NORTHERN REGION

Gateway North

Livingston Korean UMC, Part Time
94 E. Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039

Worship Attendance 2019: 22
Professions of Faith 2019: 0
Budget:
$48,442
Parsonage provided: Yes

As a church of Jesus Christ, Livingston Korean UMC exists to help build a kingdom of God for people of God through a movement of the gospel that brings transformed lives, restored hope and the worship of God’s work. The church is committed to serving our community by donating foods and funds with volunteer work. They strive to revitalize youth ministry by reaching out to students at a nearby college campus. Currently, the church has daily dawn prayer, monthly small group meeting, Praise and Prayer night and Bible Study and Bible reading.

Palisades

Bethany UMC, Full Time
491 Alps Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Worship Attendance 2019: 1,508
Professions of Faith 2019:
Budget: $3,034,431
Parsonage provided: Yes

Bethany UMC is located with a main sanctuary in Wayne and a smaller campus in Fort Lee. The church is a vibrant community of mostly Korean-Americans with a small number of other ethnic group members, comprising of over 1,000 adults and children attending weekly services. Bethany UMC is committed to small cell group ministries, local and overseas missions and outreaches, and to lay leadership development through active participation in various services and ministries, as well as daily devotion to the Word with quiet time. Bethany UMC provides numerous ministries and opportunities through which each member is equipped for works of service and continues to grow spiritually.

Skylands

Sussex UMC: Part Time
15 Bank Street
Sussex, NJ 07461

Worship Attendance 2019: 126
Professions of Faith 2019: 7
Budget:
$177,629
Parsonage Provided: Yes

Sussex UMC is a congregation comprised of varied peoples who have been in attendance since their childhoods. The church does an abundant amount of mission work in the local community. They offer a Saturday evening service in addition to the traditional Sunday morning service. The church is known for its fellowship, generosity, Semi-Annual Barn/Rummage Sales and our dinners. They have recently had an increase of families with children attending the church, many of whom attend an energetic Sunday School and “Children’s Church” while their parents are enjoying the service upstairs. Sussex UMC is a caring and mission-centric church. The congregation is much like a family, and they treat all new members in this way. They look to the future with hope and excitement.

Vernon UMC, Part Time
303 State Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462

Worship Attendance 2019: 114
Professions of Faith 2019: 3
Budget:
$182,881
Parsonage Provided: Yes

Despite the current pandemic, the Vernon UMC continues to be known as the “little church that does great things.” Currently, there are two weekly services – a 10:00 a.m. Sunday service that is a combination of traditional and contemporary, and the other a Wednesday evening service called Message & A Meal. Both services are held virtually as well as the opportunity for in-person worship at the Sunday service following all GNJ guidelines. Mission and outreach consist of the continued operation of the food pantry and clothing ministry. The community garden continues to provide fresh produce to the church’s pantry. Pre-pandemic, the church provided a Mommy and Me playgroup that was open to the community as well as participated in Skylands outreach, holiday food baskets and gifts for those in need in the community as well as Operation Christmas Child. Vernon UMC has taken great care during this time to nurture and meet the needs of the congregation through telephone outreach.

CENTRAL REGION

Capital District

Lumberton UMC, Part Time
5 Municipal Drive
Lumberton, NJ 08048

Worship Attendance 2019: 25
Professions of Faith 2019: 2
Parsonage Provided: No

Lumberton UMC is in Burlington County in a suburban area surrounded by several housing developments. Lumberton has a population of approximately 13,000. The ethnic makeup of the congregation is primarily Caucasian. Their ministries have changed due to COVID-19, but they continue to hold weekly small group ZOOM meetings and participate in UMCOR donations, Christmas Community hymn sing and Christmas cookie baking for shut-ins, food baskets for local families at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter and Christmas gifts for local families. In addition, they sponsor a local Boy Scout troop. Their Sunday service is conducted via ZOOM, with the exception of the first Sunday of each month, when they hold a traditional service with blended praise and worship music.

Crosswicks UMC & Ellisdale UMC, Part Time – Two Point Charge

Crosswicks UMC
Church & Ward Street
Crosswicks, NJ 08515

Worship Attendance 2019: 25
Professions of Faith 2019: 0
Budget 2019: $44,500
Parsonage provided: Yes

Crosswicks UMC is a small village church located in the center of town in Crosswicks, NJ. This church has been a staple of the community for many generations and enjoys partnering with the community for annual events. They have an active UMW that meets once a month and holds events during the year that engages the community. Their semi-annual Roast Beef Dinner is the largest event that they have during the year, attracting over 300 families in the community. They have one worship service each Sunday in the traditional style.

Ellisdale UMC
926 Province Line Road
Allentown, NJ 08501

Worship Attendance 2019: 11
Professions of Faith 2019: 0
Budget 2019: $23,667

Ellisdale UMC is a small congregation with a lot of spirit and dedication. There are currently a good handful of youth and young families who attend the church. The congregation is mostly Caucasian, along with a small Hispanic population. Ellisdale UMC is working toward adding a new youth ministry in the future.

