Our Fall 2018 classes and activities booklet is available. Visit the church to pick up your copy or click here.

Children’s Ministries

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

Click here to register a child

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.

Sunday School is currently on summer recess. During the school year, we offer two preschool classes for young children, using the Frolic CurriculumLittle Lambs—for children who are 2 or 3 years of age, and Little Goats—for children who are 4 or 5 years of age. 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.

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

Children’s Church meets during the Sunday service. Children leave partway through the main worship in the sanctuary, and go attend a service where they can learn Christian truths and values with fun crafts and activities. 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, 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.

Upcoming Children's Classes and Events

Sunday, Sept. 22: Children’s Sunday School will focus on Genesis 6 – Noah and the Flood.

Sunday, Sept. 29: Children’s Sunday School will focus on Genesis 22:1-19 – Abraham Tested.

Sunday, Sept. 29: Hunger/poverty awareness indoor picnic and project. Following the 11 a.m. worship service on Sept. 29, parents and kids are invited to come to Hughes Hall for an indoor picnic with story time. Light snacks will be provided, but families are encouraged to bring packed lunches. After lunch and story time, we will make CROP Walk posters and placemats for the Kairos ministry. Questions? Contact Meredith Bond at mbond@annandale-umc.org or 703-256-8330, ext. 104.

Sunday, Oct. 6: Children’s Sunday School will focus on Daniel 6 – Daniel and the Lion’s Den.

Sunday, Oct. 13: The 2nd-3rd graders will have a “Bible Basics class” during Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. The Celebration Choir will sing during the 11 a.m. service. Children’s Sunday School will focus on Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 – Joseph (Sold into Slavery).

Sunday, Oct. 20: Children’s Sunday School will focus on Exodus 1:8-2:10, 23-25; 3:1-4:20 – Moses and the Burning Bush.

Sunday, Oct. 27: Join us for a Harvest Festival from 3-5 p.m.! Children’s Sunday School will focus on 1 Samuel 17:1 -11, 32-51; Philippians 4:13 – David and Goliath.

Sunday, Nov. 3: Children’s Sunday School will focus on 1 Kings 3:16-28 – A Wise Ruling (Two women argue over a baby).

Sunday, Nov. 10: Children’s Sunday School will focus on 1 Kings 18:20-40 – The Prophet Elijah.

Sunday, Nov. 17: Children’s Sunday School will focus on Daniel 3:1-2, 4-6, 8, 12, 14, 16-30 – The Image of God and the Blazing Furnace (Idols).

Sunday, Nov. 24: Children’s Sunday School will focus on Isaiah 11:1-10 – The Branch from Jesse.

December: Children’s Sunday School will not meet.

Saturday, Dec. 14: Christmas Pageant rehearsals from 9 a.m. to noon. St. Nick’s Workshop from noon to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15: Christmas Pageant performances at 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services.

Tuesday, Dec. 24: Children’s Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. A family service will be held at 7 p.m., and a traditional service at 11 p.m.

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!

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 are currently studying the minor prophets. 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. This fall, the class begins a 9-week study of Jeremiah: The Demanding Love of God.  Our class enjoys tea and good discussion. Leader: Janet Woods, jcwoods2@verizon.net

IN HIS STEPS, Room 302. This fall the class will study The Gospel of John: Finding Identity and Purpose by Matt Williams (General Editor).  Through video lectures and a study book, biblical scholars explain the deeper, first-century meaning of twelve passages from the gospel of John. Then, each lesson includes discussion questions that will help us apply the passage to our twenty-first century lives, find our identity in Christ, and provide new insights into our purpose in life. All are cordially invited to join us and fellowship with us for this faith-building study. 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

THE LORD’S PRAYER. This 6-session study will begin in October, focusing on spirituality and the Lord’s Prayer. The leader, Mark Santangelo, has a master’s degree in theology from Princeton University and a master’s in library science from Rutgers.

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. Leaders: Danitria and Mark Bradley, danitcbradley@yahoo.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)
  • LIFE’S HEALING CHOICES: Sundays at 7 p.m. in Hughes Hall. AUMC is launching a 10-week Sunday evening small group study, “Life’s Healing Choices,” beginning Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in Hughes Hall. The study uses Celebrate Recovery’s eight principles, which are based on the Beatitudes. It is an approach to bringing into your life the transformative and healing power of Jesus Christ, God the Father and the Holy Spirit and freeing yourself from hurts, hang-ups and harmful habits. Harry Day, Teresa Beyer, Jerry Bruce and Fred Carns will be the hosts for the meetings, which will typically last 1-½–2 hours. At the orientation meeting on Sept. 8, participants will receive study materials (covered by a $30 fee), view a video for the first study session on Sept. 15, and break into women’s and men’s small groups. Contact Harry Day, 703 298-0972 or dayshome@verizon.net, or Teresa Beyer, 301-221-8321 or larachliath@gmail.com, for details. Small group sizes are limited, so please let us know of your interest ASAP.

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.

Learn more about upcoming activities at faithjusticefoundation.org.