The Dining Room + Yard Party
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. During the academic year, we host a community dinner for students, young adults and friends. It’s a great place to get involved and meet people. We provide the main course, and everyone brings food to share.
About once a month, we host a fully-catered party often featuring food by Will’s Place, a local food truck and catering business that got its start at The Center.
Morning prayer: 9:30-10:00 a.m. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Prayer galvanizes our mission. Join us as we pray for one another, our campus and our community.
The Living Room, Third Thursdays 8:00 p.m (coffee and tea provided)
Join us on Thursday nights as we explore life together. Through, music teaching and application from Scripture we’re creating a culture of committed friendships and spiritual family. We bear each other’s burdens, point one another toward God and spur one another along to become better agents of a sacrificial love in the places where we live, work and play.
Discipleship through the Arts
Because we believe that we are marked by creativity in our original design, we teach God’s word through the creative process. Led by Carey Sims and local artist, Leslie Jansen, participants use various mediums to make something that is true or meaningful, allowing the Lord to speak to us and to others through this process.
Theology of the Body
The miracle of creation and our role as stewards of it is a high calling. Because we believe creation care includes care for the body, we offer classes using exercise as a platform for transformation and growth. Rooted in Christian theology and prayer, we offer mat based fitness classes that align the body and soul.
Christian Unity at UMW and beyond
Many of our college students and young adults are involved in different Christian ministries on campus and in Fredericksburg. The Center acts as a resource for, and promotes unity among, these ministries through co-sponsored events, meeting space and prayer gatherings with ministry leaders. If your campus ministry is interested in collaborating with The Center, contact us.
The Center is open to large groups, small groups, or one-on-one meetings. To reserve a room, please fill out our room reservation form.
Internships at The Center are a hands-on way to develop professional and leadership skills within a healthy rhythm of life. Interns during the semester work on projects related to community outreach and organizational development. Past interns have led an after school program for middle and high school students and developed a comprehensive social media plan.
During the summer we’re piloting a story-writing collaborative internship and discipleship module with Fresh Expressions where students use writing and interviewing skills to tell the stories of new forms of church around the US. Interns are provided housing, stipends and opportunities to share meals and times of theological reflection together.
Uptick Entrepreneur is a nine-month discipleship experience offered by the Spence Network, hosted by The Center and facilitated by Carey Sims. Participants come seeking transformation so that they might embody discipleship through their Christian leadership in the marketplace.
Local business owners and aspiring young entrepreneurs gather monthly to grow together as faith leaders who desire to impact their community for Christ through local enterprise. Contact Carey for more info.
Coaching and Care
The Center is a safe place for people to find the help they need.
We offer pastoral care and counseling at all times and connect people with professional counselors in the area when needed.
Carey and Gannon Sims are both trained coaches working to complete hours for ACC accreditation through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Having a coach is like having a conversation partner that helps to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
Carey is a spiritual director through the Anam Cara Spiritual Direction Training School. Spiritual direction is an ancient Christian practice that creates space for prayerful discernment of God’s activity and prompting.
Support for UMW Faculty, Staff and Administration
A group of UMW faculty, staff and administrators meet at The Center on Thursdays at 1p.m. for prayer. During this time they build friendship and share burdens, spending time in prayer for needs outside the group, especially related to the UMW community. Contact Carey to get involved.
Our Visual Arts Gallery features works on loan from the Washington Arts Group and local artists, most recently; Joseph DiBella and Holly Hunt.