I know some churches have pretty elaborate services, how about yours?
As you can probably tell, we are just getting started. Currently we are a very small group of people meeting in the theater of Ormond Stone Middle School in Centreville, Virginia. We meet at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays and the service runs about an hour and ten minutes. 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 have big plans to grow, and maybe you can help us make that happen!
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 30-35 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. There is about a minute or two in our service where we encourage folks to shake hands with someone next to them and say hello while some music plays.
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.
What about Kids?
Since we are just getting started, we currently do not have a children's/Nursery program. Kids are welcomed at our service and we provide coloring books, crayons, and small books for children to read. We recently started a Sunday School class for young children that takes place during the message. 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!