We here at Lincoln Park Community United Methodist Church have had a heart for serving the people of Lincoln Park and surrounding areas since 1947. This desire continues until today!
A modest size congregation of about 150 on a Sunday morning, we are a friendly, open-minded, non-judgmental, community of faith, who are simply trying to be faithful to Jesus’ greatest command to “love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength; and, to love our neighbor as ourselves.” (Luke 10:27).
We hope that you will consider coming to worship with us on a Sunday morning or to take part in one of the other activities listed on our website. Please know that a warm welcome always awaits you here.
Peace to you,
Rev. Christopher Kurien
by Beverly Perella, Music Director
We are located near the major highways of PA 724 and US 222, between Shillington, West Lawn, and Spring Township. Our address is:
1 Carlisle Ave, Reading, PA 19609
What Does Lincoln Park Offer?
We offer a Contemporary Praise Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday featuring our Praise Band plus a rich multimedia experience.
We also offer a Traditional Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. with hymns and our vocal and bell choirs.
Our Thursday Night Live worship is held every third Thursday of the month at 8 pm.
Get more information about our Sunday morning programs for children here: Children’s Ministry
You can discover more information about our Youth Group, grades 6–12, on our Youth page.
What Should I Expect?
You probably will be offered a handshake as you enter, often followed by a hug as you leave. We not only worship and serve together—we really like, respect, and love each other! The coffee hour that follows both services offers another opportunity for fellowship, and . . .
I would describe our community as a medium-sized congregation with a huge heart for sharing God’s love and message. We are small enough to be a true, concerned, and supporting family, but large enough to meet your needs and desires. There is truly a ministry within the church for everyone. God has given all of us gifts to be shared, and we have an outlet for you to use those personal gifts. But we won’t ask you to commit your time and talents until you are ready!
Get to know us, and know that we are sincerely dedicated to seeking a better understanding of our Lord, and then sharing it with others. Our church building and our facilities are great, but it is our people who make this a dwelling place for God, our Father.
What Should I Wear?
Our 9 AM Contemporary Service is “come as you are” casual. You would not be out of place in jeans, sneakers, and a hoodie.
Those folks who attend our 11 AM traditional service typically wear more classic “church attire,” but it is certainly not required. All are welcome however you feel comfortable.
I’m Bringing My Kids — Where Should They Go?
Children are welcome to stay for the whole service at 9 AM or 11 AM. We have a “Children’s Moment” in worship at both services. We also have a professionally-staffed nursery downstairs below the sanctuary. You can bring your children there at any time before or during the service and they’ll get checked in by our nursery staff. Children can also attend our “Potter’s Wheel” class following the Children’s Moment (around 9:15 and 11:15, respectively) if you/they would prefer a more interactive faith-based experience during Sunday mornings. If you have any questions, please see one of our greetings or ushers.
When someone inquires about our church, one of the first questions usually is, “Do you have a parking lot?” I answer honestly and enthusiastically, “No, but yes!” “How can that be?” is the puzzled response. “Well, there is no designated parking lot, but the on-street parking directly around our church is just about limitless.” I remind people that they are willing to walk from the far end of a shopping mall parking lot to make purchases; so why aren’t they willing to walk a half block to enter a church where they will find a community of welcoming, sincere believers?
So whether you enter on Jefferson Blvd. through the red doors, or down the driveway at the side on Carlisle Avenue (This is the handicapped entrance where the lift to the sanctuary is located), or through the door at the educational wing on Cambridge Avenue, a warm welcome awaits you.