SUMC’s Covid-19 Updates

During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, we want to stay connected with the Sterling UMC Community. Below are the ways in which Sterling UMC is approaching the Covid-19 situation and how we want to stay connected with you during this time!

Right now, the best way to stay up to date with Sterling UMC is by following us on facebook and checking your email for our church wide updates. If you do not receive those updates, you can sign up here. If you already subscribe to our list but are not receiving these updates, be sure to check your junk or spam folders – sometimes our emails can get lost in those places.

We know that multiple weeks of businesses, schools and other establishments being shut down is daunting. It can be easy to slip into anxiety and panic, so we want to encourage you that God is in control – even over this virus. Take time to connect with each other and with God in new and different ways. We are still able to form community and connections right now – it is just going to look a little different. Please know that we are here for you and your family during this time and do not hesitate to reach out with concerns, prayer requests or needs – we are a church for our community.

In Person Events

Sterling UMC has begun holding small, in-person events following our Health Church Team’s release of “Guidelines and Checklists for Planning Events During a Pandemic.” The following events are now occurring weekly on church property:

  • Bi-Lingual Outdoor Worship: Every Sunday at 10am, Pastor Marcela and Pastor Linda lead a bilingual worship service in Sterling UMC’s Outdoor Worship Area. Space is limited, so everyone is asked to pre-register no later than the Friday before worship. To pre-register for this worship service, click here.
  • Wednesday Evening Bible Study: Every Wednesday at 7 pm starting on October 14, Jim Gallihugh will lead a Bible Study in Gallihugh Hall. The study will begin by finishing up the book of Acts and then will take suggestions from members of the group as to what to study next. All members are asked to pre-register for the Bible Study every week. If you are interested in attending this study, please click here.
  • Prayer Walks: Every Thursday at 8:30 am and 7 pm, Pastor Linda and our Director of Connections, Paulette Almond, lead a prayer walk around the church property. They pray for everything from the playground and the children that will play there, to the garden and the people who will be fed by its fruits, to the missions vehicles and all those who require assistance, and so much more. Pastor Linda leads the walk on Thursdays at 8:30 am and Paulette leads the walk on Thursdays at 7 pm. If you would like to sign up and join one of these walks, please call the church office at (703) 430-6455.
  • Youth Group: Every Sunday, our Youth Group meets outside from 6 – 8:30 pm. The group gathers and plays a game followed by a message and time of small groups. It is open to any youth in grades 6 – 12 and everyone is asked to pre-register each week. To register for this event, please click here.

Healthy Church Team

The Healthy Church Team, created of staff and members of the church, is working hard to follow the guidelines of the district, the bishop and the CDC in order to re-open the church as safely as possible. To learn more about what the Healthy Church Team is doing to keep the congregation and community members as safe as possible, please click here.

Worship Services

Until further notice, Sterling UMC will be holding a virtual bi-lingual virtual worship service at 11 a.m. via two online platforms. You can tune in on Facebook Live or on YouTube Live – whichever you prefer! The Sterling UMC Facebook Page and YouTube channel are both linked below. Once you click on your preferred method of watching, you should see the live video pop up either on our Facebook Page or YouTube channel.

Facebook Live

YouTube Live

Sterling UMC is also holding a bi-lingual in-person worship service hosted on Sundays from 10:00 – 10:30 am in the outdoor worship service. Space is limited, therefore all are asked to pre-register in order to attend. You can click here to register for this event.


Children’s Ministry

We want to stay connected with you! Heather Toth, our Children’s Director, will continue posting Children’s Ministry resources on the Sterling Kid’s and Youth Facebook Page – join today!

Youth Ministry

Our Youth Group is holding in person Youth Group outdoors-only on Sundays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. All youth are asked to pre-register in order to attend. Please email for more information.