Adult Ministries

Sterling United Methodist Church has opportunities for study and discipleship that happen throughout the week.  Check this page from time to time to find out what is available.  This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of the church, and could be a great way to introduce a friend to our church!

Church-Wide Study Opportunities

At various times throughout the year, particularly during the season of Advent and Lent, the congregation will engage in a church-wide study series.  These series include weekly discussion groups, a book or devotional reading guide for home study, and a Sunday sermon series.

Click here to read more about most recent all-church study.

Study Groups that Meet on a Regular Basis

Growing Deeper at Ten:  Adult and young adult Bible studies, the hands of Christ though Mission work, prayer group, fellowship, and more all available during our 10 AM hour on Sundays.

Monday Women’s Study: 1:00 PM at Sommerset Retirement Home.  The Sommerset Women’s Bible study group meets from 1:00-2:30 on Mondays at Sommerset.  The study is led by Careen Hunt and Maryann Craig.  To learn about the current study topic, click here.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study:  Wednesday at 10:00 AM in Room 106.  Pastor Steve leads this Bible study.

Opportunities to Teach

If you have always wanted to lead a Bible study group, we would love to talk with you!  Please call the church office and we will help you get started.

 Adult Choir


Aldersgate Choir

  • Adult vocal choir
  • Rehearsals from 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Leads worship at 9:00 AM Sunday mornings throughout the school year.

The Aldersgate choir participates in several other musical offerings throughout the year such as performing cantatas, singing at assisted living facilities and offering praise at the veteran’s memorial on Memorial Day.

 Contemporary Worship Team

Contemporary Worship Team

  • A group of mixed instruments and voices presenting contemporary style worship music
  • Rehearsals from 8:00-9::00 PM Wednesday evenings
  • Leads worship at 11:00 AM Sunday mornings

Master Crafter’s

SUMC-MastersCrafters Our Master’s Crafters arts and crafts group meets every Wednesday evening from 6:00-9:00 PM January to June, September to November, for fellowship and to work on crafts for their November craft sale. The crafters hold this large craft sale every fall to raise money for unbudgeted items the church needs. In recent years the crafters have purchased many items for the church, including tables and chairs, cabinets, and even a new freezer.  Join this vital ministry and learn some new skills and enjoy an evening of laughter and fun!

 Senior Activities Group


The Senior Activity Group (SAG) is designed for older adults (mid-fifties and better).  SAG provides opportunities for informational programs on topics of interest to seniors and monthly social events and recreational activities.  The group has a regular monthly meeting on the 4th Sunday of the month at 3:00 PM, and an additional social event or outing each month.  Membership is free and open to all interested seniors.  A membership form is available from the church office.

To learn more about upcoming SAG events, click here.

Walk to Emmaus

The Gospel of Luke relates the story of Christ joining two friends on the road from Jerusalem to the town of Emmaus. They were walking together and sharing their hearts’ deepest concerns. The risen Christ walks with them and explains the scriptures, how it was ordained that Christ should suffer and so enter His glory. The illuminating climax of this heart-warming experience comes when Christ takes bread and blesses it. He then breaks it and gives it to them. At that moment, the eyes of the two are opened, they recognize Him as the risen Christ, and they rush back to Jerusalem to tell the others. (Luke 24:13-35)

The above story provides the image for the Walk to Emmaus, an Upper Room program that calls forth and restores Christian discipleship. The Walk to Emmaus, a three-day experience, takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. This highly structured weekend is designed to strengthen and invigorate the faith of  Christian people, and through them, their families, their congregations, and the world in which they live.

Emmaus combines the efforts of laity and clergy to renew the church.

How do I attend?

A person who has experienced the Walk to Emmaus sponsors you. This frees you from any personal responsibilities that might distract you while on the experience, and undergirds your 72-hour experience with prayer and other expressions of God’s love.

What happens after the Walk?

Cleopas and his companion immediately returned to tell others about their encounter with Christ. A regular, ongoing time of sharing together our journey with Christ is part of the follow- up to the experience.  A monthly celebration encourages discipleship. Weekly, small-group meetings encourage persons to grow in Christian accountability.

What is the purpose?

Emmaus exists to develop Christian leaders for the local church and the world. The approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”

Where does it take place?

A community of Christians from a variety of churches provides a place, leadership, and all the support necessary to conduct the Walk to Emmaus weekend.  Contact the church office or someone on the back of the Emmaus brochure. In addition, the person from whom you received this brochure will gladly help you learn more.

What should I know before attending?

Emmaus is for church persons.  Emmaus is designed for active church members and their leaders who want to rekindle their faith or renew their vision.

Sterling United Methodist Church

Iglesia Metodista Unida de Sterling

304 East Church Road, Sterling VA 20164

Phone: 703-430-6455 Fax: 703-430-0753