The Center is open for individual work in our indoor and outdoor spaces 7am-10pm Monday-Friday. During this season of pandemic(s), we’re following protocols related to cleanliness and masking while indoors.
Our Weekly rhythm during the academic year (Sept-May)
Taco Tuesday/Tuesdays Together
Tuesday Evenings @ 6–Follow us on Instagram for all the details Hospitality is what we do. During the academic year, we typically host and create community around the dinner table for students, young adults and friends. We host game nights, swing dance nights and other fun events too! Tuesdays are our front porch and a great place to get involved and meet new people.
Morning prayer: 7:00 a.m. Tuesday | 9:30 a.m. Wednesday | and 7:00 a.m. Thursday
Prayer galvanizes our mission. Join us as we pray for one another, our campus and our community. 7:00 a.m. prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays utilizes the ancient rhythms of the Book of Common Prayer. Wednesday 9:30 a.m. prayer is more informal and extemporaneous.
TRIBE, Mondays 7:00 p.m.
Tribe is a weekly gathering of women banding together pursuing the strength and courage found by following Jesus. No matter where you are along the spectrum of faith– you have a place here.
Brotherhood, Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.
Brotherhood started with a few guys around a ping-pong table. After a few months, they began making coffee and sharing their stories with one another. Today, brotherhood is a gathering of men from various backgrounds who meet to deepen their friendship with God and oneother through confession, music and Scripture.
The Sunday Gathering, Second Sundays 11:00 a.m.
Join us on Sundays 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. The Sunday Gathering is held in conjunction with The Center Community, a distributed network of house churches that meets on Sundays @ 11 at The Center and in area homes throughout the year.
The Living Room, Third Thursdays 8:00 p.m.
Prayer, Worship and Conversation. The Living Room is a monthly worship gathering for the UMW campus featuring various musical artists from around the region. It’s also a place where it’s safe to ask deep questions and receive prayer ministry.
Discipleship through the Arts, First Thursdays 5:00 p.m.
Because we believe that we are marked with creativity in our original design, we teach God’s word through the creative process. Led by local artist Jen Galvin with assistance from our student interns, participants use various mediums to make something that is true or meaningful, allowing the Lord to speak to them and to others through this process.
Other discipleship opportunities
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 discussing the theology of the body and have even used exercise and mat-based fitness classes as a platform for transformation and growth.
Bible Study and conversations-en español
Several in our community are native speakers, others are learning Spanish, so sometimes it’s fun to study the Scriptures together in Spanish too! Most recently, we’ve looked at First, Second and Third John and have created space for regular conversation hours. Contact us for details.
Sometimes on Saturdays we meet for coffee and waffles to discuss a good book. Most recently we’ve delved into the various characters portrayed in C.S. Lewis’ classic work The Great Divorce. Interested in discussing a book together? contact us.
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 organization 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. They also serve as the primary leadership team for much of our weekly rhythm. Interns during the semester work on projects related to hospitality and event coordination, marketing, social media, video production, fundraising, community outreach and organizational development. If you can dream it we can do it! Past interns have started a podcast, an after school program for middle and high school students, developed branding guidelines and comprehensive social media plans. A few of our interns have started their own businesses too. Interns are eligible for Internship credit through UMW.
We’ve also piloted a story writing collaborative internship and discipleship module in conjunction with Fresh Expressions US where students use writing and interviewing skills to tell the stories of new forms of church and Christian community 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 hosted at The Center. 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 leaders who desire to impact their community 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.
Gannon Sims is a trained coach working to complete hours for 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 Sims is a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation and a certified 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 meets at The Center 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, Holly Hunt, Kristen Peyton, Jen Galvin and Wes Wiberg.