what's happening



Sunday, 9/23

8:15 am  Worship Service

9:15-11:00 am  Atrium Refreshments

9:30 am  Small Groups, Youth Group, Sunday School

11:00 am  Worship Service

                 The Worship Place

Monday, 9/24

7:00 pm  WUMM Book Group

               Welcome and Hospitality


Wednesday, 9/26

5:30 pm  Recharge

6:00 pm  Discipleship Classes

7:00 pm  A Way Forward Q & A

Thursday, 9/27

6:00 pm  Trustee Committee

7:00 pm  Sanctuary Choir

recharge wednesdays

NOTE:  We will be taking a break for the month of August, so there will be no ReCharge dinners on Wednesdays.  

Dinners will resume on Wednesday, September 5.

ReCharge Wednesday Dinners

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., and serving continuously until 6:30 p.m., enjoy a delicious dinner and good conversation with others. Our meals are expertly prepared by a professional chef and yet inexpensive: $6/adult, $3/child (ages 3-12) with a $20 family maximum. 

After dinner, participate in one or more of our activities or simply enjoy the rest of your evening. 

Menu for September:

  • September 26 - Baked Ziti, Salad, Garlic Bread and Dessert

If you are interested in joining us for dinner, please make a reservation by Tuesday noon before the Wednesday dinner.  You can make a reservation by clicking the link below:

After Dinner Activities

ROAD OF DISCIPLESHIP:   Making Disciples through Nurture and Learning

September – December 2018

Grow 201 (formerly Connect 201)

September 5 – 26 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Leader: Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton

What do Christians believe and practice? United Methodists share several basic affirmations with other Christian communities. This is a 4-week overview of the foundational understandings of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and why it matters for our lives of faith. 


Senior Pastor's Midweek Bible Study: Reconciling Evolution & Faith

Meets from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Leader: Pastor Bill Jones

How do Christians make sense of evolution or the Big Bang next to the claims of Jesus and the creation accounts of Genesis? These questions are much more than merely intellectual; they stretch to the deepest level of Christian faith. 

Stewardship Study: “Enough” by Adam Hamilton

September 26 – October 24 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Leader: Cindy Banek

Enough is a video-based study based on what the Bible teaches us about financial management. The purpose of the book is help people turn away from consumerism and towards the joy and contentment that comes with living a simpler life. 

Grow 301 (Formerly Connect 301)

October 10 – 24 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Leader: Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton

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 us as we learn the hallmarks of United Methodism. 

Justified Through Genealogy

October 31 – November 14 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Leader: Karen McPherson

Theologians argue over whether a person’s salvation is justified through works or through faith. However, the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, frequently labeled “The Genealogy of Jesus,” justifies the identification of Jesus as the Messiah by recounting the 42 generations between Abraham and Jesus – in a sense, “justifying” him by connecting him to Abraham through David, as foretold by the prophets. In this three-week course, we will examine how and why people get involved in genealogical research, how the results of such research can impact our image of ourselves or our society, and how to think about both the positive accomplishments of our ancestors and their sins, crimes, and foibles. If you are interested in genealogy but don’t know exactly how or where to start, this will give you an opportunity to interact with people who are also on this path. 

Advent Study – “The Gift of the Nutcracker,” by Matt Rawle

November 28 – December 12 from  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Leader: Cindy Banek

“The Nutcracker” was first performed in 1892, and quickly became a holiday tradition, one that continues for many families to this day. In “The Gift of The Nutcracker,” Matt Rawle takes a look at this Christmas classic in a new way—through the lens of faith. In this four-week Advent study, Rawle uses the iconic tale to help us understand God’s greatest gift of the Christ child and of the kingdom Christ came to build. 

Intergenerational Advent Experiences

November 28 – December 12 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Leader: Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton.

Bring your family or just join with others to experience the special joys of the Advent season. 

To register online for ReCharge Wednesday after-dinner activities, please click the link below:

For information about special events, scroll down. 

For information about the Senior Pastor's Bible Study or other Special Studies, click here.

Questions, contact Cindy Banek at (757) 229-1771 Ext 258 or cbanek@williamsburgumc.org.

Special Events

For information about our Special Studies, click here.

  • Hurricane Florence Relief:

    United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

    When disasters happen, it is local churches that provide the first response to their communities. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—forms the foundation for UMCOR’s U.S. disaster training and response. When responding to a disaster in the United States, UMCOR works with the conference disaster response ministries to provide the following:

    • Financial Assistance:  Emergency grants may be sent when a bishop of the affected conference contacts UMCOR.
    • Expertise:  UMCOR’s disaster-response experience & knowledge are made available to those in need.
    • Networking:  Connections with NGOs, volunteers, experts, local government, and other organizations can help communities recover from disaster.

    You can make a donation to disaster response by designating: “US Disaster Response, Advance #901670” on your check. Place your check in the offering plate or bring it to the church office.

  • Report on Youth Mission Trips . . . and Lunch

    After 2 successful summer youth mission trips, we invite you to hear all about them. Our middle school team that went to Romney, WV and our high schoolers that went to Hexham, England, will share stories from their trips and how they saw God changing the lives of people here in the US and in England. Join us for a pot-luck lunch on Sunday, September 23. No need to bring anything, but if you can, please bring a main/side/dessert dish to share. Drinks provided. Questions? Contact Andy Glascott (229-1771).

    For more information about our Youth Ministry, click here.

  • A Way Forward:  Q&A event with Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, the Rev. Tom Berlin & Ms. Martha Stokes

    This event will focus on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the three proposed models and General Conference 2019. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. at Reveille United Methodist Church, Richmond, VA. Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, the Rev. Tom Berlin and Ms. Martha Stokes will share their thoughts as well as moderate questions on these topics. 

    It will be live-streamed here at WUMC in place of the Senior Pastor’s Bible Study.

  • A Baby Shower

    You are invited to shower the Glascott family with your love and prayer at a baby shower on Sunday, September 30 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm in Fellowship Hall. 

    Please bring a dish to share.

  • respite benefit luncheon

    Wednesday, October 3, 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Hall

    Catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill

    230 tickets on sale now for $18/person.  For groups of 8-10, an entire table can be reserved.  If you can’t attend, please consider a donation.

    100% of your ticket price will support Respite’s engagement club for seniors!

    For more information about the event or to fill out an order form, click here.  For more information about our Respite program, click here.

  • connect 101

    Sunday, October 14 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parlor

    INTERESTED IN BEING A PART OF WUMC?  Periodically we have an introductory meet and greet known as Connect 101. Join us! Simply complete the blue card in the pew rack and place in the offering plate, fill out online by clicking here or contact the Church Office. 

  • Kairos Cookie Time

    Homemade cookies are needed in mid-October for the Kairos Prison Ministry Retreat at Greensville Correctional Center. 

    Kairos recommends peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chip, molasses or sugar cookies. Cookie recipes and packaging instructions may be found on the Connection Corner desk. 

    The deadline for cookie pick-up at church is Wednesday, October 17 at noon.