We welcome everyone to join us for Sunday worship! Below are some details about what to expect when you visit.
WHERE AND WHEN?
We meet every Sunday at 5pm at the Chapel of Arlington United Methodist Center, 716 S Glebe Rd. Our entrance is on 8th St S. Signs for Incarnation Anglican will help guide you to the right spot.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SERVICE?
The service will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes, and will follow an Anglican liturgy that includes prayer, song, scripture, a short sermon, and communion. "Liturgy" simply means the order and pattern of our worship. Our liturgy includes sitting and standing, singing and silence, scripted and spontaneous prayer. People who are unfamiliar with Anglican worship may take a few weeks to get used to the rhythm of the service; that's okay!
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC?
For a small church, we are rich in musicians from many musical traditions. Together, they lead us in musical worship that is a mix of traditional hymns and chants, contemporary praise songs, and songs from the various languages and cultures that comprise our congregation and our neighborhood. Not everyone will know every language or every song, and that's perfectly alright—in fact, it's wonderful! Those occasional unfamiliar languages, rhythms, or choruses remind us that we are part of a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural community of worshipers around the world.
WHAT ABOUT KIDS?
We love children and value them as full participants in our community. For safety reasons, we use a quick, electronic check-in system to create matching name tags for parents and children at church.
All children are welcome in the sanctuary with their families for as much of the service as they would like; we don't mind noise and wiggles! There is a children's nook with materials for quiet play at the back of the sanctuary, which families are welcome to use during the service. In addition, we have nursery care for children under age 3; a children's program called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for ages 3-9; and volunteer opportunities and youth group for ages 10+. Read more about our children's programs.
All children's volunteers have cleared a thorough background check and have been trained in child-protection best practices.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
You'll see people in all styles of clothing. There is no dress code. Come as you are.
During special seasons such as Advent (the season before Christmas) or Lent (the season before Easter), the pastors may sometimes wear special robes called vestments. At most other times, they will be dressed like you and me.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Walk, bus, or drive. We are just north of Columbia Pike. The 23A, 23B, 23T Metro buses and the ART 41 bus all stop just outside the church. Parking is available in the church parking lot (access on 7th St S and S Glebe) or on the street (no permit required, but please respect neighbors and do not block driveways!).
IS THE BUILDING ACCESSIBLE?
Yes. Entrance to the building is at ground level, and our chapel can accommodate a wheelchair. The women's restroom is accessible and may be used by anyone requiring an accessible restroom.
We welcome and value people of all abilities as made in God's image, and are committed to finding ways to accommodate any needs within the constraints of our older building. Please contact us so we can learn how to best welcome you.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SERVICE?
On the third Sunday of the month, we eat out together along Columbia Pike. We will always announce these events on Sundays, and everyone is welcome, even if it's your first time visiting!
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
We would love for you to join our team of volunteers who help make our Sunday worship happen each week. We provide regular trainings, and it's a great way to get to know people. Read more on our Volunteer page!