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Dennis Perry Lead Pastor
Dennis Perry Lead Pastor “I’ve been on the front lines of human transformation for nearly four decades. I’m fascinated by relationship, religion and business. And food. I like learning h Read More
Jason Micheli Executive Pastor
Jason Micheli Executive Pastor Jason blogs at Tamed Cynic and is a host of the Crackers and Grape Juice Podcast I’m the least well-rounded person in the world, having studied theology at UVA and at Princeton. Read More
Karla Kincannon Director of Spiritual Formation
Karla Kincannon Director of Spiritual Formation “Without creativity we cannot imagine a life faithful to the gospel. Imagination supports the restoration of soul in our Church and our world.” Rev. Dr. Karla M. Kincannon is A Read More
Michelle Matthews Campus Pastor, Kingstowne
Michelle Matthews Campus Pastor, Kingstowne Michelle Matthews is the campus pastor of The Kingstowne Communion, Aldersgate’s satellite congregation. The Kingstowne Communion is a new United Methodist church serving Read More

News and Events

  • Day School Fall Sale
    October 5, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Aldersgate Day School Fall Children’s Consignment Sale! Merchandise Drop Off Dates: Monday, October 23rd, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 24th, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Shopping Dates: Wednesday, October 25th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 5:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday, October 26th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Friday, October 27th, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm (Half-price

  • Christmas Marketplace 2017
    October 15, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    UMW Christmas Marketplace Saturday, November 11, 9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. The United Methodist Women’s Christmas Marketplace will take place on Saturday, November 11, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. This year’s event will include a silent auction, jewelry sale, white elephants, bake sale, collectibles, hand-made wreaths, homemade casseroles, lunch, and many vendors. Casseroles Elizabeth Circle is again

  • Fall Update
    October 1, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE PASTOR OCTOBER 2017 Hi Folks, I hope your fall has gotten off to a wonderful beginning. As the third quarter closes, I thought I would give you an update on Aldersgate’s ministry as well as what we’ve learned from the worship survey we sent to you earlier this week. SURVEY SAYS…

  • Witnessing Worship
    September 15, 2017 / No Comments » / News

      Witnessing Worship Connecting Through the Lens of Faith Photographs by Nina Tisara A collection of stunning photographs of worship in Alexandria congregations over the years is on display in the hallway by the staff offices. Witnessing Worship invites us into a deeper understanding of ourselves and one another through an intimate look at diverse

  • This Week at Aldersgate, October 13
    October 17, 2016 / No Comments » / News

    This Week at Aldersgate Read the October 13 edition of This Week at Aldersgate for all the latest events and announcements. Video is up and running at the 9:00 service. Watch or listen to all of our sermons at You can watch or listen to the dialogues from the Saturday@5:30 service at If

  • Youth Update, October 12
    September 28, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    The latest from Aldersgate Youth Ministry Read the October 12 Youth Update for the latest events and announcements.

  • Arrangements for Danny E. Simonds
    October 11, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Danny E. Simonds 10/2/1942-10/01/2017 Danny E. Simonds passed away on October 1st after a long and difficult battle with Parkinson’s. His wife Donna was his constant companion and champion. He never gave up his joy for life with his daughter Danielle, her mother Jill, three step-daughters Rebecca, Keri and Lisa, grandchildren Mitchell, Tyler, Brigette, Garrett

  • A Selfish Plan to Change the World
    September 12, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    What God Wants for Us A Biweekly Small Group with Online Teaching Ever feel dissatisfied with life as it is? Are you wondering how you can make this world a better place? Do you have the sense that there is more to life than what you are experiencing? Become part of a biweekly small group

  • Acolytes
    August 15, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Aldersgate Acolytes Calling All 4th through 12th Graders Acolyte opportunities are available, and serving instills an appreciation for worship involvement at a young age.  A monthly incentive doesn’t hurt either – the more an acolyte serves, the more chances to receive the monthly gift card treat!  On October 1 at 11:30, an acolyte training service

