Because of the coronavirus pandemic, all Sunday school classes and other Sunday group meetings have been suspended. For an overview of AUMC’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit annandalechurch.com/cvresponse. To see our reopening survey results, click here.

Children’s Ministries

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

Coronavirus season update: Although we’ve suspended activities in person because of the outbreak, Meredith has come up with a variety of ways for children to continue their spiritual growth. These include:

  • An online Children’s Corner with Bible-based games, arts and crafts projects, educational resources, and more.
  • A weekly video lesson. In lieu of pre-k through Kindergarten Sunday school, Meredith has been posting a story/message to our Facebook page each Sunday, with an archive of previous videos available at our Children’s Corner. These pre-recorded videos are for everyone but especially geared toward families with children in kindergarten and younger, and will be emailed to parents with children in this age group. Contact Meredith for a transcript.
  • Sunday school online at 9:45 a.m. Children ages 1st grade-5th grade will be able to interact and participate via a secure zoom connection. For safety and security reasons, this link will not be posted to Facebook but rather sent directly to the parents; contact Meredith at mbond@annandale-umc.org if you have not been added to the mailing list.
  • Children’s virtual visits, Tuesdays from 5 – 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 – 9 a.m. Children are invited to connect with Ms. Meredith and virtually visit with other AUMC children through a secure zoom link that will be sent out to all parents. Contact Meredith at mbond@annandale-umc.org with any questions or if you do not receive a link.

Thank you for joining us for virtual VBS! Close to 100 children either joined us July 13-17 for virtual Vacation Bible School or are planning to complete virtual VBS throughout the summer. If you weren’t able to attend but would still like to participate, you can access each day’s video playlist by going to the Children’s Ministry YouTube channel. The playlists include story time, music, arts and crafts, science and snacks based on the theme of Daniel’s Courageous Faith and will be accessible through Labor Day Weekend. If you have questions or would like the supplemental materials packet, contact Meredith Lamarche at mbond@annandale-umc.org.

Calling all card-makers and artists!

Just as Jesus walks alongside us in our troubles and gives us comfort and hope, we are able to do the same for others even during this strange time of social-distancing. Are you looking for ways to help your kids build a sense of community while also helping them find peace and purpose in helping others? If so, this might be just the ticket . . .

What to do:
Pull out some paper and mark-making supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, stamps, you name it!). Put your heart into making these cards and/or drawings for the older congregants of AUMC as a way of reaching out to your AUMC family during this time of social distancing.  Check out this article from TinkerLab with 40 different cards you can try making.

How to get the cards to where they need to go:
Meredith has a list of names and addresses to send cards to. Contact her at mbond@annandale-umc.org, let her know how many cards you are making, and she will get you the necessary mailing information.

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While all in-person activities are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, here’s a preview of our regular children’s ministries programs:

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.

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 Lamarche, 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. For updated youth content (Peter’s Bits) during the coronavirus season, including a weekly video message, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnnandaleUMCYouth/.

For smaller and shorter content, check out our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/annandaleumcyouth/.

Starting July 20, there will be a 10-minute daily reading of letters written by Paul while he was quarantined (in prison), starting at 10 p.m. [10/10]. Get the calendar alert by clicking the link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZ0rcO2gpj8qG9wlKkArJ-wc3qj0iBqkGLwf/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGhqDwuEtyRsBiPRpx5BI_CLPzxiClfjfpKkDTuIjJ5LxT1ZfNIYrtdAdP3 Or join directly at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89674884018.

We also have a month-long daily devotional available for families to use in worship and spiritual lessons together; click here to see it.

For more information, contact Rev. Peter Kwon, Director of Youth Ministries, at pkwon@annandale-umc.org.

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.

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.

Our youth and young adults are reading the Bible each weeknight at 10 p.m. for 10 minutes. It’s called the 10:10 challenge. To participate, contact Pastor Peter at pkwon@annandale-umc.org or find the Zoom link here. The group is currently reading from Paul’s quarantined letters.

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. Because of the pandemic, our classes are currently not meeting in person; check below for a variety of online offerings!

September study with Malcolm Foley: Join Jason and church historian Malcolm Foley for a study of James Cone’s seminal book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, beginning Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Foley is special advisor to the president for equity and campus engagement at Baylor University, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religion. His dissertation explores African- American Christian responses to lynchings from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. He holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Part history, part theological reflection and part memoir, The Cross and the Lynching Tree is considered a landmark in the conversation about race and religion in America. The class will meet on Mondays through Oct. 12. There is a $15 registration fee. Register for the class here, and find the book here.

Many of our classes and small groups are meeting remotely during the pandemic. Contact one of these leaders if you’re interested in joining:

  • In His Steps class, Sundays, 10 a.m.; contact Bill Iwig, bethesda.duo@verizon.net. The class is currently studying When In Romans by Beverly Roberts Gaventa. Dr. Gaventa is a professor of New Testament at Baylor University and previously taught at Princeton Theological Seminary. This is not a verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter study of Romans. Rather, it discusses the major themes in Paul’s letter.
  • Issues in Christianity class, Sundays, 10 a.m.; contact Kevin Sabo, kmsabo61@gmail.com.
  • Brad and Libby Todd’s small group, Sundays, 9:45 a.m.; contact Brad at brad@onmessageinc.com. The group recently started a new book: Raising Kingdom Kids.
  • Grace and Truth small group, Mondays, 7 p.m.; contact Gary FitzGibbon at gary@garyfitzgibbon.com.
  • 1 Kings men’s Bible study, first and third Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.; contact Bill Iwig, bethesda.duo@verizon.net.
  • Mary and Martha Circle, Saturdays, 9 a.m.; contact Pat Sherfey, psherfey@yahoo.com.
  • Annandale Book Lovers, third Sundays, 7 p.m.; contact David Barker, barkers41@cox.net.

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

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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.

Learn more about upcoming activities at faithjusticefoundation.org.