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

Christmas Pageant registration is available! The sign up form for infants – fifth grade children is online at annandalechurch.com/pageant. Christi Schwarten will be heading up the pageant again this year and is looking for someone to assist her with this exciting seasonal mission. If you are interested in helping coordinate and run the pageant, please contact Meredith Bond.

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.

Upcoming Children's Classes and Events

Sunday, Nov. 24: Children’s Church will focus on Isaiah 11:1-10 – The Branch from Jesse. Sunday school will meet at 9:30 a.m. Children’s choruses will meet 15 minutes earlier than usual. Single worship service at 10:30 a.m.

December: Children’s Church will not meet. Children are encouraged to use the provided worship binders during the special services held at 11 a.m. each week.

Saturday, Dec. 14: Christmas Pageant rehearsals from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by an optional lunch from noon-12:30 p.m. St. Nick’s Workshop from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Families with children are invited to make gifts, decorate cookies, play games and have their photos taken. Open to the entire Annandale community. Sign up at annandalechurch.com/stnick.

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!

ATTENTION: We need parents to volunteer for food for our first Sunday Youth Night dinners! We have October and December filled out, and need help with Nov. 3rd and Jan. 5th! Please email Peter (pkwon@annandale-umc.org) and let him know if God tugs you to serve!

Upcoming Youth Classes and Events

Sunday, Nov. 24:  YOUTH BAKE SALE!! This is the official date! There will be a Bake Sale after our combined 10:30 worship service in the atrium. The students are adult volunteers are encouraged to be present at 11:15 to set up before the worship service ends. PLEASE BRING YOUR BEST BAKED GOODIES!!!

Sunday, Dec. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: First Sunday Youth Communion. It has come to Peter’s attention that a lot of the students who join us for Youth Night do not get to worship with us on Sunday mornings. With that in mind, we are trying something new! 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 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. On Dec. 8, the Immanuel Class begins a new study for Advent. The four-part DVD documentary Joseph: Carpenter of Steel will give us a look at the carpenter, guardian and parent who had an unwavering trust in God. Please join us for tea and discussion at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays in Room 300. 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 meet during Lent, 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. 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)
  • 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.