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Weekly News & Updates: May 10, 2024

Sunday Worship Service - 10am

Join us and give God glory this Sunday, May 12, at 10am.

We will be celebrating all the Mothers and Mother figures! We appreciate and love the women of our church community. Ladies, have a blessed Mother's Day!

Our Gathering Jam Band will also be playing. You can bring an instrument and play along at 9:45am.

Please enter the sanctuary through the doors facing Stockley Gardens.

Connection Card:

Click here.


1 John 5:1-6

Worship Volunteers / Flowers Sign-Up:

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Children are Welcome

Our Children's Church* takes place each Sunday during worship, following the children's message. Children ages 3 through 5th grade meet down the hall from the sanctuary for an age-appropriate Bible lesson and craft or activity.

Our nursery* is available for children through age 3.

*Our professional workers are CPR certified, and our staff and volunteers are fully background checked.

*Children's church and nursery are optional. You are welcome to keep your child(ren) in worship with you, if you prefer. Activity bags and rockers, if you wish to use, are in the back of the sanctuary. A baby changing station is in the lobby.

What's Happening?

Let's All Wear Red - Sunday, May 19

Please wear red on Pentecost Sunday.

Seeing a sea of red in our decorated church is something to behold! Be a part of making this a visual celebration of the Holy Spirit.

The Feast of Pentecost is considered the “birthday” of the church: the arrival of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and other followers. All heard the Gospel in their own languages that day. The power of God was unleashed!

An extra blessing is that our Organist Brad Norris will be playing for Worship on this Pentecost Sunday.

Volunteer at Our Used Book Sale and

Parking Lot Fundraiser

Thank you to those who have signed up so far! We need to hear from a few more volunteers pretty quickly.

The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival is the weekend of May 18.

For years, GUMC has leveraged this mass event outside our front door to do outreach and evangelism via the parking lot fundraiser and used book sale. I believe we all have successfully put ourselves out there to show the public what friendly, normal folks we are! However, I am concerned this Spring about getting enough labor.

Setting up and breaking down the book sale requires able bodied volunteers at the beginning and the end. This is not a job for just a couple of people.

So, each one of us needs to decide if we are individually willing to show up and help out next month. I am hoping that more of you will commit to either the morning or late afternoon on May 18. Feel free to recruit your children, in-laws and mature grandchildren!

We, of course, also need to staff the parking lot on Saturday and Sunday. Please follow this link and sign up today.

Thank you. Love you!

Steve Vegh, SPPRC Chair

Cleaning Kits Needed for Conference

In response to requests from the Virginia UMC Conference, Ghent Church will donate a complete United Methodist Committee on Relief Cleaning Kit in June. All of the kits collected will be ready to deploy to help communities affected by different disasters. 

We have some requested items, but still need the following items donated before the end of May:

one 6-14 oz. pump-spray insect repellant, one small scrub brush, 14 re-usable cleaning wipes (no terrycloth, microfiber, or paper towels), 50-100 ft. clothesline, 24 rolls of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45 gallon) and five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3 mm).

Watch how a kit is put together by clicking here.

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General Conference 2024 Debrief

The United Methodist Church's General Conference ended May 3. The General Conference is a quadrennial gathering where delegates worldwide come together to discuss and decide on doctrine, governance, and other issues within the denomination. It serves as a pivotal moment for setting the course of the church's future direction and policies.

Delegates to the 2024 General Conference from the Coastal Virginia District, Andrew Kissell, Rev. Beth Givens, and Rev. Dr. Jason Stanley, will provide an overview of what happened. 

The debrief will be held at Haygood United Methodist (4713 Haygood Road in Virginia Beach, 23455) from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Sunday, May 19, 2024

There is a Zoom option. To register for the Zoom, click here.

  • Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson preached all three services at Matthews United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 28. Matthews UMC is a Lighthouse Congregation in the Western North Carolina Conference. Go to Matthew's Facebook page to see her sermons.

Help Send Meals to the Philippines

Meals packaged at our Rise Against Hunger Experience have shipped! At this moment, healthy meals are on their way to a community in urgent need of nutrition. We're excited to share that the destination is the Philippines.

You can still help with the cost of shipping those meals to the Philippines.

Make a donation by using the QR code or clicking this UDPATED link.

Baby Baptism

Surrounded by Mom, Dad and siblings, Bowen Cade De Grand was Baptized by Pastor Ryan Schaeffer. Congratulations to the De Grand family. And may God bless you all!

The Carnegie Hall Concert at Sandler Center

Saturday, May 18, 7pm

The Virginia Beach Chorale's Director, Dr. Don Krudop, has been asked to hold a residency at THE Carnegie Hall in June, and he and the Chorale would love to share some tunes of all genres that are fit for such an esteemed stage.

Join Dr. Krudop and the Chorale (including our office manager Valerie Reagh) for a night of celebrated and intricate music worthy of the Big Apple! Featuring music by Dan Forrest, Joseph Martin, Daniel Gawthrop, Ysaye Barnwell, Leonard Cohen, John Ness Beck, and more! This music filled evening at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach is not to be missed!

For tickets ($24 presale), please visit or contact Valerie at  

Attend a small group

One of the gifts the church offers is community, specifically small groups where participants can gather to experience acceptance, belonging, and nurturing, as well as challenge and encouragement, for the journey of faith. Contact the church office for more information on any group.

Children's Church

This group for ages 3 through 5th grade is each Sunday during worship, following the children's message. It includes a Bible lesson, and craft or activity.

