A Community Church on the campus of Randolph-Macon College.

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We envision Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church as a loving faith community where all are sought, welcomed, nurtured and transformed to be Christ in the world. 


Please join us for one or more services each week at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church: 
  • Weekly Communion at 8:00 a.m. each Sunday;
  • Contemporary Worship at 8:50 a.m. each Sunday;
  • Traditional Worship at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday;
  • Wednesday night Pause to Pray 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, with opportunity for moments of silence and reflection with prayers, candles and prayer beads available 


Phone:  804-798-7224
Email:  office@duncanmemorialumc.org
Street Address:  201 Henry Street
Ashland, VA  23005
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 247
Ashland, VA  23005


Our lead pastor is the Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Gerde. 

If you would like to contact
Tim Gerde by email, please click here.
If you could like to contact him by phone, please call the church office at 804-798-7224.  


Our Director of Discipleship and Youth Ministry is the Rev. Sandra Stanley.  To contact Sandra Stanley by email click here or call the church office at 804-798-7224.  


Join us in these Holy Week Services 

Holy Week, the most significant time in the life of the church, begins Sunday, March 20, as we remember our Lord’s triumphant entry into the Holy City of Jerusalem and retell the story of his final days, ending with his execution, burial and resurrection. Please join us in these sacred observances.

Palm Sunday, March 20, services at 8:00, 8:50, and 11:00 a.m. We will have palm branches available for all.

Pause to Pray, March 23, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Consider using this time as a Lenten Discipline and a gift to give yourself in a busy and noisy world.

Holy Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. We gather at the Lords Table in our sanctuary for communion in remembrance of that night long ago when our Lord shared a meal and asked us always to break the bread, share the cup, and remember him.

Good Friday, March 25, 7:00 p.m., Tenebrae Service of Shadows worship in our sanctuary recounts the Gospel of John’s story of Christ’s death as we progressively enter into darkness.  

Easter Sunday Day, March 27, we celebrate the mystery and joy of Christs Resurrection at our services at 8:00, 8:50 &11:00 a.m. Children and adults – please bring fresh cut flowers from your garden to help decorate the cross outside our church.  NOTE: There will be no evening activities for children, youth, or adults on Easter Sunday.  


Upcoming Small Group Studies

■ Get Their Namebegins March 20, 2016 in the Boice class (Room 10 upstairs next to elevator) during Sunday school - 9:45 am. This is an insightful book on reaching new people with the hope and peace of the faith found within the church.Take time to get connected with this information and a small group. Interested? Contact the church office with questions at 804-798-7224. 

What Every Church Member Should Know about Poverty The Biblical mandate is clear: we are called to respond in love to the needs of the poor. But what do we know of the experience of living in generational poverty? What strengths and challenges do people living in poverty have?  How do our mindsets differ?  What Every Church Member Should Know about Poverty by Bill Ehlig and Ruby K. Payne is a useful guide for understanding and reaching out to people in poverty.  

Duncan Memorial will offer the class at two different times:  
     Sunday mornings, April 10 – May 15, 9:45- 10:45 in the chapel/parlor. 
     Sunday evenings April 10 – May 1, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

This class is recommended for anyone interested in volunteering with Circles Ashland or becoming an ally. Please sign up at the bulletin board next to the elevator and office area so a book can be ordered for everyone.  Call the church office with questions at 804-798-7224.

 Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings is a 6-week study led by Margie Turbyfill that examines the holy habits of six kings and prophets who were set apart by their close walk with God. Each week, we will study the story of one intriguing character, discuss God's unique purpose for his life, and learn about his particular spiritual discipline. We will explore how that timeless spiritual practice can draw you closer to God, helping you fulfill God's purpose for your life. Register by calling the church office at  804-798-7224. This class begins April 4, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  

■ Lectionary Bible study, will be offered on Tuesday mornings, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  in the fellowship hall. Class will be led by Pastor Tim Gerde. Interested? Call the church office at 804-798-7224.

Pause to Pray each
Wednesday night

 Duncan Memorial invites YOU to take a few moments or more and pause to pray for one another, for our world, for our community, for ourselves. 

Pause to Pray is for all of us…
Each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., the sanctuary will be open for silent prayer. A printed guide for prayer will be available from the podium in the narthex, along with prayer beads; you are asked to silently enter the sanctuary.You are welcome to simply sit in a pew and pray, or kneel at the communion railing. Votive candles are available so that you can light a candle as you pray. 


Duncan Memorial UMC is partnering with a new an innovative program - Circles Ashland - to work toward resolving poverty. Click here to visit their website.

The Circles Framework -
Circle Leaders, allies and a diverse array of community members gather in five collaborating teams to understand, engage with and sustainably resolve poverty.


Randolph-Macon College Announces

Lilly Endowment Grant to Support Theology Institute

Randolph-Macon College has received a four-year, $513,052 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. It is part of the Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service. 

R-MC, in collaboration with Shalom Farms, Union Presbyterian Seminary, and the Care of God’s Creation program, will use the grant to establish a Faith and Science Summer Theology Institute for High School Youth, which will begin in summer 2017. Students who will be preparing for their junior and senior years during the institute will be eligible to apply. R-MC religious studies and science faculty, along with students who are members of the college’s A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial program, will work with and mentor Institute participants.

R-MC Chaplain and co-director of the Institute Kendra Grimes says that today’s youth are often exposed to two very different messages on a variety of topics: one presented through education and popular culture and another offered by the church. “Many young people are naturally interested in both the natural world around us and in the questions of meaning and spirituality that envelope us,” says Grimes. “The Faith and Science Summer Theology Institute can help youth find vital intersections between two subjects that others tell them are incompatible.  We are eager to see the vibrant new ideas that come from both the classroom and hands-on experiences in this program.” 

In exploring the intersection between faith and science, participants will examine how they can draw upon their religious beliefs and practices as well as scientific methods to address the issues of today and tomorrow.  They will select one of three tracks for focused study: the natural environment; food, health and nutrition; or origins. Students will also consider how to draw on their beliefs and knowledge as they make future vocational choices. 




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Online Giving

You may now donate funds electronically to Duncan Memorial through Vanco, a safe and secure company chosen by Duncan Memorial to process online donations from your checking account or from your credit card. To go directly to the donation page, click Give Here.

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