christian education





Sunday School meets on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Below are some of the many adult classes we offer.  All are welcome.

  • Aldersgate This is one of our largest groups with an average attendance of 70 each Sunday. The curriculum is based on varied themes and subject matter. Most of their leadership comes from within the class. Meets in Wesley Hall.
  • Bishop McKendreeThis class uses a variety of books for studies to enhance their faith development.  Discussion is encouraged; leadership comes from within the group as well as occasional guest leaders.  Meets in Room 102. 
  • Christian Life Connections - This class provides opportunities for adults to study and discuss topics relevant to living the Christian life in contemporary society.  A variety of resources including the Bible, fictional and non-fictional writings, guest speakers, and DVD’s support the study of living and growing in Christian faith and actions.  Meets in Room 307. 
  • Fellowship Class - This class began more than 50 years ago and still thrives in attendance and enthusiasm.  They use the International Series of “Adult Bible Studies” with different leadership each week.  Meets in Room 103. 
  • The Gathering - Primarily a younger adult Sunday School class, this group enjoys studying faith issues relevant to everyday living.  Popular study topics include Christian living (parenting and marriage) with some focus on applying scripture to daily life.  Meets in Room 206.  
  • Marvin Willard Bible Study Class (formerly Adult Bible Study) - This class combines both large group and small group discussion.  The studies vary but are always scripture based.  Many of the class members are involved in the outreach programs of the church.  Meets in Room 174. 
  • Searchers This class uses a variety of Bible-based study resources.  Leadership comes from the class members.  The size of this group, which averages about 20-25 people each Sunday, is ideal for insightful discussion.  Meets in Room 171. 
  • World Religions - This class provides an in-depth study of religions in the world.  The primary resource is “Christianity and World Religions,” by Adam Hamilton with information supplemented by other relevant material, guest speakers and visits to places of worship.  Topics usually change quarterly.  Meets in Room 101. 

For information about any Sunday School class, contact

Cindy Banek at (757) 229-1771 Ext 258 or


Sunday School classes meet on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

WUMC's Youth Ministry meets regularly during the Academic Year. 

Youth Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning in the Youth Center (room 174) as part of the wider church youth program. We cover a range of topics and themes from journeying through the Bible to life issues such as decision-making and social justice issues.

Please Note

School Calendars and other Special Events may affect this regular schedule.  Facebook users can receive updates and news by visiting our Page and clicking "Like."   

For more information, visit the Youth Ministries page by clicking here

You can also contact our Youth Director Andy Glascott

at (757) 229-1771 Ext 259 or

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children sunday school

Sunday School classes for all ages meet on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

At Williamsburg UMC, we want to help your children come to know the love of God through Jesus by making Sunday School a place they want to be.  We want to help children live out their belief in God in their everyday lives. We use the United Methodist curriculum, “Deep Blue,” which incorporates Bible stories, activities, crafts, media, and games into a full faith experience for children.  Each one of our Sunday School teachers is dedicated to building a relationship with your children in order to facilitate their spiritual growth!

  • Nursery - age 2:  Room 203
  • Preschool:  Room 202
  • Grades K-2:  Room 207
  • Grades 3-5:  Room 201

For information about any Sunday School class, 

contact Cindy Banek at (757) 229-1771 Ext 258 or

For information about Children's Church, click here.

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senior pastor's bible study

“What Makes a Hero? The Death Defying Ministry of Jesus”

Leader: Rev. Bill Jones

Meet Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall & Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in Room 171

from February 21 & 22 through March 28 & 29

During the six weeks of Lent, we will study What Makes a Hero? The Death-Defying Ministry of Jesus, by Matt Rawle. We will look at how we can draw important truths from our encounters with real-life and fictional heroes and understand how Jesus redefines the entire concept of hero through his life, ministry and death. 

This study will be held on Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. and repeated on Thursday, 10:30 a.m., beginning February 21/22. We will examine the following themes: Good, Evil and God; Right, Wrong and Holy; Us, Them and the Body of Christ; Have, Have-Not and the Kingdom of God; Old, New and Covenant; and Life, Death and Resurrection. 

