Below are a list of Frequently Asked Questions we have RECEIVED.

What is the STSA Open House?

The STSA open house is a chance for us to share what we have been doing at STSA for the past seven years. This will include four inspirational messages from Fr. Anthony as well as three break out groups. Break out groups are a chance to chat directly with our lead volunteers and staff specifically about our various ministries and services. Click here for a link of break out group options.

In addition, you'll get the chance to experience Sunday at STSA from start to finish, including the behind the scenes of liturgical set up, Well coordination, and even our children's program. As a renting church, we rely heavily on our wonderful volunteers and the systems they’ve designed to build a church from scratch every single week.

The content of the open house is based entirely on the many questions we receive about not only how we do things as a church, but also why. Every single ministry, event, and service done at STSA goes back to our mission statement of bringing an ancient faith to a modern world, and we’d love to help you do the same in your own community by sharing some of the lessons we’ve learned along the way.

When is the Open House?

The first ever open house is taking place this Labor Day weekend August 31-September 1st. Early bird pricing is available until August 11th. Register now!

Why is there a charge for the Open House?

While the products and resources STSA Ministries will be providing will be available without charge on our resource site, there is a cost to the facility we are renting from for the Open House. We’re hoping to cover this cost through registration fees. Through offering an early bird discount, group discounts, and complimentary registration for priests, we’re hoping these charges will be manageable for all attendees.

Is there a group Discount?

Absolutely! If your church or community would like to bring a group of 5 or more to the open house, please email us at

What does the Schedule Look Like?


Saturday August 31, 2019

  • 8:00 - Registration & Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00 - Session 1 with Fr. Anthony

  • 10:30 - Break

  • 11:00 - Breakout Group 1

  • 12:00 - Lunch

  • 1:30 - Session 2 with Fr. Anthony

  • 3:00 - Break

  • 3:30 - Breakout Group 2

  • 4:30 - Day 1 Wrap Up

  • 5:30 - Optional Group Dinner

  • 7:00 - Vespers and Midnight Praises

Sunday September 1, 2019

  • 8:30 - Liturgy

  • 11:00 - Refreshments

  • 11:30 - Session 3 with Fr. Anthony / Sunday School

  • 12:30 - Lunch / Priest Meet & Greet

  • 2:00 - Session 4

  • 3:30 - Break

  • 4:00 - Breakout Group 3

  • 5:00 - Wrap Up Q&A with Fr. Anthony

  • 5:45 - Group Prayer

  • 6:00 - Dismissal


What are Break Out Groups?

The breakouts groups are a chance for you to interact directly with our staff and lead volunteers – aka, the ones who work hard to make STSA a welcoming and encouraging place to meet Christ every Sunday. You’ll get to ask specific questions about how we do things at STSA and more importantly, how we can help you implement them in your church as well.

Click here for a description of all of the break out groups listed below!

Developing A Mission & Vision for Your Church

Church Membership & Spiritual Education

Creating A Welcoming Sunday Experience

Liturgical Worship in English

Creating an Engaging Children's Experience (Pre-K-6th Grade)

Building Up the Next Generation (7th-12th Grade)

Reaching A Generation Leaving the Church (Young Adults)

Recruiting, Developing, and Managing Volunteers

Developing Communication and Public Speaking Skills

Engaging the Community

Building Authentic Community through Groups

Your Church's Digital Presence

Exploring "The Well" Creative Process

Portable Church Sunday Logistics A-Z

Where is the Open House

The open house will take place at George Mason University Law School, located at 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201, in Van Metre Hall, Room 126. Parking validation will be provided for the days of the open house.

The closest airport to the university is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. It is also metro accessible, the closest stop is the Virginia Square-GMU Station.

Where should we stay?

While Arlington, VA (located just outside Washington, DC) offers lots of options for hotels and Airbnb’s, here is a list of affordable options less than 2 miles from the Open House. Book soonest for the best rates.

Comfort Inn Ballston (1.6 miles from Open House): 1211 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22201 • (703) 247-3399

Holiday Inn Arlington (1.1 miles from Open House): 4610 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203 • (703) 243-9800

The Westin Arlington Gateway (1 mile from Open House): 801 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203 • (703) 717-6200

Hilton Arlington (.7 miles from Open House): 950 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22203 • (703) 528-6000

WhyHotel Arlington (.8 miles from Open House): 700 N Randolph St, Arlington, VA 22203 • (703) 828-8085

Where should we EAT?

Here are some of our favorite lunch and dinner spots close to the Open House!

Fast Food / Casual:

  • Zoe’s Kitchen: 4245 Fairfax Dr Ste 150, Arlington, VA 22203

  • All About Burger: 3325 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

  • Cosi : 3503 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22226

  • IHOP: 935 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22203

  • Silver Diner:  3200 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

  • Cava: 2940 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

  • Le Pain Quotidien: 2900 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201                            

  • Cheescake Factory: 2900 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

A Taste of DC Favorites:

  • The Green Pig Bistro: (American/French) 1025 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201

  • Nam-Viet: (Vietnamese) 1127 N Hudson St, Arlington, VA 22201

  • Lyon Hall: (German): 3100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

  • Gyu-Kaku: (Japanese BBQ) 1119 N Hudson St, Arlington, VA 22201

  • Pamplona: (Spanish Tapas): 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

  • Don Tito: (Mexican): 3165 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Coffee Shops:

  • Detour Coffee : 946 N. Jackson Street, Arlington, VA 22201

  • Northside Social : 3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

  • Starbucks : 901 N Nelson St #120, Arlington, VA 22203

  • Cosi : 3503 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22226

How can I learn More about the Open House?

Stay connected to STSA for more information on the different things we’ll be sharing at the Open House as well as the latest information on the resources STSA Ministries will soon be sharing!

Have another question? Email

EARLY BIRD PRICING $45 per person
now through August 11.

(Registration $55 per person After August 11)