Frequently Asked Questions
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we currently offer one online-only worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Join us (virtually) here.
Please note that the information below reflects our worship and program offerings during a "normal" year. At present, our campus is closed for in-person gatherings, but we are still offering a variety of virtual events and activities for all ages. Find out more here.
Everyone likes to know what to expect. Here are some questions (and answers!) that you might have before your first visit.
What times are your worship services?
During the program year, we have two Sunday worship services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. During the summer, we have one Sunday service at 10:00 a.m.
Where are you located and where do I park?
Rock Spring is located at the corner of Rock Spring Road and Little Falls Road in Arlington, Virginia. We are near Marymount University and just south of Old Dominion Drive. The church is a short walk from the 23A and 23C Metrobus routes. We have a small parking lot on the Rock Spring Road side of the building that is reserved for those who need to utilize our handicapped-accessible entrance. Additional parking is available on neighboring streets. Please note that there is limited parking along the south side of Rock Spring Road on Sunday mornings only.
What happens during church?
As you enter the church, an usher will greet you and give you a bulletin to guide you through the service. All of our services feature reading, preaching, prayer, and music. At times you will be invited to stand as you are able, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence, or read responsively.
What about children?
Children are always welcome in all our worship services. At our 11:00 a.m. service, following the Time with Children, Preschool through 8th graders leave for Sunday School.
Will there be communion?
We celebrate communion every Sunday at our 9:00 a.m. service. We celebrate communion the first Sunday of every month at the 11:00 a.m. service and at other occasional services. Our communion table is open to everyone – baptized or not, sure or not. However it is you come, you are welcome at the table. Children are warmly welcomed to receive communion.
Will I be expected to give money?
We receive an offering during our services to support the church’s ministries, and our members strive to live a life marked by generosity. If you are a visitor, your gifts are welcome but please do not feel obligated to put anything in the offering plate.
What happens after worship?
Following worship, there is a fellowship hour where you can meet other Rock Springers and enjoy coffee, punch, and refreshments. This gathering is located in the Saegmuller Room on the lower level of the main building. You can take any stairwell from the sanctuary exits to get there, and an elevator to the lower level is also available.
Do you offer child care or have programs for children and youth?
Children of all ages are a vital part of our congregation. They are welcome in our worship services, and we provide nursery care and Sunday School.
Nursery Care: We have paid nursery staff available on site throughout Sunday morning. When you drop your child off at the nursery, you will be given a pager to take with you. In the event that your child needs you during the service, the care provider will page you.
During the school year, we offer Sunday School for children preschool through 8th grade during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. In the summer, we have Sunday School for preschool-5th grades. Youth of Rock Spring (YoRS), our fellowship groups for middle and high school students, meets on Sunday afternoons during the program year (except holiday and school vacation weekends).
What should I wear?
Please wear whatever is comfortable. Some Rock Springers still wear suits or dresses, but most dress more casually. You will see everything from “business casual” attire to jeans, sundresses, and Bermuda shorts in the summer.
Is the church accessible?
Rock Spring’s sanctuary is handicapped accessible through the ramp door on the Rock Spring Road side of the building. There is also an elevator to provide access between floors. Accessible restrooms are also available. In addition, we provide large-print bulletins and wireless hearing assistance devices for those who may wish to use them.
Please note: Worship services and occasional events at Rock Spring are video recorded and streamed live. If you do not wish to be included in these recordings, please let an usher know and you can be seated out of range of the cameras.