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.
There are seasonal studies that study a Biblical text, book, topic, or other offerings. This fall, we have two studies being offered.
A seminar class will be offered to study the life of David, from shepherd boy to King, found in 1 and 2 Samuel. This six-week class will meet after church on Sundays, from 11:30am – 12:30pm, beginning Sunday, September 23. As a seminar class, each participant will read the selected texts prior to Sunday, and engage in a facilitated conversation during the class session around David’s life, and what we as people of faith today can learn from this historic character of faith. To register for the class, fill out the registration form.
A second class will study Austin Channing Brown’s book, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. The class will consider white privilege, and how people of faith work for authentic reconciliation with and tangible justice for marginalized communities in our nation. The class will begin on September 20, and will be limited in space. Registration is available online, click here.
Table Fellowship — “Fermenting Discussions,” as we lovingly call our Table Fellowship gathering, seeks to create authentic and faithful relationships with one another in the church. We gather once a month for fellowship and conversation. We meet on the last Tuesday of each month at a local bar or restaurant.
Our next Table Fellowship gathering will be on Tuesday, August 28, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
Come and join in fellowship and conversation each month! For more information, contact Pastor Thomas at [email protected].
Sundays at WSUMC
The Hal Fisher Sunday School Class meets Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Upcoming themes are:
Summer 20018 = Justice in the New Testament
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!
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!
Upcoming Coffee House Dates:
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 – Misha’s (102 S. Patrick St., Alexandria) 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Misha’s (102 S. Patrick St., Alexandria) 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – Misha’s (102 S. Patrick St., Alexandria) 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – Misha’s (102 S. Patrick St., Alexandria) 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – Misha’s (102 S. Patrick St., Alexandria) 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – Misha’s (102 S. Patrick St., Alexandria) 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – Misha’s (102 S. Patrick St., Alexandria) 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Misha’s (102 S. Patrick St., Alexandria) 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Grace Circle members after a recent service project.
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.
There is no expectation that everyone in the group has read the book or seen the movie that is used to launch the month’s discussion. Drop-ins are welcome. All that is needed is an interest in reading and a willingness to share information about your favorite books and authors. Meets on Sundays listed from 11:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Contact Catherine Fratrik, [email protected].
Wesley Covenant Group – These small groups are formed around the historical framework of Wesleyan Class Meetings. The groups meet once or twice a month, or more often depending on the schedule of members. If you are interested in learning more about the Covenant Group model, or joining a Covenant Group, please contact Pastor Thomas at [email protected].
The Prayer Team meets weekly on Wednesday to pray together in the Sanctuary at church. They pray for each person in the congregation, as well as any special prayer requests that come in each week. Contact Christine Hagan for more information, or to join in praying for the congregation and community.
The Sewing Fellowship team gathers every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The focus of the group is fellowship, but they also help with special projects for the church throughout the year. If you are interested in joining, contact Dana Payne ([email protected]) or Christine Hagan ([email protected]). Please bring a project to work on!
For more information on any of these classes or small group opportunities, please contact the church office.