Pastor Bill and Pastor Meghan will preach a sermon series following the same topics beginning Sunday, February 18 and concluding with Easter on Sunday, April 1.


LAZARUS AWAKENING BIBLE STUDY - Do you feel trapped in a tomb of regret, doubt, or fear? Are you tripped up by patterns and behaviors you need to leave behind? Just as Jesus called Lazarus from his tomb of death and darkness, He is calling you to come out of the false beliefs and habits that keep you from receiving His unconditional love. He is calling you to know deep in your spirit that God not only loves the world - He love you unconditionally. It is time to "come forth!" Through this seven-week Lenten Bible small-group study, we will join author Joanna Weaver as she draws us deeper into the historical and spiritual truths we learn from the story of Lazarus. Individual study will include readings and brief written reflections in preparation for each week's lesson. The study will begin Wednesday February 14 on Ash Wednesday, and continue each Wednesday through March 28 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.. You may register for the class by calling the church office at (757) 229-1771 and also stop in to pick up a course book from the office.

CONNECT 301:  UNITED METHODIST BELIEFS - What do United Methodists believe and practice? The founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley and the early Methodists, placed primary emphasis on Christian living - putting faith and love into action. Join Rev. Meghan Roth Clayton for a four-week course beginning Wednesday February 21 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on the hallmarks of United Methodism. To register, contact the church office at (757) 229-1771 or email Rev. Clayton at

BASEBALL AS A ROAD TO GOD - Join us for a four-week conversation as we explore Baseball as a Road to God. Prayer, faith, doubt, conversion, sacrifice, miracles, blessings, curses, saints and sinners are just as much as part of baseball as hits, runs and errors. We will meet every Wednesday evening 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., beginning February 28 through March 21. If you are interested, contact the church office at (757) 229-1771.

vacation bible school


Vacation Bible School is “Shipwrecked”!

You are invited to register for our Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2018, “Shipwrecked!” Join us from June 18 – 22 from 9:00 a.m. – noon as we discover how we can be “Rescued by God”. VBS is for any child ages 3-years-old through rising 6th grade. Many volunteers are always needed, so adults and youth can sign up, too. During VBS we enjoy learning about God through crafts, music, games, storytelling and science!

Registration begins in church at the Crossroads Table on Palm Sunday, March 25. 

For information about VBS, contact Cindy Banek at (757) 229-1771 Ext 258 or

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bishop's bible reading challenge

In 2017, Bishop Sharma Lewis challenged us to become "Bible Scholars". She asked us to join her in reading the Bible every day for a year. 

Bishop Lewis has issued another Bible Challenge for 2018. This year she is asking that all members of the Virginia Conference read the Bible chronologically. To see her letter to the Virginia Annual Conference regarding the challenge, please click here

For more information on the Bishop's Bible Challenge, please click here.

March Prayer Calendar:  “Bishop’s Bible Reading Challenge for 2018”

We continue reading the Bible chronologically with our Virginia Conference Bishop, Sharma Lewis. 






Numbers 14-15, Psalm 90


Numbers 16-17


Numbers 18-20


Numbers 21-22


Numbers 23-25


Numbers 26-27


Numbers 28-30


Numbers 31-32


Numbers 33-34


Numbers 35-36


Deuteronomy  1-2


Deuteronomy   3-4


Deuteronomy 5-7



Deuteronomy    8-10


Deuteronomy   11-13


Deuteronomy  14-16


Deuteronomy       17-20


Deuteronomy  21-23


Deuteronomy  24-27


Deuteronomy  28-29


Deuteronomy  30-31


Deuteronomy  32-34, Psalm 91


Joshua 1-4


Joshua 5-8


Joshua 9-11


Joshua 12-15


Joshua 16-18


Joshua 19-21


Joshua 22-24


Judges 1-2



Judges 3-5