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In-Person Worship

Join us each Sunday morning for in-person Worship. Please use the sanctuary entrance that faces Stockley Gardens.

*COVID-19 Mitigation Plan (Updated March 23, 2022), for all in-person Ghent UMC happenings, is detailed in the bottom block.




Sunday Worship Details

Come as you are and join us in-person, each Sunday at 10am for worship and fellowship.

Bring the children! We have a special message for your children and grandchildren during Worship. And after they hear the Children’s Message, they can stay in the sanctuary OR go to Children’s Church. There will be an age appropriate Bible lesson from the Grow Kids Curriculum, craft and activities.

You can watch previous services and videos on our Facebook page and  YouTube channel.

Ghent UMC is licensed to stream our FB Live worship services through CCLI #20175590 and One License A-727358.

1st Sundays



Holy Communion

Join us on first Sundays for Worship Service when we celebrate Holy Communion! We use pre-packaged cups and wafers and have gluten-free options, as well.


March 9


Rise Against Hunger

Come AND bring your friends to meet you at Smartmouth Brewing Company (Raleigh Ave.) on Saturday, March 9th, at noon. We’re having a meal packaging event to help to end hunger! We need lots of volunteers (4 years old and up) plus financial donations to make this work. 

We have hosted Rise Against Hunger before. See the video! It is always a fun and fulfilling group event. Please click here to register to volunteer, see a meal packaging event, and to donate.




Read with Rev. Ry

Everyone is invited to join Pastor Ryan for a new book study. This session, we’re reading the last book of the Bible – RevelationOur study is on Thursdays, 8 – 9p.m. on Zoom. Get the Zoom link by calling (757) 622-2843 or emailing the church office at  You may join in any week during the session.


March 24


Palm / Passion Sunday

Palm / Passion Sunday worship will be Sunday, March 24, at 10 am. Be sure to arrive on time so you don’t miss Jesus riding our donkey into the sanctuary! The congregation is invited to wave palm branches and sing hosannas! Readers are needed for the service. Contact the church office to sign up.


March 24


Easter Egg Hunt

Dust off those Easter baskets and join us for Worship on Palm Sunday, March 24, at 10am. After the service, we will have our annual, Messy Church at Ghent Easter Egg Hunt!

Come to the front of our church facing Stockley Gardens. All children are welcome to the egg finding fun! Ages 3 and under will hunt in our garden, while ages 4 and above in Stockley Gardens. Please BYOB (bring your own BASKET). Refreshments provided. 

*Messy Church at Ghent is an all-ages event. It is “Church, but not as you know it!” It is Christ-centered and based on creativity, hospitality, and celebration. Click here to go to our Messy Facebook group.


March 31


Easter Sunday

Easter Service will be Sunday, March 31, at 10 am. Join us as we make joyful music unto the Lord!  Communion will be offered. A prepackaged, gluten-free, option is always available.

Please bring fresh flowers from your gardens to adorn the Living Cross! 




Adult Sunday Bible Discussion

Weekly, in-person*, discussions are Sundays, 9 – 9:45am. Meet in the back of the sanctuary. If needed, use the new ramp to the front porch. Please enter through the Stockley Gardens doors. We will maintain safe social distancing to accommodate those with and without COVID vaccines.

This group reviews the Bible using the Standard Lesson Quarterly series. 

If you are interested, email Peter Griffin.




Organist Brad Norris

Our organist Brad Norris plays our beautiful Casavant organ for our 10am Worship services.




Want to Sing or play?

If you would like to sing with us on Sundays, let our Music Director know.  

There are also musical opportunities, if you want to play an instrument. The Gathering Jam Band meets 15 minutes before the service on the second Sundays and plays through the service that day. We also provide the music for Messy Church services.  If you don’t play an instrument, come out and play the maracas or other hand percussion. Let Nellwyn Beamon know if you have any questions.




Ghent Inspire Book Group

Book Group is on hiatus so everyone can join Rev. Ry’s book study. (See other block.)

Join us for fellowship and a discussion of our chosen book. Ghent Inspire Book Club meets one Monday each month at 7:30pm. These hybrid meetings are in person* and on Zoom. All are welcome to join the meeting for fellowship, whether or not you have read the book.





March 2022


Covid-19 Mitigation Plan

*COVID-19 Mitigation Plan (Updated March 23, 2022) – For all in-person Ghent UMC Happenings:

Remember that our call is to love our neighbors and to do no harm. The VA UMC recommends that everyone, who is eligible, be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.

  • For everyone, whether vaccinated or not, wearing face masks is currently optional; although children under 2 years of age should not wear a mask.
  • At least 6 feet of physical distancing must be maintained by everyone (we understand this may not be possible for children), except for those who are in the same household group. Hugs and handshakes are not allowed.
  • All are required to stay home when sick. After 5 days of quarantining, you are to wear a fitted mask for 5 additional days when around others.
  • Lastly, we ask everyone to self-check in at each entrance with our Health Acknowledgement Poster. To read the poster, click here.