Stanardsville United Methodist Church
Sunday, July 23, 2017

SUMC Children's, Youth and Family Pathway







We wanted to let you know as soon as possible about some important changes we’re making to the youth ministry programs of Stanardsville United Methodist Church.


First, beginning Sunday, August 7th, and going forward, we will hold a Sunday School class for all youth from rising 6th grade and up at the 11:AM worship hour.  This is a change from our usual 10:00 AM Sunday School hour for youth. We hope this will help families with youth to provide a meaningful worship time for the youth while the parents are in the sanctuary. 


Second, also beginning Sunday, August 7th, and going forward, our Sunday night United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) will gather on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.  We are planning an exciting trip to a quarry for 8/7.  More details to follow.


We’re looking forward to a great new year for our youth.  Please plan to join us!!


Erin and Jon Rocha

SUMC Youth Coordinators


The SUMC Children's, Youth and Family Pathway is based on Deuteronomy 6:7, "Impress them upon your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise."  We believe an essential role of the church is to equip and partner with parents in meaningful and intentional ways so that children and youth will grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.  We believe that no matter where you are in life, it is never too early or too late to begin the journey with God.  We believe that families today, desire to know Jesus Christ, and we are here to help.


Faith Milestone Celebrations



Baptism  This holy sacrament is a celebration of claiming God's grace in the life of the child.  Parents or sponsors make a promise, along with the congregation, to train up the child as a disciple of Jesus Christ and thus enter into a partnership, surrounding the child with God's love.


Big Kids Now Family Devotional Kit (3-year-olds)  Presented to 3-year-olds and their families as fun, creative ways to begin the intentional plan of growing closer to God together through shared "teachable moments" and "God Sightings."


1st Grade Bibles  The Bible is God's gift of His Word for each of His children.  We believe that  children are never too young to begin to hear God's story and discover themselves within that story.


Family Road Trip  (4th-5th grade)  At a time of many transitions and "growing up", we believe that the family road trip helps children and parents celebrate together the sacred bond between parent, child, and God.  This conversation opens the door for a deepening relationship.


Confirmation  (6th-8th grade)  A special time in  the life of young people of celebrating their personal faith commitment as they begin to claim their identity as followers of Jesus Christ.


Commitment to Purity  (7th-9th grade)  A ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the decision that a young person has made to remain faithful in God's call to develop healthy, Biblical relationships.


The Blessing (10th-11th grade)  A means for young people to receive a written/recorded blessing from their parents that recognizes the young person's passage into adulthood and affirms the young person's spiritual gifts so that they may be used for making our world a better place.


High School Graduation  Celebrates the faith journey thus far and sends the young adult with faith and life skills into the world to be the Light of Christ.

Kidz Specials  These are special one-time classes with a particular focus such as First Steps welcoming the child to the church; Bible Feast learning to use your Bible; a Created by God class that introduces our bodies as God's gift; and, a True Love Waits class that helps young teens learn more about healthy relationships.  Check the calendar for dates.

 Worship Wonder Bags  Worship Wonder Bags are available for children during the 8:30 a.m. service to help guide them through the service as they enjoy worship with their parents.


Children's Moments  Children are invited to come up front and gather to hear a special message about God that is "just for them".  At the 11:00 a.m. service, children are invited to come to KidzPraise immediately following.


Acolytes  Children serve as part of the worship team each Sunday as they bring in the Light of Christ. 


KidzChoir  Children learn fun songs and music.  Kids then help lead worship during special times of the year such as Christmas and Easter.



KidzServe  Occasional opportunities for kids to engage in service and mission projects such as Helping Hands Mission Trip, Tuesday's Table, Collections for various organizations, and fundraisers for Mission, such as the Strawberry Festival and Kid's Kitchen.


Calling  All TAT Helpers

Our Teens and Tweens (TAT) outreach program is getting ready to begin a new school year.  We need a few volunteers to serve as helpers for the program.  TAT is an after school program for middle school aged youth that meets every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. during the school year.  Volunteers can help in coordinating activities and relationship building for young people in our community.  Please contact Carroll or Ellen Deane if you can help at 985-6655. 


Awesome Adults Needed

SUMC Youth Ministry is looking for a few Awesome Adults to come and join us in the journey.  Adults are needed for Sunday morning  small group  meetings, Sunday night  youth gatherings, and at other times.  Please see Julie if you would like more information.



Online Offering Gifts

For those who use online bill paying through their local bank, please be aware you can also set up SUMC as a regular payee and submit your offering gifts on line. All that is necessary is for you to enter Stanardsville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 740, Stanardsville, VA 22973 as a payee into your bank's online system. If your bank asks for an account number, just use your last name as a reference. If you have any questions, please contact our church treasurer, Rachel Freid, at 960-5150.

