First Time Here?
Guests are always welcome at Westwood!
Here are some frequently asked questions you may be wondering about:
Where are you located?
Westwood is located at 8200 Old Keene Mill Rd. in Springfield, VA. Click here for directions.
When do you meet?
Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. We have classes available for every age group. Our worship service is Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Click here for more detailed information about our weekly schedule of activities. You can also check out our church calendar for more information.
Where should I park?
You will find ample parking around the building. Proceed down the driveway between the church and the adjacent office building and turn left into the parking lot behind the church and park. We have five spaces marked for 'Visitor Parking' and we have several 'Super Senior' spaces for senior adults. We also have many handicapped spaces. Additional parking is located in the parking lot behind the Cary Professional Center (adjacent to the church).
How will I know where to go?
The main entrance to the church is located nearest to the module with the steeple (the Sanctuary). You can enter from either side of the building. If you park in the church parking lot, go all the way around the church and about halfway up the drive on the other side of the church. You will see a set of wood and glass doors where the circle drive is located. This will put you near the Preschool area and near the doors (#3) to the Narthex, where our Welcome Center is located. If you park behind the Cary Professional Center, go to the drive between the church and the office building or go to the sidewalk between the church and the playground and take a left towards the module with the steeple. Follow these routes to the two sets of glass doors (#8). These doors enter into the Narthex, where the Welcome Center and the entrance to the Sanctuary is located. When you enter the building a greeter will be on hand to welcome you and and give you directions to restrooms, coffee and refreshments, child care, Sunday School classes, the sanctuary or wherever you are going.
Where should I sit in the worship service?
Feel free to sit anywhere. If you need assistance, ushers and greeters will be on hand to help you find a good seat and give you a bulletin with the order of worship for the day. Hearing Assistance Devices are available for use during our worship services. They are at the sound board in the back of the sanctuary - an usher or greeter can direct you there.
Are children welcome in the worship service? Is there a place for kids?
Yes! Children are always welcome. Our nursery is available during Sunday School and our worship service, and is staffed by paid workers and loving volunteers. Pagers are available for your peace of mind. If you feel self-conscious about little ones making noise, you may sit in the narthex just outside the sanctuary where you can hear the service through speakers.
Most worship services include a brief children’s sermon after which the preschool children leave to attend Extended Session. 1st-3rd Graders leave later in the service (usually during the offertory response time) for Children's Church (except on 1st and 5th Sundays, and some special holidays and musical performances).
What should I wear?
There is no dress code. Wear what you find comfortable and appropriate. On any given Sunday you will see as many people in casual dress as you will in suits, sports jackets or 'church outfits'.
What is your worship service like?
Most services last about an hour and tend to be fairly traditional. We sing several hymns and/or praise songs. The choir or other musical groups/individuals often perform. We participate in some responsive readings printed in the bulletin. Those who are able are invited to stand for the call to worship, the invocation, hymns, musical responses and for the benediction. Guests are never asked to introduce themselves or address the congregation. Click here to listen to a sermon and see a bulletin.
What are your communion practices?
We celebrate communion, the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, once a month, usually on the first Sunday of the month. No one is required to participate. All followers of Jesus Christ (Baptist or not) may participate. Our usual method for receiving communion is as follows: The congregation remains seated. Trays containing small pieces of bread are first passed down the pews by the deacon servers. Our custom is that those participating hold the bread until all have been served and then, as instructed by the pastor, we all partake of the bread at once. Next, trays containing small cups of grape juice are served in the same manner as the bread. Again, we hold the cup until instructed to drink by the pastor. Cup holders are located in the Bible/hymn book holders on the back of the pews. Occasionaly, we will serve communion by intinction, where worshippers come forward, take the bread and dip it into the grape juice, then eat it immediately. The pastor will always provide instruction during communion.
What about the offering?
Our worship service includes a freewill offering that is given to support the unified church budget and other special mission causes of the church. While guests may contribute something during the offering, there is no expectation that they do so. Members are not pressured to give any certain amount, but are encouraged to prayerfully consider biblical principles of giving. Online giving is also available.
Will I be contacted after visiting?
Guests and members alike are encouraged (but never required) to fill out the Rolls of Welcome included at the end of each pew. After the service a deacon may follow up with you to thank you for coming and to see if you have any questions. We send our guests a letter from the Pastor later in the week, as well as a follow-up contact from one of our ministers, to see if we can pray for you, answer your questions or be helpful to you in any other way. We try not to intrude or make guests feel uncomfortable in any way. Our goal is to offer you sincere Christian fellowship, introduce you to our church and other members, include you in our prayers and in our mission of serving and sharing Christ in our community and the world.
How would you describe Westwood?
Perhaps the best description of Westwood is that we are a friendly church. We are a medium-sized congregation who are mobile and represent all age brackets. Westwood's members come from across the country and around the world with an equally wide variety of religious backgrounds. Many military families make their home at Westwood and find a special sense of family here. A large number of our members didn't grow up in a Baptist church and are surprised to find themselves participating in and loving a Baptist church. We feel that this speaks to Westwood's acceptance, inclusiveness and open-mindedness towards people of differing faith expressions. No matter what your experience has or hasn't been with organized religion in the past, we urge you to consider Westwood as your local community church and new church home. We make friends easily, and we identify with and enjoy welcoming guests!
How can I have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ?
The apostle John wrote, "Whoever has the Son, has the life." (I John 5:12) John refers to Jesus Christ as the Son of God who brings life to all who receive Him. To be a follower of Jesus Christ is to welcome Him into your heart and life, acknowledging that you are a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness, committing yourself then to follow Christ every day. If you are interested in talking with one of our ministers about your relationship with Jesus Christ, please contact Pastor Jim or Pastor Stephen and they will be glad to talk and pray with you further.
How can I get more information about Westwood?
You may ask one of our greeters or one of our staff members any questions you may have. You may also contact the church office by phone at 703-451-5120 or by email with your questions.
We invite you to come worship with us so we can get acquainted and welcome you to Westwood!