What to Expect When You Visit Beth Messiah
WHERE DO YOU MEET?
Shabbat Services: 4210 Colley Ave (The Mission Church), Norfolk VA 23508
Tuesday and Wednesday Classes/Services: 5632 Shell Rd (Mission to Military) Virginia Beach VA 23455
CAN ANYONE ATTEND?
Of course! We are a congregation of both Jews and Gentiles that come together to worship Yeshua (Jesus) our Messiah. Our desire is to be a "house of prayer for all peoples" (Isaiah 56:7)
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
We gather together every Saturday. Our Torah study is open to everyone and goes from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM.
Our worship service begins at 10:30 AM. There is normally liturgy, singing, a Torah service, Scripture readings, and some teaching. Our 90 min service is structured similar to a synagogue service but also includes lively contemporary music.
We often have an oneg (potluck lunch) following the worship service. All food will be biblically acceptable according to Leviticus 11.
WHAT IS WORSHIP LIKE?
You’ll experience an amazing time of worship directed to G-d alone. We mix contemporary worship songs with upbeat traditional liturgy to achieve a great balance of worship styles. Our worship time is carefully planned to prepare hearts and minds to receive what G-d will say through the preaching of His Word.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
At Beth Messiah we encourage you to come as you are. Most people attend wearing business-casual attire; some wear suits, ties and dresses and others wear jeans or shorts. G-d sees our hearts and that’s what He cares about; it’s not about the style of clothing we choose.
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I ARRIVE?
We encourage you to come early so our members can help you and can answer any questions. Also, it will give you time to check in your kids. We hope you will fill out the Welcome card at the table when you visit. This allows us to connect with you personally so we can help you take your next step in becoming part of our family.
IS THERE CHILD CARE?
Children ages 2-5 years are welcome in our nursery during the whole service.
Children 6-11 years begin in our main service during worship and then are dismissed to their classrooms.
Note Torah Procession: As your family feels comfortable, please bring kids to the front when the children are called forward. We'll pray for them to celebrate the joy of having God's Word in our midst.
TZITZIT, PRAYER SHAWLS, AND KIPPAS
We do not require tzitzit, prayer shawls, or kippas, but these items are welcome. Men’s kippahs are available at the welcome table.