Leesburg Grace is a small (90ish), family-oriented church. No single demographic dominates our worship services, but there are a growing number of small children who run around with punch stains on their outfits. If you are not greeted at the door with a bulletin, you will find people congregating around the snack table to catch up.
Typically our services start a few minutes late (10:20) and the sermons run long (11:40). In spite of our informal style of dress, music, and teaching, we share a deep affection for Jesus and one another. We have three different worship teams, both which blend contemporary music and hymns. Most people stand during the singing, but several rest weary knees and backs. Clapping is rare, but folks shuffle their feet and often raise their hands. Children remain with their parents during the singing, and then the youngest attend a classes (3-7; 8-12) during the sermon time. Every Sunday two volunteers staff a nursery.
Following the songs, the congregation is called to partipate by sharing testimonies, prayer requests, interviews, or interacting with the mission of the church. A wireless microphone regularly makes its way around the room, committed to hearing from the body "a song, psalm, or spiritual song, or word of encouragement" (1 Cor. 14:3, 26; Eph. 5:19).
Preaching is Bible-centered. Pastor Tim typically speaks from the New American Standard Bible, but makes references to translation differences in the NIV and ESV. He engages the congregation with stories, visual aids, Prezi (when it works), a flurry of literary references, cultural rants, and an occasional outburst of song. The goal of each sermon is transformation. Applications are both personal and corporate, belief-based and practice-oriented.
Body life continues in the dialogue fostered after the service. Many people linger for thirty minutes to connect and make lunch plans. Every few months a service blitz, communion meal, or meeting will follow the worship service. However, our leadership is committed to keeping Sunday a sabbath--meetings are kept to a minimum. Fortunately, throughout the week many opportunties to grow and serve together exist. Four small groups, ministry teams, and friendships sustain our family culture.
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