Attending a church for the first time can be intimidating: “Will they accept me? I know very little about the Bible. I think God exists, but I have my doubts.” We get all that! So, here are a few thoughts that might help break the ice.
At Church of the Covenant, we know everyone is on a journey. Even in North Arlington, where everyone seems to have it all together, no one is a finished person. So, Covenant aims to create a come-as-you-are culture—a place where people are authentic and accepting, a deliberate oasis from the competitive culture we are in. We welcome each individual wherever they may find themselves on their journey.
Not only do we aim for acceptance, but we also desire Covenant to be a place of growth for each person. Being real about ourselves, our lives, and even our "issues" (let's face it, we've all got them!) helps get us started. Wherever "here' is for you in your journey, we hope to walk alongside you to get "there' and beyond!
So here's what it boils down to: God is for YOU! In our world of job reviews, Monday morning quarterbacking, TV vote-to-win competitions, and the hyper-competitive culture of Metro DC, it's hard to believe that someone loves you simply because you're YOU.
But we find that until we grasp that God is for us (God is good, loves us, wants only the best for us…), we will keep trying to measure up and never feel like we do.
We get that in a world filled with evil, suffering, pain and abandonment it is hard to embrace a good God who is in control of life. Doubt is ok and even welcome as an inevitable part of the journey with God. So, at the same time that we affirm what we do know, we are honest about what we don’t.
So should you decide to give us a shot - a warm welcome awaits YOU! You most likely won't find a "perfect" church - and definitely no perfect people - but you can find room to grow, and meet your neighbors.
You are invited to join the Church of the Covenant on Sunday, March 10th at 3:00pm as we present a Lenten Lecture with music on the "Spirituals of Lent" by Dr. Eileen Guenther, Professor Emerita of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary. This is a very special opportunity to hear and learn more about these powerful spirituals which focus on freedom and resurrection. We hope to see you in our Fellowship Hall on the 10th!