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Educating since 1962, Aldersgate Day School is a weekday, half-day ministry for children 12 months old to pre-K. Read More

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Meet Our Team

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

  • Christmas Eve
    December 6, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Christmas Eve at Aldersgate Celebrate a Jazz Christmas with the Eric Sabo Quintet featuring Darden Purcell at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve Jazz versions of traditional Christmas songs that put the joy in “Joy to the World” With communion and a candlelit “Silent Night” Child-friendly services at 1:00, 3:00, and
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  • Alternative Giving 2017
    December 8, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Alternative Giving 2017 We sponsor this event during Advent to give folks an opportunity to honor Jesus’ birth by giving gifts of love to serve the poor as we seek to carry out his commandment to “go and make disciples.” Shoppers make contributions to mission projects in the name of loved ones as an alternative
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  • Parents Night Out December 16
    December 6, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Parents Night Out: Holiday Shopping Edition Join us Saturday, December 16th from 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. here at Aldersgate for a wonderfully convenient fundraiser. All proceeds will go towards the supporting the youth and chaperones attending this summer’s mission trips. Parents: Bring your 3 to 10-year-old children to the church and we will care for them
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  • Poinsettias for the Christmas Altar
    November 28, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Poinsettias for the Christmas Altar Poinsettias will decorate our church on Christmas Eve. You may place a poinsettia in memory or in honor of loved ones or friends or to the glory of God. Each Poinsettia is $10. Download the order form and put in offering plate with your check or drop it off at
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up, December 8
    November 17, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Weekly Wrap-Up The December 8 edition of Jason Micheli’s Weekly Wrap-Up is now available.

  • Advent Happy Hour and Podcast
    November 16, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    CHRISTMAS HAPPY HOUR AND PODCAST Join us on December 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Cedar Knoll Restaurant for a happy hour and live podcast conversation about the meaning of Advent and the Incarnation with Jason Micheli and special guest Tripp Fuller, host of the popular podcast, Homebrewed Christianity. Tripp will also be our guest at
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  • This Week at Aldersgate, December 12
    October 17, 2016 / No Comments » / News

    What You Need to Know This Week at Aldersgate Read the December 12 edition of What You Need to Know: 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 aldersgate.net/sermons/. You can watch or listen
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  • Youth Update, December 13
    September 28, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    The latest from Aldersgate Youth Ministry Read the December 13 Youth Update for the latest events and announcements.

  • 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
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  • 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…
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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 connect@aldersgate.net. Best wishes to these 2017 graduates: Rachel Clarke, Williamsburg Middle School, Arlington, Virginia
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  • 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
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  • Summer 2017 Update
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      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
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  • 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:
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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