Vernon United Methodist Our Church Today
Vernon United Methodist Church has thrived in our township for nearly 150 years. Throughout its long history, it has been a beacon of community service, help for people in need, and hope for the future. As we look forward to our next chapters, we are uplifted by the evidence of the work of God in our midst, and the meaningful, practical help that has been shared with so many in Sussex County as a result.
Our church now holds two services on Sundays, and one on Wednesday evenings. Sunday School, Youth Group, and adult Bible studies are held to teach and encourage our members, and we enjoy numerous social as well as religious activities.
Vernon UMC is home to a number of community groups as well. Currently, AA and Al-Anon, the Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts use our building weekly. A community playgroup, "Mommy and Me" meets here, and there is an adult watercolor class every week during the school year as well.
The food pantry referenced in our 1992 Heritage Committee Report is still going strong, as it has for decades. Hundreds of families in Vernon and Sussex County have been helped by this volunteer ministry, which is available to all in need, regardless of their religious affiliations. With strong support from our congregation, our community, and local food stores, we are able to assist families with limited resources to meet their basic needs.
The thrift store opened in the 1980s has become our "New Beginnings" clothing ministry. Clothing that might otherwise be discarded is recycled to provide important help to those in need. The volunteer staff opens the doors of the clothing ministry three days each week.
Our church also serves in domestic (US-based) missions to help the underserved in Appalachia with our RedBird mission trip every year. More than a dozen volunteers pay for their own trips with fund-raising throughout the months preceding, and then travel together in the summer to help a disadvantaged community in Kentucky.
Vernon UMC remains dedicated to the vision of its founders and early members, to be the "hands and feet of Christ" and work toward making a difference in the world. We look forward to serving Jesus, Vernon, New Jersey, and the world for another 150 years.