The COVID-19 Pandemic has created new opportunities for our community life. Some in-person gatherings will resume on October 1. Until then, most events are happening outside or via zoom.
The Center is open for individual work 8am-10pm Monday-Friday. We simply ask you to clean your space before and after you leave with the supplies provided. Our weekly rhythm also looks different. Check out the additions and changes below.
The Dining Room/TACO Tuesday
Tuesday Evenings–Follow us on Instagram for dates and locations Hospitality is what we do. During the academic year, we typically host and create a community dinner for students, young adults and friends on Tuesdays at 6. It’s our front porch and a great place to get involved and meet people.
During COVID-19– We’re having dinner together in smaller groups outside, in public places and in homes.
Morning prayer: 9:30-10:00 a.m. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) on Instagram and Facebook and in person after October 1, 2020.
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 10:30 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.
Discipleship through the Arts, First Thursdays 5:00 p.m.
Because we believe that we are marked by creativity in our original design, we teach God’s word through the creative process. Led by local artists Brandon Susa and Jen Galvin, 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 discussing the theology of the body and 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 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. Interns during the semester work on projects related to media, fundraising, 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.
We’ve also piloted 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 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.
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, Holly Hunt, Kristen Peyton, Jen Galvin and Wes Wiberg.