The goal of the United Methodist Church is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors." At Pennington United Methodist Church, we seek to take that a step further. Church should feel like home, and that's the context we seek to provide here, a place where all are welcomed, honored, and loved.
We are progressive in our outlook, believing that religion should be biblically responsible, intellectually honest, emotionally satisfying, and socially significant. Following Christ means being a part of an ongoing journey of worship, study, prayer, and service, and we welcome you to journey with us. We don't claim to have all the answers, but we are committed to the struggle of trying to find them both inside and outside the faith community. This congregation is committed and dedicated to the work of Christ in addressing the needs of a hurting world.
We are open to new ways of seeing the world, and new ways of doing ministry. If you are looking for a church home, we believe we have much to offer you, and that you will have much to teach us.
Regular worship hour, September 10 through June 11 at 10:30 a.m. with nursery care provided for infants and children under age 4. Please join us for a time of refreshments and fellowship immediately following the service. The Rev. Daniel Casselberry is pastor.
The church offers a variety of services designed to help those with special needs. The church is wheelchair accessible via an elevator, with handicapped parking. Also available are individual wireless hearing aids.
Sunday mornings. Adult Sunday School starts at 9:00 a.m. Children's Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome!
Summer Schedule starts June 18 at 9:30 a.m. there will be no Sunday School or childcare.
60 South Main St
Pennington, NJ 08525
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Pennington United Methodist Church will continue to host FREE Community Movie Nights on the last Friday of the month. The movie “42” will be shown at the church’s Morrell Fellowship Hall. The 2013 film, starring Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, and Harrison Ford, tells the story of Jackie Robinson’s break-through of the color barrier in major league baseball in 1947. The current movie series is being shown to promote a healthy dialogue on issues of race and diversity in our community. The showing includes free popcorn and soft drinks. The church is located at 60 S. Main St., Pennington, NJ. The church is ADA accessible and offers handicapped parking.
A historical theater production “Spirits of Hopewell Valley” will be presented on October 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm amongst the headstones at the Old Methodist Cemetery on Pennington-Titusville Road. The event, co-sponsored by Pennington United Methodist Church, the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, and Pennington Public Library, will allow the public to hear voices from the past and experience history featuring eight local figures buried at the Methodist Cemetery and the Pennington African Cemetery. These two burying grounds contain the remains of some of Hopewell Valley’s first settlers, dating back to the early 1700’s and 1800’s. The live theater presentation will recount their lives, their deaths, and the joys and hardships in the historic times they lived. History is more than dates and times—come see and listen to how life was lived in Hopewell Township in its earliest years. Period music will be provided by Hopewell Hall, an a cappella ensemble specializing in 18th and 19th century repertoire. A post-performance reception with light refreshments will be held at Pennington Public Library.
In our discussions to find ways to make our worship more interesting and interactive, we are seeking to make the Sunday sermon time more of a dialogue rather than a monologue. To accomplish this, we are now going to post the Gospel lesson for the following Sunday a week in advance so that congregants can read it and feel free to bring any questions they have about it to worship. Pastor Dan will be providing an opportunity during the sermon for those who want to ask a question to do so. Sunday, September 10, Matthew 18:15-20, September 17, John 3:13-17, September 24 Matthew:20:1-16, October 1, Matthew 21:23-32, October 8, Matthew 21:33-46. We welcome your questions and participation!
Support Group for Adult Survivors of Suicide Loss - Mercer County Chapter - We meet on the Third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm on the 2nd floor of the Clarkson Building - Brendler Library. All are welcome and there is absolutely no charge for participation in this group.
Little Free Library - Pennington United Methodist Church has opened a Little Free Library for the greater Pennington community. Stop off in front of the church at the little exchange box, open the door, and take a book, return a book, or donate a book. Sit on the bench, relax, and read. It's a gathering place where neighbors may share their favorite literature, stories, and good things to read-- books that teach, intrigue, and engage you. The library belongs to everybody. Anyone can use and enjoy it-- neighbors, friends, and future friends who we don't even know yet.
Music is an essential part of worship at Pennington United Methodist Church; encouraging an atmosphere of prayer and glory to God. The church is active in the musical life of the community by sponsoring concerts by professional musicians and college groups from throughout the Northeast. These concerts feature a variety of musical styles, from classical music to jazz. In the spring of 2013, a Yamaha C7 Conservatory Grand Piano was dedicated to the church by the Henry and Evelyn Burd Memorial fund.
Choirs - The Adult Choir assumes a significant leadership role in worship. They sing for morning worship services, performing a wide range of sacred music: classical, spirituals, gospel and contemporary. The Adult Choir rehearses on the first and third Thursday each month at 7:30pm in the choir room. On Sunday mornings, choir members meet at 9:45am in the sanctuary to prepare for the service at 10:30am. If you enjoy singing, please join us. New members are always welcome.
The Handbell Choir offers an intergenerational forum for music making, for students and adults interested in music. The choir plays music using a three-octave set of Schulmerich bells. The choir plays once a month for the Sunday worship service. The Handbell Choir rehearses the second Thursday at 7:30pm in the sanctuary and the third Sunday at 9:20am and play for service. If you would like to be a part of the Handbell Choir, please speak to or contact Cynthia Westbrook, Director of Music.
On the third Sunday every month, middle and high school students from the congregation help lead the worship service. In addition, students from The Pennington School and The College of New Jersey provide special music for the service. All teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to participate.
The Children sing together during the first part of Sunday School, gathering each Sunday at 9:30 am to sing sacred songs. The children and teens join the adult choir for special worship services throughout the year, such as Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday, Easter, and Pentecost.
If you are interested in learning more about the music program, please contact Cynthia Westbrook, Director of Music, at the church office, 609-737-1374.
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