Youth Group

Our Youth Group is led by Pastor Ryan. We are a fully inclusive faith community, welcoming to all.

Adult Sunday School

Weekly Bible discussions are in the back of the sanctuary on Sundays, 9 - 9:45am, using the Standard Lesson Quarterly series. Enter through the doors facing Stockley Gardens.

Read the Book of Revelation with Rev. Ry

Join Pastor Ryan on Thursdays, 8-9pm, on Zoom for book study. This session, we're reading the last book of the Bible - Revelation. Everyone is invited to join in the discussion! The Zoom link is

Get involved with mission work

We seek to live lovingly and justly as servants of Jesus Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being a compassionate presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel.

Little Library / Food Pantry

Volunteers are needed to help monitor/ fill our church's Little Library / food pantry on Raleigh Ave. Please sign up to help on one or more weeks. During your week, at least once, please stock the little library using items from the collection box that is inside the church. Click here to sign up and get details.

Food Donations Needed

We collect non-perishable food and hearty snacks to place in our little library / food pantry. The food is to benefit those who are hungry, including those experiencing homelessness. Place your offerings in the basket by the altar on 4th Sundays or contact the church office to make arrangements for drop off.

Homeless Committee

The Homeless Committee of Ghent UMC meets quarterly to coordinate efforts to positively impact those experiencing homelessness.

Music Ministry

All are welcome to join our Music Minister, Nellwyn Beamon, in the music ministry of the church. Contact Nellwyn Beamon for more information.

Worship Singers Singers are always welcome to help lead the songs in worship each Sunday.

Organ Music at GUMC

Our Organist Brad Norris plays for our 10 a.m. worship services on Sundays. Next date is TBA.

Violin Music

Violinist Chris Taylor plays during our 10am Worship. His next date is TBA.

Gathering Jam

Once a month, usually on 2nd Sundays, all ages are invited to bring an instrument or use one of ours and play along during the gathering part of our service at 9:45am. The next one is Sunday, May 12th.

Other Spiritual Disciplines

In addition to joining a small group, participating in mission work or music ministry, we are encouraged to pray, care for one another, and read our Bible.

Daily Prayer Starter

"Loving God, thank you for claiming me as your own, give me grace to entrust this day to your care..."

Adapted from Feasting on the Word: Worship Companion

Congregational Care

In response to Christ's call to love one another, we want the members of our congregation to care for one another. In-person visits, prayers, phone calls, and mail are examples of the ways we reach out to one another.

To send a prayer request to our pastor and congregational care team, click here to fill in our Connection Card.


Re-energize your prayer life with a new practice. Learn more.

Read The Upper Room daily devotional. Click here.

Click here to find the resources you need to explore the Bible.

Preschool Ministry and Leadership Updates


Ghent UM Preschool teaches toddlers to students in Pre-Kindergarten. Learn more about our half-day program by visiting GUMP's page at

Questions? Contact Director, Ann Robertson.

Leadership Team

The next Leadership Team meeting date is TBA. It will be in the sanctuary after worship. All are welcome to attend.

A Zoom link will be made available. Contact the church office if you need the link.

UMC Continues the Call to Dismantle Racism

The United Methodist Church has stated that we will no longer remain silent nor complicit about racist acts against African Americans but we must act now to become anti-racist individuals and churches!

The Long Haul The UMC is committed to the long haul when it comes to anti-racism work. Read the story.

What Can You Do to Help?

  • START with prayer. We are asked to pray for Dismantling Racism efforts, as well as, all persons of color who suffer at the hands of injustice, oppression, and white supremacy. Click here for the daily prayers.

  • The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has a compiled a list of 8 things church leaders and members can do to help anti-racism progress. One way is to denounce false notions of “two equal sides.” Click here to learn more.

  • Listen to individuals share how they are creating daily life with God in the face of racial injustice and the trauma induced by racial inequity in the U.S. Click here to listen.

Giving News

Our giving represents an act of worship in which we thank God for our blessings and acknowledge that everything we have is a gift from God. Click here to learn about the various ways to give.

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Shop thousands of stores, any time, to support Ghent Church. UMCmarket, powered by iGive, helps you generate a donation to Ghent United Methodist Church when you shop online at thousands of retailers. Click here to join and shop.

UMC News: World, VA, and Local

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Coastal Virginia District News

See the UMC Conference through the eyes of photographers. Click here.

Watch a Wrap-up Video about General Conference. Click here.

Church removes ban on same-sex weddings at Conference. Read the story.

Climate justice legislation fares well overall at Conference. Read the story.

For more than 80 years, UMCOR has worked to alleviate human suffering and build resilient communities. Read about it.

Over the past five years, The UMC has positively impacted the lives of over five million women, youth and children through health interventions. Learn more.

*COVID-19 Mitigation Plan for all in-person Ghent UMC Happenings (Updated March 23, 2022) Our call is to love our neighbors and to do no harm.

Jesus is for everyone. No exceptions.

A Word of Welcome from Ghent UMC 

Ghent United Methodist Church is called to the affirmation of the sacred worth of all people. We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world. We acknowledge our human family's diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, language, age, faith history, theological orientation, economic status, education, marital status, abilities, and any other defining feature, real or perceived. Click here to read the message in its entirety.

How can I get in touch with church staff and the Pastor?

The church office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to noon. Rev. Ry is in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-12pm. You may also make an appointment, if needed.


Click here to access email addresses or call the church office at 757-622-2843.