Church Infrastructure Programs
“… the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 KJV)
We consider Stephens City United Methodist Church (SCUMC) to be a beacon, meaning that our church will reach out to the needy but simultaneously appeal to both working class and affluent families, both adults and their children, to participate in programs and services that assist those less fortunate with their most basic needs. An inspired congregation will be drawn to our church programs and can benefit one another in an effort to foster hope and goodwill among our diverse and fast growing community.
From Matthew 25:35-46, we learn that we are unmistakably God’s people when we feed the hungry, clothe the naked and share our time and treasure with those in need.
The totally accessible, 19,000 square ft. Education Facility addition, Orrick Chapel Fellowship Hall, completed in October 2003 empowers our congregation to serve as a “community beacon,” encouraging our Church Trustees and Council to initiate new thinking and training processes. These efforts equip the congregation to acquire the necessary skills and connect their gifts to function as an expanding church with an exciting capacity as God’s people serving the communities of Stephens City, Frederick County and beyond.
Day Care Center
Day Care enrolls fifty children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The demand for high quality day care is pressing in this area and this program provides a real solution for quality child care, especially in the church environment. The rooms are colorfully decorated, making the spaces a place little people would enjoy playing and learning. Colorful rugs, practical cubbies and bookcases filled with board books decorate the rooms. Painted on one wall is a Bible verse from the book of Psalm: Children are a gift from the Lord. Day Care Center contact is Angela Workman.
Our pre-school has wonderful teachers who offer a loving, fun and educational environment to help fifty children get ready for kindergarten. Preschool Registration for the 2021-22 School Year is Open! Stephens City United Methodist Preschool opened its doors in 1984. The preschool is a ministry of the Stephens City United Methodist Church. We offer classes for three-year-old and four-year-old children. Three-year-old students have the option to attend school two or three days per week. Four-year-old students may attend school four or five days per week. All of our students MUST be potty-trained. Our school year runs from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Preschool contact is Laura Fieo.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
The VBS Director works in collaboration with the Director of Christian Education to schedule dates and chose the curriculum. The program requires the skill mix of many church volunteers (teachers, crafts people, food preparers, and artists) to make this a successful event. All children preschool through 5th grade are welcome. VBS is scheduled for one week during the summer, running from Sunday night through Thursday night. Dates vary depending on scheduling availability. Cool crafts, amazing Gospel stories, fun games, great music and exciting science activities! Ice-cream party concludes program on Thursday. POC is Jacquetta Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camp – two age groups (grades K-2) and (grades 3-5), group sizes: 5-15 children, classes led by certified teachers and volunteers. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) summer camps focus on developing new skills with experimental designs and applications. Classes have included cooking, sewing, music, art, Legos, drama and science. The classes are one week each and run daily from 8:30 AM to noon. VBS contact is Jacquetta Owen.
These individuals are responsible for advising and overseeing the ministry for our United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF). UMYF is the central youth ministry of our church and is designed to provide a place where young people can be introduced to faith in Christ. Students can share their commitment and spiritual growth along with their peers while communicating their faith through Christian service. Youth leaders recommend to the Church Council, activities, program focus and settings for our church youth ministry. Programs are for all who are in 6th through 12th grades. Youth leaders are responsible for informing our student’s concerning the Youth Service Fund and will cultivate its support on the part of the youth. (See Discipline pp. 255.2.a). The youth celebrate a number of fun events and joke around but also learn valuable lessons while growing closer to each other in Christian fellowship. Youth Ministries contact is Angela Workman.
United Methodist Men
For more than 110 years, Methodist men have been gathering to study scripture, becoming active volunteers and being in community with one another. Throughout those years, men’s ministry has evolved to meet the current needs of men in our local churches.
