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.
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 gathering will be February 28, from 5:30-7:30pm. Port City Brewing, 3950 Wheeler Avenue.
Come and join in fellowship and conversation each month! For more information, contact Pastor Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sundays at WSUMC
The Hal Fisher Sunday School Class meets Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Upcoming themes are:
February: The Birthing of a New Community (Galations)
March: God’s eternal, preserving, renewing love.
April: God’s caring, saving, and upholding love.
May: God’s Pervasive and sustaining love.
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:
March 1 — 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Misha’s, 102 S. Patrick Street, Alexandria) for coffee & ashes
March 7 — 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Starbucks, 532 King Street, Alexandria)
March 14 — 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Misha’s, 102 S. Patrick Street, Alexandria)
March 21 — 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Misha’s, 102 S. Patrick Street. Alexandria)
March 29 — 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Killer ESP, 1012 King Street, Alexandria)
There are seasonal studies in the Fellowship Hall following worship on Sundays.
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 on the 2nd Sunday of each month after worship. Anyone interested in participating or learning more about the Grace Circle should contact Rhonda McMillion.
“More Than Books Club” —
Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. back at La Madeleine. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, our discussion will begin with children’s or young adult books you want to pass along.
Sunday, April 2 around 11:15 a.m. (immediately following church). As we will be coming up on Easter, it will be time for us to discuss some inspirational or spiritual reading we’ve done.
Questions? Contact Catherine Fratrik, Catherine.email@example.com.
Disciple Fast Track is an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study which came out 30 years ago. According to Cokesbury.com website, this new incarnation of the classic study is especially designed “for busy people who are seeking a comprehensive engagement over time with the entire biblical text.” FastTrack is a two-part study, offering the OT and NT each 12 weeks of study.
Beginning fall 2016, the Disciple Fast Track will cover the Old Testament. The group will meet twice a month, covering the 12 meetings over a period of 6 months. The class will resume in the fall of 2017 with the New Testament, again meeting over a period of 6 months, finishing in 2018. You are welcome to join for the OT section, the NT section, or both!
The group will gather each session for 1 hour and 15 minutes in which a brief video presentation will launch the group into a discussion of the session’s readings and topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to complete a spiritual gifts assessment and discover meaningful ways to serve and live out your discipleship. Questions? Contact Christine Hagan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wesley Covenant Group – A new small group has been formed around the historical framework of Wesleyan Class Meetings. The group will begin meeting once or twice a month this fall for a luncheon meeting. If you are interested in learning more or joining the group, contact Christie Dawson, Christie.Dawson@usdoj.gov.
20s & 30s Fellowship – a small group Bible study for young adults. We would love for others to join! We plan to meet once a month when convenient for the group. If interested, email Grace Richards, email@example.com.
The Sanctuary Pray-ers meet weekly on Wednesday mornings 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 Cynthia Kneidinger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on any of these classes or small group opportunities, please contact the church office.