Welcome to The Orchard

We’re so glad that you’ve decided find out more about who we are and what we do! The Orchard is people - we don't focus on a building or thick layers of religion. We are just friendly people from all walks of life, from different countries, of differing races, and of all ages. We believe church should be a supportive family that helps one another live the life modeled by Jesus - building healthy relationships, healing broken hearts, overcoming the past, loving others, and developing a deeper relationship with God.

If you desire an authentic Christian experience where people are more important than religion, then The Orchard could be the place for you!
    Sunday Schedule
    9:30 to 10:30 - Coffee,Pastries and Conversation
    9:45 to 10:20 - Informal Prayer
    10:30 to 12:00 - Worship Service
    12:00 to 1:00 - Luncheon & Conversation (all are invited to join us)

What Should I Expect When I Visit?

You should expect to be welcomed. The first thing you should notice is that we are friendly. We are a relational community, and we are are always welcoming of new people. Of course, we won't embarrass you by making you stand up and do anything public, but because we care about people, we will do everything we can to help you feel welcome.

You should expect genuineness. At The Orchard, there is no dress code. We believe God cares more about the condition of your heart than your outward appearance. Feel free to dress up, or come in jeans and a favorite t-shirt, whatever makes you comfortable. Each weekend at The Orchard you’ll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with exciting, contemporary worship music and a biblical, relevant message.

You should expect kids. Because we want to model the whole family of God, children are included with our services initially, and then break out into individual classes (all children's teachers have background checks and must follow safe-child policies). Should parents wish, infants and small children can be cared for in our loving, quality nursery where mothers can have privacy if needed.

What is Music Like at The Orchard?

Our music style is contemporary, and features well known praise, worship and hymn music written over the last 10-15 years from Christian writers such as Matt Redman, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, and Rend Collective.

Listed below is our music that is scheduled for the upcoming week. If available, click on the song name to listen to a sample clip of the song.

 
Sunday Jun 23rd, 2019

What are the Messages Like at The Orchard?

Most messages are delivered by our Lead Pastor, Doug Ellis. His messages are always centered around passages from the Bible. These messages focus on practical guidance on how Christians can better follow the biblical examples of Jesus Christ, and overcome destructive patterns of our materialistic, stressed, and over-busy culture. As such, common themes include loving others, finding the will & power of God, generosity, and peace.

This Sunday's message ...

Life by Drowning
June 2, 2019 - Pastor Charlie Jarrett

I grew up on stories about Jesus. Maybe you did, too. I also grew up on sermons based on stories about Jesus. I heard them so many times -- and always interpreted the same way -- it sometimes was hard to hear, or to even imagine, what other message might be in those stories for me to discover. Once we see something through one lens, it is easy to think that is the only way to see it. Been there, done that (so to speak).

In my opinion, few stories in scripture are more a victim of that mentality than this one: the story of Jesus (and Peter) walking on the water. Google it and you will see dozens of online sermons, commentaries, blogs... and all with pretty much the exact same take on what this story is all about. My contention is not that the lesson most preachers have taken from this story is an incorrect one -- only that there is an even more central (I think, more meaningful) one we have been blinded to by fixating on the former. To use a metaphor from the story itself: we have focused too much on what's happening at the surface, while the true meaning is discovered (as it was by Peter) when we sink deeper.

Jesus said: "...every teacher who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old." (Mt 13:52). That is what we will try to do this Sunday. We will view this familiar passage from a different perspective, approach it with fresh eyes, and (I hope) find a new message emerging for us as we hear the words Jesus speaks to Peter while pulling him from the depths.

What Time Should I Come?

Our main praise and worship service begins at 10:30 every Sunday morning, and this is when most guests join us.

If you value a more intimate time focused on prayer and reflection, you might consider also joining us for our informal prayer time begins usually between 9:30 and 9:50.

Where Is The Orchard Located?

The Orchard is just a short trip from most communities in Northern Virginia - a few minutes from places like Vienna, Falls Church, Tysons Corner, Arlington, Fairfax, McLean, and Annandale. We are conveniently located a short drive off the I-495 Beltway (Highway 50 exit) and a short walk from the Dunn Loring - Merrifield Metro Station on the Orange line. We meet on the lower level of 2500 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring Virginia - this is a brick church building with "Community Church of God" sign on the exterior. You enter our church on the back side of this building on the lower level, under the fabric awning (look for signs).

More specific directions from your location may be found below the map. Click here if you are having trouble seeing the map.