Love God. Love Neighbor. Serve the World.
Annandale United Methodist is a community of faith that believes in the core values of Christianity of doing no harm, doing good and staying in love with God. Said another way, we focus on loving God, loving our neighbors and serving the world.
What this means is that we offer radical hospitality, we commit ourselves to intentional growth in our personal and corporate discipleship, and we offer ourselves unreservedly to the community and the world in mission.
We invite you to join us on the journey to holiness of head and heart and serving our neighbors.
AUMC shows our commitment to serving the world by engaging in a large number of mission activities. In 2014, these included:
- Hand-making beautiful gifts for homebound and recovering members by the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
- Delivering donated furniture to families in need as part of the ACCA Furniture Ministry.
- Doing construction work in Haiti as part of an ongoing effort to help with earthquake recovery. Check AUMCHaiti2014.blogspot.com to learn all about it!
- Teaching "English as a Second Language" at the Heritage Drive campus, which started this year!
- Donating food to the ACCA food pantry, the Heritage Drive food closet, and students at Poe Middle School to feed our neighbors in need!
- Making sandwiches for guests at Bailey's Homeless Shelter.
- Distributing food each week at the Heritage Drive campus.
- Making dinner for after-school students at Poe Middle School once a week all year!
- Baking over 1,000 dozen cookies for, creating a prayer chain for, and sending a mission team to two Virginia prisons to show the men there Christ's love!
- Collecting stamps and stationary for a Virginia women's prison to help the women there stay in touch with their loved ones.
- Sending a mission team to Brazil to do construction work for the "Shade and Fresh Water" program, which builds classrooms to give kids a good place to stay after school. Check http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/brazil2011/8/tpod.html to learn more!
- Collecting over $90,000 during Lent to support several of the activities on this list, $15,000 of which went to helping build a men's dormitory for the Cambine Mission Compound in Mozambique!
- Holding a youth 30-Hour Famine so our youth could learn about how to fight hunger worldwide!
- Repairing a local home with "Christmas in April (Rebuilding Together)".
- Helping clean up Camp Highroad, a Christian campsite.
- Purchasing and packaging tens of thousands of meals for Stop Hunger Now!
- Sending multiple mission teams to help repair homes with the Appalachian Service Project!
- Collecting Samaritan Gifts for Father's Day and Christmas!
- Organizing the ACCA food pantry!
- Helping support the Annandale Pyramid Back-to-School Resource Fair to help students get excited for the new school year.
- Collecting new socks and shoes for Safe Haven and our Heritage Drive neighbors.
- Donating school supplies for local children.
- Starting a new program to tutor local elementary and middle school students!
- Giving stuffed animals to children in third world countries.
- Walking on the National Mall to raise awareness about human trafficking and raise money to support anti-trafficking organizations.
- Sending Easter cards to human trafficking survivors.
- Packing health kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
- Participating in the CROP Hunger Walk to help Global Hunger Relief!
- Collecting supplies and filled backpacks for human trafficking survivors, including items like toiletries, socks, and granola bars.
- Filling Thanksgiving baskets for our home-bound members.
- Hosting the homeless for a week in winter as part of the Hypothermia program, giving them a hot dinner and a warm place to stay the night.
- Buying Christmas presents for teenagers in the Rising Hope angels program.
- Donating a range of items to be brought to Haiti by our mission team, including soccer balls, jump ropes, and crayons.
Learn about our current mission projects here!
Along with our missions work, we strive to create a sense of community among our members. This comes with everything from a yearly talent show to monthly Wednesday Night Together dinners (one dinner menu was BBQ chicken, grilled potatoes, roasted corn salad, corn muffins, and Key Lime Pie), to bringing handmade shawls and Communion to members in the hospital. We accept everyone regardless of age, race, class, origin, or political beliefs. With a wide variety of classes and small groups, you're sure to find a place to feel at home at Annandale United Methodist!
For more information on our religious beliefs, click any of the links below.
The Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
The United Methodist Church in Northern Virginia.
The United Methodist Church.
For a fun way to learn about our beliefs and jargon, try watching the videos below from Chuck Knows Church or visit http://www.chuckknowschurch.com/ . "Chuck Knows Church" is a fun and informative (and free!) weekly web series about the objects, symbols and terms used in church. It is produced by the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship.