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For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” — Luke 19:10 (NIV)

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6:00 pm Mid Week fellowship
Mid Week fellowship
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – May 27 @ 6:00 pm
Join us for Wednesday at the Word our mid week fellowship time for all the family. At 6pm a simple meal is served must register [...]

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Born out of a personal quest to understand the importance of prayer and how to overcome boredom in her prayer closet, Sandy shares her struggles and victories as she has worked towards developing a consistent prayer life. The focus of this book is to help readers revitalize their prayer life with some fresh ideas and approaches to prayer. Great individual or 7-week small group study.

Sandy Chambers

Sandra Kay Chambers has a calling to help believers grow in their Christian walk—especially in the area of prayer. She has served as Prayer Coordinator at two churches, has led numerous small group Bible studies and speaks on the topic of prayer at churches and conferences. Sandra has recently published a book, LORD, IT’S BORING IN MY PRAYER CLOSET (How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life) which is available on and Kindle. 

Sandra also is a freelance travel writer for Allegiant Airlines, West Jet Air and as well as other print and online publications including her own travel blog, Southern-Traveller.comBefore moving to NC in 2005, she frequently wrote for Charisma & Christian Life Magazine, covering news stories and features in our nation’s capital.

In addition to freelance writing,  Sandra taught high school English, journalism and worked with elementary students with learning disabilities. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a BA in English.

Get this new prayer resource from Sandy Chambers here



Coming April 26th 10am




Trophies of Grace is our singing group made up of staff and students whose lives have been restored at The Mercy House, New Life For Youth’s women’s home. They carry the message of hope, God’s amazing mercy and a testimony of God’s transforming grace. ​

Trophies has traveled all over Virginia and Maryland to sing and share their testimonies with other churches.

They will be at Church of the Word on Sunday Morning April 26th.

Teaching Weekend May 14-17

May 14-17

We are excited to host a conference with Canon Mark Pearson of the Institute for Christian Renewal on Ascension weekend in May.

Books are available from Church of the Word

It is based largely on Marks book ‘Fifty days of Glory’ which is available from the church now for $15 each.Fifty DOG

Thursday May 14 is the day we mark the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven after resurrection appearances for 40 days. Then follows 10 days of prayer while waiting for the coming of the promised Holy Spirit.

Thu 14  Interactive Ascension themed worship sermon by Canon Mark. 6:00 pm Light refreshments, book table, meet and greet, music rehearsal. 7:00 pm Interactive Ascension service begins Sermon by Canon Mark Pearson.

Fri 15 Healing service 7:00 pm meet and greet, book table, prayer teams prepare, music rehearsal. 7:30pm  healing service begins close around 9pm.

Saturday 16th Day seminar/retreat on ‘Fifty Days of Glory’ (Registration required)

8:30am light breakfast. 9am to 12:15pm first two talks with a break in between.

12:15pm Lunch followed by third talk, Close around 2pm

Cost will be $30 for an individual $50 for a married couple and $25 for a group of 6 or more. Pastors in full time ministry half price.


Sunday May 17th 8/10 am Worship Guest Preacher Canon Mark Pearson

More details will follow including how to register.


Join a small group

Join a home Group

Small groups are a way to build community by making disciples. The only organization Jesus left behind after his ascension was a small group of 11 disciples. He gave them the great commandment, ‘Love God (Worship) and love your neighbor (Service)’ and the Great commission, ‘Go preach (evangelize), baptize (Community) and make disciples (Disciples).’ The five imperatives we draw from these core values of Christ’s mission are the very ones we aspire to at our Church. Our Mission statement is to ‘Encounter Jesus Christ through Creative Worship and Loving community and to Share Jesus through Relational evangelism, lifestyle discipleship and Hands on Service’. A good small group will incorporate these five elements and will enrich and complement the efforts of the larger congregation to make Christ like disciples.

