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 is at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for a time of refreshments and fellowship immediately following the service. The Rev. Joseph Jueng is the 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.
60 South Main St
Pennington, NJ 08534
Christmas Eve Service
Join us for our traditional Lessons & Carols Christmas Eve worship service on Friday, December 24th at 7:00 p.m. The service will also be live streamed on ZOOM at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6095104324. Please be aware that our current COVID-19 protocols require masking and social distancing in the sanctuary.
Monthly Contemplative Prayer Worship Service
Join us on the second Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. for our contemplative prayer worship set to the music of Taizé. The simple, repeating songs interspersed with short readings and prayerful silence allow participants to slow down and dwell upon God's presence around and within us. This is an outdoor service that meets in the church parking lot next to the labyrinth.
Hands-on Missions Opportunity
Join us every 3rd Saturday morning as we volunteer to serve breakfast at Turning Point UMC in Trenton alongside members of Urban Grace and Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). Over 200 meals are served for our neighbors experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. We gather at 9:00 a.m. in the church parking lot to carpool together. Please contact Pastor Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Support Group for Adult Survivors of Suicide Loss - Mercer County Chapter - We meet on the Third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st floor of the Clarkson Building - Brendler Library. All are welcome and there is absolutely no charge for participation in this group. Currently, the meetings are hosted online on ZOOM. Please contact Caryn Cullen at email@example.com for more information.
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 7:30 p.m. in the choir room. On Sunday mornings, choir members meet at 9:30am in the sanctuary to prepare for the service at 10:30 a.m. 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 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary and the third Sunday at 9:30 a.m. before playing for the 10:30 a.m. service.
On the fourth Sunday every month, PUMC young people are welcome to participate in the service. In addition, students from The Pennington School help to provide special music for the service.
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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