What to Expect

What to Expect

If I attend a service in-person, what can I expect?

It’s our goal to create a welcoming, authentic environment where you can connect with God and connect with people. In accordance with the recommendations of the CDC and the state of VA, we encourage (but do not require) masks to be worn at all times when inside our buildings. We also encourage you to wash your hands and use sanitizer. A general rule of thumb, is if you aren’t feeling well, have a fever, have traveled outside of the country recently, or have come in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home and worship with us online.

Regardless of safety protocols, the time we spend together as a community is exciting and energetic, meaningful and deliberate, often humorous, and always relevant. Those attending will attest that church feels a little different than it used to, but that authentic community and worship are still happening!

If I attend a service online, what can I expect?

It’s still our goal to create a welcoming, authentic environment where you can connect with God and connect with people – even through digital means. While we do stream on FB (www.facebook.com/effortchurch), our Church Online Platform (or CHOP for short) offers the most immersive, connected, and high quality church experience (effortchurch.online.church). You’ll be able to engage through chat with other folks attending, as well as with Online Pastors who are equipped to encourage, answer questions, and pray with you through private, 1-on-1 confidential chat. We’ve found that online church “works if you work it.” Think about it this way: if you attend church in-person and don’t engage with community, you may feel isolated. The same goes for online church. That’s why we recommend making good use of the chat window. It’s a great tool to connect with others and seek spiritual growth with our Online Pastors and each other. This can be a lot to take in – if you have any questions about technology or how online church works, email us at pastors@effortchurch.org.

What will my child experience?

While Children’s Church is now meeting (as of Easter 2021), due to the number of volunteers it takes to effectively care for your littlest ones, we’ve had to put a temporary hold on Nursery Care. Children’s Church We’re asking that you attend church with your littlest ones in the main service. The bottom line: we love kids and love babies in worship.

How do I attend service during this season?

Attend live at 9:00 AM (hymn-based piano-led worship) and 11:00 AM (modern worship team-led) in our Family Life Center (FLC).

We have two ways to attend services online (although we recommend the first option for stability and for the best experience):

On our dedicated Church Online Platform on Sundays at 9:00AM (hymn-based piano led worship) and 11:00AM (modern team-led worship).

On our Facebook page on Sundays at 9:00AM (hymn-based piano led worship) and 11:00AM (modern team-led worship).

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