Livestream Worship on Sundays at 9 am Traditional and 11 am Contemporary
Sep 14

Operation Bear Hug

Everyone is asked to bring NEW teddy bears to church to hug during the services.  They then will be distributed to patients in Novant hospital and Manassas Health and Rehab for Valentine's Day.

Late January, early February is the perfect time of year for "Operation Bear Hug," a time when everyone is asked to bring NEW teddy bears to church. During the Worship Service, congregants are asked to hug "your" bear, let them sing the hymns with you, pass the peace of Christ, and even listen to the sermon while sitting on your lap. These hugged bears will be tagged with St. Thomas UMC information, along with a Valentine's greeting, and distributed to patients in Novant Hospital and Manassas Health and Rehab, just in time for Valentine's Day. Bears should not be too large or too small; they should be just the right size to fit into a hospital bed. As our tags refer to them as "bears," please make sure bears are all you bring. 

St. Thomas UMC has participated in this mission for about 21 years and every year it is more and more rewarding for everyone involved, as well as for the teddy bears! If you have any questions or would like to help tag or distribute the bears, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let's see how many faces we can light up for Valentine's Day!

Worship

We offer both in-person and livestream services on Sundays at 9 am (Traditional) and 11 am (Contemporary)  Please join livestream worship here: Worship Livestream Event 

Contact

St. Thomas UMC
8899 Sudley Road
Manassas, VA 20110
703-368-5161
info@stthomasumc.org 

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