Peninsula Delaware Annual Conference

Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church is comprised of approximately 800 lay and clergy members representing 82,800 (487 churches) United Methodists from Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It is a part of the Philadelphia Area, which includes the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference headquartered in Valley Forge, PA. The Peninsula-Delaware Conference office is located in Dover, Delaware. The Peninsula-Delaware Conference traces its roots to the very beginning of the Methodist Movement in this area. Methodist lay “circuit riders,” providing an alternative to the increasingly unpopular state Church of England, emphasized “vital piety” and planted “societies” in nearly every town and crossroads on Delmarva, beginning in the mid 1700’s. These societies became the local congregations around which community life revolved. The United Methodist Church still exerts a powerful, positive influence in this area. True to its heritage of “warm hearts and helping hands,” United Methodists form the backbone for many of this area’s service organizations. From Delaware Hospice to Boy Scouting, from Peninsula United Methodist Homes, Inc. (the area’s leading provider of retirement care) to working as partners with government agencies to provide shelter for the homeless and our tireless efforts working with Habitat for Humanity helping potential first time home owners see lifelong dreams come true. The Conference also has its own ministries of outreach and invitation including the Howard Bailey Life Enrichment Program, a rites of passage program for youth, and the Wesley Foundation. The Foundation offers ministry to college students on the campuses of the Delaware State University (DE), Salisbury State University (MD), University of Delaware (DE), and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore (MD). The Peninsula-Delaware Conference was the first conference in the denomination to merge its African-American and Anglo Conferences during the Civil Rights Era in 1965. The Conference has consistently been at the forefront in its efforts to improve race relations and has made the issue of inclusiveness a top priority. The United Methodist Church provides spiritual leadership to more than 11 million persons in a broad range of settings on four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia

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Pecometh

With heavy hearts, we share that we have decided to suspend summer camp programming for 2020. Offering camp at this time would risk our long-term ability to serve as well as the quality of programming that makes Camp Pecometh special to our campers.

For more information on our decision, watch the video below or read the transcript:
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Pen-Del's Race Relations Town Hall

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UMC Bishops call for justice in the killing of unarmed Black man

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Local church learning sessions: Technology for worship, small groups and giving | ResourceUMC

Want to learn how to promote online worship services by boosting posts and ads on Facebook? Join United Methodist Communications on their page this Thursday, May 14th at 11 a.m. CT for the latest Local Church Learning Session. Plus, the first 100 churches to complete the session and request more info will receive a $50 gift card to use for reimbursing advertising costs!

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TODAY is #GivingTuesdayNow! Consider a gift to UMCOR, 100% of which will be used to assist those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TODAY is #GivingTuesdayNow! Consider a gift to UMCOR, 100% of which will be used to assist those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

GIVE TODAY: bit.ly/3cTq7CD

Need help reaching Gen Z? Check this out...

The United Methodist Church strives for growth spanning the generations and ethnicities. The reality: The UMC is one of the three least diverse mainline denominations in age and heritage. Being the church means understanding the generations to come. Check out part 1 of our Preaching to Gen Z series on the #MyCom #Podcast. https://bit.ly/2x6AmnY

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Connecting with the unplugged | ResourceUMC

Some ideas to help those who may not be as savvy as you are!

resourceumc.org The digital divide is growing smaller, but don't leave anyone behind. Learn creative offline ways to stay connected and to amplify all of your messages.

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Bishops told connection key in pandemic fight | United Methodist News Service

umnews.org COVID-19 has put proposals to split the church on hold. The Council of Bishops president urged leaders use this time to claim the church’s strengths.

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Churches helping with donations to Capital School District families - Delaware State News

“The Rev. Turhan L. Potter Sr. of Whatcoat United Methodist Church delivers financial donations to Capital School District’s LaWanda Burgoyne, supervisor of student services. The church is one of several that recently supported the district in response to the pandemic.”

delawarestatenews.net DOVER — From difficulties to fund food and housing to gas, Capital School District is trying to connect students and families with resources donated by local churches. “When COVID happened, we immediately had a couple of different people reach out and say, ‘What can we do?’” said LaWanda B...

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eTeam presents - LIT 2020/21

LIT 2020/21 creates an opportunity for youth and young adult songwriters 30 and under to have their music featured as part of a 2020/21 Youth and Young Adult Live Recording.

This event is sponsored in part by the Evangelism and Outreach Team Peninsula Delaware UMC.

pen-del.org LIT 2020/21 creates an opportunity for youth and young adult songwriters 30 and under to have their music featured as part of a 2020/21 Youth and Young Adult Live Recording. 

