Verse of the Day
נ Nun Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. — Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
CotW Calendar
5:00 pm DOMA synod
DOMA synod
Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm
Diocese of the Mid Atlantic annual meeting called a Synod Takes place at All Saints Woodbridge Friday 11/17 to Saturday 11/18 Details are here
8:15 am H.C.
Nov 19 @ 8:15 am
10:30 am Worship
Nov 19 @ 10:30 am
8:15 am H.C.
Nov 26 @ 8:15 am
10:30 am Worship
Nov 26 @ 10:30 am

About Us

Vision: Encountering and Sharing Jesus Christ

Our mission is to encounter Jesus as the Word of Life through creative worship and authentic community. We seek to share Jesus through relational evangelism, lifestyle discipleship, and hands-on service.
Who are we called to reach?

Church of the Word is a regional church drawing people from Centreville to Strasburg with a congregational center of population somewhere west of our physical location in Gainesville, VA. We feel a responsibility to be a strong presence for Christ in the western part of Prince William County and throughout Fauquier County. But we are happy to welcome and minister to anyone who comes our way. We seek to minister to the whole family, including parents and children, as well as the growing number of individuals living in our area without immediate family nearby. We are determined to help the seeker encounter Jesus Christ for the first time and to help those who already believe to grow in their walk with Him.

We encourage people to:

  1. know the life-changing power of confession, repentance, and forgiveness through Jesus Christ
  2. receive the empowering of the Holy Spirit
  3. discover and use God-given talents
  4. live daily by faith in God

Colossians 1:28 “Christ we proclaim… teaching everyone in all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

How shall we reach them?

We see small groups to be the primary place where family-like relationships can be born and spiritual maturity and ministry can be fostered. In such small groups, we experience open and honest sharing, the study of God’s Word, prayer, and praise. At Church of the Word, we refer to many of our small groups as Home Groups to stress the family-like settings, whether they meet in private homes or in our church building. Home Groups are the place where people experience the personal touch and tender care of others and are often the starting place for lasting friendships. The experience of God’s love in an intimate group transforms lives and families.

Hebrews 10: 24-25 ” Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together… but encouraging one another…”

What is our distinctive style of worship?

Our corporate worship invites the heartfelt presence of the Holy Spirit and welcomes the use of spiritual gifts. Our service emphasizes celebration, prayer, contemporary worship music, Holy Communion, and practical, biblical teaching.

1 Corinthians 12: 4-11 “There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit… to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good….”
We invite you to select any of the following links to learn more about us.

Church of the Word – Past and Present

  1. Church History
  2. Church of the Word Today

  3. Governing By-Laws of Church of the Word

Vestry Supported Position Statement – May 2005Future of the Episcopal Church – Pastor’s Letter – Feb 2006

Press Release: Congregational Vote – Dec 18, 2006

From TEC to Nigeria – Nov 1, 2007

Statement on Applicability of Virginia Code §57-9(A) – Apr 03, 2008

Statement on Property Dispute Final Decision – Dec 19, 2008

Final Order issued by Circuit Court Judge Randy I. Bellows – Jan 08, 2009


Fairfax County Court web site: Orders & Opinions Re: Multi-Circuit Episcopal Church Litigation

Q&A with Bishop Minns on the Inauguration of the Anglican Church in North America

Press Release: VA Supreme Court Sends Case Back to Lower Court – Jun 10, 2010


Supreme Court of Virginia web site: Opinion Re: THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH vs. TRURO CHURCH, et al., Record Number 090683 – Jun 10, 2010 Key Points of the Supreme Court of Virginia Ruling on Jun 10, 2010

Press Release: Out-of-Court Property Settlement – April 19, 2011 More Background on Church of the Word’s Out-of-Court Settlement

American Anglican Council Statement of Faith – Church of the Word has always been affiliated with the AAC (even today) and therefore this statement is part of our history. NEW!


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