Lenten Theme & Activities: Why United Methodist?

Why United Methodist?

During Lent, the Hopewell United Methodist Church will be embarking upon a church-wide adventure to learn about God’s work being done in the United Methodist Church, how it developed, what we believe, and in what ways the denomination operates in the world today!

Beginning on March 5, we have a lot of opportunities to participate. Check them out below:





Lent is popularly known for self-examination, penitence and “giving something up” as a spiritual discipline. It can sometimes be negatively focused and is often seen as something that we participate in to improve ourselves.

However, in the early Christian church, Lent used to be a time of prepare and support people who were preparing for baptism and a lifelong Christian discipleship. Every week in worship, we are going to celebrate and contemplate what it means to live out different parts of our baptismal covenant as United Methodists!

The overarching theme in worship will be entitled, “Living Into Our Baptismal Call” with different word themes each week:

Leading Up to Easter

Holy Week worship kicks off with Palm Sunday, April 9 at 10 a.m. at Hopewell United Methodist Church.

There will be a Maundy Thursday service (Dinner Church at 7 p.m. at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 West Broad St, Hopewell, NJ).

A Good Friday service – 7 Last Words Tenebrae service – will be held at 7 p.m. at Hopewell United Methodist Church.

And on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 10 a.m. at Hopewell United Methodist Church, there will be a celebration of resurrection, as we rejoice and experience the waters of baptism, healing, and reconciliation in community together.

‘Walking in Darkness’ Lenten Small Group

Did you know that darkness may actually be critically important to our spiritual lives? Beginning Saturday, March 18, Pastor Kate will be offering a 5-week Lenten small group on Saturday mornings from 8 – 10 AM at the church in the sunroom, where we will be reading Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor. This will be a low key time of relaxed conversation. Bring snacks, the book, and we will have tons of fun!

On Amazon.com, the book is only $9.90. If you’d like to attend, but cannot afford the book, please see Pastor Kate and you can borrow her copy!

Sunday AM Adult Small Group

Have you ever wondered why we believe certain things in the United Methodist Church? Or what the United Methodist Church has to say about the current issues of today?

Adult Small group is for you! At 9AM on Sundays, we will spend Lent talking about what we believe as United Methodists and what the denomination has to say about current issues facing our culture right now.

Want to Become a Member?

Have you made HUMC your home, but you haven’t officially become a member yet? Would you like to be baptized? On Sunday, April 2 and Sunday, April 9, Pastor Kate will be offering a membership/baptism class for anyone who desires to become a member of Hopewell UMC or be baptized on Easter Sunday! We will meet at 11:30-1PM in the Fellowship Hall and lunch will be provided. If you are planning to attend the class, please sign up in the foyer or contact Pastor Kate. Also, if you would like to sign up to help with lunch on either of those weeks, please sign up in the foyer.


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