Welcome to Williamsburg United Methodist Church's vibrant community events page! Our church doors are wide open to individuals and families looking for a space to connect, celebrate, and enrich their spiritual lives. No matter your age or stage in life, we have something special for you.
Whether you're new to the area or a longtime member of our church family, we invite you to explore our events, find your place among friends and neighbors, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Let's walk together in fellowship and joy at Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
Welcome to the Children & Youth section! Here, you'll find an array of events and programs designed to nurture the spiritual growth of our younger members. From Youth Group activities to special events, click below to discover how we're engaging the next generation in meaningful ways.
Join us every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00pm in the Youth Room for an exciting blend of faith, fun, and fellowship. We kick off with snacks and games, followed by an engaging Bible study session that tackles real-world issues.
When: December 15th at 6:00pm
Where: Youth Room
We're thrilled to invite you and your family to a special screening of the timeless classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Whether you're revisiting this beloved classic or experiencing it for the first time, it's a whimsical way to get in touch with the generous spirit of the season!
Enjoy some fresh popcorn from our newly donated popcorn machine while you watch. We'll also have a crafting session where you can make ornaments and gifts! It's a great chance to spend time with our church family and embrace a fun, new holiday tradition.
Suggested donation of $5 per family
When: December 17 at 3:00pm
Where: WUMC Youth Room
Cost: $10 per person
Students grades 6-12 are invited to the Youth Christmas Party! We'll share a Christmas lunch, play a few games, and decorate sugar cookies together before walking to Merchant's Square for Ice Skating! This event was a HUGE hit last year, so we hope you’ll come out and join in the fun! Let us know you're joining us at the link below.
When: December 12th from 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Fellowship Hall
Join us for a special Advent Celebration! We'll come together in the Atrium for fun and crafts, head to the Sanctuary for a brief family friendly worship and end our time together in the Fellowship Hall with a shared meal and a surprise Christmas themed dessert! No cost for the meal, and all are welcome! We hope to see you there.
Explore the Young Adults section to find events and gatherings tailored for those in this transitional life stage. Whether you're a college student, a young professional, or simply seeking spiritual growth and community, click below to see how you can connect and grow with peers.
When: December 13 at 6:30pm
Where: Wesley House, 526 Jamestown Rd
We're not sure what beats stress better than snuggling with a furry friend and the Team at the Wesley House agrees! So, take a break from all that studying and take advantage of some time to decompress with some really cute 4-legged friends, sweet treats, and fun in the Fellowship Hall! Stop by for as little or as long as you like, everyone is welcome.
Dive into our Events for All Ages section to discover activities and gatherings that bring our entire church community together. From family-friendly events to workshops and community outreach, click below to see the wide range of opportunities for engagement and fellowship for members of all ages.
When: December 10 at 2pm
Where: WUMC Sanctuary
This holiday season, the music department of Williamsburg United Methodist Church is proud to present a special Festival of Carols. Join us as we celebrate the joy and community spirit of Christmas, while supporting a cause close to our hearts – our respite care program.
Featuring the extraordinary talents of:
- Tom Marshall on the organ
- The Covenant Ringers
- Koinonia Belles
- A mesmerizing Bell Duet
- WUMC Sanctuary Choir accompanied by a full Orchestra and Brass Ensemble
- And the opportunity for everyone to raise their voices in Congregational Carols
This musical feast promises to be a heartwarming affair, perfect for family, friends, and neighbors to come together in song and goodwill. As the last notes fade, we invite you to linger in the spirit of the season with punch and cookies at our Respite’s Open House.
Join us in making a joyful noise and at the same time, offer your support to a program that provides a gift of time to care partners of dependent seniors and the gift of companionship and refreshment for their loved ones.
When: December 13th from 6:00 - 7:00pm
Where: WUMC Atrium
Join us for a cherished tradition! Our grand tree stands as a beacon of our faith, lovingly decorated with handcrafted ornaments from our own congregation members. Each piece, from the delicate doves to the intricate crosses and heartfelt hearts, is a testament to the talents and devotion of our community. These symbols, known as Chrismons, are white and gold representations of Christ, shining brightly as they remind us of the One who is central to our celebration.
As we gather around this extraordinary tree, we will share in singing timeless carols, filling the Atrium with music that tells the story of the Nativity. It's an opportunity for all ages to come together in joyful song. We will also delve into the fascinating history of the Chrismon Tree tradition, learning about its origins and how each symbol reflects an aspect of our faith and the life of Jesus.
When: December 16, 8:30 AM
Where: Fellowship Hall
Who: Open to all, with a special welcome to UWF members and spouses.
