April 18th Worship Services
Sunday Services - 9am (Inside), 11am (Outside), & Online anytime
In addition to watching here on our website, you can also watch from the Chapel's YouTube channel, on our Facebook page, or listen to our Sunday Sermon podcast wherever you get your podcasts by searching Williamsburg Community Chapel.
Condensed Online Service
We extend our prayers and sympathy to the family and friends of Myrtle Vaughn.
Worshiping Together Safely
Everything we do will be prayerfully considered and within the framework of the following biblical parameters:
- “Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10b). As we worship together outside, inside, and online, let us continue to have grace for one another, understanding that there are many different and valuable perspectives to consider.
- Observe our government’s guidelines (Romans 13:1). We will continue to monitor the guidance from our governing officials.
- Care for the vulnerable in our community (Psalm 41:1). All of the safety precautions we will take are not only about observing our government’s guidelines, as commanded in Romans 13:1, but are also “an appeal on the basis of love” (Philemon 9) to limit our freedoms to guard the health of our neighbors. Face masks will be provided for anyone who does not have their own.
- Continue to meet people where they are spiritually and physically (1 Corinthians 9:22). Both in-person and online worship opportunities will be available as we seek to worship together regardless of our physical location.
- Honor the intergenerational character of our church (Philippians 2:3). Our services will continue to be shorter as we also maintain our commitment to blended worship. All ages will be welcome in the worship room.
For those who will be joining us in person, please see below for some important information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What is the church doing to safely care for attendees?
The Chapel staff is working diligently to sanitize all surfaces before and after events, as well as, provide a “touch-less” experience for attendees as much as possible. All doors to the Worship Room and restrooms will be propped open to avoid having to touch them when entering and exiting. We are asking everyone to practice appropriate social distancing (6 feet apart) as well as provide space/empty seats between your family and the next family. Hand sanitizer will be made available at all doors. There will be staff and volunteers on hand to provide guidance.
Do I have to wear a mask?
We are asking people to wear masks for all indoor events. If you do not have a mask, the Chapel will be happy to give you one.
Are we singing?
Yes. We will be singing at both our outdoor as well as our indoor worship services.
Will the offering be collected?
As always, you can give in person, online, or through the mail. During our in-person services, offering boxes will be made available. For more information, please visit wcchapel.org/giving. If you need assistance with online giving, please contact Bert Heath at (757) 920-5027, or .
For the outdoor services, are chairs provided or should I bring my own?
We ask that you bring your own folding chair or blanket for our outdoor worship services. If you do not have your own chair, there will be some available.
Is Children’s/Student Ministry available? Childcare?
We encourage all families to worship together when they attend our on-site services. While we are not having CM/SM programming or childcare currently, we invite you to visit their webpages at wcchapel.org/studentministry and wcchapel.org/childrensministry for links to videos and learning resources, as well as ways to stay in touch with our CM and SM staff.
Will the Cafeteria be open?
Our Cafeteria is currently closed. Feel free to bring your own coffee or snacks.
Self-Assessing your health before you come to church
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms/conditions, we encourage you to join the worship service and special events online which will be available via livestream on our website:
- Fever of 100 degrees or over
- Cough or sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Contact within the last two weeks with anyone who has COVID-19
2020-2021 Annual Focus: Fix Our Eyes
In 2020 there is no shortage of suitors for our attention. From advertising online to headlines in newspapers, it seems that everyone wants us to fix our eyes on something. In the midst of all that vies for our eyes, what do you fix your eyes on most?
Does the glow of a smart phone light your face at night? Is it the fluctuating numbers of the market that you check throughout the day? Is there a website you revisit constantly to make sure you don’t miss anything? Does your Facebook feed get more time than your family? Is there a number on a scale you are so desperate to see that you check every morning? Has the coronavirus pandemic pushed you to look more and more at the challenges of the moment than the promises of God for the future?
The 21st century is not the first moment for God’s people when competition for attention raged throughout the culture. In the New Testament book of Hebrews we read about a church that had its attention gobbled up by their circumstances. They had experienced a “hard struggle with sufferings,” public criticism, and loss of property (Heb. 10:32-34). This led to people drifting away from the faith (Heb. 2:7), people leaving the church (Heb. 10:26), and a crisis of confidence (Heb. 10:35).
What advice does God’s Word have for God’s people whose attention has been gobbled up by the concerns of the present moment? The author of Hebrews tells his beleaguered congregation to keep “our eyes fixed on Jesus the source and goal of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2, Phillips). When we find ourselves frustrated with our present circumstances, fix our eyes on Jesus. When our minds race with anxiety about the future, fix our eyes on Jesus. When we can’t find our way through the darkness, fix our eyes on Jesus. When the noise around us gets louder and louder, fix our eyes on Jesus.
Jesus himself warns us to be careful what we look at: “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness” (Matthew 6:22-23)! Somewhere in the midst of this encouragement and challenge is a promise. If you want a life that is full of light, fix your eyes on what is healthy. You could paraphrase the promise like this: “fix your eyes on the right things and your eyes will be fixed.” What could be healthier than fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Light of the world? If we fix our eyes on Jesus, our eyes will be fixed.
From September of 2020 to June of 2021, let us have the courage to ask the question, “what do I fix my eyes on most?” Then, may we learn together how to fix our eyes on Jesus and experience how different our circumstances, suffering, and problems facing our church, nation, and world, all look through “fixed eyes.”
To read our full description of the Annual Focus, click the button below to access the booklet.