Category Archives: Education

Information about the Christian Education program at Sterling UMC.

“Hi, I am Sterling UMC; It’s Nice to Meet You”

“Hi, I am Sterling UMC; It’s Nice to Meet You”

This past Thursday evening about 25 members of Sterling UMC gathered together to learn a little more about ourselves and our congregation; and to gain a little more insight into ways we can be more welcoming to those who may be first time guests or returning guests to our church.

Fulfilling one of the recommendations of the Next Level Innovations site survey; trainers Rev. Sarah Calvert, Melissa Dunlap, and Cynthia Lopynski from the Arlington-Alexandria District of the Virginia Conference UMC presented a great program.

All aspects of opportunity were discussed from the time a guest enters our doors, to what takes place in the sanctuary, to the after worship fellowship.

As a work group we entered our church from the parking lot taking note of visual aspects of welcoming and where we could be better resources for our visitors.

Entering our “narthex,” our code for lobby to a guest possibly, how can we make that experience helpful and welcoming, one to remember?

“The people we are welcoming do not necessarily know anything about our culture, our ways , the people they will be meeting, how to speak the language- be it English, or church-ese!”

The team talked about websites, parking lots, signage, ushers, greeters, fellowship, pews, announcements prayers, and follow up.

It was a great look from inside and out and all who attended gained from the experience.

“We are the Body of Christ. Literally…Welcoming people into community is a reflection of Christ in the community- it is our first priority as a community to welcome the newcomer.”

Closing Prayer from our session:

“Lord, make us ambassadors for you. Encourage us to use new gifts of hospitality to both make new disciples, and to deepen our understanding of your love for us. Send us to the next person, and the next person, seeking your face in the love we share with your guests in your community. Amen”

We are the body of Christ to our Sterling community; let us share the love.

 

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for Sunday Children’s Program

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for Sunday Children’s Program

9 AM Kids Worship Hour Ages 2 & 3                                                               Room 100 Ages 4-Grade 6                                                     Gallihugh Hall   Drop Off – Children will be dropped off to their assigned room-either Gallihugh Hall or Room 100-before you go to your  worship service. Pick Up – Parents please pick up your child or… Continue Reading

Sterling Kids

Sterling Kids

  “Train a child how to live the right way.  Then even when he is old, he will still live that way.” Proverbs 22:6   The New Sunday Experience coming September 10 to SUMC includes some changes to our children’s and youth programs as well. Our Sunday School program is now called “Sterling Kids” and… Continue Reading

Church Activities for Wednesday, March 15

Church Activities for Wednesday, March 15

Due to Loudoun County Schools being closed, the church office is closed today. The CrossWalk meal, children’s activities (J.A.M.), and youth activities are canceled for this evening. The Aldersgate Choir and Contemporary Worship Team will rehearse as scheduled. Other Wednesday evening adult activities/studies will meet at the discretion of the leader of each group.  Please contact your group leader for information. There will be limited child… Continue Reading

Youth December Activities

Youth December Activities

Sr. High Retreat, Dec. 9-11, Camp Caroline Furnace. We will be hanging out with old friends/making new friends while teambuilding and relaxing.  A time for fun and worship and listening for the voice of God. Musical Rehearsals: Tues, Dec. 6, 6:30-8:00 PM Thurs., Dec. 8, 6:30-8:00 PM   Christmas Party:        Sunday, Dec. 18, 5;30-8:00… Continue Reading

Adult Sunday School New Fall Study

Adult Sunday School New Fall Study

Adult Sunday School – Sundays, 9:30 AM in Room 107: Beginning October 30, the Spirit Seekers Sunday School class will be studying How We Got The Bible, a DVD series by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones. Have you ever wondered who wrote the books in your Bible and how they ended up together? Has anyone ever told… Continue Reading

Bible Study Groups

Bible Study Groups

We welcome you to come and participate in one of our small group studies! Weekday Adult Bible Study Groups   Monday 1:00 PM Bible Study at Sommerset Retirement Home, Led by Careen Hunt & Maryann Craig. “The Story, The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People,” CrossWalk Wednesday Fellowship  7:00 PM Wednesdays   (CrossWalk… Continue Reading

Grief Books for Children

The library at Sterling United Methodist Church (Room 103) has 4 new books on the shelves on the subject of grieving for children: God Gave Us Heaven.  By Lisa Tawn Bergren.  Art by Laura J. Bryant. The Secret of the Dragonfly.  A story of hope and promise.  By Gayle Shaw Cramer. Illustrated by Jan Jones. The Invisible… Continue Reading

Blessing of the Backpacks

Blessing of the Backpacks

On Sunday, August 28 at the 9:30 AM worship service, and at the 11:00 AM Amigos service, we will be blessing our children and their backpacks in preparation for the coming school year. All school-aged children, including preschoolers, are invited to bring their backpacks to participate in this blessing.  We will commit the new school… Continue Reading

Escuela de Desarrollo Congregacional 2016

ESCUELA DE DESARROLLO CONGREGACIONAL, 2016       Rev. Patricia Peña Rev. Patricia Peña es presbítero en la Iglesia Metodista Unida. Ella nació en República Dominicana y viene de una familia de pastores y ministros. Rev. Peña tiene una maestría en Divinidades de la Universidad de Boston. Tiene un corazón para las naciones, la misión, es apasionada… Continue Reading

Confirmation Sunday

Confirmation Sunday

On Sunday, May 15 our 7th Grade Confirmation Class will be completing their year of study as we celebrate the Rite of Confirmation during Sunday morning worship.  At the 8:15 and 9:30 AM worship services our confirmands will be presenting their statements of faith to the congregation.  At the 11:00 AM worship service we will… Continue Reading