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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: 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.


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.  
  • 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. 
  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • 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. 

For information about any Adult 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.

Youth Sunday School will meet in the Youth Center (room 174). February studies include the completion of the "Echo the Story" Bible study on February 16 and the beginning of a new 4-week Lenten study on February 23. Guest teachers for this study are Pastor Helen, Pastor Bill, Bishop Weaver, and Pastor David. 

Confirmation for 8th graders and high-schoolers not yet confirmed will start on Sunday April 19. Confirmation Sunday is May 31. There will be a concurrent Sunday School class for those youth not going through Confirmation. 

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

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children'S 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 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

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?”, “Making Sense of the Hard Sayings of Jesus”, and "Won't You Be My Neighbor".

Current Senior Pastor's Bible Study:

Senior Pastor's Favorite Bible Passages

Meets Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall & Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in Room 171

Leader: Pastor Bill Jones

Starting Wednesday, February 19, Pastor Bill’s Bible Study will begin an exploration of some of his favorite Bible passages from his 43 years in pastoral ministry. The class will meet through the end of May.


Lenten/Easter Study: “The Passion Play: Living the Story of Christ’s Last Days” by Rob Fuquay

March 4 & 18 and April 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Leader: Pastor Meghan Roth-Clayton

You are invited to this 6-part study led by Pastor Meghan on Wednesdays, March 4, 18, and April 1—22 from 6:15—7:15 pm. With few exceptions, the Oberammergau Passion Play has been presented by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany every 10 years since 1634. The play is a staging of Jesus' Passion story, covering the final period of his life from his visit to Jerusalem to the journey to the cross. Pastor Meghan, her husband Josh and several church members will be traveling to Germany to see the Passion Play this June. This study is open to all interested in the biblical story of the Passion Play. Register with Pastor Meghan (229-1771 Ext 261) or or by clicking here.

Lenten Study: “The Grace of Les Miserables” 

Begins March 4 through April 8 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Leader: Rev. David Hindman

Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is a truly epic story. Whether you’ve tackled the 1,400-page 19th century novel, witnessed the Broadway musical, or seen the several screen adaptations of it, you already know the power of this story. Each Wednesday (March 4-April 8) during the season of Lent, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Rev. David Hindman will facilitate a study of this classic work using Matt Rawle's, The Grace of Les Misérables, which explores six ideals found in the story — grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love, and hope—each represented by a character in Hugo’s story. As these imperfect yet readily recognizable characters interact, we can see how these ideals work together in the world. The study brings us to the intersection of Church and Pop Culture by drawing parallels between the iconic story and our Christian calling, inviting participants both to understand our faith and live it out in the world. Interested persons should contact Cindy Banek (229-1771 Ext 258) or to register or click 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
  • 2019 - read the Bible with a blended style of Old and New Testament readings

For 2020, the Bible Challenge will be based on a thematic approach.  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.

Discipleship Calendar:  “Bishop’s Bible Reading Challenge for 2020”

For 2020, Bishop Lewis is challenging the entire conference to read the Bible all the way through with a thematic reading plan.  Our 21-day theme for March 25 - April 14 is, “Love.”  A new prayer calendar will available April 15.   

For each reading, there are suggested reflective exercises to draw you closer to God:

  1. Summarize the passage in your own words.
  2. Reflect on what the passage teaches you about God and about seeking His presence. 
  3. Examine your beliefs.  Are you being led astray by any beliefs that contradict God’s Word?
  4. Examine your lifestyle.  Are you drawing closer to God or further away?
  5. If necessary, are you taking steps to correct what you have discovered?
  6. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you walk in obedience to the scripture passage.







1 John 4:7-12


1 John 4:13-21


1 John 5:1-5


1 Corinthians 13:1-7


1 Corinthians 13:8-13


Romans 5:1-11


Romans 12:9-21


1 Peter 4:7-11


2 Corinthians 5:11-15


2 Corinthians 5:16-21


Matthew 22:34-40


John 15:1-11


John 15:12-17


John 15:18-27


John 17:20-26


John 21:15-19


Hebrews 13:1-6


Matthew 5:43-48


Galatians 5:16-26


Lamentations 3:21-24


Philippians 2:1-11







vacation bible school


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! 

VBS 2020

June 22-26.  More information coming soon!


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