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Weekly News & Updates: March 28, 2024

Sunday Worship Service - 10am

Celebrate your risen Savior during our Easter/ Resurrection Service on Sunday, March 31, at 10 am. 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Our music will be enhanced by organist Brad Norris along with trumpeter Josh Williams.

Communion will be offered. A prepackaged, gluten-free, option is always available.

** Don't forget to bring fresh flowers from your garden to adorn the Living Cross. 

Please enter the sanctuary through the doors facing Stockley Gardens.

Connection Card:

Click here.


Mark 16:1-8

Worship Volunteers / Flowers Sign-Up:

Click here.

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?

Holy Week at Ghent Church

Ghent Church will have its Holy Thursday service at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Together, we will hear the word of God, sing songs, share Communion, and focus on Jesus' loving sacrifice for us. Please come, Thursday, March 28.

Holy (Maundy) Thursday is the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. You may remember this included Jesus sharing the Last Supper with his disciples and washing their feet.

Palm Sunday and Easter Egg Hunt Photos

You can see more photos and a video on our Instagram page or our Facebook page.

Superintendent Delivers Palm Sunday Message

Click the image to the left.

Virginia Coastal District Superintendent, The Rev. Dr. Cecelia R. Brooks, sings a song and delivers a Palm Sunday message of hope.

Office Hours

Please note that the church's office will be closed on March 29th in honor of Good Friday. It will be open on Thursday, April 4.

May you have a blessed season focused on Jesus.

Help with Shipping Needed

Our Rise Against Hunger event was such an awesome success. We packaged 10,000 meals for people in need around the world.

Please help us reach our goal for shipping costs. Make a donation by using the QR code or clicking this UDPATED link.

See a Musical in May

We had so much fun at Evita, we are going to do it again! Jersey Boys is coming to Virginia Musical Theater May 3-5. Once more, Nellwyn would like to get a group together, and once more, Ricky Dain Jones will be back from NYC, this time playing the part of Gyp DeCarlo. 

If you are interested in going, please let me know by April 1. The home email address is Prices are probably around $40.00 for the Saturday matinee. Disclaimer: language, but the music is supposed to be stellar.

Thanks, Nellwn Beamon

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. Hear him play again on Easter Sunday morning, March 31, along with trumpeter Josh Williams.

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, April 14.

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

"God our parent, lead and guide me in the way of a resurrected life, and help me to see the risen Lord today..."

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


School will be closed Good Friday and the following week. We will reopen Monday, April 8.

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.

UMC Market - iGive

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

UM News


Coastal Virginia District News

Virginia Conference delegation wants prayer shawls for visiting delegates. If you quilt or make shawls, please click here for information.

Pray for VAUMC delegates leading up to General Conference. Get details about the event.

Join Rev. Dr. Jonathan Page and Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson as they kick off the Before Conference Conversation podcast series. Click here. Then scroll to the middle of the page.

Black caucus urged to champion change in pivotal year. Read the story.

Celebrating World Water Day Read the story.

Churches all in for total solar eclipse. Read the story.

*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.