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.
Our classes in 2021-22 include:
Sunday Women’s Study – Sundays at 9:45 AM
“When Christians Get it Wrong.” Each Sunday at 9:45 AM in the Fellowship Hall. No sign up needed, just show up.
Contemporary Christian Topics – Sundays at 9:45 AM
Sunday Evening Bible Study – Sundays at 7:00 PM
“Courage: Jesus and the Call to a Brave Faith” by Tom Berlin, available on Amazon. Each Sunday at 7:00 PM in the Resource Room and on Zoom. No sign up needed, just show up. Contact Vic Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study – Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
“Entering the Psalms” Available on Amazon or Upper Room Books. Each Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Resource Room and on Zoom. No sign up needed, just show up. Contact Rev. Jeff Haugh at email@example.com for the Zoom link.
Saturday Women’s Study – Saturday at 9:00 AM
“When Christians Get it Wrong.” Each Saturday at 9:00 AM on Zoom. No sign up needed, just show up. Contact Rev. Joanna Dietz at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
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 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 UMM meetings are currently on hold.
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.
Coffee Hour Fellowship
Coffee fellowship is a gathering time after each service for visiting with old friends and welcoming new ones. It is currently on hold due to Covid restrictions, but we hope to join you in this form of fellowship again soon!
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.