Worship Styles

At 9:00 am, Pender offers a traditional/blended worship service.  The service includes traditional music as well as some praise music.

You’ll find a variety of musical groups participating in these worship services, ranging from children, youth and adults, to vocal, flute and bell choirs.

At Pender’s traditional/blended service, you get the best of both worlds!  We celebrate the traditions of our faith at these services with the scriptures, the creeds of the church, the symbols of our faith and a word from the Bible that applies spiritual principles to everyday life.

Holy Communion is shared the first Sunday of every month.  Come and join us

Read the Sunday Bulletin for more information.


Welcome to Common Ground, Sundays at 11:15 am

Not everyone is cut out for the same worship style.

Common Ground is Pender UMC's contemporary worship experience led by our worship leader and a rock-style worship band. You'll find worship to be more interactive and energetic, and you'll hear messages that are relevant to everyday life.

Young children are more than welcome! We have a play area within our worship space set aside just for them, or they can enjoy our awesome Sunday school program. We also have paid staff nursery care available for our littlest ones.

You will leave feeling closer to Jesus, challenged and more prepared to serve Him, and warmed by a relationship in a genuine community of Christ-followers. We hope to see you soon! 

Read the Sunday Bulletin for more information.



Pender United Methodist Church has made a commitment to be an Accessible Congregation, as part of the National Organization on Disability campaign of the same name.  We proudly display their logo -- a wheelchair user surrounded by a heart -- to show that as a congregation, we strive to provide physical access and also open our hearts and minds to people with all types of disabilities.

Some of the ways we do this include:

  • Automatic doors at the front entrance (for security reasons, these doors are functional during certain times only, including worship and meeting times)
  • Large-print hymnals available upon request
  • Hearing assistance devices available during worship
  • Pews with space available to accommodate wheelchairs

This past Sunday, we journeyed further into the solemn yet uplifting period of Lent, and our congregation was treated to a spiritually enriching experience. Pastor Bruce, known for his compelling orations that touch the heart and awaken the spirit, delved into the profound theme of "Living Faith." It was an opportunity to reflect on what it truly means to live a life imbued with faith, especially during this time of introspection and renewal.

In a harmonious blend of scripture and insight, the service featured enlightening readings from both the Old and New Testaments. From the ancient texts of Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, we revisited the covenant between God and Abraham, a testament to unwavering faith and divine promises. This narrative set a foundational tone for understanding the depths of a faith-filled life.

Complementing this, the Epistle reading from Romans 4:13-25 offered a profound look into the nature of faith, as exemplified by Abraham's righteousness. It served as a powerful reminder of how faith can transcend the law and how God's promises extend beyond the bounds of human understanding.

The Gospel reading from Mark 8:31-38 invited us to contemplate the teachings of Jesus Christ on the cost and rewards of discipleship. It challenged us to consider what it means to truly follow Christ, bearing our crosses and setting aside worldly gains for the sake of the Gospel.

Adding a special touch to the service, we celebrated the spirit of community and contribution as the esteemed Pender Woman of the Year award was presented by Maya Berry. This moment not only honored the remarkable contributions of a dedicated member of our congregation but also inspired each of us to reflect on how we can serve and uplift one another in faith.

This Sunday was a day of deep spiritual nourishment, reflection, and community celebration. We came together with open hearts, ready to be moved and inspired by the "Good News" and to honor the vibrant tapestry of faith and fellowship that defines our church family.

Read the Bulletin for more information.

We look forward to seeing you!

All of Pender's services are streamed live and in person.

Join us live at Pender UMC
12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033


Do you need Closed Captioning/Subtitles?
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The Next Traditional Service will be March 3, 2024 at 9:00 am


Do you need Closed Captioning/Subtitles?
You do not need to be a Facebook member to watch the Contemporary Worship here.

The Next Contemporary Worship will be March 3, 2024 at 11:15 am