christian education



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To register online for any of the Upcoming Special Studies listed below (as spaces will be limited by our Zoom platform!), click here Questions, contact Cindy Banek, (757) 229-1771 Ext 258 or

New On-Line Study Opportunity This Fall: "The Color of Compromise"

Meets Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. beginning September 15

Given our nation's recent attention to matters of race, justice and reconciliation, WUMC will soon begin our own related conversation, taking place via 10 weekly, online sessions (via Zoom). The class will feature a large-group presentation by the Rev. Dr. Jim Melson, a retired UM pastor who will lead this weekly series based on the book The Color of Compromise by Jamar Tisby, an African American speaker, theologian, and author. The book is a challenging and insightful resource to help us receive a new perspective on the history, witness and prospects for our global church with respect to the painful matter of race. Small-group conversations (also by Zoom) will enhance our listening, learning, and sharing in conversation. The discussion will take place on Tuesdays beginning September 15 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. 

For those for whom the day will not work, or would need to miss a session, we will record the class each week and upload it to Facebook and our website, where you are welcome to review it. Also for those who prefer an alternative day and time, the Searcher’s Sunday School Class will begin the study on Sunday, September 20 from 9:30 –10:30 am via Zoom. This will be a smaller group setting and will use a DVD and discussion format.

All persons are encouraged to be part of an online, plenary Sunday School meeting with Bishop Pete Weaver on September 13 at 9:30 a.m., at which we will examine the Christian perspective of neighborliness.

Encountering the Heart of Discipleship Through The Lord’s Prayer

Meets Thursdays, September 24–October 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator:  Rev. David Hindman

We pray the Lord's Prayer with regularity, but do we understand all that is entailed if we truly pray it from our heart? What does it mean for us to hallow God's name? To pray truly for God’s Realm to become real here and now? How do we live in this nation, yet give our higher allegiance as citizens of God’s already present Realm that trumps all other loyalties? What happens with disciples of Jesus when we pray to forgive those who wrong us, or ask only for enough to get by for today? Rev. David Hindman will facilitate a six-session Zoom study of the Lord’s Prayer, Thursdays, September 24–October 29, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

pastors' bible study

Upcoming Pastors' Bible Study:  Revolutionary Parables: Stories that (Still) Shake the World!

Meets Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 16 and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning September 17

Led by:  Rev. Dave Rochford, Lead Pastor

Truly the on-ramps to the highway of God’s Kingdom, the Parables of Jesus enable us to pick up speed as we begin to wonder what life would be like if God were in control. They were and are essential to Jesus’ way of expressing his Father’s character, as well as God’s will for our world and lives. (Indeed, they are so central to Jesus’ message that according to Mark, “without a parable, he told them nothing!”) (13:34).

And yet as familiar as many of these stories are to us (and others, much less so!), there is also a troubling strangeness to them. In 39 of Jesus’ 43 parables (or 46, depending on how you count them), something is bent – not quite lining up with our logic or our sense of fair play. Why? And why would Jesus choose to teach in such a confounding way in the first place?

Come join us for Pastor Dave’s first on-line Bible study with us, “Revolutionary Parables: Stories that (Still) Shake the World!” We will convene on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning September 16/17, and continue for the next six weeks. In this time, we will locate a framework for reading the Parables for deeper meaning, as we seek to understand better the way that Jesus’ original listeners would have heard them. We will also use break-out groups to offer folks the chance to converse, to find deeper meaning for our own lives and contexts – which is surely what the Storyteller intended!

For the present we will use the Zoom platform, which means that those participating can either use a phone to listen in or a device with a screen (a laptop or an iPad with a camera works best). A link to the study will be distributed via email. If you would like some coaching on the use of Zoom, contact Cindy Banek (757) 229-1771 Ext 258.  We are glad to help.


“Who is My Neighbor?”

On September 13, a Special Plenary Sunday School meeting with Bishop Pete Weaver was held discussing the Christian perspective of neighborliness.  The audio is available below.



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


At WUMC Youth, we have three promises to you! We will learn your name and get to know you; we will read from the Bible when we gather; and we will always pray whenever and however we are together.

Youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to participate in weekly online meet-ups for prayer, Scripture reading and activities. There are some opportunities for in-person, outdoor gatherings with restrictions. Stay informed by contacting Pastor Meghan and the Youth Leadership Team at

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

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children'S sunday school

Children's Sunday School currently meets weekly via Zoom meeting for a time of play, scripture, and prayer. Grade levels included range from kindergarten - 5th grade. Most meeting last around 20 minutes and include children's messages focused around the Sunday message. If you are interested in registered your child please email Anthony Williams, Director of Children's Ministries at

For information about Children's Church, click here.

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