"We may not be big, but we're small...." "Dave" from CBC's Vinyl Cafe (Stuart McLean)
Television and on line media are great sources of visual information about Church. And certain kinds of churches translate very well in those visual media. You might recognize the images: vast auditoriums with spectacular lighting and 8 piece worship bands... ancient, towering cathedrals with vaulted ceilings, glorious stonework, fine art in marble and stained glass...
Virginia United is not one of those churches. To say we are small is just a slight understatement. We are a study in small, the essence of minute. If you want to experience the rush of getting lost in a throng of thousands, this might not be the church for you.
There's something great about being small.
We come from a great heritage of smallness: the farm boy David who toppled the giant Goliath; the tiny mustard seed that grew into a condo for songbirds; the tiny infant of refugee parents who changed the way we look at the world, at each other, at God.
The best way to describe the experience is this: imagine coming to a family dinner. It's joyful yet somehow reverent too. There's music and stories and the feeling we're all sharing in something so true it's hard to describe with words. It's a place where we get connected to each other, and where we catch a vision of what God is doing in the world. It is home. It is Spirit. It is the next step on the trail that Jesus blazed for us.
But after all, these are only words. Your experience of Virginia United Church might be quite different from mine. The way to find out of course is to join us. You can come out to one of the many musical events we host on a semi-regular basis. You can come and listen to what our choir is up to Wednesdays at 5:00 -- maybe even join for a song or two. And you can join us for an hour of gathering and prayer, singing and sharing in the Spirit's presence, any Sunday morning at 9:15.