We recognize that The Orchard might not be the type of Christian community that you are searching for - different churches emphasize different things. So, we're listing some neighboring churches that we know about. Hopefully one of these might be a great match for you and your family - you may find high variation in the style and "spiritual expression" between these churches.
An intentional environment that teaches and role models three Christian aspirations: loving your neighbor, living out a new life, and dependence upon God.
The two oldest churches in Northern Virginia are The Falls Church and Christ Church (Alexandria), both Episcopal. The Christ Church has met continuously since its construction between 1767-1773. The Falls Church chapel building is slightly older (completed in 1769), but it was abandoned between 1789 and 1836.
This church is Northern Virginia's largest church with over 13,000 attending each week at 5 different campus locations.
"If every church in Northern Virginia had 1,400 in attendance on a Sunday Morning, there would still be people at home."
Warm-hearted and generous, this is a group of Christians who truly love the Lord and one another. Their central focus is on the Word, worship and fellowship with one another. Their style of worship is traditional, and familiar across generations.
Large, contemporary church offering age-tiered Christian events and programming (children, youth, college, young adults). Weekend services feature passionate music, creative production, and culturally relevant messages.
Offers relationship-building and outreach activities in the context of the classic Episcopal worship. Emphasis on social justice issues.
Medium sized with a contemporary worship service, and producing a variety of community-building family activities through the year. Seeks to grow to become a multi-site church (multiple campuses or satellite locations).
"I quickly found that the American church is a difficult place to fit in if you want to live out New Testament Christianity. The goals of American Christianity are often a nice marriage, children who don't swear, and good church attendance. Taking the words of Christ literally, and seriously, is rarely considered. That's for the 'radicals' who are 'unbalanced' and who go 'overboard.' Most of us want a balanced life we can control, that is safe, and that does not involve suffering."