Even the earliest disciples knew that to be truly faithful, they had to be connected with one another in community. True faith, authentic community, and real relationships make a difference in our lives and in the lives of the world around us. There are multiple opportunities to be involved in the small group life of the church, inviting you to connect with others and to grow in your faith.
Conversations on Race
This past Summer and Fall, we offered intentional conversations on racial equity on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. We will be having further conversations this coming Spring.
The invitation of these conversations is to listen, to learn, and to practice honest and vulnerable conversation with one another. While the foundational hope of these groups is to provide the opportunity to engage in a deeper relationship with one another, the purpose of these is not just to become more attuned to the reality of the presence of racism in our society, nor in our own lives. Ultimately, wisdom leads to action.
To this focus, these conversation groups will be walking a two-fold path: 1) Seeking to gain wisdom and hear with new ears the reality of one another’s experiences to gain a better understanding of where and how racism exists in the world; and 2) Seeking to direct our path of faithfulness toward a more Kingdom-like world of equity and justice that actively works to end racism.
More information about participating in these groups will be available early in 2021.
Due to the necessity for social distancing, our monthly Table Fellowship gathering has turned into Digital Fellowship. This group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm to provide a gathering space of fellowship and community. Come and join through Zoom as your schedule allows! Our next gathering will be on Tuesday, December 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Zoom. To sign-up to receive the Zoom information, sign up here.
Hal Fisher Sunday School Class
**Due to Covid, the Hall Fisher Sunday School Class is not currently meeting.***
Sundays at WSUMC
The Hal Fisher Sunday School Class meets Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The class uses the Upper Room study books for a curriculum. All are welcome to join in any week, every week, or just for one week. Visitors are warmly welcome!
Each Sunday, following worship, there is a social gathering for the entire church to engage with one another. Refreshments, including water, coffee, and finger foods, are available in the Narthex and the Church Cafe. Spend some time each week getting to know the community at WSUMC!
Since we are not currently gathering in person for worship, our Fellowship Fifteen time has gone online! We now host an After Worship Fellowship every Sunday on Zoom. The log-in information for the call is provided during worship each Sunday morning, so join in worship online at WSUMC.LIVE, and log-on for the fellowship time each Sunday.
Each week, Pastor Thomas holds office hours in a local coffee house. All who wish to stop in for conversation and coffee are invited to do so. Usually these chats run from 9am – 1pm. You are welcome to stay for as short or long of a stay as you desire!
Most of the coffee houses Pastor Thomas frequents are in the Old Town community. However, if you want him to come to your neighborhood, email him and invite him to join you elsewhere!
Coffee House Chat is on hiatus for now, but stay tuned!
Women of all ages are invited to join in the Grace Circle for lively discussions and small service projects. These include making stockings around Christmas, and collecting items for health kits in the spring. Anyone interested in participating or learning more about the Grace Circle should contact Rhonda McMillion.
The More Thank Books Club is not your average book group. There is no common book to read – and you don’t have to read at all! Each month there is a topic of focus, and you’re invited to read a book or magazine, or watch a film or documentary, and bring your thoughts to the discussing. Drop-ins are welcome. All that is needed is an interest in learning and a willingness to share information about your favorite books, authors, or films. Meets on Sundays listed from 11:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
The group has continued to meet online by Zoom throughout the year. If you’d like to join in the next meeting, contact Catherine Fratrik at [email protected].
The Prayer Team meets weekly on Wednesday to pray together. With COVID restrictions, the group is meeting on Zoom each Wednesday morning at 11:00am. The group prays for each person in the congregation, for our community of Alexandria, as well as any special prayer requests that come in each week. Contact Kimberly Young for more information, or to join in praying for the congregation and community.
For more information on any of these classes or small group opportunities, please contact the church office.