  • Children’s Registrations
    August 17, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Fall Registrations Are Now Open Register for Sunday School and Children’s Choirs Children’s Ministries offers Sunday school for students of all ages. See for more information. 9:00 a.m classes Sunday school (3 years old – 3rd grade) Sunday school can be both fun and substantive – where every lesson is rooted in the Bible

  • Summer Study of Romans
    June 9, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Summer Study of Romans Jason Micheli “Without exaggeration, Romans is the most important book of the New Testament and is the most important book of the Christian tradition.” This summer’s preaching series is based on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. To complement the series, Jason Micheli is offering a study of the letter on Wednesday

  • Suffering and God
    May 25, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Suffering and God: Theodicy for Dummies An Aldersgate Live seminar with Dr. Eric Hall David King, our summer intern, is doing an online seminar with Dr. Eric Hall this summer. The conversations will take place on Monday mornings at 11:00 on Aldersgate’s Facebook page and subsequently archived on Facebook, YouTube, and below. The series addresses

  • What God Wants for Us
    August 11, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    What God Wants for Us Frederick W. Schmidt September 16, 9:00 a.m. – Noon Fred Schmidt, who holds the Ruben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will be with us on Saturday, October 16, to lead a workshop, participate in a Saturday@5:30 conversation, and preach at the Sunday worship services. How

  • Common Liturgy Update
    August 10, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Common Liturgy Update Two Services to Continue through Thanksgiving   Hi Folks, I hope you’re enjoying your summer. Now that we’ve worshiped the past three weeks at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. in a collaborative, “common liturgy” format, I wanted to reach out to you and share how I would like us as a community to

  • A Common Liturgy, August 6
    August 2, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    A Common Liturgy A Summer Experiment in Worship Times and Style July 23-September 3 From July 23 through September 3, Sunday worship will be at 9:00 a.m and 10:30 a.m. A survey sent to the congregation this week showed overwhelmingly positive responses to A Common Liturgy, with less than 10 percent of respondents expressing negative

  • Founders Hall Renovation
    July 21, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Founders Hall Renovation Founders Hall, the original sanctuary at Aldersgate Church, is being renovated this year. The goal is a flexible gathering space that can be used for worship, classes and other gatherings, and Day School activities. We thank Steve Guback for the gift that makes this renovation possible. Work began in late June with

  • This Week’s Reading, August 4
    August 3, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading August 4, 2017   On Styles of Worship Because of the Common Liturgy experiment, worship styles are the talk of many at Aldersgate. We all have our preferences, and we sometimes think that our preferences are therefore the best choice for everyone. Thankfully, there are those who study and observe how churches

  • This Week’s Reading, July 28
    July 27, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading July 28, 2017     Philip Yancey wrote a piece for the Washington Post last week, “The Death of Reading Is Threatening the Soul,” about the difficulty of reading books in the Internet age: “I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading… Books help define who I am.

  • Thanks to Our VBS Volunteers
    July 11, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Thanks to Our VBS Volunteers!     Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make our Evening and Daytime Vacation Bible Schools such a big success! We couldn’t do it without you. Cameron Allen Connor Allen Kay Allen Haley Askew Caroline Austin Jill Baxter Vivian Baxter Shelley Bentz Michelle Black Cheryl Bratten Katie

  • Congratulations Graduates!
    June 29, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Congratulations graduates! Congratulations to the graduates in our congregation. You have accomplished a lot, and your futures await. We asked you to send in the names of graduates in your family. To add your graduate to the list, please write to Best wishes to these 2017 graduates: Rachel Clarke, Williamsburg Middle School, Arlington, Virginia

  • Summer Events for Kids
    March 8, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Summer Events for Kids Evening Vacation Bible School June 25-29, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join us as we adventure alongside some of our favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God: Heart, Hope, Power, Courage, and Wisdom. We’ll use epic music, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help

  • This Week’s Reading, June 30
    June 14, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading With Richard Bass June 30, 2017     The Texas Methodist Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, and Harvard Divinity School have been working with two Ministry Innovation Fellows at Harvard, Casper ter Kuile and Angie Thurston, to research and describe promising innovations in how we gather, worship, and build community. Reports on their

