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Ministries

Partners in Ministry!

 

Our church family has many opportunities to get involved and serve God. Each ministry listed below has a contact person. Feel free to get in touch with them!

If you have a question this page doesn’t answer, please contact Barbara Sabath (sabathsabby@gmail.com or 609-646-3271) and she will be happy to find the answer for you!

 

Acolytes

The acolyte ministry is for youth in 7th through 12th grades. The acolytes serve (candle lighting, etc.) at our traditional Sunday services in the sanctuary. Jenn Holcombe is the coordinator (theholcombes97@comcast.net).

 

Baptisms

Our pastor administers the sacrament of baptism to children and adults in the worship services. The baptism of children focuses on the parents/guardians and their responsibility of keeping the baptismal vows as an example to their child of God’s grace. Adult baptism is a public profession of faith made by the person being baptized. Regular (weekly) worship attendance is vital in the keeping of these vows. Contact the church office (609-641-1265 or abseconumc@comcast.net) for an informational packet.

 

Bible Studies

Numerous Bible and Christian book studies go on throughout the year. Men’s and women’s groups meet as well.  Contact the church office (609-641-1265 or abseconumc@comcast.net) for a complete list.

 

Communion Stewards

Our communion stewards set up the Sanctuary and the Great Hall for communion on the first Sunday of each month. Sharon Wilson (609-652-7978 or wilsonclam@comcast.net) is the steward to contact if you’d like to help.

 

Choirs

We have a number of choirs to choose from:

Cherub Choir - (age 4 through 2nd grade) - sings most Sundays at the 10:45 service in the Sanctuary (September through April). Practice is held on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Chancel Choir - (grades 3 through 8) - sings twice per month at the 10:45 service in the Sanctuary (September through April). Practice is held on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 5:30.

Senior Choir - sings every Sunday at the 10:45 service in the Sanctuary (September through mid-June) and practices Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. They also perform an annual Christmas Cantata. Seasonal rehearsals for the Cantata are held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays, before regular Senior Choir practice.

Special Choruses - There are also special choruses who sing at special times throughout the year. Practice schedules are listed in the weekly Mainstay, which is handed out in worship.

Contact our Director of Music, Priscilla Cunningham (609-377-5718), if you’re interested in choir ministry.

 

Covered Dish Dinners

Church covered dish dinners are held periodically throughout the year. For more information, contact Liz Sabath at 609-892-3190 or tullymars22@comcast.net.

 

Faithful Fingers

The UMW lead our Faithful Fingers prayer shawl (and more!) ministry.  The Faithful Fingers provide handmade hats, scarves, shawls, lap robes, baby hats and blankets, etc., to the homeless, working poor, US Veterans, our local NICU, and others in need in South Jersey.  For more information, please contact Linda Babcock (609-646-5675 or nanababs09@gmail.com).

 

Faithful Friday

Each Friday during the school year we give snacks to students who pass our church as they walk home from school.  If you’re interested in making a few new friends, join us on the Great Hall steps on Friday at 2:30 p.m.  For more information, please contact Linda Miller at 609-234-5083 or karatejoe711@hotmail.com.

 

Family Promise

Family Promise of Atlantic County is a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence.  Networks of congregations and volunteers meet homeless families’ immediate needs for shelter, meals and support.  For more information, please contact Barb Sabath at 609-646-3271 or sabathsabby@gmail.com.

 

Financial Stewards

The financial stewards help with the counting of the offering after services. Members of the church may contact the church office (abseconumc@comcast.net) if they are interested in serving.

 

KidPraise

KidPraise is a program for kids (1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade) at the 11:00 a.m. worship service during the winter schedule.  Kids are dismissed from the worship service to the KidPraise classroom with the coordinator, Cassie Poulson (609-965-2989).  Please contact Cassie if you'd like to learn more about this ministry.

 

Kids for Christ

KFC is a once a month ministry that meets from October thru May. Kids 2nd thru 6th are welcome for fellowship, activities and a Bible Lesson. For more information, please contact Liz Sabath at 609-892-3190 or tullymars22@comcast.net.

 

Lay Readers

Our lay readers help to lead worship by reading the Call to Worship scripture and leading in various prayers in the traditional Sunday services.  If you’d like to be a lay reader, contact Fran Bell (609-652-1470) or Melissa Wilson (609-652-2354).

 

LIFT

LIFT stands for Ladies in Faith Together.  Lift meets 24/7/ 365 (basically, any time you have a moment) via a Facebook group.  You can find this group here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167526183293889/

 

Mainstay

The Mainstay is the weekly newsletter given out in our worship services. Get a copy when you come to worship so you know what’s going on in our family! If you’d like an announcement to go into The Mainstay, contact the church office (abseconumc@comcast.net). The deadline is every Wednesday at 12 Noon.