You have five opportunities for small group fellowship at the moment and we may add some more later.  Wednesday at the Word has an adult forum at 6:45pm. We now have three home groups meeting on Thursday evenings. You are welcome to join any of these groups. Contact the host or leader for details. The Manassas group meet at the McMichael’s home from 7pm, they are currently studying the book of Exodus. The Gainesville group will meet at Freddie and Barbara Rappina’s home with Leon Williams as leader at 7:30pm starting 2/26. The Fauquier group meet at Chris and Lauren Coleman’s home and will be led by Beno Ramirez starting 2/26. Pastor Robin and Donna will host a young adult group in their home on Sunday evenings starting at 6pm on Sunday March 1st.

Beginning Life together







Quotes on the necessity of small groups for healthy disciples and Churches/

1. A church must grow larger and smaller at the same time. Larger through worship and smaller through small groups. –Rick Warren

2. The small-group program is not an appendage; it is not a program we tacked onto an existing structure. The small group is part of our lifestyle. –Andy Stanley

3. This is, in essence, what a cell is: a group of people who have laid down their personal agendas to work together as a team. –Larry Stockstill

4. When the New Testament was written, the typical church was so small that it was, in essence, a small group. –Larry Osbourne

5. The majority of churches…which have broken growth barrier after growth barrier are churches which have stressed home cell groups. –C. Peter Wagner

6. This common vision- reaching the lost and equipping believers for that task- provides the healthy continuity between all the cell groups. – Ralph Neighbour Jr.

7. John Wesley wasn’t persuaded that someone had made a decision for Christ until that person became involved in a small group. -Joel Comiskey

Tanzania Mission Trip in August 2015


Tanzania Mission, August 2015

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father

and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

Roof Model 2For the last 10 years Church of the Word has had a significant ongoing relationship with Revs. Given and Lilian Gaula of Tanzania. We first became acquainted with Given as a seminary student attending the Virginia Theological Seminary and later with Lilian when she came to the States to attend Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania. As a church we offered financial and prayer support when Given returned to Tanzania to serve as an instructor at the Msalato Theological School in Dodoma, and maintained a close working relationship when the family moved to New Zealand where Given earned a Ph.D. in Missiology. In 2013, he was unexpectedly called to be the new Bishop of Kondoa, a rural, poor diocese in northern Tanzania that is predominantly Muslim.


The Bishop visited our church in December 2014 where he shared his heart and vision for the evangelization of this region where many have never even heard the name of Jesus. As a result of his desire for us to see firsthand the fruits of our prayer and financial support, Robin, Donna, Karen and Dylan Ramirez will be leaving on August 5th for a two-week visit. Francine Thomas, formerly of Church of the Word, and her brother will also be accompanying us on this trip. While Francine has participated in a number of mission trips to work with the Gaula’s over the years, this will be our first time visiting our dear friends in their own homeland. Our desire is to represent Church of the Word by establishing a personal relationship with our African brothers and sisters in their cultural context. We will be able to visit a number of rural village churches and interact with the Bible school students as time permits.  A highlight of our trip will be the chance to minister at the diocesan synod, an annual gathering of church leaders.

We are especially excited about visiting the Women’s Empowerment Center located on the diocesan compound. Lilian Gaula established this facility and its programs several years ago when she first learned of the great need to teach literacy, Bible and ministry instruction as well as life skills such as health, nutrition and sewing. As if all of this is not exciting enough, we are planning to take part in a week-long evangelistic outreach effort in Mpendo, a remote area with a newly formed congregation. While the people there have been able to make sufficient bricks to build walls for a much-need church building, they are asking for our help to purchase roofing materials. Toward that end, Church of the Word has agreed to raise $3,000 to facilitate this project.

What does all this have to do with you? It is simple! We firmly believe that a “missions team” is made up not only of those who go to minister on foreign soil, but also those who offer the sacrifice of prayer and financial support here at home. Consequently, we are asking you to prayerfully consider donating money to defray the general expenses of our trip and to purchase materials for the church roof. All check donations should be made out to ‘Church of the Word’ and designated ‘Tanzania Mission.” Our plans are to post updates while we are away on the church website and Facebook pages.

Read more about Kondoa diocese at their Facebook page.

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