Children’s Ministries

Director: Meredith Bond, mbond@annandale-umc.org

Children are a vital part of our ministry. We invite children to have fun and learn about God’s love for them. We offer activities for 2-year-olds through fifth graders, including weekly Sunday school (9:45 a.m.) and children’s choir. Click here to register a child.

During the school year, we offer two preschool classes for young children using the Spark curriculum. We currently have a 2&3-year-old class as well as a 4 year-old class.

Our elementary age children use Godly Play, a method of Christian formation and spiritual direction for children. The goal is to teach children the art of using religious language to help them become more aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.  Bible stories are told with objects and encourage children to enter into the stories and relate them to their personal experience.

Childcare is available for infants through preschoolers during worship services and church events in Room 207.

Children’s Church meets during the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Children leave partway through the main worship in the sanctuary, and head to Hughes Hall to attend a service where they can learn Christian truths and values paired with fun activities to help them explore the lesson.

Check our Upcoming Children’s Classes and Events below to learn what we will focus on each week this fall, or click here for a full schedule.

Volunteers are needed and parents of participants are expected to assist on a rotating basis – click here to sign up.

For more information, contact Meredith Bond, Director of Christian Education for Children, at mbond@annandale-umc.org.

Youth Ministries

Director: Rev. Peter Kwon, pkwon@annandale-umc.org

AUMC provides sixth through twelfth graders with a safe space to grow and explore their faith. We offer two Sunday school classes for middle and high school youths, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Our Middle School Class meets in Room 209 at 9:45 a.m. Our High School Class meets in the Youth Room (Room 105) at 9:45 a.m.

We also have a program on Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m., called Ramp. The photo shows one of our previous Ramp activities, Donut Olympics!

For more information, contact Rev. Peter Kwon, Director of Youth Ministries, at pkwon@annandale-umc.org, or click here to visit the Grid on Facebook!

ATTENTION: We need parents to volunteer for food for our first Sunday Youth Night dinners! Please email Peter (pkwon@annandale-umc.org) and let him know if God tugs you to serve!

Upcoming Youth Classes and Events

Friday, Feb. 7 – Sunday, Feb. 9: AUMC Youth Ski Retreat. The spots are completely filled up! Please get in touch with Peter if you are still interested! Click here to see the registration sheet.

Friday, Feb. 21 – Saturday, Feb. 22: Friendship UMC is hosting our annual 30-Hour Famine. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to reflect deeply about the issue of poverty and world hunger, and take a part in a missional opportunity. Fasting starts at noon on Friday, Feb. 21, and check in is Friendship UMC at 7 p.m. (bring a sleeping bag). We will depart from Friendship at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 4-6 p.m.: Come to bowling with the Cohort Churches at Bowl America (9699 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22031). Bring money for food as well!

Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15: Journey Retreat for middle school students. It’s cool that we get to grow closer to one another and have fun. However, if we do not grow in faith in Christ, it all is in vain. Journey retreat is a retreat created for middle schoolers who are looking to grow closer to Christ. Parents, please fill out the forms found in http://journeyweekend.com/register with a check made out to “AUMC Youth” and give them to Peter before Feb. 15 , and the church will give a $30 scholarship to bring the total cost to $120. Please be advised that after Feb. 15, the regular price will be $160. We strongly encourage our middle schoolers to  attend this retreat! Click here for the waiver. If you have any questions, feel free to email Peter. You can also check out their website and see the promotional video at http://journeyweekend.com/

Sunday, Mar. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: First Sunday Youth Communion. First Sunday of the month during Youth Night, we will have a time of fellowship over dinner (YES, FOOD) and Communion! It is important for us to come and break bread in remembrance of God’s love for us.

Young Adults

Director: Rev. Peter Kwon, pkwon@annandale-umc.org

Young adult ministry at AUMC is for young adults, ages 18-35, who are interested in studying God’s word, sharing in Christian fellowship, and serving together in mission.

Chat & Chew
Once a month we gather at a restaurant at 12:30 p.m. for a lunch and Bible study, as we dive deeper into the day’s sermon and discuss how it applies to our everyday lives.  We hope you come join us for this time of food, fellowship, and discussing God’s Word.

