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FAQ's

Am I welcome to any service?
Yes. You are always welcome to attend any of the services at Emmanuel. Ushers and greeters are available on Sundays to welcome you and make you feel at home. Please join us for coffee hour after the service - a great opportunity to meet others and refresh both the body and the soul.

Can I receive communion?
We welcome you to the communion table regardless of your tradition or denomination. It is our tradition that all baptized members, including the youngest children, are welcome to receive bread and wine. If you have not been baptized but you believe that God is calling you to come forward and receive the bread and wine, then we welcome you and encourage you to explore the journey of faith with us and discover what it means to be baptized. If you would prefer a blessing from the clergy, rather than the bread and wine, please fold your arms across your chest as you kneel at the railing, and know that you are welcome.

Who do I contact if I want to learn more about the Episcopalian faith?
Please feel welcome to contact Rev. Amanda Knouse, our  Rector. She can be contacted by phone (540) 364-2772 or by email.

How do I become a member of Emmanuel Church?
We welcome you as members and honor a variety of ways to become a member - in the spirit that if you consider yourself a member, so do we. All those baptized here are members in the belief that baptism is full initiation in the church. If you have been a member of another Episcopal church, or a church of another denomination and wish to have your membership transferred here, please call the office and we will tell you how to accomplish that. You may wish to participate in preparatory classes leading up to our annual service of Confirmation, a way to be identified with the Episcopal Church, as one of our bishops presides at Confirmation and their presence is a sign of your wish to become an Episcopalian. Contact The Rev. Amanda Knouse if this interests you.

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