300 North Montague Street, Arlington, Virginia 22203 Sunday Worship at 11 am; Sunday Classes at 9:45 am


Welcome! What to expect when you visit.


Since visiting any church for the first time can be a little intimidating, following is some information that we hope will answer your questions and make your visit enjoyable. Please contact us by phone at 571-243-5344 or email at acob[at]arlingtoncob[dot]org if you have questions we haven’t answered.

How do I find the church?
When does worship start?
When is Sunday School?
What happens when I arrive?
What should I wear?
What about the offering?
Will I be able to follow along with the service?
Do you serve Communion (Eucharist)?

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How do I find the church?
Check out this map to help you get here on Sunday morning. We have parking on each side of the church and our main entrance is at the back of the lot.

Peace pole + sign

When does worship start?
September through May, our worship service begins at 11:00 a.m. (Ten to 15 minutes before the service you can listen to “Music as We Gather” which is an offering of different music styles volunteered by members of the congregation on a rotating basis.) In June and July we begin worship at 10:00 am and in August we combine worship with our community partners: Bethel UCC and Arlington Forest UMC, meeting one week at each location at 10 am with a 4th week at Lubber Run Park.

Music as we gather.

When is Sunday School?
Education classes begin at 9:45 a.m. for all ages September through May. Beginning on the second Sunday in June, our worship service is at 10:00 a.m. and no classes are held.

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What happens when I arrive?
Relax and be our guest! Greeters, our volunteers who take turns arriving early and welcome folks, will offer you a worship bulletin once you arrive. The bulletin  lists the order of the worship service and includes upcoming activities. We won’t ask you to stand up or introduce yourself, but you are welcome to do so during announcements if you’d like and are comfortable doing so. We will give you a Welcome Folder that includes information similar to what you will find on this web site. It also has a register card that we’d love for you to fill out to stay connected. You can tell us where you are from and if you’d like us to be in touch. (You can also stay connected online by signing up for our weekly e-bulletin e-mail.) If you arrive on one of our monthly social Sundays, we will invite you to stay for refreshments after the worship service. Every other Sunday (and sometimes even after refreshments!), we’ll invite you to an informal lunch bunch at a local restaurant.

Refreshments

What should I wear?
God accepts us as we are – no matter who we are, what we do, or how we dress. We do not have a dress code. Worshipers at Arlington CoB wear anything from jeans and tee shirts, to slacks and golf shirts, to suits and ties. Please wear whatever you feel is most comfortable for you in this setting.

What about the offering?
At some point during the service offering plates will be passed around.
This is an opportunity for our regular members to actively respond to all God has given them by freely giving to support God’s church through the ministries at Arlington Church of the Brethren. We certainly do not expect or require visitors to put anything in the offering plate, though you are welcome to if you like

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Will I be able to follow along with the service?
Basically, any needed directions to help you follow the worship order are in the bulletin. You will be handed one as you enter the sanctuary by one of our greeters. (There’s also a bulletin for children with crayons.)

For most of our songs, we use the Brethren Hymnal; A Worship Book which you will find in the pew racks. Hymn numbers are printed in the bulletin and are often announced. If we sing a song from another publisher or an “oldie but goodie,” it will be in the bulletin as an insert. (We have a OneLicense for those publications.) Any responsive readings or unison prayers that may be used will also be in the bulletin. You can drop-off your copy of the bulletin in our recycling basket located by the door on your way out.

Reading the Bulletin

Do you serve communion (Eucharist)?
We only serve bread and cup communion a few times per year. (One of those times is part of a traditional Brethren Love Feast on Maundy Thursday before Easter.) If you visit on one of the Sundays when communion is part of the worship service, know that you are welcome to participate in this special ceremony. Brethren are ‘non-sacramental’ which means communion is a service of remembrance and everyone is invited to Christ’s table in order to give thanks and participate in this symbolic meal. Children are invited to participate at their parents discretion and parents are encouraged to answer their questions, even during the service.

Communion and bell choir

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Preaching