During the summer months, The Center is open for individual work 8am-6pm Monday-Friday. Our weekly rhythm also looks different. Check out the additions and changes below.
Picnic in the Park
Tuesday Evenings this summer @ Kenmore Park–Bring your dinner a blanket and your favorite ball, tennis racket, or pickle ball paddle and enjoy the time together outside. Follow us on Instagram to learn more!
Bible Study-en español
Thursdays @ 6:15 Several in our community are native speakers, others are learning Spanish, so we thought it would be fun to study the Scriptures together in Spanish too! This summer, we’re diving into the richness of First, Second and Third John. Contact us for details.
Brunch with C. S. Lewis
Saturday Mornings @ 10:00 June 26, July 17 and August 7– Lewis said that you can’t believe what you cannot first imagine. Join us as we delve into the various characters portrayed in his classic work The Great Divorce. And of course, there is coffee. And waffles. Contact us for location and details.
Schedule during the academic year (Sept-May)
The Dining Room/TACO Tuesday
Tuesday Evenings @ 6–Follow us on Instagram for dates and locations Hospitality is what we do. During the academic year, we typically host and create a community around the dinner table for students, young adults and friends. It’s our front porch and a great place to get involved and meet people.
Morning prayer: 9:30-10:00 a.m. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) on Instagram, Facebook and in person
Prayer galvanizes our mission. Join us as we pray for one another, our campus and our community.
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 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 the ministry of prayer.
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.
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 use 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 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, 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 a comprehensive social media plan and a few have started their own businesses too. Interns are eligible for course 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 offered 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 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, Holly Hunt, Kristen Peyton, Jen Galvin and Wes Wiberg.