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 Sabbath (firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-646-3271) and she will be happy to find the answer for you!
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
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 email@example.com) for an
Numerous Bible and Christian book studies go
on throughout the year. Men’s and women’s groups meet as well. They
meet at the church building and in members’ homes. Contact the church
office (609-641-1265 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for a complete list.
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 email@example.com) is the steward
to contact if you’d like to help.
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 609-804-0068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The financial stewards help with the counting
of the offering after services. Members of the church may contact the
church office (email@example.com) if they are interested in serving.
KidPraise is a program for kids (1st, 2nd,
& 3rd grade) at the 10:45 a.m. worship service during the winter
schedule (click on worship schedule at top). 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 Abby
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).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline is every Wednesday at 12 Noon.
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; supports Delanco Camp; collects
Christmas gifts for needy children; feeds the homeless in Atlantic City,
and collects various donations for AC Rescue Mission. Our two hometown
missionaries, Lisa Whitaker (YWAM) and Carol Angelo (ASELSI in
Guatemala), are supported both financially and with faithful prayers.
Check our church publications for details of various activities. (Click
on the newsletter link above.)
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
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 email@example.com) about the Praise Team
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.
All throughout the week, our office volunteers
help with bulletins, newsletters and various mailings. Contact the
church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like
to help out in the office.
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 (email@example.com). The deadline is
the 20th of every month.
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!
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.
The Community Center for Seniors meets in our
Great Hall every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout
the year. This Center is sponsored by the City of Absecon and Atlantic
County. Our church also contributes financially to this service. For
more information, contact the Director, Donna Payne (firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-645-0013).
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
Sunday School meets Sundays at 9:30 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. Our Sunday School
also presents a Christmas Pageant in December, and enjoys a carnival in
the spring. Contact the Superintendent, Liz Sabath (609-804-0068) for
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, email@example.com), or our technology chairperson, Lynn Caterson (609-646-9677).
Tidings is our weekly e-mail newsletter. If
you would like to be on the mailing list, please contact the church
office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Trustees are the
elected, legal stewards of our church facility. They oversee its care
and use. Questions? Contact the President, Lynn Caterson at email@example.com.
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 Fellowship Fund, which insures
that no current resident at the homes will ever be asked to leave
because of inability to pay. We support the Fellowship Fund through the
"Walk for all Ages" event and Communion Offerings. For
information, the United Methodist Communities is: 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 opportunities for women. For more information, please contact Sue
Reitmeyer at 609-652-1390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our local churches come together during the
Lenten season to show the unity of Christ. Barry and Susan Hackett
(609-641-1706) are the coordinators from our church for the annual Unity
Dinner, which is held at either St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic
Church or our church.
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 email@example.com.
The pastor officiates at weddings for church
members and members of the community. A one-year notice is preferred.
Please contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-641-1265)
for an informational letter and brochure.
Our youth ministry serves young people from
7th grade through 12th grade through a variety of projects, trips,
lessons, and fun! Contact our Youth Director, Mike Andrews
(609-513-3758) for more information.
You may also click on the Youth link at the top of this page!