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

Children’s Ministries

Director: Ruth Anne Luckenbaugh, rluckenbaugh@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, including weekly Sunday school (9:45 a.m.) and children’s choir.

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.

Upcoming Children's Events

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Family Service at 4 p.m.
Mar. 5, 2019: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper with kids activities
Apr. 6, 2019: Family Lenten Fair Missions
Apr. 14, 2019: All Sunday school classes participate in Holy Week Walk
Apr. 21, 2019: Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Celebrations
May 26, 2019: Service Projects in Wright Hall for all Sunday School classes
June 16, 2019: Summer Sunday School Begins

For more information, contact Ruth Anne Luckenbaugh, Director of Christian Education for Children, at rluckenbaugh@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. We offer two Sunday school classes for middle and high school youths, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Our Middle School Class (Room 209, 9:45 a.m.) is studying Shocking & Scandalous Stories from the Bible. This series explores some of the Bible’s atypical stories, including assassins, witches, angry mobs and lots of weird deaths!
Our High School Class (Youth Room, Room 105, 9:45 a.m.) is studying Soul Tending, which involves exploring various ways that we can connect with God, including prayer, meditation, journaling, solitude and worship.

We also have a program on Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m., called Ramp. In September, we will have a special “Game Changers” series, where we combine discussion of game-changing stories from the Book of Daniel with fun, over-the-top games. We began with a real-life MarioKart game, complete with throwing shells (er, dodgeballs) at each other while we raced! The photo shows one of our previous Ramp activities, Donut Olympics!

Upcoming Youth Events

Dec. 16: Ramp Christmas Party

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
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month we gather at a different 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.

Upcoming Events
Dec. 29:
Join us for an end-of-year party hosted by Peter.
Feb. 3, 2019:
Peter is hosting a Super Bowl party!

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.

ANNANDALE CORE 5

Starting your discipleship journey can feel overwhelming. Where should you begin? The Core 5 courses are great first and next steps to a clearer understanding of what it means to become a deeply committed Christian. We recommend (but it is not required) that you take these classes in order of 1-5.

Annandale DNA: If you are considering membership at Annandale, attending this quarterly session will help you learn more about the church’s mission and core values, our pastors, and an overview of expectations regarding membership.

H2O: This course is open to anyone who has a thirst for knowing more about the Christian faith.  Regardless of where you are in your faith journey, H2O is a place where your questions and curiosity are welcome.  This course includes a talk, food, and discussion.

Journey 101: Journey 101 is designed to create environments where people experience growth and support as they engage in the discipleship journey.  The focus is on Knowing God, Loving God, and Serving God through exploring scripture and learning new spiritual practices. This class meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Room 209.

The RAK Project: RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) is a family friendly and intergenerational service activity that includes painting inspirational rocks to share with neighbors, friends, or strangers as a way of spreading the good news of God’s love for all people.  RAK is held quarterly.

Disciple Bible Study: This course provides foundational and comprehensive overview of the Bible.  Groups vary in format and length. It meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Room 210.

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!

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. 2, the class began a study of All Earth is Waiting: Good News for God’s Creation at Advent by Katie Dawson, a book that calls readers to consider how all creation longs for the coming of Christ.  Our class enjoys tea and good discussion. Leader: Janet Woods, jcwoods2@verizon.net

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.  This fall, the class will study Half Truths by Adam Hamilton. Leader: Harry Day, dayshome@verizon.net

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. Leader: Amanda Grier, ARGrier@hotmail.com

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

WILLIAMS BIBLE CLASS, Room 118. This is AUMC’s oldest Sunday School class. It has evolved into a women’s group with Bible Study and informal discussion. This class rotates leadership.

ANNANDALE TALK: First Sunday each month in the Media Center. AUMC will invite a guest speaker to lead a TedTalk like conversation on varying topics. Leader: Pastor Chenda Lee, clee@annandale-umc.org

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

  • THE WAY FORWARD: Meets Tuesdays, Nov. 6, 13, and 27, 7-8:30 p.m. If you are interested in learning more about what the 2019 called General Conference of the United Methodist Church is all about, this class is for you. Leaders: Bill and Jan Harrod.
  • REHEARSING SCRIPTURE: 2nd/4th Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. in the parlor. Scripture: we can study it carefully. We can listen to sermons on it and read what the experts say about it. But in the end, scripture needs to be rehearsed and encountered in community. Come, let us gather around a shared text and encounter God anew together. Leader: Pastor Chenda Lee, clee@annandale-umc.org
  • A CLOSER WALK: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in room 307. This Bible study class begins a 10-week study by Nancy Guthrie titled, The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets. 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.
  • DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY: Meets Wednesdays, 7 p.m., in room 210. This course provides a foundational and comprehensive overview of the Bible. Leader: Pastor Peter Kwon, PKwon@annandale-umc.org

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. Leaders: Margaret and Jerry Bruce, margaretannbruce@gmail.com
  • JOURNEY 101: Meets Thursdays, 7 p.m., in room 209. How can you know, love, and serve God in a life-changing way? Journey 101 helps to answer this question as you explore the Bible, engage spiritual practices, and serve God with increasing passion and dedication.Leaders: Pastors Chenda Lee (clee@annandale-umc.org) and Jason Micheli, jmicheli@annandale-umc.org

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. The fall forums are over – information on spring activities is coming soon.