Other Activities
The Young Adults participate in a wide variety of other fellowship and mission activities including everything from movie nights and Superbowl parties to packaging meals for the hungry and writing Easter cards for human trafficking survivors. To be added to the AUMC Young Adults email list, contact Rev. Peter Kwon, pkwon@annandale-umc.org or 703-256-8330.

Adult Education

Director: Rev. Jason Micheli, jmicheli@annandale-umc.org

Our Academy of Discipleship offers adult Sunday school, mid-week classes, small groups, sermon studies, guest lecturers and more. The Academy is led by Rev. Jason Micheli. Contact him at jmicheli@annandale-umc.org with questions.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES (9:45-10:45 a.m.)

Our adult Sunday school classes meet from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the Annandale main campus building, 6935 Columbia Pike. Click here to learn more!

AUMC PARENTS, Room 310. This class is a place where parents can find encouragement as they follow God’s example in parenting their children while being reminded that they too are God’s children. Leaders: Amanda Grier-Taggart, ARGrier@hotmail.com, and Scott Taggart.

BIBLE FELLOWSHIP, Room 210. This class provides in-depth study of scripture to incorporate Biblical truths into daily life.  They recently began a study of the Gospel of John, including the Incarnate Word, the Signs of the Messiah, the Farewell Discourse, the Passion Narrative, the Roles of Peter and the Disciple Whom Jesus Loved. All are welcome. Leader: Jerry Beyer, beyerga@gmail.com

FAITH IN LIFE, Room 303. A class for anyone interested in exploring issues of living faith in everyday life. In Fall 2019 they will continue with a study using Adam Hamilton’s Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today. We will be going to and through Section Two: Making Sense of the Bibles Challenging Passages. Some sample chapter titles in this section include: “God’s Violence in the Old Testament”; Suffering, Devine Providence, and the Bible”; “Did Jesus Really Say That?”; “No One Comes to the Father Except Through Me”?; “Women Need Not Apply”; Homosexuality and the Bible”; and “Making Sense of the Book of Revelation.” Leaders: Harry Day, dayshome@verizon.net, Fred Carns and Troy Klingler

FOLLOW-UP, Hughes Hall. Do you long to go deeper and think critically about topics of faith? During the Sunday School hour, grab a cup of coffee and join Pastor Jason for FOLLOW-UP to go deeper into the preaching text. Leader: Pastor Jason Micheli, jmicheli@annandale-umc.org

IMMANUEL, Room 300. The Immanuel Class begins a new 6-week study on Jan. 12. The Man of Galilee is a DVD with stunning visuals of the Holy Land and insight into the effects of geography and culture on the teachings of Jesus. Next we will start a special study for Lent.  Using the book Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice by Susan Robb along with DVD and Bible study we will investigate how God called six of the Bible’s most iconic characters and can empower us in His service.  This Lenten study begins Feb. 23. Please join us for tea and discussion at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays in Room 300. Leader: Janet Woods, jcwoods2@verizon.net

IN HIS STEPS, Room 302. This winter and spring, the class will study and discuss the book, The Best of Will Willimon – Acting Up in Jesus’ Name. The book captures the best of Retired Bishop Will Willimon’s writings on what it means to be a faithful Christian in today’s world. Bishop Willimon’s writings will challenge you and deepen your faith. All are cordially invited to participate in this faith-building study. The class meets Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in Room 302. Leader: Bill Iwig, Bethesda.duo@verizon.net

ISSUES IN CHRISTIANITY, Room 307. This class will do a tour of Christian History, beginning with the Reformation and concluding with 21st Century challenges to Christianity. Leader: Kevin Sabo, kmsabo61@gmail.com

SMALL GROUP FOR BUSY COUPLES, in the parlor. Looking for a way to add another layer to your connection to AUMC? Brad and Libby Todd are leading a new small group during the Sunday school hour for busy couples in their 30s and 40s, with occasional full family outings or potlucks for lunch or dinner. Don’t worry if you can’t make it every week — this is a group that’s juggling life and looking for a few moments of reflection. The first reading will be Martin Luther’s essay “On Christian Freedom,” a basic Christianity 101 tract for lay people that kicked off the Reformation. Leaders: Brad and Libby Todd.

