christian education

REAL DISCIPLESHIP SURVEY     -     ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL     -     YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

CHILDREN SUNDAY SCHOOL     -     SENIOR PASTOR'S BIBLE STUDY     -     SPECIAL STUDIES

BISHOP'S READING CHALLENGE     -     VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL


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Real Discipleship Survey

Our five-year strategic plan, “The New Horizons on the Road of Discipleship,” has as one of its goals to help people grow in their faith in order to deepen their relationship with God through Jesus Christ. To reach that goal, we need to understand where each one of us is on our faith walk as a disciple. To help capture this current reality, we use a tool called the “Real Discipleship Survey” which provides a snapshot of where you are now in your faith journey and then how to move forward into a deeper relationship with Christ.


This is where we need your help! We need each member and friend of the congregation to take this survey so you can tell us what you need to further your faith development.


Here is the link for the survey: http://discipleshipsurvey.com/member.html and enter our conference code: PEACEANDJOY. You will be asked to set up an account – which is easy. If you have taken the survey before, you can log in and take it again as many times as you want.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

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 class has been functioning for over 30 years, presenting varied subjects generally running in short series. The class is organized and run by the volunteer efforts of its members who are also workers in other functions of the church. All to the glory of our Lord!  Meets in Wesley Hall.  Topic: Begins 9/15 – “Moses,” by Adam Hamilton.  
  • Bishop McKendree - This 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.  Topic: “Old Testament,” from the Great Lectures Series.
  • 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 161. 
  • Faith & Culture (formerly World Religions) - This class looks at various faith groups seeking to understand their beliefs and practices in relation to our own tradition. We utilize a variety of means including study material, books, videos, personal involvements with faith leaders and field trip visits to other places of worship. The class meets from September after Labor Day through May. We will have occasional social gatherings and enjoy lively interaction on the study before us.  Meets in Room 101.  Topic: The Baptists.
  • Fellowship Class - This class began more than 70 years ago when the church was located on Duke of Gloucester Street. The class members are very committed to the church, this Sunday School class and to each other, providing care and assistance when needed. “Adult Bible Studies” from Cokesbury is used each week for curriculum, and different leadership persons share the teaching responsibilities. Meets in Room 103. 
  • 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.  Topic: “Called,” by Susan Robb.
  • 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.  Topic: “Bad Girls of the Bible,” by Liz Curtis Higgs.


Announcing: A New Sunday Morning Opportunity!

Ready to get (re)acquainted with your Bible? A new small group opportunity will begin on Sunday, September 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in Room 206. With our year-long church wide emphasis on becoming familiar with the Bible, this is the perfect way to begin our journey through the world’s most read book. We will use, “Making Sense of the Bible,” by Adam Hamilton as our guide. No advance registration needed. Just join us on September 8! This class is for anyone interested in learning more about the Bible. 


For information about any Adult Sunday School class, contact

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

YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

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.


Youth Sunday School will meet in Room 309. The September Bible study “Bible Basics” will be for 6th through 12th graders (September 8 – “What is the Bible?” with Pastor Meghan; September 15 – “How do we read the Bible?” with Pastor Helen; and September 22 – “Why does the Bible matter?” with Pastor Bill). In October and November, middle and high schoolers will split in two groups to study “Echo the Story,” a journey through the Old Testament. Those dates are October 13 and 20, and November 3, 10, 17, and 24.


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 Associate Pastor Rev. Meghan Roth Clayton

at (757) 229-1771 Ext 261 or mclayton@williamsburgumc.org


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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.


New for Fall 2019

This year WUMC is hosting new elementary Sunday School programming! Children will be able to have the choice of three activity electives as a way of enhancing their spiritual learning. Electives will feature Ukulele Jammers, Spiritual Art, and STEM studies! These activities will last for 20 minutes followed by 30 minutes of Bible Studies and will conclude with 10 minutes of a mission moment/prayer time. If you are interested in signing up please contact Anthony Williams at awilliams@williamsburgumc.org or (229-1771) ext. 108. Spaces are limited! 



For information about any Sunday School class, contact Anthony Williams, Director of Children's Ministries

at (757) 229-1771 Ext 108 or awilliams@williamsburgumc.org


For information about Children's Church, click here.


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senior pastor's bible study

Senior Pastor’s Bible Study meets on Wednesday evenings (7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.), following ReCharge Dinner, and is repeated on Thursday mornings (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.).  It meets regularly from September through May. The topics are theme-based biblical issues. Previous topics have included: “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?”, “Holy Laughter: Prelude to a Happy Heart”, “Is Heaven for Real?”, and “Making Sense of the Hard Sayings of Jesus.”


Current Senior Pastor's Bible Study:


Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life

Meets Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (repeated on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.).

