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.
The members of Pennington United Methodist Church affirm that all people are created in the image of God, and as beloved children of God, are all worthy of God's love and grace. We celebrate our diversity and recognize the sacred worth and dignity of all persons regardless of gender, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical or mental capacity, education or economic or marital status.
We recognize that there remain differences of opinion among us. We do not seek to erase our differences but believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. We welcome all in our journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect.
"All this is from God, who reconciled us.....through Christ, and who gives us the ministry of reconciliation." ~ II Corinthians 5:18
Regular worship hour are 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. The combined High School and Adult Sunday School starts at 9:00 a.m. Children's Sunday School ages 2 through the 5th grade will starts at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome!
60 South Main St
Pennington, NJ 08525
Special Announcement Regarding Pennington United Methodist Church, March 18th, 2020
We have received word from our Bishop to suspend all activities at our facility, including gathering for Sunday worship in body. Gatherings have also been strongly discouraged at this time by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of New Jersey. This is being done to protect those most susceptible to the coronavirus and for whom it has the potential to be fatal. We are doing this preventively so that any potential spread can be slowed, and medical facilities will be able to care of those who do become sick. While this is unprecedented for us not to worship together in body and suspend all activities for some weeks, please know that we intend to send out a weekly email to our congregation with a worship service and pastor’s reflection to follow at home—watch for it each week. If you need to update your contact information, please leave a message at the church office at 609-730-1374. We will be notifying members and friends via email and website when it is considered safe to return to worship in body and resume activities, and we will advise on the measures we have taken to clean our facilities prior to your return. We look forward to welcoming back our congregation, our visitors, and those who use our facilities to engage and help others, as soon as it is safe to do so.
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, June 28, Matthew 10:40-42. July 5, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30, July 12, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, July 19, Matthew 13:24-30, 26-43, July 26, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 . 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 1st 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.
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 Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the choir room. On Sunday mornings, choir members meet at 9:30am 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 Wednesday at 7:30pm in the sanctuary and the third Sunday at 9:30am before playing for the 10:30am service.
On the third Sunday every month, PUMC young people are welcome to participate in the service. In addition, students from The Pennington School and The College of New Jersey provide special music for the service.
The Children sing together during the first part of Sunday School, gathering each Sunday at 9:30am 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.
On the last Friday of the month at 7:00pm, Pennington United Methodist Church will continue to host FREE Community Movie Nights. The movies will be shown at the church’s Morrell Fellowship Hall. 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.
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