Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone likes to know what to expect.  Here are some questions (and answers!) that you might have before your first visit.

What times are your worship services?

During the school year, we have two Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. During the summer (May 21, 2017 through September 10, 2017), we have one Sunday service at 10 a.m.  

Where are you located and where do I park?

Rock Spring is located at the corner of Rock Spring Road and Little Falls Road in Arlington, Virginia. We are near Marymount University and just south of Old Dominion Drive. The church is a short walk from the 23A and 23C Metrobus routes. We have a small parking lot on the Rock Spring Road side of the building that is reserved for those who need to utilize our handicapped-accessible entrance. Additional parking is available on neighboring streets. Please note that there is no parking along the south side of Rock Spring Road.

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What happens during church?

As you enter the church, an usher will greet you and give you a bulletin to guide you through the service. All of our services feature reading, preaching, prayer, and music. At times you will be invited to stand, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence, or read responsively.

What about children?

Children are always welcome in our worship service. Following the Time with Children, children preschool-5th grade leave for Sunday School. 

Will there be communion?

We celebrate communion the first Sunday of every month and at other occasional services. Our communion table is open to everyone – baptized or not, sure or not. However it is you come, you are welcome at the table. Children are warmly welcomed to receive communion.

Will I be expected to give money?

We receive an offering during our services to support the church’s ministries and our members strive to live a life marked by generosity. If you are a visitor, your gifts are welcome but please do not feel obligated to put anything in the offering plate.

What happens after worship?

Following worship, there is a fellowship hour where you can meet other Rock Springers and enjoy coffee, punch, and refreshments. This gathering is located in the Saegmuller Room on the lower level of the main building. You can take any stairwell from the sanctuary exits to get there, and an elevator to the lower level is also available.

Do you offer child care or have programs for children and youth?

Children of all ages are a vital part of our congregation. They are welcome in our worship services and we provide child care and Sunday School.

Nursery Care: We have paid nursery staff available on site throughout Sunday morning. When you drop your child off at the nursery, you will be given a pager to take with you. In the event that your child needs you during the service, the care provider will page you.

During the school year, we offer Sunday School for children preschool through 12th grade during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. In the summer, we have Sunday School for preschool-5th grades. The Youth of Rock Spring, our fellowship groups for middle and high school students, meet most Sunday evenings during the school year from 5:00-6:30 p.m. 

What should I wear?

Please wear whatever is comfortable. Some Rock Springers still wear suits or dresses, but most dress more casually. You will see everything from “business casual” attire to jeans, sundresses, and Bermuda shorts in the summer.

Is the church accessible?

Rock Spring’s Sanctuary is accessible for the disabled through the ramp door on the Rock Spring Road side of the building. There is also an elevator to provide access between floors. Accessible restrooms are also available. In addition, we provide large-print bulletins and wireless hearing assistance devices for those who may wish to use them.

Please note: Worship services and occasional events at Rock Spring are video recorded and streamed live to document the vibrant life of our church. If you do not wish to be included in these recordings, please let an usher know.

 

Latest News

Everyone will have noticed by now a slow-down in the project. This is due to our main contractor, NKB, walking off the job on August 1 and informing us by letter that they could not complete the work.

On September 10 at 10:00 a.m., we will welcome guest preacher Rev. Sid Lovett for a service focused on peace and specifically the important work of the US Institute for Peace. Following worship, join together for a congregational lunch to catch up with the Rock Spring family after the summer.

by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.