 

Missions

Our Missions ministry:  encourages and supports youth and adult mission trips; works in cooperation with UMW and Sunday School to support the Food Bank; holds food, coat and shoe drives; gathers health supplies for UMCOR; collects Christmas gifts for needy children; feeds the homeless in Atlantic City, and collects various donations for AC Rescue Mission.  Our three hometown missionaries, Eileen Benner (YWAM), Lisa Whitaker (YWAM) and Carol Angelo (ASELSI in Guatemala), are supported both financially and with faithful prayers.  Watch our church publications for details of various activities.

 

Music

Our choirs (see Choir above) help to lead our Traditional Sunday Services in the Sanctuary, and our Praise Team leads our Contemporary Service in the Great Hall.

Contact our Director of Music, Priscilla Cunningham (609-377-5718) about choir ministry, and our Praise Team Director, Bob Coulon (609-404-0895 or email bobcoulon@comcast.net) about the Praise Team ministry.

 

Nursery

Our Nursery is available for all our Sunday services every week. Ages for nursery care are infant through 5 years. Contact Sue Reitmeyer (609-652-1390) for information.

 

Our Friendly Visitor

The OFV is our church’s (almost) monthly e-newsletter. To get on the mailing list or have an announcement included, please email the church office (abseconumc@comcast.net). The deadline is the 20th of every month.

 

Prayer Chain

Carol McMahon coordinates our prayer chain. If you have a prayer concern, contact her (609-652-5006), or email: USCGDW@aol.com.

For more details, please click on the Prayer Chain link at the top of this page!

 

Safe Sanctuaries

At the United Methodist Church at Absecon, the safety of our children is our highest priority. We support and abide by the Safe Sanctuaries Policy of the Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church for all our ministries with children and vulnerable adults. Click here to see the policy: https://www.gnjumc.org/safe-sanctuaries.

 

Senior Center

The Community Center for Seniors (a ministry of our church) meets in our Great Hall every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the year.  The Center serves Seniors age 60+ from Absecon and all of Atlantic County.  Transportation is available for Absecon residents.  For more information, contact the Director, Donna Payne (609-645-0013 or seniorcenterumc@comcast.net).

 

Sign Language

Children learn sign language for worship songs and occasionally lead the congregation during Sunday contemporary worship services.

 

Staff Parish Relations Committee

The SPRC is the elected "pulpit committee" of our church. They meet regularly with the pastors so that the direction/vision of the church can be communicated clearly to the congregation. Questions? Contact the chairperson, Barbara Sabath, at sabathsabby@gmail.com.

 

Sunday School

Sunday School meets Sundays at 9:45 a.m. (the Sunday after Labor Day through the Sunday before Memorial Day). Classes are open for 3 years old (by October 1) through adult. Contact the Superintendent, Liz Sabath (609-892-3190 or tullymars22@comcast.net) for more information.

 

Technology

We’re always looking for technological help, whether it’s working the soundboard, working the chorus computer at the Contemporary Service, or recording services. If you’re interested in helping, contact our Praise Team Director, Bob Coulon (609-404-0895, bob.coulon@comcast.net).

 

Tidings

Tidings is our weekly e-mail newsletter. If you would like to be on the mailing list, please contact the church office at abseconumc@comcast.net.

 

Trustees

The Trustees are the elected, legal stewards of our church facility. They oversee its care and use. Questions? Contact the President, Lynn Caterson at 609-646-9677 or jecaterson@verizon.net.

 

United Methodist Communities

Our church is an enthusiastic supporter of the United Methodist Communities (formerly United Methodist Homes). Our primary area of support is through the Resident Care Fund, which is a financial safety net for residents who are no longer able to cover the cost of the services that they need. For information, visit the United Methodist Communities at: https://umcommunities.org/.

 

United Methodist Women

Our UMW is a group of women dedicated to mission projects (both near and far), our "Faithful Fingers" prayer shawl ministry, and the support of our church. They also provide social and spiritual opportunities for women. For more information, please contact Sue Reitmeyer at 609-652-1390 or sjreitmeyer@verizon.net.

 

Ushers

Our ushers assist in the Sanctuary during worship. They hand out bulletins, give directions and help to make our worshipers feel welcome. If you’d like to be an usher, contact the church office at abseconumc@comcast.net.

 

Weddings

The pastor officiates at weddings for church members and members of the community. A one-year notice is preferred. Please contact the church office (abseconumc@comcast.net or 609-641-1265) for an informational letter and brochure.

 

Youth Ministry

We have a dedicated team providing leadership for our young people in 7-12 grades.  Throughout the year you can expect regular youth group nights, outreach opportunities, special events and youth mission trips.  Our goal is to develop and strengthen our youth spiritually.  We want our youth to be excited about their faith.  For more info, please text Linda Miller, our coordinator, at 609-234-5083 or email at karatejoe711@hotmail.com.  You may also click on the Youth link at the top of this page!

 

Our church family has many opportunities to get involved and serve God. Each ministry listed below has a contact person. Feel free to get in touch with them!

If you have a question this page doesn’t answer, please contact Barbara Sabbath (sabathsabby@gmail.com or 609-646-3271) and she will be happy to find the answer for you!

 

 

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