Life-changing small groups are becoming a source of rejuvenation in UMM units across the U.S. The groups are Wesleyan at heart, as they embrace a small-group concept that was a key part of faith formation in the early Methodist Church. Our vision is to follow God’s will through fellowship, leadership, service and spiritual growth. Our mission is to assist men to know Jesus Christ, to serve Him, to grow spiritually and seek daily to do his will. Contact is UMM Chair Greg Kleffman.
United Methodist Women
In 1879, The Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society was formed at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Stephens City, VA. Through the years there have been various mergers and name changes but our major effort continues to be a mission to improve the lives of women, children and youth, social action, spiritual growth and supportive fellowship. Locally Stephens City UMW raise funds for mission giving through a pledge to our Winchester District UMW and support missions, locally, nationally and globally through gifts, prayers and service. Funds are raised through donations or fundraising events. Contact is UMW Chair Michelle Hruska.
Grief Support Group
HOPE AGAIN – GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
This is a support group for persons who have experienced loss of any kind and/or for those who are caregivers for persons who are mourning. You are not alone.
Grief is a natural response to loss. Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. You may associate grieving with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief—but any loss can cause grief, including loss of a pet, a job, a miscarriage, friendship or health.
If your would like to attend, please contact Jacquetta Owen at email@example.com.
Media & Communications Ministry
Media and Communications Ministry established
In the fall of 2020, the Media and Communications Ministry began setting up and development of a theme-based, mobile responsive, 15 page website to incorporate our brand and identity. We established a church website personalized to our requirements and included: a user-friendly content management system, custom banner, contact form, social media integration, security plugin, Google Analytics, and search engine optimization tools.
We received training on how to maintain our website, add pages as our activities expand and bring traffic to our pages, track visitors to the site and determine our ROI (Return on Investment).
John Clawson is currently setting up a livestreaming process in the Orrick Chapel Fellowship Hall. John is attempting to integrate the media shout software (projection screen), the analog sound board, and the newly downloaded Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), live streaming with studio quality features like picture in picture). The media shout will allow the pastor to continue to put up visuals. We can even integrate the pastors current presentations as a picture in picture mode. The OBS gives us some flexibility. Cindee Steele is handling usage training.
FaceBook is often used for friends and family to stay in touch, commemorate special events, share photographs, impart wisdom, or just have fun. These things are also present in church families. We have grown very close to one another in spirit through prayer, worship, bible studies and shared ministries. For most of us at SCUMC, FaceBook, like at many churches, was not a focal point in communication. We normally sent cards, made phone calls, participated in ministries and visited each other in our homes. We had about 50 FaceBook page “Likes” in the spring of 2018 and we posted to FaceBook maybe once or twice a month.
When we received a new pastor, Rob Schoeman, in June of 2018, that changed dramatically. Pastor Rob used FaceBook often because his family lived in South Africa, so it was important to him for staying in touch and he was comfortable with the program. He decided to stream his sermons “Live” on FaceBook for the homebound and the sick. Soon we had over 200 page “Likes” and getting plenty of “Amen!” remarks on his sermon posts. A new ministry was started for sharing and caring on FaceBook and it grew from those 50 page “Likes” to over 700 by the fall of 2020. Almost a 4X magnitude growth in numbers in about 2 years’ time! This growth can be attributed to a passionate leader who didn’t mind being captured live on camera and who hosted bible studies and approved of shared photographs of our congregation and events on FaceBook.
We are a mission-based church with a loving and caring dynamic in our relationships. That feeling has transpired throughout our mission work and can be seen and felt through what we share with each other on our Church FaceBook page. Check it out at:
See SCUMC Facebook
Contact Media Team Coordinator Mary Beth Powell through the contact form.
Since 1775 (245 years), our congregation has cherished the rich heritage of Methodism here on Main Street in Stephens City. We find inspiration to more effectively meet the challenge God continues to offer our congregation to make new disciples and to serve the Stephens City community with a focus on the future. Each church anniversary can be used as an opportunity for testifying to God’s grace, mercy and provision.
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:19-20 KJV)