This month, we have a very special program to be led by Lou-Anne Smith, WUMC's Director of Music & Related Arts, and our outstanding Sanctuary Orchestra. The program's theme, "Joy to the World," will serve as the focus of the musical offerings: The sacred elements of the timeless Advent story. Adults and children of all ages are invited to join us in this celebratory fellowship event.
A festive, seasonal breakfast will be offered for $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 12 years of age -- with a maximum cost of $30 per family.
All proceeds of this month’s breakfast will be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a very important medical facility that provides services to children battling cancer and related diagnoses nationwide.
Early reservations are recommended, as we must close the registration process on December 12th. Be sure to let us know you're coming at the link below!
FUTURE PROGRAMS - More details to come as dates draw closer.
- JANUARY 20: Recent Honduras Mission Trip program
(with Terri Morgan)
- FEBRUARY 17: Time for Witness with (Terry Smith, W & M Football Staff)
- JANUARY 20: Recent Honduras Mission Trip program (with Terri Morgan)
Join us at either service (8:15 AM or 11:00 AM) on Dec. 17th to hear the harmonious blend of choir voices and orchestral melodies at WUMC! These services offer a unique opportunity to celebrate Christmas through the power of music, creating a memorable and heartwarming experience for all.
When: December 20th from 12:15 - 1:00pm
Where: WUMC Atrium
This midday service is especially attentive to those who are grieving during the holidays. Gathered around the Chrismon tree, we will share in prayer, contemplative music and an encouraging word. Some refreshments will be provided, and prayer shawls will be made available. Stephen Ministers will be in attendance to offer prayer and support.
Calling All Adult Musicians for Our Youth Praise Band
Our worship team is currently exploring new expressions of worship that aim to bring our community closer through the power of music. As part of this initiative, we're looking to enrich our Youth Praise Band with the addition of adult musicians who have a passion for music and mentorship.
- Mentorship: Share your musical skills and life experiences with the younger generation.
- Community: Be a part of a vibrant, intergenerational community that celebrates diversity and unity.
- Worship: Use your musical talents to enhance our worship services and bring our congregation closer to the divine.
Who We're Looking For
- All Skill Levels Welcome: Whether you're a seasoned musician or just starting out, we welcome players of all experience levels. If you have a passion for music, we'd love to have you.
- Tech Enthusiasts & Learners: If you have experience with tech in a praise band setting—or even if you're interested in learning—we have a place for you. We need help with setup, performance support, and breakdown.
- Collaborative Spirits: We value teamwork and are looking for individuals who thrive in a collaborative environment.
How to Get Involved
- Contact Us: Reach out to Anthony Williams to express your interest, email@example.com
- Rehearsals: Join us for practice sessions to get a feel for the band every Sunday at 4:00 pm.
A Note to Parents and Grandparents
This is a wonderful opportunity to bond with the younger members of our community. Imagine the joy of playing alongside your children or grandchildren in a setting that celebrates both faith and music!
Williamsburg UMC is thrilled to extend an open invitation to our dynamic Music Ministry offerings this Fall. Within these notes and rhythms, we discover more than just music – we discover a path to connect with our spirituality, our community, and our innermost selves. Our programs offer a range of opportunities tailored for all ages! From the timeless resonance of our choirs to the harmonious interplay of our bells, the symphonic richness of our orchestra, and the spirited energy of our praise band – there's a place for you to lend your voice and talents.
We are honored to host the Winter Shelter ministry during the week of January 14 – 21, 2024. As we extend our hand to those in need, the Local Outreach Team warmly invites you to contribute your time and skills as a volunteer. In this collective effort, many hands are needed to serve in various capacities, and your participation will make a significant impact.
How You Can Help: Volunteer Opportunities Await! To sign up for a shift and play a vital role in this community initiative, please click on the following link:
If you are eager to lend your support with meal preparation or if you have any questions, please access our dedicated form below.
Access the COFM Training Manual for In-Depth Guidance For a comprehensive understanding of the various volunteer positions available, we encourage you to explore the COFM Training Manual. Hover over the descriptions in the Signup Genius, and it will guide you to the corresponding pages within the manual, offering detailed insights into each role. The Training Manual can be accessed here.
Mandatory Training for Volunteers: Your Commitment to Change If you did not attend the in-person training on Nov 1, please view the training video prior to the start of our host week. This video is not yet available but will be provided to all volunteers at a later date.
Your participation in the Winter Shelter ministry represents a powerful gesture of compassion and community spirit. Together, let's make a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness during the coldest months. Thank you for being a beacon of hope in the Greater Williamsburg community!