SCUMC             Rooted in God's Word,Growing Disciples,
            Sharing Christ's Love with Word and Deed


We are located in downtown Stephens City, at 5291 Main Street. Take Interstate I-81, exit 307, and go west two blocks to the traffic light (intersection of 277 and US 11). Turn right (north), and the church is two blocks on your left. Parking is available in the rear of the building.

Vacation Bible School - 2014

It's that time again! If you'd like to register your child for Vacation Bible School, click here: VBS Sign-up Form.

Stephens City Preschool Enrollment

Registration for the Stephens City UMC Preschool 2014-15 school year is now taking place. Online Registration, Enrollment Package and Parent Handbook can be accessed from the following links:
Online Enrollment
Preschool Enrollment Package
Parent Handbook

Nursery Servants

We're always in need of nursery volunteers! If you feel the call to help there is a sign-up sheet outside the nursery or go online at: Nursery Sign-up

You can choose the date and time and a reminder emailed to you 3 days before your scheduled shift. For questions contact Tobye David at or 540-323-1410.

Worship Services
Early Traditional -8:30 a.m.
Casual Contemporary -9:45 a.m. (Fellowship Hall)
Traditional -11:00 a.m.

Children Sunday School at 9:35a
Nursery newborn - 3 years
Age 3-5th grade, Rooms 201-207
6-8th grade, Room 114
9-12th grade, Room 101

Adult Sunday School
9:45am Partners in Faith Room 111
9:45am Fellowship Bible Room 102
9:45am Faith Seekers Room 204
9:45am Koinonia Room 200
9:45am Daughters of Wesley Room 213
11:00am God Chasers Room 102

current events
Updated: 07/14/2014
New Pastor!
Please welcome Pastor Bob Gochenour! Paster Gochenour (a.k.a. Pastor Bob) comes to us from Chestnut Memorial UMC, Newport News VA. Pastor Gochenour received his BA in New Testament Greek & Theology at Oral Roberts University in 1980. He received a Masters in Divinity from ORU Seminary in 1985. He was ordained Deacon in 1986 and Elder in 1988 in the Virginia Annual Conference. He has served a variety of churches since 1984.

Sr. High Mission Trip
For the Sr. High mission trip this summer (July 20-25) we are working with Youthworks at their site in Queens. One of five boroughs in New York City, Queens is one of the most diverse communities in the world. It has a population of 2.24 million people, almost half of which are foreign-born. Girls will be staying at the First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica. The guys will be staying at St Stephens Episcopal Church about a mile away. Some of our service activities include: Kids Club, Senior Centers - (Elm York, Madison York Assisted Living, Madison York Senior Center), a Neighborhood Beautification Project at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Children's Summer Programs possibly helping local churches running VBS programs. In the evenings, we get to explore the neighborhood on a scavenger hunt, visit Rockaway Beach, share a meal at a soup kitchen housed at a 350-year-old church, worship with local congregations, and have a blast at a community cookout. The theme for the week is "Live Like Jesus" and our key passage for the week is John 13:1-17. We have 9 people going and would appreciate your prayers, specifically that God's spirit would be unleashed and that we will be able to witness Him working in our lives as we offer ourselves in service.

Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School will be July 27th-August 1st. All children preschool-5th grade are welcome. Servant helpers are greatly needed! Please see Tobye David (540-323-1410) or with questions. Registration forms will be coming soon!

United Methodist Volunteers in Missions
A UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Missions) team will be commissioned today, Sunday, July 13th during the 8:30 service and depart immediately afterwards to Crisfield, Maryland for a week of rebuilding homes that were damaged by hurricane Sandy. and begin our trip after the service. The team members are: Steven DeGroot, Fred and JoAnna Fonville, Bill Franklin, Paul Levesque, Denny and Kathy Lewis. We would like to thank our church family for your faithful support, your gifts and prayers enabling us to continue to go where we are needed.

Voices of Youth 2014
"Forward, Upward, Onward, Together" Tour at Braddock Street UMC, Monday, July 14 at 7pm. Voices of Youth (VOY): Awakening the United Methodist Church to mission is a mission program of the Virginia Annual Conference designed to connect high school youth with those in need through music and mission. VOY has traveled every summer since 1985 for 3-4 weeks. All are invited to hear through music and word of their inspirational experience at the Bahamas Methodist Habitat. Come and join them on this second stop of their conference tour for an unforgettable worship experience in the BSUMC sanctuary!

18h Annual Bill Owen Memorial Golf Tournament
The Winchester District United Methodist Men (WDUMM), Heart Havens Inc., and the family of Mr. Bill Owen, would like to request your participation in the 18th Annual Winchester District UMMen Bill Owen Memorial Golf Tournament, Saturday, September 6th, 2014 to benefit Heart Havens and the ministries of the UMMen. Entry deadline: September 1, 2014. Entry forms are located on the bulletin boards.

Lunch Bunch
The lunch bunch will gather Wednesday, July 16, 11:30am at the Butcher Block in Stephens City. Anyone who might enjoy some fellowship and good food with other nice people is invited. There is no other agenda for the gathering. Everyone is responsible for the cost of her/his own meal. The Butcher Block very kindly reserves space for the lunch bunch so we need to give them a head count a day ahead of the gathering. Please let us know you are planning to attend by phoning Kathryn Koerner at 540-869-2575 or by e-mail to Waverly Reames at Don't miss the fellowship, fun, and good food.

Kitchen Clean-up
With the many groups in our Church that utilize our kitchen, the Trustees ask that you share in the cleaning and maintenance of it. The Trustees are asking that groups of 3, 4, or more people work together to get this much needed job accomplished once a month. On the bulletin board is a sign-up sheet and the office has the list of tasks to be performed. For information contact Marty Dilg at 540-869-4813 or

Preschool Applications
Preschool applications are being accepted for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year for 3-year-old and 4-year-old children. Please pick up an application in the church Gathering Area or go to the online registration on SCUMC website. The preschool offers 2, 3, 4 and 5 day programs. A music program has been added to the preschool curriculum. Students also attend chapel with Pastor Bob. Please contact the preschool office at 540-869-1368 or if you have questions.

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Pastor: Rev. Bob Gochenour
5291 Main Street, P.O. Box 428
Stephens City, Virginia 22655
Phone: 540-869-2348