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!
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.
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. Scripture lessons: Oct 28, Mark 10:46-52, Nov 4, Mark 12:28-34, Nov 11, Mark 12:38-44, Nov 18, Mark 13:1-8, Nov 25, John 18:33-37. We welcome your questions and participation!
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 Wednesday 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 handbell 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 and play for service.
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.
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.
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