We have several ministry departments at The Connection Church in which you can get involved both in the church and in the community. We believe that you play a vital role in the work of the ministry of Christ’s church.
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12 NLT
All believers, not just those with ministerial titles or positions, get to be a part of the work of advancing God’s kingdom in the church and the community.
There are plenty of areas for you to either volunteer or get better connected with your friends at The Connection Church:
- Kids Plugged In (our children’s ministries)
- 1hope (our outreach ministry)
- Music Ministry (praise and worship)
Kids Plugged In
Because Jesus loves children, we do too! On Sunday mornings, our goal is to help children learn and understand Biblical truths and develop a deeper, thriving relationship with Jesus. We designed each of our children’s classes to impact their faith and provide a safe and fun learning environment. For any general questions about Kids Plugged In, please contact Pastor Karrianne Hall.
PowerZone (ages 7-11) focuses on empowering the future by equipping children with the Armor of God needed to impact the world. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…” (Ephesians 6:10-18) Our goal is to partner with parents to develop children who put on the Armor of God, actively participate in the things of God, and have a positive influence on those around them. PowerZone combines traditional teaching curriculums with an interactive, action-packed experience to keep children interested while they learn of God’s truth. In PowerZone, kids have a fun and safe place to find God and experience His mercy and loving-kindness. For more information about PowerZone, please contact Elder Tracye Thompson.
In the two OnTrack classes (ages 3-4 and 5-6), we train up a child in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). Each lesson is a chance for youngsters to connect with God and each other. Our train decorations add to the fun of the kids participating in a figurative journey of being a train that moves from station to station where they are divided into groups for an age-appropriate lesson. To reiterate the central truth for the day, we use puppet shows, object lessons, crafts, games, and songs. Come join us…the next journey starts this Sunday! For more information about OnTrack, please contact Forshonda Williams.
In our Seedlings nursery (ages 0-3), we view our little ones as spiritual seedlings to be nurtured with loving hands. Seedlings need constant care, attention, and the right environment to grow properly. We use snacks, toys, videos, stories and music as needed during class in order to meet the fleeting attention span of this age. We ask that you bring your own diapers, wipes, and burp cloths because we want to use the same products you use to make sure it’s good for your baby’s skin. For more information about Seedlings, please contact Tiffany Marshall.
We currently do something a little different than some churches when it comes to teens. We treat our teens like adults! They are valued members of The Connection Church. We encourage them to serve right alongside of the adults in teaching children, setting up equipment, greeting, ushering, engaging in community outreach, and more. Periodically we have special youth events to build relationships and help them grow in their faith.
A special note from our Lead Pastor, TJ Hall:
After serving as a youth pastor for 14 years, I came to realize that the typical youth group model hinders more than helps the transition from childhood to adulthood. It’s not that good things didn’t happen during the youth group meetings that I was leading; it’s that it wasn’t the best. I started noticing that many teenagers left the church after high school, and they weren’t coming back. They just couldn’t seem to make the transition into the ‘adult church.’ And after careful research, I began to realize that we weren’t the only church with this problem. In fact, I found that in one denomination over 70% of their teenagers quit church after high school!
I also discovered that the Bible never mentions teenagers. Biblically speaking, we are all to grow from childhood to adulthood, not childhood to teenager to adulthood. For example, 1 Corinthians 13:11 says, ‘When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.’
What teenagers really need is to be treated as adults. I believe that the best way for teenagers to grow in their faith is to step into adult roles in the church. This can be accomplished through ministry, outreaches, missions, and service. There is no reason a teen cannot be an usher, greeter, participate in community outreaches, or run the sound board. We need to understand that the youth are part of the church of today, not just the church of tomorrow. Parents and church leaders who encourage their teens to step into ministry now will prepare them for leadership by firmly establishing them in their faith.
Wonderful You (women’s ministry)
We believe that God desires to increase the greatness of every woman (Psalm 71:21; 18:35-36). Wonderful You assists in fulfilling God’s purpose and plan for her life. Whether it’s instruction from Titus 2, 1 Peter 2:9, Psalm 16:5-6, or other Scriptures, it’s always a good season for women to arise, become equipped, and shine as vessels of honor.
Coffee, Tea, You & Me usually meets quarterly on Saturday mornings at 9:15 am, at Pastor Karrianne’s house. We enjoy a delicious breakfast, a great Bible study, and friendly camaraderie.
Retreats and other one-day events are held in the Spring and Autumn of each year.
Strong Men (men’s ministry)
The founder of the Christian Men’s Network, Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, said, “Manhood and Christlikeness are synonymous.” This is the foundational principle for Strong Men, the men’s ministry of The Connection Church. We currently have periodic men’s breakfast meetings and retreats. Whenever we meet, our goal as men is to grow in Christlikeness. For more details, contact Elder Joe Thompson.
1hope, the outreach ministry of The Connection Church, is a Christian humanitarian effort, serving people in our local community and the surrounding Northern Virginia area.
When a church becomes more outward in her focus, fulfilling the Great Commission, she is propelled forward into the purposes and plans God destined to impact generations to come. Our many projects include ongoing ministry at a local battered women’s shelter, assisting with local community events, and feeding the homeless.
We do it because it’s the right thing to do. We do it because there is nothing like the smile of a child that has finally found a home. We do it because if the church doesn’t, who will?
Stay connected by joining the 1hope Facebook page.
Music Ministry (praise and worship)
Our music ministry’s purpose is to reveal the majesty and power of our God and draw people into intimate fellowship with the Lord. We want to help people experience God and develop a life of worship. Worship is so much more than the songs we sing before a sermon. Paul said in Romans 12:1 that we are to offer our lives as living sacrifices to God. This is worship: not just a song sung to the Lord, but a life lived for His glory!
Although the most visible people on our team are vocalists and instrumentalists, there are other ways to be involved even if you don’t sing or play. Our Music and Technical Ministries work hand in hand. We need people to help set up and tear down, run sound, and work with multimedia.
For more information or if you are interested in working with the Music or Technical Teams, please email Pastor Justin.
Our Audio Technicians run the mixing console during the services making the preachers and Worship Bands sound great! We are currently looking for someone with professional audio production experience to train future Audio Techs and help us in our quest for always improving what we do.
Our Stage Teams assist the Worship Teams and Audio Technicians in setting up and tearing down the audio equipment. No experience required—we will train you!
Our Multimedia Technicians run the computer presentation program that we use to display the lyrics to our songs, occasional videos, and scriptures and notes during the sermons. The only experience needed is a basic understanding of computer operation. We will train you in the use of the program that we currently use, Proclaim.
Our Media Production Team is responsible for editing, copying, and distributing the recorded sermons for those who have ordered CDs and DVDs, as well as uploading them to our website.
The Technical Ministry also includes Website Development and IT Administration.
To see how you can help in these backbone ministries, please email Pastor Justin.
Want to show a family that you care? They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach! InTouch provides meals to families in our church who have recently had, or are going through, a life event (i.e. birth of a child, death of a family member, hospitalization of a household family member, or a move). We are always looking for willing volunteers from The Connection Church to provide a meal—whether it is home-cooked or purchased—and delivered to the family in need.
If you would like to offer your time for this ministry or if your family is in need of a meal as mentioned above, please contact Pastor Brenda.
At times we visit the members of our church who have been unable to attend our services. Join us as we share the love of God with one another. See Carolyn Spence, our Visitation Ministry Coordinator.
For more information, please email us.