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Pennington United Methodists celebrate 250 Years: 1774-2024!

by Community Contributor

Plans for the 250th anniversary of our faith have been launched. Our year-long celebration promises to be filled with joyful celebrations! EVERYONE IS INVITED to join us, all faith communities as well as our friends and neighbors in Pennington Borough, Hopewell Township, and Mercer County. All events will take place at Pennington United Methodist Church at 60 South Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534.         

We kick off 2024 with a Commemorative Worship Service on January 28 at 3pm We celebrate the beginning of Methodism in Pennington in 1774 with singing, an organ and brass quintet and worship. A reception will follow.   

Photo courtesy of the Hopewell History Project. https://hopewellhistoryproject.org/

On April 21 at 3pm, a Hymn Festival with the American Guild of Organists, Central NJ Chapter, whose talented organists will play variations on themes of Methodist hymns, old and new. We will also be invited to sing, accompanied by these talented musicians. A reception will follow.

On June 1, our very own historian, Jack Davis, will lead a noon-time tour of the Old Methodist Cemetery on Pennington-Titusville Road in Hopewell Township. The founder of our church, Jonathan Bunn, is buried there as well as many other of our faith from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. There is abundant history to be found in this idyllic little resting place, reflecting the lives of our early settlers, their hardships, and their faith.

Our worship service & reception on Sunday, July 28, will honor our missions partners throughout the State and region, e.g., Rescue Mission of Trenton; The Neighborhood Center of Camden; Turning Point UMC, Trenton; Mercer Street Friends Food Pantry, Hopewell Valley Mobile Food Pantry, Urban Grace, Trenton; SURJ-NJ, Trenton, etc. These recipients will be acknowledged and thanked for their service, followed by a BBQ feast, rain or shine!      

September 14 at 3pm will feature internationally renowned opera singer Emily Newton in a benefit concert with a reception following.

The Trenton Children’s Choir will be featured in a concert in November [date TBD] and the church will celebrate together with the kids and their families afterwards for supper and desserts in the church dining hall.        

On December 6 during the annual Pennington Holiday Walk, the church will be open from 5-8 pm for Christmas caroling by our choir, with hot chocolate & cookies offered downstairs. There will also be Christmas crafts for the kids. This will be the culmination of the anniversary celebration!

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