The Vale Church hosts several opportunities for Adult Christian Education, Adult Groups such as United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men, as well as social activities such as bowling and Tables of Eight. Learn more below.
Contemporary Christian Topics – Sundays at 9:30 AM
Contemporary Christian Topics is an adult discussion group that meets every Sunday at 9:30 AM in the Resource Room. This group is an open forum discussing a wide range of topics relevant to today’s Christian living. Previous topics discussed include prayer, Apostle Paul, Judaism, minor denominations, atheism, primitive religions and racism. Participation is encouraged. Political topics are out of scope. Leader: John Colwell
Adult Sunday School – Sundays at 11:30 AM
Adult Sunday School is held each Sunday at 11:30 AM (or following Coffee Hour) in the Resource Room. The current topic is “How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication.” No sign up needed, just show up. Note, this is held during Children’s Choir practice, so perfect for parents whose children are in choir!
Sunday Evening Bible Study – Sundays at 7:00 PM
Join Vic Larson for Sunday Evening Bible Study on Sundays from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Resource Room. The group is currently studying Adam Hamilton’s “Unafraid.” All are welcome!
Bible Study – Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
Bible Study with Pastor Jeff is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. The next series “Almost Christmas” will start December 4.
United Methodist Women
Women of Vale Church are encouraged to become active members of the United Methodist Women (UMW), a group dedicated to nurturing faith, participating in missions, and supporting fellowship among each other.
The UMW’s primary focus is missions. We support the United Methodist Family Service, Christ House, Embry Rucker Shelter, Hospice of NoVA, Second Story, The Closet, FACETS, Food Pantry, mission outreach to West Virginia and Southeast DC, and the youth scholarship program. We also carry out special projects, such as collecting books for Project Transformation, a children’s literacy program; assembling baskets of toiletries for victims of domestic violence; maintaining an ongoing relationship with our local police and firemen; and joining the Vale Club to send care packages to our military serving in areas of conflict around the world.
The UMW participates in a number of yearly activities, including making handmade chocolate Easter eggs, hosting a luncheon for the ladies of the church, and providing leadership for the church yard sale and fall festival.
The UMW serves whenever and wherever we find a need in our community or within the Vale family. We invite all women of the church to attend our meetings held the third Thursday of each month (September through May) at 1:00 p.m. in the Resource Room. For more information, please contact the church office at (703) 620-2594.
United Methodist Men
The Vale UMM meets for breakfast once a month (on the third Saturday) with the UMM at Oakton United Methodist Church. The monthly breakfasts are held from 8 am to 9:30 am. They include devotional stories, and speakers on a variety of topics.
The UMM sponsors various fellowship opportunities including the annual church picnic, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner every year (on the day before the start of Lent), as well as family-oriented group tours (usually in a large rented bus) to such places as the Bible Museum, the National Air & Space Museum, the Flying Circus and Washington Nationals baseball games.
The UMM budget is raised entirely through a single annual fundraiser, which is the sale of fresh Christmas Wreaths that can be ordered in November for shipping during the first week of December to friends, relatives and business associates anywhere in the USA. Or you can buy the wreaths from the Vale Church Christmas tree lot.
The Vale Church Bowling League consists of 4-member teams made up of singles, couples, and families. Bowlers must be at least 12 years old and do not have to attend Vale Church-friends, neighbors, and coworkers are welcome. It is a handicapped league, so teams/team members with lower averages can still compete and win! The league meets every Friday for 20 weeks, starting the first Friday in the new year and ending just before Memorial Day. If your family wants to have more quality time together, you want to meet other church members, or you are just looking for an enjoyable way to start your weekend, then this league is for you. Please consider joining us Friday nights for fun and fellowship. Contact Harry Lee at (703) 391-5097 for more information.
Tables of Eight
Tables for Eight will begin again in October! We will form groups of eight to ten adults, singles and couples, who agree to share a meal together four times over a five-month period. Any adult member of the congregation can join (ages 18 to 108). This is an opportunity to become better acquainted with others in the church, build new friendships and enjoy a monthly meal at someone’s home. The idea is to meet, eat, laugh, have fun and get to know one another. By meeting four times, the group will get beyond the “getting-to-know-you” conversations!
This is not a family event, although we would like to encourage parents of all ages to attend. (However, if the group of eight decides to include children – they can). If you’ve participated before, an attempt will be made to group you with people that have not been in your group before.
Each ‘Table’ of Eight decides the day and time they’ll meet. The host is responsible for the main dish and beverages, and the remaining members bring the rest of the meal, e.g. appetizer, salad and bread, vegetables, and desserts. At the end of each gathering, the group decides who will host next and when to meet. (Do you have to host? No! Accommodations can always be made within your group – perhaps they can bring the main dish and beverages to another group member’s house). Questions: Call Judy Carlson 703-620-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee Hour Fellowship
Coffee fellowship is a gathering time after each service for visiting with old friends and welcoming new ones. Coffee fellowship after the 8:30 am service is at the end of the hall outside the resource room. The coffee fellowship after the 10:00 am services is in fellowship hall and includes juice and snacks for children.
The Vale Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month, September through June at 10:00 a.m. in the Resource Room. During our first meeting, we share our summer reading, develop a reading list for the coming year, and enjoy refreshments and fellowship. Each year our group has gotten larger and our book selections have become more diversified. The Book Club is open to church members and the community. We invite you and your friends to join us. For questions, call Mary Morran at 540-349-4619.