Welcome!

We're so happy that you're considering being our guest! We know it's hard to visit a new church. All we can say is come as you are. There is a place here for you. 

Location

Link to Map with Directions

You can access our parking lot from either Lynn Shores Drive or Virginia Beach Blvd.  We have several visitor spots available near the west entrance.  Additional parking is available in the shopping centers on both sides of the church.  The easiest entrances for visitors are the west entrance (Office Entrance) or the south red doors (facing Virginia Beach Blvd--also handicap accessible).

What to Expect on a Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning Worship at 8AM and 10:30AM, with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 9:15AM

  • Emmanuel is grounded in traditional Lutheran worship (outside resource) and it is our usual format. Occasionally we have a contemporary service where both morning services are led by vocalists, guitar, and bass. Our contemporary services are not on any fixed schedule.
  • The 8:00 service is generally our older and more traditional crowd with no children's message. Our 10:30 service generally includes a greater mix of ages, including many young families with children. A children's message is given before the Scripture readings at the 10:30 service.
  • Dress is business casual to casual, although some still dress up.
  • If you don't encounter a greeter at the entrance just head towards the large worship space where you will be greeted and given a bulletin. The greeters or ushers (or anyone you talk with) can show you where restrooms, childcare, and other facilities are located.
  • Childcare from our trained staff is available in our Nursery for children up to the age of 6 years old.
  • For the ease of our visitors and guests everything is printed out in our bulletin.
  • Holy Communion is offered every Sunday and anyone who would like to receive the very real presence of Jesus Christ. Gluten-free wafers are available on request from the pastor during Communion.

Vision

A world where everyone knows Jesus Christ's presence and unconditional love.
 
Jesus' Greatest Commandment was to love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Here at Emmanuel we break it down to: 1) Love God, 2) Love People, and 3) Love Yourself. This last one can be hard because often we carry much guilt and shame...but, because of Jesus' death and resurrection we can learn to love ourselves once again or for the first time. Love...that's what we're about!
 

What's a Lutheran?

We are Lutherans, but first we are Christian. The Lutheran church was founded in the 1500's by the followers of the protestant reformer Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a monk, priest, and teacher who, after learning the original languages of the Bible, was amazed by God's unconditional love for all people through the life, death, and resurrection of God's own son Jesus Christ.  Through Jesus 
anyone is welcomed into God's kingdom, regardless of how imperfect you feel or have lived.  In Jesus God...loves...you...period!  Today Lutherans seek to spread that good news through the way we live our lives and how we serve others, especially those in need.  Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School is a church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(ELCA).  You are always welcome!!!
 

What we Believe

We believe and regularly profess the words of the Apostles' Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  On the third day he rose again.  He ascended to heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church (as in all
Christians), the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.
 

Luther's Small Catechism

In addition to the Creeds of the Church, Martin Luther wrote a teaching tool for parents of the household.  Today this little booklet continues to educate people on the basics of the Christian faith.  You may see it 
(click on the three lines in the upper right-hand corner of the page to see all sections of the Catechism).