Category Archives: Religious Education

Vacation Bible School at Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church

Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God's Amazing Love

MAURICE RIVER – Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 152 Port Elizabeth-Cumberland Road, welcomes all to its “Surf ShackCatch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love” Vacation Bible School…Lessons are especially suited to the 2-12-year-old age group, but infants, teenagers and adults are guaranteed to have a good time!

Activities are free from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday thru Friday, July 18-22, in John Boggs Hall, Please arrive at 5:45 to sign in. Watch a nightly continuing adventure video, sing and dance, do science experiments, create a shell bracelet, giant sun glasses, a crab headband, sun catcher, and wind chimes; and play outdoor games. Dinner included.

For more info, call (856) 825-4386 or visit our Facebook Page.

“Journey to the Cross” – Sunday School Project

The project “Journey to the Cross” was organized by Lou Hyson our Sunday School Superintendent in 2015.  For many weeks, the Sunday School Students created each of the stations on three-fold displays. On Palm Sunday after Church, all of us went to the John Boggs Hall to see the Stations of the Cross along two walls of the room. The Sunday School Students at each of the stations taught the adults what Jesus went through. Each station consisted of a reflection, a passage from the Bible, and an action or actions to take. It was a very moving experience involving all senses, along with your mind, heart, soul and spirit.


 

Station 1: Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
Luke 22:39-46
Jesus Prays on the Mount of OlivesGive Concern to JesusWe reflected on the suffering Jesus was about to experience, sensing His anguish and struggle.
Jesus says to God, “Your will be done.” He chose to go to the cross.
Is there an area of your life where you need to make a choice to love and sacrifice – even if it comes with a cost?

Write your fear or the area of your life keeping you from God’s love.
Take a red stone to remind you of Jesus’ struggle, love and sacrifice for you.


Station 2: Jesus Arrested, Betrayed By Judas
Luke 22:47-48
Jesus Betrayed By JudasReflect that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
How would you feel if one of your closest friends?
How much is your honesty worth? Would you betray a friend for money or gain?
The action was to pick up a bucket of coins, count them as you put them back.
Pray that you will never compromise your values for money or gain.
Take a chololate coin, when you taste its sweetness think about the bitterness of betrayla by a friend.


Station 3: Peter Disowns Jesus
Luke 22:54-62
Peter says I DO NOT KNOW HIMReflect on being a Christian and acknowledging Jesus in word and in your actions. This will help others who do not know him.
The most difficult action for some of us to do was to write this about Jesus:
“I do not know him!”


 

Station 4: Jesus Is Condemned To Death
Luke 23:13-25
Washing HandsReflection
The action was to wash your hands.


 

Station 5: The Guards Mock Jesus
Luke 22:63-65,
Crowned with Thorns
John 19:2-3

Guards Mock Jesus

Action was to write with a red marker and a piece of paper. This symbolized the blood Jesus shed.


 

Station 6: Jesus Takes Up The Cross
Mark 15:20, John 19:16-17

Our Crosses Jesus carried all our crosses

Contemplate the wood of the life size cross and image how heavy that is. Jesus carried that for YOU and for ME!

On the cross shaped paper, write a word of sorrow, a word of gratitude and a word of hope. Tape it to Jesus’ cross.


 

 

Station 7: Jesus Falls
Matthew 27:31-33, Mark 15:20-22, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:16-18

Jesus Falls

Between the emotional draining of prayer at Gethsemane, then being beaten, and carrying a heavy cross.  Jesus fell. How could Jesus enter our lives without surrendering to the crushing weight of the life on all on earth.

The action was to move Jesus along a path. Video to follow.


 

Station 8: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
Luke 23:26

Simon the Cyrene

The Cross is a reminder that there are many times we must depend on others with humility.  We must depend on Jesus.


 

Station 9: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Luke 23:27-31

Jesus meets the Women

The women cried for Jesus, but Jesus gasped,
“Don’t cry for me. Cry for yourselves.”

Jesus was not looking for sympathy. He was looking for surrender.


 

Station 10: Jesus Is Crucified
Luke 23:33

Jesus Crucified

Nails

The action was to take a hammer and drive in one nail. The nail here was way smaller than the nails driven into Jesus.


 

Station 11: Jesus Promises His Kingdom To the Good Thief
Luke 23:39-43

Good Thief

Three men were being crucified.
One was sarcastically calling for salvation.
One defended Jesus as an innocent victim.
To that, Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Action: Pray.


 

Station 12: Jesus on the Cross, His Mother and His Disciple
John 19:25-27

Mother and Disciple

Jesus wanted his mother Mary to be taken care of.

 


 

Station 13: The Death of Jesus
Luke 23:44-46

Death of Jesus

Reflection light a candle, because that pierces the darkness.


