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Old 03-02-2011, 07:41 PM
 
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Or any good size church that welcomes outsiders?
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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Why does the size of the Church matter?

However if that's important, this one I drive by is pretty good size:

http://www.alfredstreet.org/

This one's pretty big too:

http://www.diocesealex.org/churches/...eart-mary-ball
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:23 PM
 
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Why does the size of the Church matter?
It matters somewhat because a small church where everyone knows everyone and many are relatives or somewhat distant relatives or close friends might be a somewhat intimidating environment for someone from out of town, out of loop, etc.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:39 PM
 
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I attend a mega-church on the border of Alexandria/Annandale/Springfield, right off the Edsall Road exit from 395.

Immanuel Bible Church

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Old 03-02-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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It matters somewhat because a small church where everyone knows everyone and many are relatives or somewhat distant relatives or close friends might be a somewhat intimidating environment for someone from out of town, out of loop, etc.
You should try Catholicism. It's kind of like the Olive Garden. No matter where you go, you're family!
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:51 PM
 
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One of the other posters on this forum is actually a member of Alfred Street Baptist. His screen name here is "ahales."
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:27 AM
 
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First Baptist of Alexandria on King St (west of Old Town) is a large church with a large congregation. I haven't been in years. I expect it still has demographics that are... amenable to your sensitivities.

I can understand someone feeling apprehensive about going into a new group of people and sticking out like a sore thumb; after all, isn't that what many, if not most, African Americans deal with every day of their lives? You sure wouldn't want to feel like a minority, now would you?

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Old 03-03-2011, 07:52 AM
 
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Did he specify protestant or even Christian?
"Megachurch" is a protestant term. Although there are certainly large Roman Catholic masses, those aren't considered under the umbrella term "megachurch". As for other denominations, I've never heard of a Jewish Church or Muslim Church or Hindu Church--those places of worship have other names.

You're right, of course, that the OP could be using these terms differently but it's a logical conclusion that s/he is looking for a protestant, Christian service.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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Personally I can't understand why one would choose to attend religious services in the atmosphere of a giant Amway convention, but to each his own.

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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Personally I can't understand why one would choose to attend religious services in the atmosphere of a giant Amway convention, but to each his own.
Most of these extremely large churches offer multiple smaller services. The appeal of a large congregation is that it can offer all kinds of extras that smaller churches can't--classes, counseling, training, individualized services, etc.

My church qualifies as a "mega church" (2000+ attendees each week), but that's broken into 7+ separate services. There are traditional services, contemporary services, spanish language services, a college service, and a young adult service. Then there are small groups on top of that to get to know people even more. I've never felt overwhelmed because "my" little piece of the mega church is actually really cozy and tightly knit, especially for such a transient area.
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