Atco UMC & Trinity UMC Tansboro, Part Time – Two Point Charge

Atco UMC     
2128 Atco Avenue
Atco, NJ 08004

2019 Vitality Statistics:
Average Worship Attendance:
47
Professions of Faith: 4
Proposed Budget:
Parsonage Provided: Yes

Atco UMC holds one traditional service at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays with a touch of contemporary elements. Their Sunday School, for both adults and children, precedes the worship service. The ethnic composition is primarily Caucasian with a segment of Indian descent. Ministries include helping to develop a sister church in India, a food pantry and gifts and baskets for local families at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The congregation hosts a church picnic each summer and various fundraisers throughout the year. Atco UMC is known in the community for their preschool, their ministry to the children and Vacation Bible School each summer. They are growing their partnership with the community through the Boy/Girl Scouts. They recently reinstated their Youth Service program.  Services were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 15 and reopened on August 2.

Trinity UMC
438 Tansboro Road
Atco, NJ 08004

2019 Vitality Statistics:
Average Worship Attendance:
29
Professions of Faith: 0
Proposed Budget:

Trinity UMC offers one traditional service on Sundays coupled with Sunday School. They serve the community in a variety of outreach areas including serving meals at the Ronald McDonald House, providing food baskets for those in need, movie nights and Vacation Bible School. They have active UMM and UMW groups and a growing prayer and online small group ministry that leverages technology to reach out into the community.

SOUTHERN REGION

Cape Atlantic

Lifegate Church, Part Time
Bethel Road & Doran Avenue
Somers Point, NJ 08244

Lifegate Church, with about 75 members, 40 of whom attend each Sunday, is located in a residential community across the street from an active shopping center. They are in an urban community, situated between two low-income apartment complexes. They have a large building with several meeting rooms. Lifegate hosts several community support groups, has a UMW group, a successful thrift store and a sponsor of loving families in need. They have been starting small Bible studies and have been working on different mission projects as well as coffee houses and a Compassion Experience with 85 sponsored children and 1,800 visitors. They have a 9:00 a.m. service with a blend of contemporary and traditional, along with a beach service from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They are mostly a Caucasian congregation, comprised of 20% young adult, 40% seniors and 40% mid-aged adults. They are working on a youth program and revised the Sunday school rooms for the youth, along with participating in our community parades.

Average Worship Attendance: 54
Professions of Faith: 3
Disciples in Small Groups: 17
Disciples in Mission: 20
Proposed Budget: $96,437

Good Shepherd UMC, Part Time
207 Northfield Avenue
Northfield, NJ 08225

Good Shepherd UMC is located in a suburban community. The church is warm and welcoming. There is always something going on as you can always find an activity, service project, or study group to join that will fit you. The people love Christ and show that best by serving our community. In spite of the challenges, they grow, and best of all they feel connected to people who care about each other and the world.

Average Worship Attendance: 53
Disciples in Small Groups: 14
Disciples in Mission: 15
Proposed Budget: $106,054

Bethel UMC (Green Creek), Part Time
386 S Route 47
Green Creek, NJ 08219

Worship Attendance 2019: 38
Professions of Faith 2019:
Budget: $101,379
Parsonage provided: No

Green Creek Bethel is a 170-year-old congregation in Cape May County. The nearby area is a combination of rural and suburban. Much of the employment in the area is seasonal. The congregation has an active UMW,  a one-room Sunday School, a weekly youth group dinner and a weekly dinner/ Bible study for all ages. There is a multi-generational choir at the traditional worship service. The congregation is mainly Caucasian from differing socio-economic backgrounds. They also have a food pantry and a backpack feeding program for over a 100 children in the local elementary schools.

Asbury UMC (Atlantic City), Part Time
1213 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Worship Attendance 2019: 55
Professions of Faith 2019: 5
Budget: $186,467
Parsonage provided: Yes

Asbury UMC is a historically black congregation in the heart of Atlantic City. The congregation has been in ministry for 132 years. They have an active feeding ministry, paused during pandemic, which feeds approximately 300 people weekly, in partnership with other UMC’s in the district and other local churches. For worship, they have one Sunday morning service and weekly Bible study and prayer time.

Delaware Bay

Hurffville Bethel UMC, Part Time
481 Delsea Drive
Sewell, NJ 08080

Worship Attendance 2019:  40
Professions of Faith 2019: 0
Budget:
Parsonage provided: Yes

Hurffville Bethel UMC is a small church in a suburban/semi-rural community with a strong commitment to missions in the community and globally. They have a thriving food pantry serving 200-250 people monthly throughout Gloucester County. Providing hospitality and prayer in addition to food is an important part of this ministry. They are also a Family Promise host congregation. With a commitment to interfaith and community/agency partnerships, they host one Sunday morning service, which is blended in style. They have a well-attended adult small group Bible study, a strong UMW, monthly Book Club, weekly Zumba class and other fellowship, spiritual formation and mission opportunities throughout the year. During COVID-19, most of their ministries were held on Zoom. When conditions permit, they have a community small group opportunity at Starbucks. They also host Red Cross Blood drives every other month.

