The following is a partial list of the many annual activities of Washington Farm UMC, which are in addition to the worship services that make up our liturgical year.  These follow the traditional Christian calendar that includes the seasons of Advent (Dec), Christmas (Dec-Jan), Epiphany (Jan-Feb/March), Lent (Feb/March-March/April), Easter (March/April-May/June) and Pentecost (May/June-Nov).


Advent:  Christmas Tree Project


The Church has a long tradition of providing Christmas Trees to the community.  Started as a community project, it has grown to a point where we have families from throughout the metro area coming to the annual Christmas Tree Project to select their trees.  Traditionally the lot is set up the Saturday before Thanksgiving; trees are received on the Monday after Thanksgiving with the tree distribution beginning on Tuesday.  Typically all the trees are distributed within 10-12 days.  All of the proceeds are used to provide funds for the church’s outreach programs which are primarily along Richmond Highway.  Additionally trees are donated to military families at Fort Belvoir, United Community Ministries, Mondloch House, Head Start programs and other churches and charities.



Christmas:  Christmas


The Church has two services on Christmas Eve.  At 7:00 pm, a family service is held with child participation.  At 11:00 pm, there is a traditional candlelight service with communion.


Look for specific information about the Family Service during Advent.




Lent:  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper


Following the tradition that all households were to be cleared of meat and butter for Lent, on the Tuesday evening before Ash Wednesday, the church features a Pancake Supper with all the traditional side dishes.  Depending on how Lent falls, this event may be in March.




        Tuesday Evenings Soup Suppers and Lenten Study


On Tuesday evenings during Lent, Washington Farm UMC shares in fellowship with weekly Soup and Bread suppers.  Following dinner, a Lenten Study is offered.  Alternate activities and childcare are available for children.




Easter: Easter Egg Hunt


Every Easter Sunday afternoon for over 30 years, an Easter Egg Hunt has been held on the church grounds for all children in the congregation and neighborhood up to 6th grade.  The Easter Egg Hunt is a fun-filled time for all those young children, parents, and grandparents alike.  Special prizes are awarded for the golden egg finders in each age group.





Pentecost: Annual Yard Sales

A tradition  for over 35 years Washington Farm holds two-yard sales annually with the proceeds going to the Churches outreach and scholarship programs. The Spring Sale is on the first Saturday in May and the Fall Sale is on the first Saturday in October. The yard sale provides a wonderful opportunity for neighbors and church members to pass numerous items on to others in a congenial atmosphere.



               Church-wide Picnic

In June, Washington Farm holds their annual summer picnic. Burgers, hot dogs, and drinks are provided.
Desserts and side dishes are served potluck style.  There are multiple games and activities for the children.  This is a great day of fellowship.


              

                 Vacation Bible School


A week long themed program consisting of bible stories, arts and crafts, science labs, recreation, and music provided as a ministry for preschool to upper elementary aged children during the summer.A joyous time of learning that requires the efforts of many people in order to provide a memorable experience for all of the children who come.




                Fall Festival


The festival is normally in the Fall. Held as a community event, the festival games, barbecue, and booths featuring arts and crafts, plants, jellies, baked goods, and, of course, friendship. Docents are also available for tours of the church.  See highlights from our 2010 Fall Festival.

 

    Annual Events