We have a wide variety of ministry opportunities at Saint John’s – Newberry UMC. It begins with our worship services – generally, we have three services on the weekend: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. There are many opportunities to be more directly involved as a volunteer (see “Worship”) OR many opportunities to be more directly involved musically (see “Music”). Worship is the ONE thing we do all together.
We also have an active Sunday School, held between the two Sunday morning worship services from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. We have a Sunday School class for ALL ages: several adult-age classes from which to choose (see “Adult Sunday School”), and an age-level class from crib nursery through 12th grade (see “Children/Youth Sunday School”).
For 20+ years, we have sponsored Saint John’s School of the Arts (SOTA). The mission statement of SOTA is the following: to offer the children, youth, and adults of the Greater Williamsport area a school devoted to excellent training in music and the fine arts, in an atmosphere and environment supporting the Christian ethic. Currently, close to 200 students receive lessons on a yearly basis. (See “SOTA” for more information.)
After the merger of the two former congregations (St. John’s and Newberry), the former Newberry church space was designated for use as the West End Christian Community Center. Now, several years later, approximately fourteen different ministries are initiated from the WECCC. The two largest ministries are “The Clothes Closet” and “The Thrift Shop.” The WECC Center provides numerous opportunities for hands-on missions for youth and adults of all ages. (See “WECCC” for more information.)
This year (2018), Boy Scout Troop 14, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. The church and the scouts have had a mutually beneficial relationship over those years. Many of the church’s leaders historically were involved in some way in the scouting program. Over its 100 year history, the Troop has also honored 121 Eagle Scouts … and we’re still counting. For many of those 100 years, the Troop has also sponsored a Cub Scout Pack. For more information on the Troop’s 100th anniversary celebration, go to “Scouts.”