish using what they have available. Goldfish and fruit punch all you've got in the pantry? No problem.  

God uses what we have available.