christian education

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL     -     YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL     -     CHILDREN SUNDAY SCHOOL

SENIOR PASTOR'S BIBLE STUDY     -     SPECIAL STUDIES     -     VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

BISHOP'S BIBLE READING CHALLENGE


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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 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 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.


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 aglascott@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.


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 207
  • Grades K-2:  Room 302
  • Grades 3-5:  Room 301

For information about any Sunday School class, contact Rev. Meghan Roth Clayton, Associate Pastor

at (757) 229-1771 Ext 261 or mclayton@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:


Homosexuality in Text and Context: What Does the Bible Say? begins Wednesday, February 13 & Thursday, February 14.  When asked what sources have contributed to their present attitudes and opinions concerning homosexuality, laypersons and clergy in major Protestant denominations name Scripture significantly more often than any other source as having contributed the most. In this three-week study we will examine the Scripture texts that have been traditionally associated with homosexuality and what those texts mean for 21st Century Christians.

SPECIAL STUDIES

ROAD OF DISCIPLESHIP: Making Disciples through Nurture and Learning

February 2019


Senior Pastor's Midweek Bible Study

Homosexuality in Text and Context: What Does the Bible Say?

Begins February 13 & 14

Meets Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Leader: Rev. Bill Jones

When asked what sources have contributed to their present attitudes and opinions concerning homosexuality, laypersons and clergy in major Protestant denominations name Scripture significantly more often than any other source as having contributed the most. In this three-week study we will examine the Scripture texts that have been traditionally associated with homosexuality and what those texts mean for 21st Century Christians. 


 

Disciple: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study

Leader: Rev. Helen Casey-Rutland & Rev. David Hindman

The Double Dog Dare Disciple Challenge   

Not everyone is up it, but you may be among those with enough grit, determination, and derring do to spend 17 weeks in January-May reading scripture for 30 minutes on a daily basis and meeting weekly with other brave souls for two hours to dig more deeply into God's Word, to discern where God wants to transform your life for good, grow closer to other in deep community, and become familiar with God's Story as told in the Old Testament (it's a lot more interesting than you think!). 

Disciple I: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study will be co-led by Helen Casey-Rutland and David Hindman. We'll dig deep into the Old Testament for 17 sessions; in the fall we'll take on the New Testament in the same, transformative and challenging way. Think it's time for you to encounter God through scripture in a systematic and powerful way? We double dog dare you!



“Sharing Your Faith Story”

Meets from 6:10 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  

Leader: Cindy Banek

In our rapidly changing culture of fewer interpersonal relationships, most people feel uncomfortable talking to others about their faith. For faithful Christians living in this secular world, it is essential to learn how to “tell the old story of Jesus and His love,” claim their own faith, and proclaim the Good News to others. Join us for this 4-week class that will begin to equip you to engage in spiritual conversation. 


   

The Search for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land

Meets Wednesdays, March 13 - April 17 from 6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  

Leader: Rev. David Hindman & David Benedict

The ongoing struggle for peace and justice between Israelis and Palestinians can feel so complicated and tangled, we are tempted simply to give up in despair and confusion. But because we have Christian sisters and brothers who call the Holy Land home, and because this part of God's world is precious to us as the place of Jesus' birth, ministry, death and resurrection, we must not surrender to indifferent helplessness.  

This five week study will be led by David Hindman and David Benedict, who have had extensive travel in the region and an ongoing interest in this knotty problem. Using a curriculum developed by Churches for Middle East Peace (a coalition of 27 national denominations and organizations in Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Evangelical traditions), participants will learn:

  1. Who the Christians of the Holy Land are, how they practice the faith, why they are important to the global Church, and what challenges Christianity faces in the region today.  
  2. Who the Christians of the Holy Land are, how they practice the faith, why they are important to the global Church, and what challenges Christianity faces in the region today.  
  3. Why Palestinians and Israelis both claim historic ties to the land, why these claims are in conflict, and when that conflict began.  
  4. How Israelis and Palestinians view the conflict differently, why these different perspectives on history make achieving peace difficult, and how learning to view the conflict from the perspective of the other is a necessary part of reconciliation.  
  5. Why Jerusalem is sacred for Jews, Christians and Muslims, and why it is an important national symbol for both Palestinians and Israelis.  
  6. How the continuing occupation of the Palestinian territories has harmed both Israeli and Palestinian societies and the realities of the contemporary human rights concerns in the occupied Palestinian territories.  
  7. How to be an effective advocate for a just peace in Israel and Palestine.  



To register online for Special Studies events and activities, please click the link below:

ReCharge Wednesday Activities Registration Form

vacation bible school

(VBS)

Coming in August 2019:  VBS Goes Wild! 


We are excited to partner with our friends in Hexham, England to lead our kids on a safari themed adventure in faith! Join us August 5-9 to learn that when “Life is Wild, God is good!” Save the date, invite your friends and be on the lookout for more information!


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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.



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


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



 

 

 

 

 

1)

Isaiah 28-29;  Mark 7:1-13

2)

Isaiah 30-31;   

Mark 7:14-37

3) 

Isaiah 32-33;   Mark 8         

4) 

Isaiah 34-36; Mark 9:1-29

5) 

Isaiah 37-38;  Mark 9:30-50

6) 

Isaiah 39-40;  Mark 10:1-31

7) 

Isaiah 41-42;  Mark 10:32-52

8)

Isaiah 43-44;   Mark 11:1-18

9)

Isaiah 45-46;   

Mark 11:19-33

10) 

Isaiah 47-49;  Mark 12:1-27

11)  

Isaiah 50-52;  Mark 12:28-44

12) 

Isaiah 53-55;  Mark 13:1-20

13)

Isaiah 56-58;   Mark 13:21-37

14) 

Isaiah 59-61;  Mark 14:1-26

15) 

Isaiah 62-64;  Mark 14:27-53

16) 

Isaiah 65-66;    

Mark 14:54-72

17) 

Exodus 1-3;   Mark 15:1-25

18) 

Exodus 4-6;  Mark 15:26-47

19)

Exodus 7-8;   Mark 16

20) 

Exodus 9-11;            I Thessalonians 1

21) 

Exodus 12-13;      I Thessalonians 2

22) 

Exodus 14-15;      I Thessalonians 3

23)

Exodus 16-18;           I Thessalonians 4

24) 

Exodus 19-20;    I Thessalonians 5

25) 

Exodus 21-22;     2 Thessalonians 1

26)

Exodus 23-24;  2 Thessalonians 2

27) 

Exodus 25-26;     2 Thessalonians 3

28)

Exodus 27-28;  Philemon