Sunday, November 23, 2008

The King's Chapel's New Home


For over a year now, The King's Chapel has been building its new home. Today, we were able to hold our first service on site. It was so exciting!

We have been having services at local schools, ever since I started attending TKC. Service starts at 10 a.m. Usually, the sanctuary (school cafeteria) is empty at 10 a.m. and people start filing in as the worship band plays through a series of 5 or six songs. Today, it was a little different. I actually got there at 9:45 a.m. There were quite a few people already taking their seats. In fact, we had a full house. I think every seat was filled. There is room to add more seats, except, what you see is what we have for now. We may be standing room only in the near future.


Below is our pastor and his wife after the service. How wonderful they must feel that everything came together after all those years.

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This is our associate pastor and his wife. (you may remember them from last year's Marine Corps Ball pictures, my associate pastor was part of Major A's class at Quantico - - the Marine Corps is a small world).

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Here is part of our praise band.


The other half of the praise band.


Then our worship singers.


Yes, we have drums.


The next few shots are of the congregation singing. I did get a couple shots of hands raised, however, I was shooting without my flash on and at a slower shutter speed, so those were all blurry.

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After we have praise and worship, the children are released to Sunday School and everyone greets each other. The one thing I really liked about TKC when I started coming was how friendly everyone was. It is often difficult for the worship leader to get us to go back to our seats so that our first lesson can be given.


The next set of shots are of various groups in the congregation chatting with each other before the lesson. The Kings Chapel is kind of like a small town in the big city. People really care about each other here. I grew up in a small town and went to a small town church. I never experienced people caring about each other until I came here.

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Our first lesson is given by Dr. M. He is the father of out Pastor's wife. I really like his lessons. He took us verse by verse through Galatians this summer and I'd like to dig more into that book at some point this year.


After Dr. M does his lesson, our Pastor reads the gospel and does the sermon. I really liked the next two photos. By the way, I do know what the sermon was on -- Nehemiah and building the wall.



Here is our sound guy.


And our power point guy.


This is the father of our associate pastor's wife (TKC really is a family thing, wouldn't expect so many family members to be attending the same church in the DC suburbs, would you?) He was the project manager for the construction of the church. He had a tough job.


After church, we always have a snack table, there is a window to what in the future will be a kitchen. All the goodies were lined up. People could grab a cookie and coffee and head out of the sanctuary into the hall way.


Here are the snack line servers.


And of course, after service, there is more talking. People will stand around and chat with each other for an hour or so. Not sure what we'll do when we have to go to two services.

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Just wanted to share with you a great day for The King's Chapel.

Yes, I also attend another church here in the DC area called McLean Bible Church. I know, kind of confusing. Both are great churches. McLean is much larger and has a singles program. I really like both, I get good solid Bible teaching and each provides me something else the other doesn't. So for now, I will continue attending both. It does make for a busy Sunday (only today, I was just at TKC). If you are looking for a church home in the Northern Virginia area, I have two good recommendations for you.

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