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UMC Bishops to meet in virtual gathering; welcome new leaders

You can watch The Bishops of The United Methodist Church will gather in a virtual meeting April 29 to May 1 to celebrate new leadership.

unitedmethodistbishops.org The Bishops of The United Methodist Church will gather in a virtual meeting April 29 to May 1 to celebrate new leadership and to discuss plans for episcopal supervision brought on by the disruptions and postponements due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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April 23, 2020 - Start Planning Your Church’s COVID-19 Recovery…

Start Planning Your Church’s COVID-19 Recovery Ministry Now!

umcdiscipleship.org Your community will recover from the COVID-19 virus. We are helping with the medical recovery now through social distancing. While the epidemic will continue to capture the headlines, the work of emotional and financial healing necessitates long-term recovery planning that can start now. Join Ken…

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Donate To My Local Church

The Peninsula-Delaware Conference is aware of the fact that the CORONA-19 pandemic has severally limited our ability to worship as normal. We know that there are creative ways being utilized by our churches to virtually pass the offering plate to allow members to continue to support their church with their tithes.

The Conference Council on Finance and Administration has authorized the Business Office to set-up a process that will allow individuals to make donations to churches through the Conference’s PayPal Business account. If you would like your congregants to be able to use this service, simply click on the link below and copy the URL into your email or on-line newsletter(make sure to use the copy and paste functions and not the “save as image” function to retain the hyperlink attached to the image). The same link will also be posted to the Conference website (www.pen-del.org) as well.

The Business Office will accumulate these donations and pass them on to the church. We will provide the information needed so you can properly document and acknowledge these individual donations. We hope that this program will be helpful. If you should have specific questions please email [email protected].

We are praying for wisdom, courage, and patience as we all navigate these trying times together knowing that it is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can be healed as individuals, as a church, as a nation, and as a world community.

- Bill Westbrook, Conference Treasurer

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Though we must worship apart, we in the Pen-Del wish you a joyous celebration of Christ's resurrection. He is Risen. He is Risen, indeed!

Though we must worship apart, we in the #UMC wish you a joyous celebration of Christ's resurrection. He is Risen. He is Risen, indeed!

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Way to go, Pastor Rogers!!

Bruce Rogers, pastor of Long Neck United Methodist Church, delivered the Palm Sunday message, punctuated by occasional response of “Amen” horn honks from the congregation confined to their vehicles.

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Is your church worried about continued financial support in this time of physical distancing? In this learning session, we will provide solutions to encourage your congregation to give outside of the offering plate on Sunday mornings and learn more about connectional giving and why it is important - even in times of crisis. #UMComTips

Is your church worried about continued financial support in this time of physical distancing? In this learning session, we will provide solutions to encourage your congregation to give outside of the offering plate on Sunday mornings and learn more about connectional giving and why it is important - even in times of crisis. #UMComTips

[03/31/20]   Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ,

The Apostle Paul says that we are to "put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience." (Colossians 3:12)

As we continue this journey during the time of the Coronavirus, I want to remind our churches and pastors to obey the ordinances of your state. All drive-through events are being discouraged in some states now. No more than 10 should ever be in a room together and social distancing rules need to be strictly observed. Where we are being asked to shelter in place, observe curfews and quarantines, we must comply. We need to have hearts of patience, humility and meekness during this pandemic. This vigilance should continue until further notice, likely well beyond April 30th.

Our conference offices are working on a letter for pastors that certifies that they are clergy. This can be used if a pastor is stopped by a law enforcement officer, while engaging in pastoral duties. Most ministerial work should be done at home, through electronic means, but in case of an emergency, this could be helpful.

We are in conversation about rescheduling our June annual conference and more information will be forthcoming in the weeks to come, as we are able to make these arrangements. Safety is our first priority. We remain prayerful and hopeful as we move through these challenging times.

Keep shining your wonderful lights for the Lord during this time. It is a time like none other, full of opportunity for compassion and kindness.

Prayerfully yours,
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

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Our prayers for the family and friends of the Rev. Sherrie Dobbs Johnson, a former district superintendent and the spouse of retired Bishop Alfred Johnson. She died March 27 of complications related to COVID-19.

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Chuck Knows Church is back! He’s teaming up with #SeeAllThePeople to share a few simple ideas that your church can do to help your community during this time of crisis.

Chuck Knows Church is back! He’s teaming up with #SeeAllThePeople to share a few simple ideas that your church can do to help your community during this time of crisis.

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BREAKING NEWS: General Conference organizers announce they plan to reschedule lawmaking assembly for 2021.

BREAKING NEWS: General Conference organizers announce they plan to reschedule lawmaking assembly for 2021.

Since many of Delawareans may have questions, here is specific language from the Governor's order:

Leaving your home or residence for Essential Activities is permitted. Individuals may only leave their residence to carry out Essential Activities or Essential Travel. For purposes of this Order, Essential Activities are defined as follows:

a. To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including, but not limited to, pets), such as, by way of example only and without limitation, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.

b. To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, food supplies, dry goods, pet supplies and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of
residences.

c. To engage in outdoor activity, providing the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, running, biking, or fishing. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas (except beaches, which may be used only as described in my Third Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency).

d. To perform work permitted by the Fourth Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency.

e. To care for a family member, friend, or pet in another household, and to transport family members, friends, pets, or livestock as allowed by this Order.

