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: “God’s Messy Family,” by Jacob Armstrong.
  • 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:


Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

Begins Wednesday, January 8 & Thursday, January 9

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

A four-week Bible study to start the New Year, based on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, led by Senior Pastor Bill Jones, on Wednesdays, beginning January 8 - January 29 at 7:00 p.m. (repeated on Thursdays, beginning January 9 - January 30 at 10:30 a.m.). Welcome to the spiritual neighborhood of Fred Rogers: “I like you as you are. Exactly and precisely. I think you turned out nicely. And I like you as you are.” Fred Rogers fiercely believed that all people deserve love. This conviction wasn’t simply sentimental: it came directly from his Christian faith. He fervently believed in a God who accepts us as we are and who desires a world marked by peace and wholeness. 


SPECIAL STUDIES

Senior Pastor's Midweek Bible Study: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Begins Wednesday, January 8 & Thursday, January 9

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

A four-week Bible study to start the New Year, based on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, led by Senior Pastor Bill Jones, on Wednesdays, beginning January 8 - January 29 at 7:00 p.m. (repeated on Thursdays, beginning January 9 - January 30 at 10:30 a.m.). Welcome to the spiritual neighborhood of Fred Rogers: “I like you as you are. Exactly and precisely. I think you turned out nicely. And I like you as you are.” Fred Rogers fiercely believed that all people deserve love. This conviction wasn’t simply sentimental: it came directly from his Christian faith. He fervently believed in a God who accepts us as we are and who desires a world marked by peace and wholeness. 



New Class: “Jesus in the Gospels”

Begins January 15 & meets from 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Leader: Bob Crossan

This study will look at the way each Gospel writer presents events and teachings, and at the picture of Jesus that emerges in each of the Gospels. Daily assignments will typically include both Old Testament and New Testament passages, and over the 30 weeks we will read the four Gospels and considerable amounts of Scripture from other parts of the Bible. This study will emphasize how Jesus is situated by time and place, and how he interacts with specific persons. Each Gospel will confront us with varied portraits of Jesus, so we will read and study each Gospel carefully.


We will meet for 31 weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 p.m.-8:15p.m. After an introductory meeting on January 8, we will meet weekly from January 15 - May 20 and September 16 - December 9.


We will learn and grow together as a group. It will require individual and group commitment to attend at least 80% of the weekly meetings and to be prepared as best as possible. While everyone will have the opportunity to participate in group discussions, no one will ever be put on the spot or asked to go beyond their personal comfort zone. The group meetings will be facilitated in a manner to assure balanced participation and moderation in the discussion.


This will be a rigorous, enjoyable and rewarding experience for all who participate. Please contact Cindy Banek (229-1771 Ext 258) or cbanek@williamsburgumc.org with any questions or to register.

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.



January 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 theme for January is, “Seeking His Presence.”  This is a 21-day plan through January 21.  A new prayer calendar will available beginning January 22.

 

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)

Psalm 139:1-7

2)

 Acts 3:19-21

3)

Psalm 16

4)

Psalm 16:1-4

5) 

Psalm 16:5-8

6) 

Psalm 16:9-11

7)  

Psalm 21:1-7

8) 

Psalm 51:10-12

9) 

Psalm 84

10)

Psalm 84:1-4

11)

Psalm 84:5-9

12) 

Psalm 84:10-12

13)   

Psalm 91:1-10

14) 

Psalm 91:11-16

15)

Genesis 28:13-17

16) 

Psalm 100

17) 

Psalm 105:1-4

18) 

Isaiah 64:1-2

19)  

1 Corinthians 1:27-31

20) 

2 Corinthians 4:13-18

21)

Hebrews 9:24

 

 

 

 

 

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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