What to Expect


Join us for worship each Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

Our name Immanuel (which means “God with us”) is the hope and assurance that we have as we gather for worship. Jesus told his disciples that when two or more were gathered in His name, He would be present with them. We take seriously the promise that Christ is present by his Holy Spirit as we worship. He empowers our praise; He enlivens His word; He transforms our lives.

When do you worship?

We gather for worship every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Saunders Middle School, 13557 Spriggs Rd., Manassas, VA 20112.

What should I expect?

Immanuel is a church with blended worship. You’ll see our clergy, servers, and choir dressed in robes during the worship service. We follow an ancient liturgy (order of worship) and sing both traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Baptized Christians from any denomination are welcome to receive Communion each week.

During the service we hear God’s Word read from the Bible, and listen as our ministers apply it to our lives here in Northern Virginia. Most sermons are about 20 minutes long. Services last about an hour and 15 minutes. To hear some of our latest sermons, click here.

Even though it’s traditional, the service is alive and empowered by the Holy Spirit. You’ll sense God’s presence as we sing and pray. You’ll hear God’s word proclaimed and preached in a way that lets you know it still has meaning for your life today. Kids will come and go from the worship service as they make their way to Children’s Church and come back to join their families at communion. Occasionally a baby cries or laughs, too. It’s all welcomed by us and by God as we gather in His name!

We are strong believers in the power of healing prayer at Immanuel, and Healing Prayer teams are available at every Sunday service to hear prayer requests and minister to you.

How do people dress?

Even though the worship service is traditional, you’ll see people dressed in shorts, jeans, or coat and tie. You’ll feel welcomed and at home no matter how you dress!

Will anyone ask me to stand and introduce myself?

No! Not many people enjoy speaking in front of a crowd, especially in a new place. During the middle of the service we Pass the Peace, which is a time where people greet each other during the service. Those seated around you will probably say “Peace be with you” or “Hello” but you will never be called out as a visitor or new person!

How long is the service?

The worship service is about an hour and fifteen minutes. Afterward, most people stay around for coffee and snacks to get to know other members or catch up with friends.

What do kids do during the service?

We have a professionally staffed nursery for infants through Preschool. Elementary-aged children meet for Children’s Church at 10:00 a.m. in the Immanuel Kids area. After Sunday school, they join the service in time to have Communion with their family. Middle school and high school students remain in the service. They have youth group and other activities on Sunday afternoons and throughout the week.

Kids third grade through high school also have the opportunity to serve during the worship service as acolytes. This important ministry is a great way for young disciples to engage in worship and serve the church.

Why do you meet in a Middle School?

Immanuel currently meets at Saunders Middle School as we make preparations to build a new church building in 2019. We have purchased land on Hoadly Road and are in the final  stages of preparation to build. (You can see plans for our new building by clicking here.) In the meantime, we are happy to have a ministry home at Saunders that allows us room for Discipleship Classes for all ages and a bright, open worship space.