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Curious about Emmaus United Church of Christ? We are glad you found us!

We are a diverse, caring and inclusive community of people, bonded together by the supportive love of God. We take the life and teachings of Jesus as our primary guide, while welcoming the insights from other religious traditions. We welcome everyone, regardless of previous church experience, physical or cognitive ability, sexual orientation and identity, or any other life circumstance.

We invite you to come and see for yourself. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here at Emmaus!

When is the weekly worship service?

The community worships on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The service usually lasts about 1 hour, and is followed by a time of fellowship with coffee and yummy treats.

Where is Emmaus located?

Emmaus is located at 900 Maple Avenue East in Vienna, Virginia. Get Driving Directions to Emmaus.

Where can I park?

Our parking lot is large but there are several spots reserved for visitors closest to the church building. As you come into the main parking area, the visitor spots will be straight ahead.

Is Emmaus accessible to those who are physically challenged?

There are handicapped parking spaces right next to the church entrance. The sanctuary, restrooms, offices, and all class and meeting rooms are on ground level. There is a variety of seating locations to meet everyone’s needs. Restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

What should I wear?

You are invited to come as you are to worship with us! You will find a range of attire, so please come in what makes you most comfortable. You will find people in dresses, sport coats and ties as well as people in shorts and t-shirts.

What should I expect during the worship service?

Ushers will greet you at the door and give you a printed bulletin. Please sit where ever you will be most comfortable in the sanctuary.

Worship generally includes singing hymns, special music from the choir, time with children, scripture readings, a sermon, offering, and prayers.

We support one another through the sharing of joys and concerns during the service, and anyone may share during this time.

On the first Sunday of the month, we normally celebrate Communion together. All are welcome to participate in this sacramental sharing of "wine" (grape juice) and bread. Following worship, you are invited to stay for fellowship, coffee, and refreshments. This is a great time to meet the pastor and others while learning more about us.

Will I be expected to give a donation during the offering in the worship service?

No. Our members support the ministries of Emmaus through their financial gifts. Visitors are always welcome to support the work of Emmaus, but until you decide to make us your church home, we are happy to minister to you through our worship and programs.

Will I be introduced during worship?

No. We will greet you warmly before and after the service (many people who have made Emmaus their church home will testify to this), but we will not put you on the spot during worship.

Our Greeters will offer answers to your questions and invite you to register in our guest book so that we may follow up with you after worship. You can identify the Greeters by their special name tag.

What Nursery and Childcare is Provided?

We are pleased that many first-time and repeat visitors feel comfortable having their children take part in our nursery, children's church, and Sunday School programs. Children of all ages are always welcome in the sanctuary. Often they offer the loudest praise to God. If you and your child would prefer for your child to be in the nursery, professional childcare for children under 2 years of age is provided. Find out more about our Christian Education program here.

What is the significance of the name Emmaus?

After Jesus was crucified and risen from the grave, two of his followers were walking on the road that led to a town called Emmaus. They were sad and were talking about what had happened to Jesus. Suddenly, Jesus joined the disciples and walked along with them, but they didn’t recognize him until they sat down to eat and they broke bread together (Luke 24: 13-35). We are reminded that the divine presence is with us, even when we don’t recognize it.