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What to Expect

Frequently asked questions

What times are the church services?

Sunday school classes for children and adults begins at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday morning and continues until about 10:30 a.m.

The worship service begins at 10:45 a.m. and continues until about noon.

Our best recommendation is to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of Sunday School (which starts promptly at 9:30 a.m.)

Where are you located?

Winchester 1st Church of the Nazarene is located at 181 Nazarene Drive in Winchester, Virginia.

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Where should I park?

Our church has more than ample room for parking, and we include special Visitor Parking right up front by our entrance, as well as several handicapped accessible parking spots on the front and side of our building.

What should I wear?

There is ample freedom in our dress style. Some like to dress “up,” while others dress “down.” Although casual might describe our dress attire, it does not represent our attitude toward worship of the one true living God and Savior. We believe that clothing does not bring us closer to God, nor keep us from Him. We want you to feel comfortable as you worship, so we encourage you to dress in whatever way suits you best. We only ask that your attire be modest, so as to respect each other and God.

What should I expect when I enter?

You will be greeted at the door with a friendly smile, handshake and church bulletin from one of our church greeters. Our greeters will be more than happy to assist in directing you to the worship center, or answer any questions that you may have about Winchester 1st Church of the Nazarene. No one will put you on the spot, or ask you to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. Our goal is to make you feel welcome and invited to partake in our service!

What happens during church service?

We have a very contemporary approach to worship. The service begins with our praise team leading us in several songs. Visitors generally find the worship music familiar, with words that minister to their hearts.

There is freedom during our worship services — some clap hands, some stand and sing, and others lift their hands in praise of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! There is live music and lyrics projected on a screen, allowing you to join in without hesitation!

An offering is received during the worship service. Participating in the offering is for our regular attenders. Visitors are not expected to participate in the offering.

One of our pastors will share the sermon for the morning.

We are sensitive to people’s needs and the Holy Spirit of God as He leads the service, with service typically closing by noon.

What about my children?

We love children at the Winchester 1st Church of the Nazarene. We offer Nursery Care during the Sunday morning worship service, as well as offer a full line of Sunday School options and after Praise/Worship we offer Children’s Church Service for children up to 5th Grade! This allows you to enjoy our services knowing that your children will be in a fun, welcome environment, and learning about God through teachings, games and much more. Please see our Children’s Ministry Page for more information!

Is Communion offered?

Winchester 1st Church of the Nazarene offers Communion (also known as The Lord’s Supper or Eucharist) each month during a Sunday morning worship service.

Communion is the commemoration by believers of Christ’s death, and a reminder—through the bread and the juice—of the Savior’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is a time of confession of our sin and should be preceded by careful self-examination according to Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 11:20-29.

Communion is open to anyone who has repented of their sins and have accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Communion is open to visitors, members and regular attendees alike.

What about Baptism?

We believe that Christian baptism by immersion in water is a public identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Although baptism is not required for salvation, it is commanded of all believers and is for believers only (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 41; Acts 18:8). Scripture shows that a person was baptized after personally receiving forgiveness of sin through accepting Jesus Christ. The waters of baptism are a symbol of our death, burial, and resurrection to newness of life that happens when we become new creations in Christ (Colossians 2:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:1-4).

What about missions?

Realizing that the cause of Christ extends beyond any one local fellowship, we commit ourselves to an ongoing ministry of extending the call of Christ to make disciples around the world (Matthew 28:19-20).

What about church membership?

We value an intentional plan to help every interested person enjoy godly relationships in the church. Church membership is a byproduct of people who are growing in Christ and who grasp the importance of serving the Lord by using their gifts to serve others in the local church.

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