July 2020

  • St. Peter’s UMC | Summer Book Study to explore the book, Everybody, Always with newly-appointed Pastor Erik Hall, meets Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. For details
  • Simpson UMC | Online VBS will be Tuesdays July 14, 21, 28 August 4 and 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. using a closed webpage where you will join in the singing and storytelling happening live and take part in crafts and much more. Sessions will be recorded. For details
  • Malaga UMC | Check out the Daily Devotional on July 6 with Pastor Charlie Kinch
  • Park UMC at Bloomfield | Park UMC is continuing a racial justice and equity series via Zoom. On July 2 at 7 p.m. the third segment will present three actionable steps that we can take as individuals and as a faith community in our relationships, our life in the local community and in the larger society and world. Once you REGISTER you’ll be sent the link to join in on Thursday.
  • Parkside UMC Camden | Two Black Church Boys Podcast, hosted by William Lee and Calvin Bell, will continue Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. Check out all episodes on SoundCloud here.
  • Centenary UMC | The church in Camden County received the 2020 Best of Berlin Award. Read story here.
  • R.I.S.E. Church‘s Rev. Veronica Palmer in East Orange was part of an Interfaith Day of Prayer on June 3. See story from NJ News Network here.
  • Christ Church Jersey City | Along with Denville Community Church and Franklin Lakes UMC, they put together a virtual choir. Check out here.
  • Park UMC at Bloomfield | Virtual Choir, Pentecost – Creation of Peace, Mark Miller on May 31 here. Also, Pastor Joel spoke at a socially-distant celebration of National #Pride Month at Clara Maass Medical Center. Details and photos here.
  • Maker’s Place of Trenton | They surpassed their fundraising goal of $10K to purchase diapers for their diaper bank and stay strong in a time of crisis for their families. Since mid-March, the Hope Center has distributed about 24,000 diapers! More info here.
  • Haddonfield UMC | See the ways the church is serving the community in this video here.
  • Hurdtown and Belvidere UMCs | Amanda Rohrs-Dodge of Hurdtown UMC and Evan Rohrs-Dodge of Belvidere UMC, hosted a Facebook Live event on May 24. Amanda cutting her husband’s hair on Facebook Live raised $1,000! See here
  • Succasunna UMC | Rosemary Watson Burritt, one of SUMC members, made 50 facemasks for health care professionals. They were delivered to St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville by Julie Hazelton Miller, who is working as respiratory therapist there. SUMC also created its first podcast here.
  • Park UMC Weehawken | Pastor Esther Morales has started “Grieving With Hope,” a support group for those who have lost loved ones during this health crisis. The church is continuing to serve the community every Thursday morning by providing diapers, clothes and formula for infants as well as food for families in need. Also through its “Light” ministry, the congregation is providing services on demand, Sunday worship and Sunday School. More info here.
  • Browns Mills UMC | During its livestreamed 10 a.m. Sunday worship service, they include praise & worship, children’s messages and weekly virtual hymn singing. The church has also placed candles with the names of more than 104 community members working on the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus that are lit during each Sunday service to honor their service and pray for their safety. More info here.
  • UMC of Red Bank | Through its Backpack Crew the church is delivering to 80 homes of children in the Red Bank/Middletown area every week and providing food for the whole family. They have also increased their pantry hours. For more information, visit here.
  • Branchville UMC | As of 5/14, the congregation has made 65 stones painted with a red cardinal and delivered them to Newton Hospital, Morristown Hospital, Chilton Hospital with about three dozen more on their way. The stones will serve as gifts that can be given by those on the frontlines to grieving families.
  • Park UMC in Bloomfield | Rev. Joel Hubbard partnered with Anne Mernin (Toni’s Kitchen) and Mike Bruno (Human Needs Food Pantry) to have a conversation with Budd Mishkin on May 11 about the role of charity and feeding in this time of need. Click here for the video. The diverse church family with worshipers from more than 20 countries including Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Central, North, and South America; the Caribbean and Europe, is still operating its Food Depot on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wantage UMC | They are cooking and packaging free dinners that are available to their entire community from 3-5 p.m. The meal pick up will be ‘no contact’ and no questions asked. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.
  • St. John’s UMC in Hazlet | Every Thursday night volunteers open the doors to the needy where at least 80 people come to pick up packages to supplement their family’s meals. The line starts forming a half hour before the 5:30 p.m. start. Each client waits in their designated spot, six feet from a neighbor, wearing a mask. Several lean on walkers. The volunteers know them all, but since the pandemic started, there are several new faces behind the face masks. More info here.
  • Grace Church Community UMC | Youth Groups and Studies for 6-8th graders on Friday evenings, and 9-12th graders on Sunday evenings. Contact Christine Souza for more information. Sunday School for children Pre-K through 6th Grade on Sundays from 11-11:45 a.m. each week. Visit Sunday School page for more information.
  • Bridgewater UMC | Bridges Young Adult Book Study – Beginning May 10 at 6 p.m. – Levi Lusko’s book, “I declare War,” discusses what it means to be at war with your own thoughts and feelings. It also gives great insight on overcoming self-doubt, anxiety, and fear….perfect for this season of life. For details, message Andi Semler at acjs120@gmail.com with any questions and to get the Zoom link! ANY young adult is welcome to join.
  • Hurdtown UMC In Lake Hopatcong | Rev. Amanda Rohrs-Dodge, “MamaPastor,” is live on Mondays and Fridays at 11 a.m. to offer brief children’s messages on her Facebook page, MamaPastor. In her children’s sermons, books are read, Bible stories are told, and sometimes there is an easy activity for children (and grownups!) to do at home. More info here.
  • Spring Valley UMC | Church leaders at Spring Valley UMC distributed more than 300 meals in bags on May 2 to community members. Using social distancing, the church also continues to serve packaged, homecooked dinners every Thursday and a breakfast on Saturday mornings. More info here.

Please share your stories of the miracles happening in your congregation.