Coffee & Connections – Before the service starts, come early enough to get a cup of coffee at our gourmet coffee bar.  If you have small children, the child care center is open during this time to give you an opportunity to check them in before the service.  The coffee & connection time is an essential part of the worship experience giving you time to prepare for the service as well as meet some new people.

8:00, 9:10 & 10:35 am: Worship Experience – Worship at essential church is a multisensory experience.  We use a blend of cutting edge videos, music, and creative presentations combined with Christian practices that date back to the first century.  Each service is designed to give you an opportunity to connect with God in a meaningful way. Child care is provided for children from birth through 4 years old during both service times.

9:10 & 10:35 am: Essential Kids - There’s a fun and interactive worship service & activity time for children ages 5 through 4th grade. Essential Kids incorporates a mix of games, activities, story telling, music, and more.  We use a curriculum which includes weekly take home activities to help you as a parent encourage your child’s spiritual growth.

9:10 & 10:35 am: 56ers Our 5th and 6th graders have a service all to themselves. Students are encouraged to  sit under the giant video screen on the left side of the worship center. After attending the praise time, they are released to the 56ers breakout room to have an age appropriate teaching. The teaching is interactive and encourages student participation along with great music and games.

9:10 & 10:35: Middle School Breakout - Middle school students are encouraged to come for the 9:30 service and sit under the giant video screen on the right side of the worship center. They can then slip out the side door and go to a special breakout session for them during the sermon. They will learn about how to apply biblical principles for their stage in life as they transition from childhood to adolescence.

6p-7:30 Essential Youth- Whether you’re just checking church out for the first time, or are looking for a place to hang out with friends, Essential Youth is the place to be. High school and Middle school Students are invited to check out Essential Youth Group on Sunday nights. It’s a great time to hang out, have some fun, and breakout into small groups to grow closer to God and your friends. Youth group incorporates games, music and video to create an inviting environment. Make Youth Group an Essential part of your week.


We are located on Salem Road between Independence and Dam Neck/Elbow Rd. If you can find the Virginia Beach Amphitheater and Sportsplex on Dam Neck, then you can find essential church with ease.  From the Amphitheater go west to the first stoplight which is Salem Rd.  Turn North on Salem Rd and go about a 1/4 mile and you will see Essential Church on the West side of the street across from Salem Elementary School. The physical address for those of you wanting to punch it in on your navigation system is: 4020 Ware Neck Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.

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Places and Neighborhoods Near Where We Meet

(we list all these places so that search engines help people find the church)


  • Courthouse Estates
  • West Neck
  • Rock Creek
  • Salem Woods
  • Honey Bee Golf Course
  • Glenwood
  • Indian Lakes
  • Brigadoon
  • Indian River
  • Pungo
  • Christopher Farms
  • Lake Christopher
  • Bellamy Manor Estates
  • Larkspur
  • Landstown
  • Red Mill
  • Lag-o-Mar (Lagomar)
  • Ocean Lakes
  • Ashville Park
  • Heritage
  • Hunt Club
  • Castleton

Points of Interest

  • Honey Bee Golf Course
  • TCC, Tidewater Community College
  • Virginia Beach Sportsplex
  • Virginia Beach, Verizon Amphitheater
  • Princess Anne Sentara Hospital
  • Virginia Beach Courthouse
  • Post Office

Shopping Centers/Retail/Resturants

  • Landstown Commons
  • Harris Teeter
  • Wal-Mart
  • Salem Crossing
  • Parkway Shopping Center
  • Princess Anne Marketplace
  • Sunstream Plaza
  • Home Depot
  • Target