Phone Contact List

Don't have email?  Do you feel a little "disconnected" with activities in the church?  Want to keep up-to-date on all the happenings at SUMC but you don't have email?   If your answer to any of these questions is yes, we want to help.   Weekly email announcements are sent out to those families for whom we have contact information.  If you would like to have your name placed on a phone contact list to receive important notices and announcements, please contact Val Shifflett (985-7602).  We
want to make sure that each and every member stays "connected" with the
church and all of its activities.



Opportunities for Ministry


Sunday, September 4

  8:30 a.m.       Contemporary Service

10:00 a.m.       Sunday School

11:00 a.m.       Traditional Service

12:15 p.m.       Sip 'n' Chat Fundraiser

  6:00 p.m.       Youth Gathering


Monday, September 5

Office Closed-Labor Day


Tuesday,  September 6

    5:00 p.m.     Praise Team Practice


Wednesday, September 7

  7:00 p.m.       Choir Practice

  7:00 p.m.       Children's Ministry



Thursday, September 8

  6:30 p.m.       Greene County Singers


Saturday, September 10

10:00 a.m.       His Bounty


Sunday, September 11        

  8:30 a.m.       Contemporary Service

10:00 a.m.       Sunday School

11:00 a.m.       Traditional Service

12:15 p.m.       Sip 'n' Chat



Youth Sunday School

All youth 6th grade and up are invited to Sunday School each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. The youth will gather in the sanctuary for the opening of worship and then go downstairs to the youth classroom with Erin and Jon Rocha. Join us for a time of fellowship and learning more about our lives with God.


Youth Ministry

The SUMC Youth Group will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evening each month.  The next gathering will be this evening.  All youth from 6th grade and up are invited to join us at the church with Erin and Jon Rocha.


All Church Picnic

Please plan to join us for our annual church-wide picnic beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilhoit Farm on Sunday afternoon, September 18. There will be fishing, corn hole, games for
the kids, great fellowship, and lots of good food.  Each family is asked to contribute a favorite dish to share with everyone.


Lectionary Readings for Next Week

Old Testament

Jeremiah 4:11-12,





1 Timothy 1:12-17


Luke 15:1-10


Newly Elected Bishop

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, age 52, is the first African American woman elected to bishop by the Southeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.  She was elected on the first ballot by 367 jurisdictional delegates, and she has been assigned to lead the Virginia Conference as of September 1.  Bishop Lewis will oversee 1,169 United Methodist churches and over 327,000 United Methodists. Bishop Lewis follows Bishop Young Jin Cho who is retiring.

A meet-the-bishop service has been scheduled for Saturday, September 17, from 10:30 a.m. until noon at Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road in Richmond.  All are invited to come and meet our new bishop.


September Mission Needs

The Mission needs for September are deodorant for both men and women, and toothpaste.

All Things Fall Festival

Our  second annual “All Things Fall Festival” is scheduled for  Saturday, October 8, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Join us as we celebrate the advent of fall with all things associated with the season.  The celebration will include available breakfast and lunch, fall crafts, vendors, baked goods, a soup cook-off, and pumpkin carving for the kids.  All proceeds go to support our capital campaign and church mission projects


Announcing our Second Annual

Soup Cook-off

In conjunction with our All Things Fall Festival on October 8, we will hold our second annual Soup Cook Off.  Entrants are invited to prepare a pot of soup to be included in the cook off and then sold as part of our lunch menu that day.  We have recruited judges who have taken an oath of impartiality and the soup preparers will not be identified until after all judging has taken place.  If you are interested in participating please contact Pastor Chuck for an entry number.


Tuesday's Table Help Needed

Can you help prepare and serve the Tuesday’s Table meal on September 20?  Even an hour or so that will be very helpful.  No experience necessary!! 


Delivery Drivers are needed to deliver meals during September (first delivery is on September 13th) and October (first delivery is on October 11th).   Can you help?   Delivery time should not take more than one to one-half hours beginning between 4:30 pm. and 5 p.m.  Delivery addresses and directions will be provided.


Please let Doris Swenson know via e-mail at or 985-9620 if you can help with either meal prep or delivery.  Come enjoy the fellowship and share in the blessing you will receive.


Save the Date

Charge Conference has been scheduled for us by our District Superintendent, Danny Kesner, for  Tuesday evening, September 13, at 7:00 p.m., here at the church.  Please plan to attend this important time in the ongoing life of our church.


JOY Club

JOY (Just Older Youth) kicks off a new season with lunch at the Madison Inn in Madison on Wednesday, September 7.  Plan to meet at the church at 11:30 a.m., or at the restaurant at  noon. Secure your place at the table  by notifying Barbara Ringle in person, or by email, at  We need to know by Monday, September 5