Leader: Senior Pastor Bill Jones


The Bible is somehow formative and normative for Christian ethics. Even though the Bible is an ancient text, it remains authoritative for Christians to be read, interpreted, and appropriated. In this study, we will explore the role of the Bible in the lives of Christians in search of a social ethics attuned to the challenges and opportunities of our time, including topics such as “climate change,” “abortion,” “euthanasia and suicide,” “the media,” “the good life,” “social justice,” among other topics. 


SPECIAL STUDIES

Senior Pastor’s Bible Study: Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life

Meets Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (repeated on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.).

Leader: Senior Pastor Bill Jones

The Bible is somehow formative and normative for Christian ethics. Even though the Bible is an ancient text, it remains authoritative for Christians to be read, interpreted, and appropriated. In this study, we will explore the role of the Bible in the lives of Christians in search of a social ethics attuned to the challenges and opportunities of our time, including topics such as “climate change,” “abortion,” “euthanasia and suicide,” “the media,” “the good life,” “social justice,” among other topics. 



 “Job: A Story of Unlikely Joy”

Meets Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

How is it possible to hold onto joy in times of sorrow? Using the story of Job as our background, we will consider the redemptive power of pain as a way to strengthen faith, point others to the Gospel and build trust in the Lord. This is a 7-week women’s group study beginning Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. To register, contact Cindy Banek (229-1771) or cbanek@willliamsburgumc.org.



BIBLE BOOT CAMP:  UNDERSTANDING & USING THE BIBLE

Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 (includes class materials, snacks, and lunch) payable at the door

Registration Deadline Wednesday, September 25

Leader: Rev. Dr. Bill Jones, Senior Pastor of Williamsburg UMC

Join us as we walk (or run!) through the general content and historical context of the entire Bible. Learn why we read the Bible not just for information, but for living a spiritual and ethical life in the way of Jesus.


Don’t worry if you know little or nothing about the Bible. Set aside your fears that the Bible is overwhelming and too difficult to understand. No prior experience or special training is needed. Just bring an open mind and heart (and a Bible). God’s Spirit will be present to help you hear God’s Word speak through the Bible and through the words of others who are here with you.


Please register by calling the church office at (757) 229-1771 or online by clicking here.

bishop's bible reading challenge

Since 2017. Bishop Lewis has been encouraging the Virginia Conference to read the Bible in a year. Each year has featured a different way of reading.  

• 2017- read the Bible straight through

• 2018- read the Bible chronologically


For 2019, the Bible Challenge will be a blended style of reading; a mixture of Old Testament readings and New Testament each day. In this new year, challenge yourself to study the Bible and strengthen your faith in the process. Each month’s readings will also be printed in each Advocate issue. 


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



 September Discipleship Calendar:  “Bishop’s Bible Reading Challenge for 2019”

For 2019, the Bishop’s Bible Challenge is a blended style of reading; a mixture of

Old Testament and New Testament readings each day. 

Don’t forget to pre-register for Bible Boot Camp on September 28!

1)

Psalms 135-136; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

2)

Psalms 137-139; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

 3)

Psalms 140-142; 2 Cor. 12

 

4)

Psalms 143-145;  2 Corinthians 13

5)

Psalms 146-147; John 1:1-28

6)

Psalms 148-150;  John 1:29-51

7)

Judges 1-3;         John 2

 
8) 

Judges 4-6;  John 3:1-18

9) 

Judges 7-8;                            

John 3:19-36

10) 

Judges 9-10; John 4:1-30

11) 

Judges 11-12;  John 4:31-54

12) 

Judges 13-15; John 5:1-24

 

13)

Judges 16-18;  John 5:25-47

14)

Judges 19-21;    John 6:1-21

 
15) 

Lam. 1-2;     John 6:22-44

16)  

Lam. 3-5;      John 6:45-71

17) 

Amos 1-3;  John 7:1-27

18)

Amos 4-6;     John 7:28-53

 

19) 

Amos 7-9;      John 8:1-27    

20) 

Ezekiel 1-2;   John 8:28-59

21) 

Ezekiel 3-4;        John 9:1-23

 
22) 

Ezekiel 5-7;  John 9:24-41

23) 

Ezekiel 8-10;  John 10:1-23

24)

Ezekiel 11-13;  John 10:24-42

 25) 

Ezekiel 14-15;  John 11:1-29

26) 

Ezekiel 16-17; John 11:30-57

27) 

Ezekiel 18-19;  John 12:1-26

28)

Ezekiel 20-21;    John 12:27-50

 
29) 

Ezekiel 22-23;  John 13:1-20

30) 

Ezekiel 24-26;  John 13:21-38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vacation bible school

(VBS)

WUMC offers Vacation Bible School for any child ages 4-years-old through rising 6th grade. We always have opportunities available for those interested in volunteering.  During VBS we enjoy learning about God through crafts, music, games, storytelling and science! 

 

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