For Newcomers

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NEW HERE?

WELCOME!  If you are new to this part of Northern Virginia, new to the faith, or seeking a new way to grow in your faith, you will find a warm welcome at Dranesville United Methodist Church From the minute you walk in the door, you will experience the warmth and hospitality of a congregation that will quickly make you feel like you are family.  The congregation is multi-generational.  There will probably be several persons with interests, backgrounds, hopes, and concerns similar to yours.

Just as we are a mixture of generations, there is also a mixture of wardrobes.  Please wear whatever is comfortable for you.  In every possible way, we want to meet you and welcome you as you are.

Sunday morning activities include:

Sunday School classes, which are held from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. are available for persons of all ages.  Greeters, ushers, and most members of the congregation will be able to direct you the class(es) of interest to you.

Fellowship Time at 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall with light refreshments.  this is a good time to take a break between Sunday School and worship or to greet friends and neighbors.

Worship at 10:00 a.m. is traditional in nature.  During the school year there is a chancel choir which sings every Sunday, as well as a handbell choir which plays one Sunday each month.   We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.

Child care is provided each Sunday from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m..  Our two staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid.

There is ample parking.  All entrances and the larger bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.  There is an elevator between floors.

There are many other activities throughout the week.  Please check other tabs of this website for the most current information.

  1.  As you search, you will quickly discover the mission-orientation of this congregation.  The vast majority of the Dranesville UMC family are involved in one or more hands-on ministries; whether it is helping out at The Closet, a non-profit thrift store in Herndon, packing and collecting gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child, supporting inner city youth in Washington, D.C., through Kids Konnection, annual summer mission trips for the youth, and many others.  You will easily be able to find a way to “plug in” and serve others.
  2. There is an occasional support group for persons who are caregivers for loved ones – spouse, parent(s), adult children, and other family members.
  3. There are usually at least two Bible studies being held during the week, with both daytime and evening sessions.
  4. Prayer groups meet faithfully on Tuesday morning or evening to pray for specific intentions in the congregation.

If, after a time as a guest of the congregation, you are interested in becoming a member, either by transferring from another Christian congregation, or joining on profession of faith, please contact me by email at Bill@dranesvilleumc.org or by phone at 703-430-3137 to arrange for transfer and/or instruction as necessary.

Once again, Welcome!
God Bless,
Bill Heinzman
Pastor