Effective Sunday, Rev. Rebecca Patterson will enter into a dual-charge as she serves both Grace United Methodist Church (828 N. Main St., Meadville) and Woodcock United Methodist Church (23048 Gravel Run Road).
Patterson has been serving at Grace since July 1, 2015. This decision was a result of the retirement of Pastor Audrey Lovewell, who had been serving as the pastor at Woodcock.
Both congregations look forward to the new relationship and how they may both be able to grow from it.
Sunday morning service times are 8:15 and 10:45 at Grace and 9:30 at Woodcock.
SAEGERTOWN — Saegertown United Methodist Church, 620 Euclid Ave., welcomes its new pastor, Rev. Jeffrey B. Little, on Sunday.
Worship services are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
• More information: Visit saegertownumc.org.
VERNON TOWNSHIP — St. John's Church of God and Cornerstone Church of God have merged.
They are now French Creek Community Church, located at 18320 Conneaut Lake Road. Services are at 10 a.m. Sundays.
Andover United Methodist Church invites all to worship together at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday through Sept. 2 at the drive-in outdoor service, a casual interdenominational worship service.
This service has been sponsored by Andover UMC for more than 50 years. It reaches out to tourists, campers and all interested in worshiping in nature’s environment. Attendees may come as they are and enjoy the service from the comfort of their car or take a chair and sit outside. Some seating is provided.
The outdoor service is held at a site provided by Wildwood Acres Campgrounds, located at the intersection of Route 7 and Marvin Road, approximately two miles south of Andover, Ohio.
Special musical services will be provided June 24 by Sound Witness, Aug. 12 by Dan Schall and Aug. 19 by Golden State Singers.
LINESVILLE — Linesville United Methodist Church, 334 W. Erie St., hosts a number of summer Sunday evening worship services starting at 7 p.m.
The relaxed and informal services feature a different speaker each week. The schedule is:
• July 1, Kurt Crays, executive director of the Erie United Methodist Alliance, speaking on the issues of homelessness
• July 8, Luella Krieger, general evangelist of the annual conference, presents a dramatic portrayal
• July 15, concert by organist Bill Brewer
• July 22, Rev. Dennis Swineford, superintendent of the Erie Meadville District, is joined by the praise band from Harmonsburg
• July 29, Rev. Joshua Harding of the baptist community and family ministry
• Aug. 5, Rev. Keith McIlwain of Slippery Rock United Methodist Church speaks on the every Sunday communion practice
• Aug. 12, Nate Greenway, executive director of Wesley Woods camp and retreat center
• Aug. 19, Rev. Jeff Little of Saegertown UMC brings a message using his artistic talents
• Aug. 26, a picnic is planned for the final evening of the summer season. All are welcome.
NEW LEBANON, Mercer County — Campfire Church is held on Sundays at 7 p.m. through Labor Day weekend on the front lawn of New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St.
This is a casual, non-denominational church service outdoors gathered around a campfire. Those who attend will worship with hymns and contemporary music, pray, praise and grow in relationship with God.
Campfire Church is brought by the Devine Inspirations. Services are held rain or shine. If raining, they will be held under a pavilion or indoors.
• More information: Contact the Rev. Adam Devine at (724) 376-7362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAYNE TOWNSHIP — The Academy of Arts traveling drama team presents "But We See Jesus" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at McDaniel's Corners Bible Church, 7175 Route 173. This is a free event.
"But We See Jesus" is a biblical drama that follows the lives of five of the disciples, Mary Magdalene and the woman at the well as they encounter Christ face to face. After their time with the Lord, each of these individuals faces a moment of decision — to live wholeheartedly for the Lord or to continue serving self.
Audiences will be called to the same point of decision as they watch this powerful biblical presentation acted out. The presentation is 45 to 50 minutes long and includes one song to highlight the gospel message of the presentation.
• More information about the drama group: Visit theAcademyofArts.org or call (864) 268-9342.
• More information about the presentation: Call David Bach at 337-0125.
Area churches plan
vacation Bible schools
• HARTSTOWN — A vacation Bible school is from 5 to 7 p.m. July 9 to 12 at Hartstown Presbyterian Church, 7235 Route 322.
The VBS titled "Weird Animal — Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind" is open to all students preschool through fourth grade.
• SADSBURY TOWNSHIP — High Street Community Church, 9517 Route 322, welcomes children ages 4 through entering sixth grade to join in the fun of vacation Bible school from 9 to 11:45 a.m. July 16 to 20.
Registration begins at 8:45 each morning on the upper level.
The church is located two miles west of Conneaut Lake.
Events for the family to explore what it means to be a champion for God through story, music, crafts and snacks are Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 17, 24 and 31 at Meadville’s Diamond Park.
The events are open to all ages, but children must attend with a responsible adult.
They are organized by First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Stone United Methodist Church and Trinity Lutheran Church.
Pre-registration is encouraged by July 13.
• More information or for registration forms: Call 333-2161 or 724-6736, or visit goo.gl/jq4PzA.
STONEBORO — Emmanuel Christian Church, 4495 Greenville-Sandy Lake Road, hosts a free kids’ day camp for children age 4 years (by June 1, 2018) through sixth grade.
This event, featuring singing, crafts, games and more, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23 to 27. Lunch is provided.
Bus transportation is available to and from Stoneboro and Jackson Center fire halls and Lakeview, Greenville and Commodore Perry high schools. Kids riding the bus must preregister by July 21. Walk-ins are welcome.
• To register: Visit emmanuelchristian.com.
• More information: Call (724) 376-3412, extension 10.
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — WWE legend and Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase will be the special guest speaker for the Men of Grace Allegheny Region’s 2018 Men’s Revival on Sept. 22 at Cambridge Springs Junior-Senior High School.
Other speakers include:
• Pastor Joe Samalenge from the Venango and Cambridge United Methodist churches. Officials said Samalenge is originally from Africa and has a unique perspective to share.
• Tim Lee, a Vietnam veteran who stepped on a land mine and lost both legs. He will share his story and how God can use tragedy to fulfill His purpose.
• Sharon’s Chris Benson, a former amateur MMA fighter who got in trouble with the law and was brought to Christ through that experience.
• Wayne Morgret, the northeast Ohio area director for the Coalition for Men’s Discipleship from the Man in the Mirror national organization.
The revival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $20 per person.
• More information: Visit mogar-revival.org or call (814) 282-4191.