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messiah is...

...a United Methodist Congregation and part of the Virginia Conference. We want all people to experience God’s grace and love and to grow in relationship with Christ and one another!

Our mission is to share the contagious joy of following Jesus Christ.

Our vision is to be a community of contagious joy.

Our motto is Serving God by Serving Others.

The rhythm of our life is marked, inspired, and renewed by worship. We offer three worship services on Sunday mornings at 8:15, 9:30, and 11 am. We offer a Tuesday evening Prayer Service in the chapel at 7:30 pm. Our worship services are traditional format with a contemporary feel. Our Music Ministry enlivens our passionate worship of God.

Whether you are a first time visitor or a long time member, we believe there are ways that everyone can serve and be served at Messiah. We believe God calls each of us to use our gifts. The theologian Frederick Buechner said, "there are many voices calling you to many places in the world, the place where God calls you is where your deep passion and the world’s deep hunger meet.” We pray that in the bustle of all the business of the world, we all will hear God’s call and connect to our purpose. We care and serve one another in many ways, especially in our Outreach and Missions and our Congregational Care Ministries.

We love children at Messiah! We have a vital Children’s Ministry offering Sunday School for ages 2 and up during both our 9:30 and 11 am hours of worship. We offer an excellent preschool for ages 17 months to 4 years at our Child Enrichment Program (CEP). We offer wonderful events such as Noah’s Ark Camp and Vacation Bible School every summer. We have Children’s choirs and a Children’s Musical each year. We offer professional childcare at any Messiah worship services, events, or meetings.

At Messiah, our youth are not only the future, but the present! Our Student Ministry meets each Sunday evening from 5 - 7 pm for United Methodist Youth Fellowship UMYF and offers three active small groups during the week. Each Sunday, over 40 youth gather to worship, do mission, and have fun!

We believe community is essential to life! John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, noted “the Bible knows nothing of solitary religion” and “there is no holiness but social holiness.” We gather as we nurture and care for one another, to fellowship in small groups and during our Wednesday night dinners, and plan for mission and discipleship, and most importantly to worship and praise God! Whether you are single, married, single again, with or without children, we want you to know that God loves you and so do we. We hope you will come and be part of this community of contagious joy!

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