General Conference organizers met in closed session to explore when they could reschedule the lawmaking assembly after the coronavirus-compelled delay. https://www.umnews.org/en/news/group-looking-at-new-general-conference-dates

General Conference organizers met in closed session to explore when they could reschedule the lawmaking assembly after the coronavirus-compelled delay. https://www.umnews.org/en/news/group-looking-at-new-general-conference-dates

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It's a scary time, and we all need the hope worship brings. We can be both responsible practicing social distancing while ministering to the most vulnerable among us using worship alternatives like livestreaming. #MyCom #UMC #coronavirus

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Small churches undaunted by virus challenges | United Methodist News Service

umnews.org Despite coronavirus outbreak, United Methodist clergy and churches are finding ways to connect for worship, study and ministry.

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United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

Nashville, Tenn.: The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has been notified by the Minneapolis Convention Center that they are restricting events at the venue through May 10, 2020, following recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of Minneapolis to postpone or cancel events involving 50+ people in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. As a result of this decision, the Executive Committee is announcing that the General Conference will be postponed and will not occur May 5-15, 2020 as planned.

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pen-del.org Nashville, Tenn.: The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has been notified by the Minneapolis Convention Center that they are restricting events at the venue through May 10, 2020, following recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor of Minnesota...

Greetings.

The Lord God declares, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)

People of God, I call on you to lift this COVID-19 crisis in prayer. Pray that God will heal our land and all the countries of the world. It is the first thing we should do. It is the most important thing we can do. It is the thing we should do at all times, as the Apostle Paul reminds us in I Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing.”

As we are praying, I am writing yet another time to discuss the recent announcement from the Centers for Disease Control regarding the gathering of groups. They are advising that groups of 50 for more people not gather and this is in effect for eight weeks (through May 9, 2020). People with health risks should consider not gathering at all. I ask that you comply with this directive. This includes worship services, Lenten activities, Easter services, social events, anniversaries, weddings, funerals, etc. Large outdoor events are also not allowed.

If you are gathering in groups of 49 or less, please observe careful social distancing (spread out and use all the pews!) and please practice sanitation procedures. Church services should continue using livestreaming platforms, or at least try to worship using video-conference platforms like Zoom or Skype, or use regular conference calls. Some churches are trying all these methods with good results.

There are many incredible, creative livestreaming services happening around the conference right now. We could be reaching more people than ever with the gospel! But be mindful of copyright restrictions when livestreaming borrowed music and words. Be sure to visit the conference website for updates.

This is not a time to take a vacation from church. Pastors and lay people need to be serving the Lord as always. We just need to do things in a different way. That includes financial contributions. The mission of the church is still vitally important. People should continue to give, and those who can give more should consider doing so, as many are losing their income at this time.

This is an extremely fluid situation and a serious health crisis. This directive could be changed at any time. Curfews may be imposed in the weeks to come. Keep informed and follow the requirements of your state and local governmental officials.
God is still the ruler yet. We must move forward with faithful, unceasing prayer, as well as persistence, patience,live streaming and grace. God bless you all!

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

Whether the coronavirus has you worshipping at home or you are able to attend church, please have a blessed third Sunday of Lent. Jesus said, "The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.” — John 4:14

Whether the coronavirus has you worshipping at home or you are able to attend church, please have a blessed third Sunday of Lent. Jesus said, "The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.” — John 4:14

For Immediate Release
March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked for the postponement of the 2020 General Conference, set to begin in six weeks, because of the new Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.

In a letter to Kim Simpson, Chairperson of Commission on the General Conference and Rev. Gary W. Graves, Secretary of the General Conference, the bishops cited travel restrictions to the US and possibility of potential spread of the virus and quarantine as the main reasons for seeking the postponement.

The General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, which meets once every four years to revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs. It is scheduled to meet May 5-15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The bishops are also concerned about the essential value of a global church that gathers with a fairness of representation, adding that they believe that injustice would occur if a number of delegates from a particular area are not able to be present, due to visa or health restrictions.

“We write out of a deep love for our global church and as a tangible way of giving spiritual and temporal oversight in our role as shepherds and we are guided by the core value of helping delegates to do their best work,” said the letter signed by COB President Bishop Kenneth H. Carter and COB President-Designate Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey.

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Whatcoat United Methodist Church Dover Whatcoat United Methodist Church Dover
341 Saulsbury Rd
Dover, 19904

Rev. Dr. Turhan L. Potter, Sr., Pastor Whatcoat United Methodist Church Dover "The Servant Church of Dover" "All roads lead to Whatcoat" Services on Sundays 8:00am & 11:00am

Little Creek Methodist Church Little Creek Methodist Church
3 N Bradford St
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Wesley UMC Dover Wesley UMC Dover
209 S State St
Dover, 19901

Wesley United Methodist Church is a historic church in downtown Dover, Delaware with a love for God and all people. Our Sunday Services: 8:00 am (no music); 9:45 am (traditional with choir and organ); and 11:15 am (contemporary & inter-generational).