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 Martha Hernandez at (757) 229-1771 Ext 359 or mhernandez@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.”


Next Senior Pastor's Bible Study:


“FEAR OF THE OTHER,” a five-week study, begins on Wednesday, January 9 & Thursday, January 10. We will use as a guide for this study Bishop Will Willimon’s book and DVD presentations, “Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love.” Is there a distinctively Christian way to engage the “outsider” and “stranger”? Fear of the Other is a subject whose time has come given the divided nature of relationships in the church and the surrounding culture today. In this five-week study participants will explore who they consider the Other to be in their lives and communities and begin regarding the Other from a Christian perspective. For those who would like to read Willimon’s biblically rich and theologically prophetic book, copies will be available from the senior pastor beginning in December. (Reading the book is not required for participation in the class.)


SPECIAL STUDIES

ROAD OF DISCIPLESHIP: Making Disciples through Nurture and Learning

January 2019



Senior Pastor's Midweek Bible Study

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

Leader: Pastor Bill Jones

“FEAR OF THE OTHER,” a five-week study, begins on Wednesday, January 9 & Thursday, January 10. We will use as a guide for this study Bishop Will Willimon’s book and DVD presentations, “Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love.” Is there a distinctively Christian way to engage the “outsider” and “stranger”? Fear of the Other is a subject whose time has come given the divided nature of relationships in the church and the surrounding culture today. In this five-week study participants will explore who they consider the Other to be in their lives and communities and begin regarding the Other from a Christian perspective. For those who would like to read Willimon’s biblically rich and theologically prophetic book, copies will be available from the senior pastor beginning in December. (Reading the book is not required for participation in the class.)


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, begins with an Information Session on Wednesday, January 2 at 6:30 p.m. and 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! We'll see you on January 2!


Christianity: The First Four Centuries

Beginning Wednesday, January 9 – January 30

Meets from 6:10 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Leader: Ray Morgan

This class will follow the history of the early Christian movement from the years 30 CE to roughly 480 CE. Initially, the Christian movement resided within greater Judaism. However, conflict soon arose between the beliefs of mainstream Judaism and this new Jewish Christian sect. This conflict resulted in an eventual parting of the ways between what became two irreconcilable belief systems. Then, having separated from Judaism, the Christian movement had to define its doctrinal beliefs. This class will cover the early development of the movement that became Christianity. That coverage will be laid against the relevant unfolding political and military events within the Roman Empire.



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.


January Discipleship Calendar:  “New:  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)

Genesis 1-3;

Romans 1

2)

Genesis 4-6;

Romans 2

3)

Genesis 7-9;

Romans 3

4)

Genesis 10-12;

Romans 4

5)

Genesis 13-15;

Romans 5

6) 

Genesis 16-17;

Romans 6

7) 

Genesis 18-19;

Romans 7

8) 

Genesis 20-22;

Romans 8:1-21

9) 

Genesis 23-24;

Romans 8:22-39

10) 

Genesis 25-26;

Romans 9:1-15

11)

Genesis 27-28;

Romans 9:16-33

12)

Genesis 29-30;

Romans 10

13) 

Genesis 31-32;

Romans 11:1-18

14)  

Genesis 33-35;

Romans 11:19-36

15) 

Genesis 36-38;

Romans 12

16)

Genesis 39-40;

Romans 13

17) 

Genesis 41-42; Romans 14

18) 

Genesis 43-45; Romans 15:1-13

19) 

Genesis 46-48;

Romans 15:14-33

20) 

Genesis 49-50; Romans 16

21) 

Isaiah 1-2;

Mark 1:1-22

22)

Isaiah 3-4;

Mark 1:23-45

 23) 

Isaiah 5-6;

Mark 2

24) 

Isaiah 7-8;

Mark 3:1-19

25) 

Isaiah 9-10;

Mark 3:20-35

26)

Isaiah 11-13;

Mark 4:1-20

27) 

Isaiah 14-16;

Mark 4:21-43

28) 

Isaiah 17-19;

Mark 5:1-20

29)

Isaiah 20-22;

Mark 5:21-43

 30) 

Isaiah 23-25;

Mark 6:1-29

31)

Isaiah 26-27;

Mark 6:30-56