Mt. Pleasant UMC (Millville), Part Time
27 N Pearl Street
Millville, NJ 08332

Worship Attendance 2019: 30
Professions of Faith 2019: 0
Budget: $63,355
Parsonage provided: Yes

Mt Pleasant Church is located in the western area of town, away from the hustle and bustle of center city, congestion, dense traffic and crowded neighborhoods. It is surrounded by seven streets that form a small neighborhood with plenty of parking. They are an older congregation with opportunity to attend one church service weekly, as well as weekly bible study. The service includes a praise choir with music from contemporary worship as well as traditional hymns. They have a bi-monthly Stitch Club, which creates handmade items for the needy, and they have a service of music and informal “Good News” at a local assisted living facility once a month. Following a fire in 2016 that destroyed the church, they have remodeled and renovated the social hall into a 100-seat worship area and smaller social area. Insurance issues caused a delay in rebuilding, and the plan to buy a larger building was denied by the Methodist conference committee. They are looking forward to see where God leads them next.

West Side UMC (Millville), Part Time
216 Howard Street
Millville, NJ 08332

Worship Attendance 2019: 18
Professions of Faith 2019: 1
Budget: $18,605
Parsonage provided: Yes

West Side is in the city of Millville and is located in a residential neighborhood. One of the most vibrant ministries from the church is the food ministry that is supported by many of the local churches and feeds hundreds each month. They offer a traditional service and weekly Bible studies. The church also is home to a Hispanic congregation that shares space. During the pandemic they have and will continue to offer online services.

Franklinville UMC Part Time
1525 Coles Mill Road
Franklinville, NJ 08322

Worship Attendance 2019:  44
Professions of Faith 2019: 0
Budget: $157,316
Parsonage provided: Yes

Franklinville UMC is located at 1525 Coles Mill Road, in Franklinville, NJ. Ministries include Adult Sunday School, Food Pantry, Angel Tree Ministry, Franklin Township Community Day, Live Nativity and Gift Card Ministry. They also have AA groups and various Scouting Groups. The 10:00 a.m. service is a blended one with contemporary praise and worship. The congregation, who is ethnically white, is a welcoming church with a visible presence in the community, participating in various township events.

South Vineland UMC, Part Time
2724 S Main Road
Vineland, NJ 08360

Worship Attendance 2019: 32
Professions of Faith 2019: 1
Budget: $130,408
Parsonage provided: Yes

South Vineland UMC is in a rural setting that is about an hour’s drive to Philadelphia or Cape May.  We have a small congregation of about 40 members, and we care for each other like we are family. Many of our members are senior citizens, who volunteer wherever they are able.   We would all like to attract younger families with children to add some extra energy to our church activities and worship.  Our Sunday School Building (pre-COVID) was being used to house our monthly yard sale, which was open to all citizens in our community.  We hope to open to the public again, after it is safe to do so. The top floor of the Sunday school building is used for Scouts during the week.  Our fellowship hall is currently being used by AA and NA at various times during the week.  Our Sunday worship is held at 10:30 a.m.  We also have a weekly Bible study, a “stitchers” group, and a women’s ministry which supports local charities.

Gateway South

Almonnesson UMC, Part Time
1680 Almonesson Road
Deptford, NJ 08096

Worship Attendance 2019:  43
Professions of Faith 2019: 2
Budget: $102,904
Parsonage provided: Yes

The church is located in an established residential area of Deptford, NJ, about one mile from the Deptford Mall and Route 55. There is access to Routes 295 and 42 ( North/South Freeway). The church has a very active UMW and a small UMM group. It is also a meeting place for scouting groups as well as other community organizations. There is a well-managed and efficient thrift store and a well-used food pantry. They worship in a traditional style on Sunday at 11 a.m. The music ministry is traditional. (keyboard, instruments and a small senior choir). The church is known for its outreach activities – including VBS, trunk or treat, ice cream socials, nursing home visitation and active prayer ministry.

Welfare UMC, Part Time
1391 Crown Point Road
West Deptford, NJ 08093

Worship Attendance 2019:  41
Professions of Faith 2019: 0
Budget: $40,735
Parsonage provided: No

Welfare UMC is located in West Deptford along with approximately five other Methodist churches nearby. They currently have 99 members, with the majority of them being over the age of 50. During the year Welfare UMC usually has several activities to support the community and local schools. This year, the pandemic has made that a challenge. They are not having their bazaar or homecoming this fall, and they did not collect school supplies for the local schools. Because of CDC guidelines, the church has made monetary donations to the elementary schools to purchase the supplies they needed to prepare their classrooms safely.