Whoever you are, or wherever you are in your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.
Our celebration of the Lord's Day is an offering of praise and thanksgiving, and we hope that you find it to be a rich and inspiring experience.
We conduct two worship services on Sundays, each with its own identity. We hope you'll introduce yourself at coffee hour, which follows each service in the Fellowship Hall.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Music and Children's Chapel
While children are welcome at ALL services, this service draws the largest number of children because it features a blend of traditional hymns with more child-friendly music and features a separate Children's Chapel during the adult sermon so that children and adults can worship each at their own age-appropriate level.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with music and adult choir
This service follows the traditional liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer, accompanied by organ and adult choir.
Professionally staffed child care is available starting at 8:45 each Sunday morning.
Christian Education for all ages
Programs are available for adults and children each Sunday from 10:15-10:50 a.m. More information is on the Christian Formation page.
In addition to the church parking lot on the East Broad Street (Route 7) entrance, street parking is available on East Fairfax Street. Free parking is also available in the South Gate strip mall on East Fairfax Street. There is additional, free parking in the George Mason Square parking garage across Route 29.
More about the services:
Our form of worship is both ancient and contemporary -- finding the voice in both The Book of Common Prayer and through music and song. In the first half of the service (the Liturgy of the Word), we read lessons from the Old or New Testaments, as well as a lesson from one of the Gospels. We further reflect on those readings through an inspiring sermon.
The second half of our worship is called the Liturgy of the Table, sometimes also called Holy Communion, Holy Eucharist, the Mass, or the Lord's Supper. Here we remember, recount, and give thanks to God for what God did for us in the person of Jesus Christ, reconciling all of creation to God.
We celebrate Holy Communion each Sunday, and invite you to join us at the table. All baptized Christians, of all ages, no matter what tradition or denomination they are from, are invited and encouraged to receive Holy Communion. As you approach the altar simply extend your hands to receive the bread. You may receive either standing or kneeling. You may then either dip the bread in the wine or consume the bread and then drink from the cup. If you would like to receive a blessing, please come forward and cross your hands over your chest and the priest will ask God to bless you.
If you would like information about being baptized, or information about becoming a member of our parish, please talk with any of our parishioners, or with John or Cathy, our clergy. Information is also available under the Ministries tab at the top of this page in the section called "Pastoral Care."
Again, we hope to welcome you.
More about Rite I and Rite II:
The most obvious difference between Rite I and Rite II is the language that is used in the prayers. Rite I liturgies reflect a more traditional style of Anglican worship that is reminiscent of the 1928 and even earlier Books of Common Prayer. Rite II liturgies reflect a more contemporary style of Anglican worship where more familiar, everyday English is used.