Children’s Ministries

Director: Meredith Lamarche, 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. Contact Meredith at mbond@annandale-umc.org to be added to our email list.

Children’s church is held in the Media Center downstairs. Everyone starts worship together in the sanctuary before kids are dismissed to children’s church with the group leader. Through December we will be exploring the names of God in children’s church! Please note that children will return to the sanctuary prior to communion.

            • Dec. 5: “I am Immanuel,” Matthew 1; Luke 1-2.
            • Dec. 12: Children’s Christmas Pageant! No children’s church this week
            • Dec. 19: “I am Prince of Peace,” Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2.
            • Dec. 26: Merry Christmas! No children’s church

Children’s Sunday School meets at 9:15 a.m. each week. The pre-k Sunday school room uses the Spark curriculum and the K-5 classes use Godly Play. Drop off will be at each of the children’s classrooms as follows: Preschool – room 208, K/1st – room 313, 2nd/3rd – room 314, 4th/5th – room 309. Please remember pickup is between 10:10-10:15 a.m.

Important dates to remember:

  • Dec. 12: Christmas Pageant. Christmas activities during the Sunday School hour.
  • Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Family Service at 4pm
  • Mar. 1, 2022: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper with kids’ activities
  • April 10, 2022: All Sunday school classes participate in Holy Week Walk
  • April 17, 2022: Children’s Easter Egg Hunt & Celebrations
  • June 5, 2022: Last day of Children’s Sunday school

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. Stay connected with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnnandaleUMCYouth/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/annandaleyya/ – for the privacy of our students, you’ll need to log in to connect with us. To keep up with Youth activities email Peter Kwon and ask him to add you to his mailing list.

Sunday School meets at 9:15 a.m., including a Confirmation Class from Oct. 3 to Easter.

Our regular Sunday Youth Night will be 4-6:30 p.m. There will be a lesson, games related to the lesson, and other fun activities that will help our students bond and build friendship!

Fall Calendar of Special Youth Events:

  • 11/21: Paintball, 2-4:15 p.m. at Pev’s Paintball. Last year, we lit up Fairfax UMC. This year, we will be joined by friends from other churches! Come out and just have a blast with us (no pun intended). Register at annandalechurch.com/paintball.

Supporting our students: Let Peter know your schedules for sport events, performances, or anything else! He’d love to be there to show support for you!

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

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.

Ongoing online class until Dec. 20. Jason will lead an online study with the co-teachers from the Hebrews class called “Means of Grace: An Orthodox and Inclusive Understanding of Marriage and Ministry.” It will be a theology class rather than a Bible study. The goal is to show, using the ancient Church Fathers, how we can think about these two practices in ways with which many traditionalists and progressives can find common ground. Register at annandalechurch.com/meansofgrace .

Sunday school classes are resuming in person this fall! Contact class leaders to learn more about when each class begins or what they’re currently studying.

  • Immanuel Faith-in-Life. The Immanuel and Exploring Faith in Life classes have combined in Room 303 at 9:30 a.m. They are currently studying Light of the World by Professor Amy-Jill Levine, which brings a Jewish perspective to the familiar birth story of our Lord.  Please join us at 9:15 in Room 303 for video, book discussion, and tea. For more information, contact Harry Day at dayshome@verizon.net or Janet Woods at jcwoods2@verizon.net.
  • In His Steps. This class meets in-person in Room 302 at 9:30 a.m with a hybrid option. For more information, contact Bill Iwig at bethesda.duo@verizon.net.
  • Issues in Christianity. This class meets in Room 307 at 9:30 a.m. with a hybrid option. The topic for this coming school year is The Apocryphal Jesus. For more information, contact Kevin Sabo at kmsabo61@gmail.com.
  • Women in Search of Truth. This class meets online at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Tracy Carney at tracy@carneyzone.net or Brenda Pool at brenda.k.poole@saic.com.

Our other classes which have been meeting during the pandemic are as follows; please contact the leaders for details on meeting in person vs. online and more information:

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.