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 Bond, 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.

Vacation Bible School is going virtual!

Join us July 13-17 (new dates!) as we embark on an adventure and explore the story of Daniel and his courageous faith. Playlists will be released each morning of VBS with prerecorded videos of worship and activities for you and your children to enjoy as your schedules permit.

Day 1: The Captivity – God is with us wherever we go.
Day 2: Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
 – God is in control of everything.
Day 3: Furnace of Fire
 – God wants us to worship only Him.
Day 4: Writing on the Wall
 – God resists the proud and honors the humble.
Day 5: Den of Lions
 – God is our salvation.

Don’t think you’ll be able to complete all of the activities in that one week? We get it. Life is busy especially right now with our homes being places of work, recreation, rest, learning, and worship. Never fear though! All of the materials will remain available for you to complete after the week of July 13-17 should you want to revisit them.

For more details, contact Meredith Bond at mbond@annandale-umc.org. Click here for registration.

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 Bond, Director of Christian Education for Children, at mbond@annandale-umc.org.

Youth Ministries

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

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/.

There is a weekly Zoom game night on Saturdays at 7 p.m. Contact Peter, pkwon@annandale-umc.org, to be added to our mailing list and receive the link.

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

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All in-person activities are currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. The following classes and activities will resume in the future:

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.

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.

Adult Education

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

Coronavirus update: Our classes and groups are not currently meeting in person.

Our head pastor, Rev. Jason Micheli, will hold a special online Bible Study on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. together with Dr. Todd Littleton, at 2 p.m.  on the “Do Not Be Afraid” scriptures. If you would like to participate, go to www.annandalechurch.com/wednesdaybible to join the Zoom during the class. Otherwise, it will be available on our Facebook page.

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. On June 28 and July 5, the class will be discussing faith and race issues based on a video series from Wesley Theological Seminary, “Moving Faith Communities to Fruitful Conversations About Race.”
  • 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.

Check below to learn more about our normal in-person activities:

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.The class has started an eight-week study of Dr. Willimon’s This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice. The study will systematically lay out key Wesleyan tenets of faith so that participants will gain a fresh way to hear God’s voice, share in God’s grace and become stronger in their discipleship of Jesus Christ. All are welcome. 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. 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.