Epworth United Method Church has many opportunities to choose from for anyone who is looking to get involved.
2022 Altar Flowers
Would you like to honor to a special event or memory of someone? You can place flowers in their honor! The 2022 flower calendar is posted on the easel in the Narthex. You can also contact the Church Office at (610) 868-5354 to have the occasion added to the calendar on your behalf.
Bible Study – beginning the week of September 11, 2022
Do you want to make a joyful noise? The Epworth United Methodist Music Department strives to offer opportunities of both meaningful worship and enjoyment of music for both performers and listeners. Our music ministry is growing and thriving as we offer ensembles for children and adults including a choir, bell choir, youth music, and solo vocal and instrumental performances. Share your talent by signing up now!
Choir rehearses the first and third Sunday of the month from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. The group normally performs on the Third Sunday of the month.
Church Cluster Connection
United Methodist churches within our area combine to help support one another. Our cluster connection consists of:
- Epworth UMC in Bethlehem
- Fritz UMC in Bethlehem
- Paul UMC in Hellertown.
Our connection meets quarterly to share happenings in our individual congregations share combined activities such as charge conference while rotating between the church locations. The pastors will jointly visit those in the hospital or nursing homes to support and encourage one another. We will often come together to share God’s grace with one another through various activities such as spiritual celebrations, fund raisers, picnics, dinners, trips, exhibitions, etc.
Fall Wellness Retreat at Pocono Plateau
Disconnect from your busy life for a weekend getaway retreat in the scenic, peaceful Pocono Mountains. Filled with workshops on personal growth and healthy lifestyle, this retreat offers an opportunity to reconnect with your authentic self, nurture your soul, and mindfully explore the world around you in a safe space. Opportunities await for hiking, canoeing, yoga, nature walks, reading, coloring, fishing, and relaxing fireside on the scenic porch. Nutritious and delicious meals included.
Featuring best-selling author and therapist, Megan Logan sharing insights from her latest book Be Kind To Yourself. Guest speaker and family physician Dr. Shannon Sherfey will lead workshops on healthy sleep and nutrition.
Leave feeling inspired, balanced, and rejuvenated!
The event is Friday October 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm to Sunday October 2, 2022 at 2:00 pm. Event is open to adults of all ages. Cost is $180 for the weekend, which includes food, lodging, and all activities. We have a group from Epworth signed up for this retreat – please contact Cathy Myers if you are interested in registering!
Hand Bell Choir
The Bell Choir rehearsals are on Tuesdays, at 4:00 pm, in Fellowship Hall of church. If you have an interest and would like to try your hand at bell ringing, please join us!
Are your kids interested in Bell Choir? Youth Bell Choir will meet 4:45 pm each Tuesday for about half an hour. Contact Marilyn or Ken Bass with any questions you may have at (484) 281-3215 or email@example.com.
Holy Time with Pastor Nina
Every Tuesday at 9:15 AM Pastor Nina holds a virtual group session via Zoom. Beginning May 31, 2022, join Pastor Nina for a 6 week book study on “Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Call” by Susan Robb. The book explores how God interrupts the lives of the ordinary men and women, calling and empowering them to lives of service they never would have imagined on their own through the lens of six characters from the Bible. You are welcome to purchase the book but it is not necessary to join in the study.
Please contact the Church Office (610) 868-5354 or the “Announcements” attachment sent out each week for the Zoom link details.
Lay Pastor Team
The Lay Pastoral Care team assists Pastor Nina with keeping in contact with the members of the Epworth Church family. Every week, we attempt to contact those in our congregation who are sick, in the hospital or rehab, recovering or who are being treated for long term health conditions. Included in this group are also people undergoing some other significant life issue, a few examples of this would be a change or loss of a job, loss of a loved one or a birth.
On a monthly basis we try to contact our homebound members. Visits with our homebound have been limited in recent months, but contacts can also be made with phone calls, emails, text messages or cards. We also attempt to do something special for our homebound friends around Christmas and other times throughout the year.
LPC has recently resumed Epworth’s tradition of providing a visit to our new mothers. A rosebud, a bulletin with the birth announcement, a handmade baby blanket which has been prayed over by our group, and a meal if wanted accompany the visit.
If anyone is interested in becoming part of this ministry, please contact Pastor Nina or Pam Spadoni.
The Power of Prayer
Our prayer chain is a group of church members who are linked like a chain. Each member relaying the need for prayer to another. Epworth has 3 prayer chains. One is for those who prefer to receive the info by email and the other two receive phone call when there is a request for a prayer concern. The request can be for a member or anyone in need of prayer.
The Prayer Chain at Epworth is the primary way we communicate mid-week prayer requests among our community. If you have a prayer request, or if you’d like to become a part of the chain and lift our community up in prayer in this way, please call the Church Office (610) 868-5354 or Lois Tarbell (464) 390-4011
Prayer Shawl Group
Epworth Prayer Shawl Group has been active since 2004. We meet on two Sunday afternoons a month. Our ladies Knit or Crochet Prayer Shawls, Prayer Patches, Baby blankets, and Lap Blankets. The items are available to anyone who request them or who come to our attention. Most of us supply our own yarn but are grateful for donations of yarn or money. The yarn needs to be comfortable and washable. The items are Prayed on before going to the recipient. During the meeting, while we are working on our projects, we have a prayer circle and devotions. If you would like to donate or join us for this special ministry, please call Lois Tarbell (484) 390-4011.
Seeking Nursery Caregiver and Volunteers
Do you or someone you know enjoy working with young children? SPR is looking to fill the position of “Nursery Caregiver” for Epworth’s children during worship each Sunday from 10:45 am to 11:30 am. Our nursery caregiver and volunteers will provide a safe, secure and nurturing place for our children between the ages newborn to 2 years.
If you or someone you know may be interested in the nursery caregiver position or to volunteer, please contact Cathy Myers at (610) 704-4971
Thursday Evening Grief Workshop & Support Group
Trunk or Treat
Students enrolled in grades 6 through 12 are encouraged to come out to youth group! Our youth participate in bible studies, worship and mission work while building lasting relationships with one another and God. Youth group meets the 2nd Sunday each month following the morning worship service.