 

Station 14: The Burial of Jesus
Luke 23:50-54

Jesus laid in tomb

Jesus laid in the tomb at that time seemed so final…


The whole picture.

But on the third day, JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD. HE IS ALIVE!!!

March 31, 2015 Friends of Israel Presents Christ In The Passover

Friends of Israel presents “Christ In The Passover”

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm
John Boggs Hall
152 Port Elizabeth – Cumberland Road
Port Elizabeth, NJ 08348
(856) 825-2258

The Passover Seder is the oldest continuous religious service conducted in the world today. Given to the Jewish people some 3,300 years ago it still has relevance. Jesus was celebrating the Passover the night of the last supper. It was the elements of the Passover that Jesus used to introduce the Christian Communion. Christians have found that a better understanding of the Passover has greatly enhanced their understanding of Communion service. The Christ in the Passover presentation has served to improve the awareness and the worship of the Communion and has built bridges of understanding between Christians and their Jewish friends and neighbors.

Our presenter will be Rev. Mitch Triestman.

Mitch Triestman is serving the Lord with the Friends of Israel Gospel ministry. Mitch received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Bible from the Philadelphia College of Bible. After ten years of serving as the Philadelphia area director for the Chosen People Ministries, he returned to school at the Biblical Theological Seminary where he received a Master’s degree in Bible.

Mitch is the author of four books, the textbook Witnessing Biblically, an evangelistic Bible study book, Abraham the Committed Christian, a collection of sermons on Bible prophecy entitled Are we there yet? and Torah, Torah, Torah, a search for all the Christological teachings in the first five books of the Scriptures; as well as a multitude of articles in magazines and journals.

Rev. Triestman has been active in the field of Jewish Evangelism for more than forty years. His experiences in the field and his study of the scriptures from a Jewish perspective have made him a fascinating teacher. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous mission conferences. His extensive studies in the areas of Biblical prophecy and in Judaica make him an intriguing lecturer at a prophecy conference or in training on the feasts of Israel and Jewish customs in the Scriptures.

WORKSHOP OF WONDERS: VBS August 4 – 8, 2014

PORT ELIZABETH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God!

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church invites all children ages 2 – 12 to experience the  WORKSHOP OF WONDERS (WOW) Vacation Bible School. Discover how to imagine and build with God at VBS!

The fun begins Monday, August 4 and ends Friday, August 8 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at John Boggs Hall, 152 Port Elizabeth-Cumberland Road.

At WOW VBS, discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God. Experience the love of Jesus. Start an adventure. Use your imagination and creativity to build your faith. Meet people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing with God. Use your heart, mind, and imagination to participate in the creative life of God, the one who works wonders!

The adventures include interactive Bible fun and great music, super science, cool crafts, hands-on mission work, global games, and tasty food. To be a part of all the excitement at WORKSHOP OF WONDERS, come to the John Boggs Hall at 5:45 pm on Monday, August 4.

“You are the God who works wonders.” –Psalm 77:14a

EVERYWHERE FUN FAIR: Where God’s World Comes Together

PORT ELIZABETH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Everywhere Fun Fair

 

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church invites all children ages 2 -12 to step right up at EVERYWHERE FUN FAIR: WHERE GOD’S WORLD COMES TOGETHER Vacation Bible School. Explore and experience God’s welcoming love at VBS!
The fun begins Monday, August 5 and ends Friday, August 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at John Boggs Hall, 152 Port Elizabeth-Cumberland Road.

The adventures include interactive Bible fun and great music, super science, cool crafts, hands-on mission work, global games, and tasty food. To be a part of all the excitement at EVERYWHERE FUN FAIR, come to the John Boggs Hall at 5:45 pm on Monday, August 5.

If you have any questions, call Ted or Diane at (856) 825-4386.

 

UMW Yard Sale on May 11, 2013

Come one, Come all. Spend the day at the PEUMC’s annual Rummage Sale. Homemade baked goods; Coney Island Hot Dogs; freshly made meatball subs are all available just for you. Join in the fun on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 8:00 am to 1:00pm in John Boggs Hall at 152 Port Elizabeth – Cumberland Road, Port Elizabeth, NJ 08348.

UPDATE!!!! GET A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT’S GOING TO SOLD!!!

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Would you like to sell some of your own treasures? Space is available at $10.00 per table.

This yearly event supports United Methodist Women’s mission work in the community and the world.

Register your children or grandchildren for Vacation Bible School:
“Everywhere Fun Fair” August 5-9, 2013.

Resource: Chuck Knows Church

Do you have any questions about what goes on at a United Methodist Church?
Chuck Knows Church http://www.chuckknowschurch.com/ is a website that provides fun and informative weekly online videos about the objects, symbols and terms used in church. You can also see his videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ChuckKnowsChurch.  Chuck closes his videos with “Be sure to ask your Pastor. Tell him/her Chuck sent you.”