Our Story

   Zion United Methodist Church began in May 1843 as a designated preaching appointment of the East Pennsylvania Conference of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Through a series of denominational unions which established the Evangelical United Brethren Church in November 1946, and the United Methodist Church in April 1968, the church presently is an incorporate member church of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the
United Methodist Church.

   Zion Church was started under the leadership of Rev. Samuel Enterline. In the spring of 1843 a service was conducted at the corner of Main and Railroad Streets. An invitation was given by Mr. John Daniel to have Rev. Enterline preach at his home on Sunday April 25, 1843, and ever since then, April 25 has been recognized as Anniversary Day.

   A new brick church was constructed in 1869 and the first worship service was held in the present church
June 17, 1973.

   Zion has been blessed with many people who have contributed to the life and leadership, and the work and ministry of the church in vast and varied ways.

   It is to the glory of God, to the praise and honor of His Son Jesus Christ, and with deep gratitude for the leadership of the Holy Spirit that are able to worship in this beautiful church.

What We Believe

The Mission:

The Mission of Zion United Methodist Church is to make, mature, and mobilize disciples for Jesus Christ. We are a community of people committed to Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, united in the love of God, and called to make that love real to others.

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The Values:

  • Christ-Centered— Focused on the life, words, way, and Spirit of Jesus proclaimed in the New Testament.
  • Biblically-rooted — Encourages spiritually alive, faithful study of the Bible using tools of devotion and scholarship that are appropriate to a diverse body of people.
  • Warm-hearted — A joyful, loving congregation that experiences the grace of God in Jesus Christ in personal and
    positive ways.
  • Open-minded — A place where people search, think, question, and honestly express their growing experience of the faith in an accepting and affirming atmosphere.
  • Mission-directed — Continuing the strong sense of mission which has been part of our identity both in terms of mission to the community and mission in the world.
  • Connection-committed — As part of The United Methodist Church, we see ourselves as a supporter of the global ministries in which we share.

These values define who we are and how we participate in community together.

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The Strategy:

The Zion United Methodist Church faith community is a congregation of people who:

  • Invite people to experience the love of God and become disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Equip disciples to be agents of God's reconciling love in the world.
  • Care for one another in a Christian community.
  • Send disciples as servants of Christ to participate in God's transformation of the world.
  • These strategies are the ways that we move toward our vision and accomplish our mission.

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The Vision:

As Zion United Methodist Church makes, matures, and mobilizes disciples for Jesus Christ, models its core values and strategies, the Holy Spirit will fulfill our vision of transforming lives, creating Christian community, and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.