Welcome to the Church of the Covenant. Please visit us on Sunday for worship or on another day for one of our activities. You will see a list of church gatherings available during the week on the Adult page and the Calendar page of the website. We look forward to meeting you.
Here's what a visitor wrote about his visit to Church of the Covenant. CLICK HERE - Visitor on Epiphany Sunday wrote about his visit.
Driving directions and map
We are conveniently located at 2666 Military Road, Arlington, VA 22207.
Directions from the George Washington Parkway, South: Exit on the left onto Spout Run Parkway. Take the next right exit, Lorcom Lane. Stay in the right lane down the hill and turn right onto Nellie Custis Dr. Continue on this street which becomes Military Road at the slight right bend. You will see Church of the Covenant on the left: 2666 N Military Rd.
Directions from Route 66, East: Take Exit 72-Spout Run Parkway. Turn right at Lee Highway and turn left at the next light, Spout Run Parkway. Stay in the left lane and turn left at the next light, Lorcom Lane. Stay in the right lane down the hill and turn right onto Nellie Custis Dr. Continue on this street which becomes Military Road at the slight right bend. You will see Church of the Covenant on the left: 2666 N Military Road.
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What to expect
During the school year, Sunday Worship begins at 10:00am with Adult Sunday School in the Library Lounge. Worship Service in the Sanctuary begins at 11:10 am. Child care is available from 10:00 am -12:30 pm.
Worship is followed by a popular "Coffee and Conversation" time with coffee, juice and cookies.
Covenant members and friends wear either casual or more traditional clothes to the Worship Service. There is no reserved seating, please come in and sit anywhere you like.
Holy Communion is celebrated once a month. Communion in the Presbyterian Church is open to anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior. You do not need to be a member of the church.
Pastor Beth wrote this article for an issue of our newsletter, Covenant Call
Are you Giving Up on Finding Christian Community?
Timothy C. Geoffrion has written in One step at a time: A Pilgrim’s Guide to Spirit-Led Living (2008 Alban Institute) that Christians need to re-assert the value of being together. In a culture where individuality, self-reliance, and self-confidence are so prized and where disillusionment with the Bible or established religion have pushed so many out on their own, a special word about our need for one another and Christian community may be helpful. Spiritual pilgrims must walk their own path, but wise pilgrims seldom if ever try to go it completely alone. We need each other for support, for wisdom, for perspective, for accountability, for encouragement, for help, and for prayer. Though each of us has our own unique perspective, we need to know the views of others to help us navigate our way.
People need “belonging-ness” to be fully human. The keys to a vital community-and therefore healthy, mature, fully-developed spiritual individuals-are connection, communication, commitment and caring. However, the keys for healthy community living are simply not acquired on one’s own. They are quite literally group-based. We wouldn’t think of teaching a child to read by locking her up with a pile of books when she is three years old and telling her “OK, now. Teach yourself how to read.” So why do we expect that a Christian spiritual journey can be undertaken alone?
There is no such thing as a solitary Christian. However, there is no such thing as a perfect church. Someone once said that God must surely love the church because, if not, people would have killed it a long time ago. If you are waiting for the perfect Christian community, you’ll be waiting a long time.
Why is it called Church of the Covenant?
What is the meaning of the word COVENANT? It is a solemn agreement in the Bible, the agreement between God and man, referred to over and over again in both the Old and New Testament. This COVENANT is referred to as eternal—forever, unending, God and man concerned with each other.
To illustrate and accentuate this theme, the “ribbon” windows of the Church of the Covenant were designed by the Willet Stained Glass Studios to depict Covenants in the Old and New Testaments.
OLD TESTAMENT WINDOWS
“Incline your ear, and come unto Me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting COVENANT with you.” Isaiah55:3
This verse from Isaiah is the text written across the windows depicting Old Testament stories from Creation to anticipation of the coming of the Messiah.
NEW TESTAMENT WINDOWS
“The God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus that great Shepherd…through the blood of the everlasting COVENANT". Heb. 13:20
This verse from Hebrews is the text written across the windows depicting New Testament stories starts with The Angel Gabriel hovering over the kneeling Virgin Mary, chosen to be the Mother of God. The final window shows the Holy Spirit descending as a dove. We see the seven Tongues of Fire, representing the seven gifts: Blessing, Glory, Wisdom, Thanksgiving, Honor, Power, and Might which are ours here in this Church through
THE EVERLASTING COVENANT!
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The Azalea Church
All the beautiful azaleas in the front and down the side of the church were grown from cuttings and planted by Verne Winfrey, an original member of Covenant, when the building was first landscaped. The cuttings all came from Mr. Winfrey’s azalea garden at his home on Piedmont Street. Those along Fellowship Hall were purchased and planted in the early 1980’s. Lola Rogers, our Master Gardener, began planting the rhododendron and azaleas all along the play yard and the back perimeter in 1997.She has been not only landscape designer, but also hands-on digger/planter (also weeder, pruner, raker and cleaner-upper). It was the County Beautification Committee who referred to Covenant as “The Azalea Church” when they awarded us a County and Park Department Beautification Award.
When coming up the steps from the lower level parking lot, you will see a beautiful small garden on your right. This is the Memorial Garden where we honor loved ones who have passed away. This is a place to remember and heal. There are no plaques. . .only memories.
Covenant is home to three outside organizations- the Overlee Preschool, RPJ Housing (for low income housing) and Rebuilding Together.
Covenant is host to numerous civic organizations from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to the Ikebana International Society, Arlington Retired Teachers and other neighborhood groups.