  • Summer 2017 Update
    June 8, 2017 / No Comments » / News

      UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE PASTOR SUMMER 2017 No, it’s not quite summer yet, but as the school year winds down so does the program year here at Aldersgate. I thought I would get this update out before too many of you slip away for the summer. If you were here for Pentecost, you got

  • New Governance Structure Approved
    April 26, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    New Governance Structure for Aldersgate Approved   The called charge conference on Tuesday, June 13, approved the streamlined Church Council and confirmed those who were nominated to fill the positions on Council, which will now be known as the Leadership Team: Leadership Team (term ends on June 30 of the year in parentheses) Lay Leader:

  • This Week’s Reading, June 23
    June 29, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading With Richard Bass June 23, 2017   Inspired by a new post by Jason Micheli on Robert’s Rules of Order, we’ll look at rules, and rule breaking, this week. Both articles come from Ministry Matters, a website from the United Methodist Publishing House you should know. It’s full of interesting insights and

  • This Week’s Reading, June 16
    June 22, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading With Richard Bass June 16, 2017   This week’s reading includes some interesting gleanings from the web that crossed our screens during the past week. Religious Giving Holds Steady (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy) An interesting look at religious giving trends in the U.S.: “Giving to religion (defined as giving specific to

  • This Week’s Reading, June 9, 2017
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    This Week’s Reading With Richard Bass June 9, 2017   During the program year just ending, we have been holding frequent “Meet the Church” classes with the hope of helping people get to know more about Aldersgate and its ministries, its vision and mission, the United Methodist Church, and what it means to be a

  • This Week’s Reading – June 2, 2017
    May 31, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading With Richard Bass June 2, 2017   This week, we continue to look at how who we are as a congregation, and how we structure ourselves, has an impact on what we do. The reading is adapted from Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Membership by Dan Hotchkiss. Dan is a church consultant

  • Wednesday’s Shooting
    June 14, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    In response to Wednesday morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, we the pastors of Aldersgate United Methodist Church offer our prayers and support to those who were victims of the violence and to the families of all involved in this senseless act of bloodshed. We are grateful to the police who acted swiftly to contain the

  • This Week’s Reading – May 26, 2017
    May 25, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading May 26, 2017 The Professional Church Our current conversations about a new governance model for Aldersgate reminded me of an article that appeared in 2008 in the Alban Institute’s Congregations magazine, which I edited at the time. The article, “Beyond ‘Corporate:’ New Insights on Larger Churches,” by Alban consultant Susan Beaumont, helped

  • Easter 2017 Update
    April 26, 2017 / No Comments » / News

      UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE PASTOR EASTER 2017 This past fall a woman visited us for worship. She was in the last month of her first pregnancy and her husband was a patient in Johns Hopkins with brain cancer. She was looking for sanctuary. We baptized their little boy this Easter at 11:30. Such is

  • Our Wellness Classes
    May 4, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Wellness Classes at Aldersgate Aldersgate’s wellness program offers group fitness opportunities to the congregation and to the community at large. The classes are ongoing and they are a free gift from the church to the community. All are welcome to join class as long as their physician has given approval. Classes are taught by Judy

  • Aldersgate Acolytes
    March 15, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Aldersgate Acolytes Calling All 4th through 12th Graders We have expanded our acolyte age range to allow middle and high school students to serve and invite your 4th through 12th graders to participate. Acolyte service is welcome Saturdays at the 5:30 service and Sundays at the 8:30 and 11:15 services. Training will be provided if

  • Summer Mission Trips
    January 6, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Summer Mission Trips Guatemala Register now for our summer youth mission trip to Guatemala. Our trip to Guatemala for youth who have completed ninth grade and older and adults will be led by Jason and take place from July 20-27. We will continue our ongoing project to construct a secondary school in the Maya Highlands.

  • A Space for Peace in the Holy Land
    January 11, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    A Space for Peace in the Holy Land United Methodist Peace and Justice Tour 2017 Aldersgate pastors Dennis Perry and Jason Micheli will be part of a group that will journey to the Holy Land this September 4-11. Led by Alex Joyner, District Superintendent for the Eastern Shore in the Virginia Conference, the group will

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