It's rare to see Jesus teaching a single individual alone. Most of the time, Jesus teaches within a group of people. Thus, it is important for us to learn in community. Consider taking part in Sunday School, the Pastors' Bible Study, short-term and long-term studies, and more to learn from the Christ found in community and from each other.
Contact Deacon Troy Sims for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-229-1771 x258).
When: Beginning February 4 from 4:00-5:00pm
Where: Rm 174
Discover a supportive community where you can find solace and understanding as you journey through grief. The Understanding Your Grief group will resume monthly on February 4, March 3 and April 7 from 4-5PM in Room 174. All previous and new participants are welcome.
Then, beginning Sunday, April 14 from 4-5:30pm, co-facilitators Rev. David Hindman and Stephen Ministry Leader Nancy Rivero will offer another 6-week program on Dr. Alan Wofelt's book and accompanying journal.
In this compassionate space, you'll find fellowship and hope among others who are also navigating the path of grief. Please email Pastor Meghan at email@example.com if you have any questions. We are here to support you!
Pre-registration is required.
When: 5 Sundays, beginning Feb 18 from 4:00-5:30pm
Where: Room 206
Join Rev. Bob Parsons and John Tressler for a Lenten journey with Henri Nouwen. You'll begin with an introduction to Nouwen's life and background as a launching point into discussing his widely popular book, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming.
For those who ponder, "Where has my struggle led me?" or for those "on the road" with the courage to embark on a transformative journey but seek illumination, this work is truly inspiring.
Drawing inspiration from Rembrandt's painting of the same title, Nouwen delves into the nuanced movements of the parable: the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's vengefulness, and the father's compassion. The discussion will even consider how the wife and mother in this story would have felt.
We would encourage you to purchase a copy of the book for yourself ($13). If needed, we can order a copy for you, and scholarships are available. Contact Deacon Troy Sims (firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-229-1771, x258) for more information.
Sundays beginning February 25, 9:30-10:30am | Rm 309
Join the Searchers Sunday School for this 6-session Lenten book study that walks you through God's covenants with Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David, followed by the new covenant established on Maundy Thursday. The Lenten story culminates with an examination of the cross as another example of God’s promise for a new world. For more or to get connected to the class, contact Deacon Troy (email@example.com or 757-229-1771, x258).
When: February 21st through March 27th.
In Person: Wednesday in Fellowship Hall
Via Zoom: Thursdays
Join Pastor Dave and Deacon Troy in this study that helps us connect to the experiences of several individuals around Jesus in his final days, focusing on new life - a new way of life - as well as redemption rather than loss.
Together we'll consider the stories of Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter, Thomas, Emmaus, Paul, and Jesus and how the resurrection transformed their lives -- as well as ours! We encourage you to purchase a copy of the participant guide yourself, though there are other options on the registration form.
Each Fall, WUMC offers long-term, in-depth studies of the Bible that focus not only on studying Scripture but also on developing deeper covenant relationships with God and each other, which leads to more fruitful discipleship. Some examples of studies offered in the past (and that may be offered in the future include):
For more information about long-term, in-depth studies of the Bible like the above, contact Deacon Troy Sims (firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-229-1771).
- Covenant Bible Study
This 24-week in-depth group Bible Study invites participants to read and discuss the Bible together to learn how to love God and each other better. Participants will study the entire story of the Bible while considering the covenant God creates with us, inviting us to live into and trust that covenant as a community.
- Disciple I: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study
This first in the Disciple series serves as the basis for all other studies in the Disciple family that follow. Over the course of 34 weeks, this covers some 80% of the Bible, following the biblical story from Creation to the New Jerusalem. We have started using the aforementioned Covenant Bible Study in place of Disciple I as the prerequisite for the following classes.
- Disciple II: Into the Word Into the World
This 32-week study offers a deep examination of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts, emphasizing the rhythm of coming to God and going for God – approaching all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service.
We recommend that you take Covenant or Disciple I before Disciple II.
- Disciple III: Remember Who You Are
In the Old Testament Prophets and the Letters of Paul, this 32-week study examines the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Participants will find common themes, including calls to remember, calls to repent, calls for renewal, and calls for community.
We recommend that you take Covenant or Disciple I before Disciple III.
- Disciple IV: Under the Tree of Life
The phrase, “under the tree of life,” conveys the promise of finding shelter, security, and rest in God’s love. In this 32-week study of Old Testament writings, the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, James, and Jude, and finally Revelation, participants will see the entire process of living toward final completion of rest and reward.
We recommend that you take Covenant or Disciple I before Disciple IV.
- Jesus in the Gospels
Known as a “Second Generation Disciple Study,” this 30-week study looks at the four gospels side-by-side asks the question, ”Who is the Jesus that you see?” As a group, participants encounter the Jesus who is both hard to ignore and hard to put in a box.
We recommend that you take Covenant or Disciple I before Jesus in the Gospels.