WOMEN IN SEARCH OF TRUTH, Room 306. This class is for women interested in connecting the Bible to the issues modern women face. They are currently working through a Beth Moore Bible study on the book of Daniel. Leaders: Tracy Carney, tracy@carneyzone.net, and Brenda Pool, BRENDA.K.POOLE@saic.com

CLASSES Through the Week

We have activities every day of the week, ranging from serious Bible studies to a running group! Click here to check our group list and find one that's right for you.

Mondays:

  • CENTERING PRAYER: Meets Mondays, 9:30 a.m. in room 308. This class is open to anyone who wants to engage this spiritual practice designed to open the mind and heart to God’s transforming work. It is a good way to begin your week. Leader: Dottie Rogerson, DRogerson@annandale-umc.org
  • FALLING UPWARD HOME GROUP, Mondays at 7 p.m. in various homes. This group has thought provoking discussion, share experiences, love, doubt, and wrestle with what it means to be a child of God in both the practical and biblical sense. Leader: Maribeth Day, maribethday416@gmail.com
  • GRACE AND TRUTH GROUP: 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Parlor. This group meets every two weeks for fellowship, study, and discussion. New members are always welcome. Leader: Gary FitzGibbon, gary@garyfitzgibbon.com

Tuesdays

  • A CLOSER WALK: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in room 307. Leader: Pam Adams, majmommd@msn.com

Wednesdays:

  • PRAYER AND PRAISE: Meets Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. in room 307. This weekly Bible Study group prays, studies, and fellowships together weekly.  They often invite guest speakers to lead their discussions. Leader: Rudy Meekins.

Thursdays:

  • ALEXANDRIA HOME GROUP: Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Bruce Home. This group offers a safe place to be heard and embraced. A light dinner is offered so those coming from work can be nourished. We are currently studying The Second Mountain by David Brooks. Leaders: Margaret and Jerry Bruce, margaretannbruce@gmail.com

Saturdays:

  • 1 KING’S MEN’S GROUP: 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. at Juke Box Diner. This group meets for breakfast, fellowship, encouragement, and Bible Study, using the Master Builders Bible for Men. Leader: Bill Iwig, Bethesda.duo@verizon.net

Sundays:

  • ANNANDALE HOME GROUP: Sundays at 4 p.m. in the Moeller home. This purpose of this group up is to grow in Christ, care for one another, serve the community, and share the Good News. Time together includes food and fellowship. Leaders: Deke (deke082705@yahoo.com) and Anna Moeller (Fongfong020702@yahoo.com)

Annandale also hosts a variety of fellowship groups – visit the Groups page to learn more!

The FaithJustice Forum

The FaithJustice Forum is a joint ministry of Annandale UMC and the FaithJustice Foundation, founded by one of AUMC’s previous pastors, Rev. Cynthia Johnson-Oliver.  The forums explore how faith impacts the important social justice issues of our time and how people of faith are called to speak and take action in ways that do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

For Such a Time as This

We are excited to announce plans for Social Justice Summer 2020! Social Justice Summer is a national call to action for congregations and other faith communities to a dedicated time of social justice-themed worship, book study, small group discussion, and at least one social justice action on an important issue affecting communities across the country.

Our theme for 2020 is “For Such a Time as This.” At a time of deep divisions in our country, we face numerous challenges to the vision of a just and equal society.  But now is also a time of great hope and opportunity as we have seen people organize and mobilize in unprecedented numbers to build a more just society.

Therefore, Social Justice Summer 2020 invites congregations and other faith communities to commit for 4-6 weeks to the following:

  • Book Study on Social Justice
  • Sermon Series on Social Justice
  • Small Group Discussion, and
  • at least one Social Justice Action

Our five areas of focus are voting rights, criminal justice reform, immigration rights, economic equality, and education. We’re also excited to share that we have a Youth Track in the works.

Social Justice Summer is offered in the spirit of Mississippi Freedom Summer, a 1964 voter registration drive during the Civil Rights Movement. By combining a discipleship model with grassroots organizing, we envision a movement for justice fueled by the faith that motivated freedom movements in years past with a hope that will compel generations to come.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be releasing more information, including a Social Justice Summer toolkit and planning materials. For now, click here to register or just to let us know you’re interested in Social Justice Summer 2020 – for such a time as this!

Learn more about upcoming activities at faithjusticefoundation.org.