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This Week's Events
SUNDAY, January 13
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!


UMW Unit Meeting
Rm. 136

Contact Gloria for information

Monday, January 14
UMW Circle of Faith Meeting:

7pm-8pm in Rm. 112.

Join us for our next Circle of Faith Meeting!

Tuesday, January 15

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

January 15

January 22

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

Wednesday, January 16
Weekly Prayer Group


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

All are welcome!

Kay Reel Circle Meeting


We will meet in Rm. 108.

Join us for Wednesday Night Activities!
Welcome Back to Music Making

We are preparing our Kids Choir Musical,
Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm:
O Chicken of Little Faith!

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 for parts will be January 23rd from 4:30pm-6pm.
Sign up for your slot this week!

Join us for our next meeting from 5pm-6pm
in the Choir Room (Rm. 137).

Can't wait to see you -- Bring a friend!

Bistro Menu for January 16th:
Baked Spaghetti, Salad Bar, Cookies & Ice Cream !

Additional Wednesday Night Activities


"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


Balancing Act in Rm. 111

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

Thursday, January 17

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
Friday, January 18
Fridays, beginning January 18th! Childcare is provided.

Advent Wreath Silent Auction:

Sunday, 1/13 from 8am-11am in the Social Hall.

Stop by the Social Hall to bid on one of the beautiful Advent wreaths that have adorned our Sanctuary and entrances for the past several weeks! 

 Winners will be notified following the 11am service, and the winning bid may pick up the wreath on Monday, 1/14. Payment is due at the time of pick up. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tuesday, January 29 th
                                       -Wednesday, January 30 th 10am–12pm

All are welcome!
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and events in the life of our church!
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