- Christian Believer: Knowing God With Heart and Mind
This 30-week study focuses on “orthodox” theology using the Bible along with the writings, symbols and hymns of patriarchs and matriarchs of the Christian faith.
We recommend that you take Covenant or Disciple I before Christian Believer.
- Covenant Bible Study
Join the Aldersgate Fellowship Sunday School in this study of Jesus' final words from the cross. No doubt, in life and in death, Jesus’ words were powerful and meaningful. By focusing on Jesus' last words, we can learn much about Jesus, God, and ourselves.
Join the Marvin Willard Sunday School for this study, which seeks to provide clarity and understanding to the most difficult period of Jesus' life -- Holy Week. Together you'll look at how the four Gospels reveal the Christ and God through this ultimate self-giving of Jesus
When: Second Tuesday of every month from 3:30 - 4:30pm
Where: Room 174
For caregivers taking care of loved ones with various forms of dementia. You don’t have to travel this journey alone. Please join us for information and support.
Our Adult Sunday School classes meet in person from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings. A few of our classes also offer Zoom. Childcare is available during the Sunday School hour and during both worship services. Expand the sections below to learn more about our class offerings. If you would like to join a class, use our online form here
or contact Deacon Troy Sims (email@example.com or 757-229-1771, x258).
Where: Wesley Hall
1/21: A Discerning Mind with Zach Griggs
1/28: All Glory to God with Tom Joyce
2/04: Steadfast Prayer with Don Carlton
2/11: True Devotion with Pete Weaver
2/18: Adam Hamilton’s book, Final Words, (Father, Forgive Them) with Dave Rochford
2/25: Adam Hamilton’s book, Final Words, (Today You’ll Be With Me in Paradise) with Bob Casey
3/03: Adam Hamilton’s book, Final Words, (Behold Your Son… Behold Your Mother) with Troy Sims
3/10: Adam Hamilton’s book, Final Words, (My God, My God) with Dianne Colton
3/17: Adam Hamilton’s book, Final Words, (I Thirst) with Meghan Roth Clayton
3/24: Adam Hamilton’s book, Final Words, (It is Finished) with Helen Casey-Rutland
Where: Room 174
THE PASSION and DEATH of JESUS
Join the Marvin Willard Sunday School for this study, which seeks to provide clarity and understanding to the most difficult period of Jesus' life -- Holy Week. Together you'll look at how the four Gospels reveal the Christ and God through this ultimate self-giving of Jesus.
Where: Room 309 and via Zoom through Feb 18
Current Study: REMEMBER: God's Covenants and the Cross
Join the Searchers Sunday School for this 6-session Lenten book study that walks you through God's covenants with Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David, followed by the new covenant established on Maundy Thursday. The Lenten story culminates with an examination of the cross as another example of God’s promise for a new world.
Zoom Meeting ID: 879 6350 3829 Passcode: 595342
Where: Room 110
Where: Room 171
A Small Group experience considering healthy boundaries in life while supporting each other.
While this small group is full and no longer accepting new members, if you are interested in a similar offering, please, contact Deacon Troy Sims (firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-229-1771, x258).
Where: Room 171
A Small Group experience for a deepened experience of the Christian journey of faith as participants support one another.
Nursery care is available at both the 8:15am and 11:00am services, as well as during the Sunday School hour, for children Pre-K and younger. Your little ones can be dropped off and picked up in our Seedlings Classroom found on the 1st floor down the hall from our Sanctuary. Not sure where that is? No worries! Just follow the signs or ask one of our greeters!
Our paid nursery staff and volunteers have years of childcare experience, are fully background checked, and trained according to Safe Sanctuaries best practices. *Safe Sanctuaries is a program developed by the United Methodist Church to protect children and vulnerable adults. To view WUMC’s policy tailored to our local context, see below.
We are a Safe Sanctuaries church. To view our policy, click here.
At Williamsburg UMC, we design worship for all ages to respond and grow in deeper relationship with the God who is always reaching out to us in love. Following the Moment of Teaching during the 11am service, our children grades K-4 are invited to Children’s Worship. We’ll gather in the Children’s Worship Space next to the sanctuary to explore a Bible story, sing songs, and respond to God through crafts and games. Kids will return to the sanctuary to sit with their families following the sermon.
As students grow and mature, we believe faith should grow and deepen with them. ReNEW Youth is designed to offer holistic faith formation for students in 6th-12th grade that connects our individual stories with God’s Story that is still unfolding. We study the Bible, learn spiritual practices, and respond through creative expression and intentional mission with our neighbors in Williamsburg and beyond. Join us every Sunday from 12:30-2:00pm in the Youth Room for an exciting blend of faith, fun, and fellowship. We start by playing games and sharing a meal together before exploring a Bible story through study, creativity, prayer, and wondering how God is calling us to love our neighbors.
For information about these ministers please contact Zach Griggs (email@example.com or 757-229-1771, x 251).
For more information, visit the Children & Youth Ministries page by clicking here.
We are a Safe Sanctuaries church. To view our policy, click here.