Family Ministry

The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. - Deuteronomy 6:5-7


As families we have an awesome responsibility to pass along the faith that was handed down to us. Through us, the love of God is shared with our children and the world. Through our example, children learn the language of faith and what it means to live as a disciple of Christ. You are invited to join us in fun and fellowship, discipleship and service… as families



Contact Gina Dawson, Director of Christian Education

301-881-1881, ext. 2006


Weekly Family Newsletter

Distributed via email on Wednesdays, this weekly newsletter highlights what will be happening in our Sunday classes and any special family announcements, plus links to articles that provide tips for your family’s spiritual growth.

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Christian Education

Online Resources


Christian Education
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Nursery for Infants & Toddlers

Warmly welcoming your Infants & Toddlers, our Nursery caregivers and volunteers care for your little ones on Sundays, 8:30-11:30am, while you worship at either of our worship services.

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Story Quest for Children (Preschool through 5th Grade)

Exploring Bible stories, learning about God’s love, building a community, growing as disciples... Story Quest for Children is at 10:00am, with the children beginning in worship first. We send out a weekly email letting you know what’s happening in the upcoming classes so you and your family can learn together. You are always welcome to join us in Story Quest to help out and learn more about what is happening.

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Youth Bible Study

Who are YOU with God, with your peers, with your faith community, with the world? What does it mean to be a Christian and why?

Our youth classes are at 10:00am. We send out a weekly email letting you know what’s happening in the upcoming classes so you and your family can learn together.

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Adult Education

Early Sunday morning Bible Study, churchwide studies, theology cafe, online learning, and more…

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Online Resources
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Faith Family Formation Community on Facebook: Developed by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church, join the Facebook community whose hope is that this will be a place for you to have meaningful discussion, share ideas, and allow others to walk beside you in our faith journeys. Join the Faith Family Formation Community on Facebook.

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Pockets Magazine for Kids and their Families: From the Upper Room, you can find Pockets Magazine in our “worship bags” on Sunday mornings, which are located in baskets at both entrances to the sanctuary. You are welcome to take one home with you. Pockets also has an online presence with more for kids and parents. Check out Pockets Online.

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devozine for Youth: From the Upper Room, this online resources is for teens and by teens. Join the community, share your creative work, write on the prayer wall, read articles, learn about spiritual practices, and even write for the devo. Check out devozine.

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Special Events

Faith offers families opportunities to gather together for family-oriented and integenerational events to celebrate the season and have some fun and fellowship together. Watch our Events Page for more information.

Got an event you would like to see, whether it’s for all families or a small group, let us know. We’d love to grow this ministry and you can help design where this goes!

Easter Breakfast, March 31, 2018, 9-10:30am: Join us for some family fun and fellowship as we celebrate Easter. Invite your grandparents, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors. We’ll eat a yummy breakfast, dye eggs, and hunt for eggs filled with goodies. Bring a dozen hard-boiled eggs to dye and a basket for the hunt. In case of inclement weather, we will move the hunt indoors.

ChristmasFest, December 2018, 6:30-8:30pm: Let’s celebrate the season with singing Christmas carols, fellowship, a Chili Cook-Off (with sides), decorating a cookie, communal decorating of a gingerbread house, and more! Bring your friends, family, and neighbors.

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Serving Opportunities

Manna Food Center Family Box Packing Days: Manna in Gaithersburg offers opportunities for families to serve in their warehouse at their Monthly Family Box Packing Days, as well as opportunities to serve in the community. Learn more about Manna volunteering opportunities.

Do you know of an opportunity where families can serve together? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

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