Sunday Worship

Sunday Worship
October 31, 2015 Michelle Matthews

The Kingstowne Communion gathers at 10:00 AM every Sunday for Worship at Island Creek Elementary School. We gather for sacred songs, a relevant and compelling message, and weekly communion. Our worship comfortably blends the traditional and modern.

Nursery is available for children 4 and under. Children’s Church is available for children 5 through 5th grade.

Our Location.

Island Creek Elementary School
7855 Morning View Lane
Alexandria, VA 22315

 

What You Can Expect.

Worship

At the Kingstowne Communion you can expect to encounter friendly people who are passionate about worshiping God, growing in faith, caring for each other, and living lives of love.

Our worship style is a comfortable blend of the modern and traditional. Our regular Sunday worship includes (among other things) individual and communal prayer, music and singing led by our band (guitar, piano, drums, etc.), readings from Scripture, a sermon that helps us explore how what we believe about God shapes our daily lives, and opportunities to respond to God’s love.

Holy Communion

Each Sunday (and during some other special services) we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion (also known as the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist). This is a holy meal in which we remember God’s love for us in Jesus and give thanks for (and experience) God’s continued presence in our midst.

We celebrate an open table, which means that everyone is welcome to receive communion, no matter who you are or whether or not you are a member of any church. As long as you seek to follow Jesus and encounter God’s love, you are welcome to participate in this holy experience with us. Our children return from Children’s Church and receive communion first. If you have food allergies, we have (gluten-free) communion wafers made with potato and rice flour – Jesus welcomes all of us to his table, so just ask and we will make sure that you receive communion in a way that is safe and healthy for you!

Baptism

At times throughout the year, we celebrate the sacrament of baptism, in which new Christians are welcomed into the church and we are all called by God to join in God’s work. Baptism is something that God does in our lives, and not something that we earn, and so all people who seek to follow Jesus are welcome (and encouraged) to participate in this holy experience. If you would like more information about baptism, please contact Pastor Michelle at michelle@kingstownecommunion.net.

Children

Each week during worship children are invited to the front for a few moments with one of our worship leaders. After that, as we prepare for the sermon, the children (4 years old through 5th grade) are invited to join one of our many amazing teachers in one of our classrooms for “Children’s Sunday School.” During this time, while Scripture is read and the sermon preached in our main worship area, the children will explore Scripture and dive into God’s story in a way that is tailored to their age, learning styles, and developmental needs.

There is nursery care available for small children during worship – although you are certainly welcome to keep your children in worship with you.

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Finally, you can expect God to be present with you. You may not always feel it, you may not always know it, but we believe that wherever people gather and call upon the name of Jesus, God is with us, ready to meet us. So, when you come to worship you should expect (and look for) signs of God’s presence.

Worship Specifics

Length

Worship is usually somewhere between 1 hr and 1 hr 15 minutes in length. Many Sundays of the year, we stay after worship for community-building and mission opportunties. Visit our Facebook page for upcoming worship events.

Order

Gathering + Song + Passing the Peace + Word + Message + Communion + Song + Mission

Atmosphere & Dress

We worship in an elementary school. Therefore, the atmosphere is very casual. We share in coffee & donut holes at the hospitality tent, most people wear jeans to church (but many also like to dress up a bit more), and we’re surrounded by the sights and sounds of an elementary school cafeteria. You are welcome and encouraged to come as you are, just as you are!

Where is Worship?

We gather each Sunday at Island Creek Elementary School (7855 Morning View Lane, Alexandria, VA 22315). Park in the front parking lot, enter at the door near the signs for our church, the door to the right of the main entrance that takes you directly into the cafeteria.

You Worship in a School?

The Kingstowne Communion is what is often called a “church plant,” meaning that we are a new church that has been established in order to help new people connect with God (and others) and grow in faith. Because we are new, we don’t have a traditional church building. We rent space at Island Creek Elementary School each Sunday. We worship in the “cafegymatorium” and have our nursery and Children’s Sunday School in various classrooms across the hall. We work very hard to make the space feel holy and welcoming (so that it feels like you’re going to church!), and our setup team does an amazing job setting up and putting away all the stuff that is required to “do church” each week. We are incredibly thankful for our partnership with Island Creek Elementary School and for the continuing opportunity to worship here. Whether or not you’ve ever tried “church in a school,” we encourage you to give us a try – we think it feels like church and we are confident that God is here.

I Have Children – What About Them?

We believe that children learn to worship God by actually doing it, and so we encourage children to participate in worship with their families. Children (5 through 5th grade) worship in the main worship space for the opening portion of our worship service, and then, after a brief Children’s Message, head back to a classroom with their teachers in order to encounter Scripture in ways that are tailored to their distinct learning needs during Children’s Sunday School. Our communion servers take communion back to them in their classroom so that they may receive as well in a space conducive to them. And then parents can pick them up from Children’s Sunday School immediately following the service.

When you arrive, make sure to check in your children at our children’s registration station by the front door so that we can best care for them. Checking them in also helps us ensure that they stay safe and are checked out to you when worship is over. In particular, be sure to note if your child has any food allergies or other medical needs so that our teachers can be ready to care for them as well as possible. If you have any questions, our greeters will be there to help you register your children.

And, of course, you are always welcome to keep your children with you in our main worship space, if you prefer. We offer Children’s Sunday School to help children grow in faith, but all people (of all ages) are always welcome to worship God with us.

What If I’m Not Sure What I Believe?

At the Kingstowne Communion, we believe that everyone who is looking to encounter God or follow the way of Jesus is welcome with us. We consider ourselves a “big tent” of faith, meaning that we have lots of people with lots of different faith perspectives, and we think that’s a good thing! We have some beliefs that we think are very important, but not all of us believe all of those things all the time – there’s no membership test or checklist of required beliefs before you can take part in worship. Part of what it means to be part of a church is that we are figuring this stuff out together. Sometimes what we do is believe things for each other – so, when you aren’t sure that you can believe that God is real or a part of your life, there are people here who can believe it for you, help you figure it out, and take care of you while you struggle with your faith and wrestle with your doubts. We have people at all sorts of ages and stages of faith, and you are welcome and encouraged to explore yours with us – whoever you are and whatever you believe.

To learn more about what we at the Kingstowne Communion believe, visit our What We Believe page.

New Here?

Whether it’s your first time at the Kingstowne Communion, your first time back after some time away, or your first time at any church in years, we want to get to know you so that we can welcome you. Feel free to ask questions and make sure to introduce yourself to Pastor Michelle or one of our greeters at the end of worship. This is God’s church, and everyone who wants to follow Jesus, encounter God’s love, and find their place in God’s story is welcome here. Visit our I’m New page for more information about your first visit.