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This Week's Events
SUNDAY, January 20
Let’s GET REAL.  REAL about Discipleship.   REAL about following Jesus. Our vision     statement is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, so that no one misses out on the grace of God.” But here’s the thing … in order to MAKE disciples of Jesus Christ, we must first BE disciples of Jesus Christ. And being a disciple of Jesus Christ is not a one-time event. It is an ongoing journey. So, my question for you is this: Where are you on your spiritual journey of discipleship? As you consider that, we want to provide you with a REAL SURVEY and the instructions are listed below. This tool will show you where you are as a disciple of Jesus, and then we, as a church, want to help you take the next steps to grow. There are four categories of disciples — exploring, beginning, growing, and maturing . The REAL DISCIPLESHIP SURVEY will show you which category you fit within through the following areas of your life: a life of worship, a life of hospitality, a life open to Jesus, a life obeying Jesus, a life of  service, and a life of generosity. We are asking everyone at GBUMC to partner with us in growing as Disciples of Jesus Christ so that we can truly live into our vision together. The first step is to discover where you are. Please take a few minutes to do just that. In the coming weeks, a brochure of the next steps will be available to help you determine what you could be doing in your life to grow as a disciple.
Instructions for Real Discipleship Survey:

1.  Click HERE to open the Discipleship Survey

2.  Enter our church code:  PEACEANDJOY

3.  Follow the steps to create your account. Choose the Elizabeth River District and Great Bridge UMC from the drop down list. Enter your name, email, and a secure password to create your account, then click on “Sign Up”. Once    completed, press the “Here” button to continue.

4.  From the welcome screen, select “EDIT PROFILE” to select all of the groups you are a part of in the church such as “The Learning Team.” Once completed, click the “EDIT RECORD” button, and return to the Dashboard.

5.  From the Dashboard, click “START SURVEY.” The survey is brief. Select one of the four color-coded boxes in the six categories. Once completed, submit your survey. Your results are immediately available to view, print, or to email the results to yourself.

6.  Log in to view your results at any time. You may retake the survey at a later time to measure the results of your growth.

A two-week course will be offered on January 23 & January 30 from 6:45pm-7:45pm, and also on January 24 & January 31 from 11am-12pm to analyze the results of your survey. Let’s GET REAL about DISCIPLESHIP together!

Monday, January 21

The church office is closed in observance
of Martin Luther King Day.

Normal office hours will resume
on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Tuesday, January 22

Videos are available to watch prior to the Tuesday meeting at under Ted Talk Tuesdays .

January 22

Learn more about watching TED Talks on all of your favorite platforms.

Wednesday, January 23
Weekly Prayer Group


Join us as we lift up our church in prayer! We will meet in Rm. 112.

All are welcome!

Join us for Wednesday Night Activities!

Kids Under Construction (PreK-1st)
G-Notes (1st-3rd)
456 Rock (4th-Youth)

Each group will have independent music curriculum, repertoire, and worship performance opportunities that are age appropriate. All students will perform together for the Children's Musical in June.

Auditions THIS WEEK on January 23rd from 4:30pm-6pm.
Contact Dr. Randall Ball to sign up for a remaining slot.

Bistro Menu for January 23rd:
BBQ on a Bun, Coleslaw, Baked Beans & Dessert

Additional Wednesday Night Activities

January 23rd:


"That Wednesday Night Thang" Youth in Rm. 104 & 105

K-2nd Grade Fellowship in Rm. 106

3rd-5th Grade Fellowship in Rm. 108

Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary

First Friends in Rm. 109


Take the Next Step Discipleship Survey Class in Rm. 112


Parents Better Together Small Group in Rm. 111

Check out all Wednesday Night Learning classes
and other current activities at !

Thursday, January 24

Join us Thursdays for a Women's Bible Study!

Rm. 136

All women are invited to join us for this study!

Contact Angie with
any questions
Take the Next Step
Discipleship Survey Class

Join us to understand the results of the REAL Discipleship Survey, and to learn how you can grow through the Next Step! 11am-12pm in Rm. 112

Contact Pastor Jessica with
questions or for more information.
Friday, January 25
Register Today! Childcare is provided.

Youth Students (Grades 6-12) are all invited to an All Nighter Lock-In!

Friday, 1/25 at 7pm at Deep Creek UMC

Saturday, 1/26 at 10am at Deep Creek UMC

This will be a night of fun, games, small groups, movies, and much more!

Saturday, January 26th

UMW Unit Meeting
Rm. 136

Contact Gloria for information

Ministry Fair!

Join us Sunday, February 3rd in the Social Hall

8am -- 11:30am

Visit our Ministry Booths
for way to connect at GBUMC!

Chesapeake Area Shelter Group (CAST) is coming February 13th - February 20th! Through CAST, our church family provides shelter, warmth, food and fellowship for homeless families with children. For service opportunities and needs, contact Sandra . Please prayerfully consider how you can assist!
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