Worship and Music

At Pennington United Methodist Church, we take worship seriously: through corporate prayer, inspiring music, sacramental observance, and sharing of concerns we seek to worship God in spirit and in truth. Those who worship with us may expect to be spiritually fed, but also challenged to live into the fulness of who God created them to be. We work intentionally to help those who seek to journey with us toward lives of courage, faithfulness, and purpose. Our presence here is always providential and never accidental: God has a purpose for each and every one of us!

Join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. September through May and at 9:30 a.m. in the summer. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month, and in the United Methodist Church the communion table is open to all. The sanctuary is fully handicapped accessible.

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 and fourth Thursday each month. Rehearsal begins at 7:30pm in the sanctuary. If you would like to be a part of the Handbell Choir, please contact Betty Kingston, Director.

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.

Pennington United Methodist Church is active in the cultural life of the community by sponsoring concerts by professional musicians from throughout the region.  These concerts feature a variety of musical styles, from classical to jazz.

Choir Rehearsals

Adult Choir: Rehearsal first and third Thursday, 7:30 pm. in the choir room, first, second and fourth Sunday, 9:45 am. in the sanctuary. Scroll down for detailed schedule.

Handbell Choir: Rehearsal Second and Fourth Thursdays, 7:30pm.

Pennington UMC will continue it's concert series for the general public with a concert by Bryan Hill, a student at Hopewell Valley Central High School. Bryan is a talented vocalist, pianist and guitarist who has performed locally in various venues.  The concert will take place on Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 pm.  A free will offering will be taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule beginning September 15:
Adult Choir: Rehearsal first and third Thursday, 7:30 pm. in the choir room, first, second and fourth Sunday, 9:45 am. in the sanctuary.
Handbell Choir: Rehearsals on Sundays at 9:00 am. in the sanctuary, for complete schedule, contact Betty Kingston.
Teen Choir: Rehearsal first Sunday after church, 11:30 am. in the choir room, Voice for Life music program, Sunday School, 9:30 am. in the choir room.
The Adult Choir assumes a significant leadership role in worship.  The choir sings for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service and special worship services throughout the year.  Singers enjoy a wide repertoire of motets and anthems across the centuries, spirituals, gospel and contemporary sacred music.  Rehearsals take place on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the choir room and first, second, and fourth Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary.  If you enjoy singing and the fellowship of others, please join us!  New members are always welcome.
Teens assume a vital part in the planning of music for the Sunday worship service, when every third Sunday, the teens lead the service, sing the anthem, and perform instrumental music.
The Teen Choir gathers on Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m. for rehearsal the first and third Sunday of the month.  During this time, they receive music instruction based on the Voice for Life program of the Royal School of Church Music.  Taught by an experienced educator, this music education program provides a framework for young singers to develop their vocal skills, musical understanding, and a knowledge of diverse music.  In addition to learning anthems and hymns, part of the program is spent on rhythm and sight-singing in a positive learning environment.   All teens in grades 6-12 are welcome.
The Children sing together during the first part of Sunday School, gathering each Sunday at 9:30 am. for singing sacred songs.  The children join the teen and adult choirs for Sunday worship services throughout the year, such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.  The children also present a special musical pageant during the season of Advent.
The Handbell Choir offers an intergenerational forum for music making, for students and adults interested in music.  The choir plays a three-octave set of Schulmerich bells once a month for  the Sunday worship service.  The handbell choir rehearses each Sunday at 9:00 am. in the sanctuary.
Pennington United Methodist Church is active in the cultural life of the community by sponsoring concerts by professional musicians from throughout the region.  These concerts feature a variety of musical styles, from classical to jazz.  The church welcomes local groups and please feel free to speak with me after Sunday service or email at cwestbk@gmail.com.  

 

 

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