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HOCKESSIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

In the spring of 1881, a small group of people led by Alban Dalton cleaned out an abandoned blacksmith shop on the Brackenville farm located on the corner of the Old Lancaster Pike and Brackenville Road. They established there the first Methodist society in the area. With the onset of winter, they moved across the street to the Peace and Plenty Inn. Although the smithy has long disappeared, the inn is now a private residence.

The permanent Methodist chapel was erected on Hockessin’s Main Street 1882. A large fellowship hall was added in 1949. Now the Founder’s Hall,  provides an ideal spill-over for church activities, including the both Middle School and High School Youth Group, and the Clothes Closet.


Edwin Golding, one of the founding members of the Hockessin Methodist Episcopal Church, reflecting in his old age on history, compared Alban Dalton to a “Christian archer, of the Methodist tribe, eye toward the future, weapon poised, arrow set and bow drawn at a venture for a shot in the name of his chief.” The path of that arrow has guided our congregation for 125 years as we have expanded from the little chapel on Main Street to one of the larger churches in the area.


Each step of our growth has taken the efforts of many men and women as we built on the faith of the generations before us. Now in 2006, Alban Dalton’s arrow has led us through our sixth building expansion since 1881, where we have added much needed space for our Sunday school and music and educational ministries.


On June 3, 2018 we had a Groundbreaking Service for the new building and to begin the process of renovation.  With the construction we will:

Sanctuary renovations will enable a richer experience for all styles of worship services, benefiting not just -  – Increase parking spaces, make modifications to the building entry, provision of new accessible restrooms, and expansion of the lobby area will create a more welcoming space for people with disabilities, reduce the packed lobby between services, and provide gathering spots and hospitality areas.

– A new building will enable us to keep our commitment to the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges and will provide improved church office space.

– Along with breaking ground for the new building, we “lock in” our county-approved plan and variances will position future congregations to expand with a larger building on the property when the need arises. Without the project it isn’t and our potential for growth in our ministry is limited. 



MINISTRY TEAM

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and we are delighted that you are taking time to learn more about our church and our pastors.  It is our hope that you will find a greater sense of belonging, a heightened sense of togetherness and a genuine sense of community after you visit or become a member of Hockessin United Methodist Church. 

We look forward to you joining together with us in building a dynamic ministry right here in Hockessin. Although we all come from different backgrounds with diversity of gifts and graces, we find that the purpose of our church is truly focused in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with our congregation who may then share this good news of the Gospel with the World as they are led.

REV. DR. ROB TOWNSEND

​​​REV. DR. LAURA A. MARTIN



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WHAT WE BELIEVE


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BAPTISM

The sacrament of Baptism represents a gift from God and our response to it. God freely offers us saving grace and love, new life, forgiveness of sin, and the promise of salvation.  We accept God’s gift by agreeing to fulfill our responsibilities of living a Christian life of love and service to all.


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CHURCH MEMBERSHIP


A Baptized infant becomes a preparatory member of the church—one who has not yet made a personal profession of faith and who is guided by parents.  Baptism marks the beginning of a process of growth in faith toward God.

Confirmation brings full membership and responsibility to those who are Baptized.  It is the completion of the Baptismal commitment.

Confirmation classes are offered when children reach 7th grade, and are ready to make a personal commitment to God before the congregation




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COMMUNION


The sacrament of Holy Communion is one of the most important sacraments and a vital aspect of Christian life.  The Lord's Supper invites us to focus on the self-giving of God, which makes the sacrament an occasion of grace, and on the holiness of our communion with God and one another.  Our liturgy begins with words spoken on Jesus’ behalf inviting “all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.”  Because we celebrate "an open table," there are no conditions to be a "guest at the table."  This distinguishes our invitation from some other Christian denominations that may require additional rites before one is welcome to the table.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What time is your service?

Due to buliding construction this summer we will hold services on Sunday at 8:30 am,  and 9:45 am,   For a description of our services, click here.

What takes place in your services?

Each of the services consists of prayer, singing and a pastoral message.   Hear a recent message by clicking here.

How should I address the pastors?

Most people address the pastors by their first names only. If you prefer to greet them more formally, you may use the title “Pastor” before either their first or last names.

How am I expected to participate in the service?

Many of the congregation sing, pray, listen greet those around you. You may follow along in the hymnal and/or on the screen at the front of the church. There will be times to sit and times when you will be expected to stand if you are able. These times will be indicated in the bulletin for the service.

What is expected of me as a visitor?

We hope that you will receive a blessing from attending our service. We will ask that all our worshipers register their attendance on forms provided in the service. We try to greet everyone so it is likely that you will be welcomed and asked if you are visiting but you will not be singled out as a visitor.

What should I wear to the Services?

There is no dress code for attending our services. The congregation is encouraged to dress however they feel comfortable for all of our services. Attendees of our contemporary services tend to dress more casually from jeans to business casual. Attendees of our traditional services tend to dress up more, from business casual to suits.

Are children welcome in the worship service?

Children are always welcome to attend Sunday services with their parents. However, for your convenience, childcare for infants and toddlers is available for all services. Also, many children prefer to attend the age specific classes and worship activities that are available during the 9:45 am and 11:00 am services. Classes and activities range from preschool through high school.

Do you offer Communion?

We offer Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Communion is open to all members and visitors. The only requirement is that you intend to lead a Christian Life. It is acceptable for anyone choosing not to partake in Communion to remain seated during that part of the service.

What does it take to become a member?

New adult members join primarily by transferring from another church or through baptism and a profession of faith. Youth generally join following the completion of our Confirmation Class. We provide membership information classes for those interested in joining our church.

How do I transfer if I am a member of another Methodist church or a church in another denomination?

Notify one of the Pastors and they will explain the process for the transfer of your membership.

How do I get on the mailing list for the newsletter?