The St. John United Methodist Church (Fordville) in Cumberland County, NJ, invites PYM Friends to attend a ceremony marking the church’s official designation as an Historic Native American Methodist Church. It is the only church to receive such designation in the State of New Jersey and is the fifth oldest Native American Methodist Church in the Nation.
St. John UMC is the home church to many members of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation. The Recommendations to the 2017 Annual Conference states, “the church building has been a place of meeting for tribal affairs when none were available or allowed and a place of ministry to help the spiritual and physical needs of those in need…disciples from St. John United Methodist Church currently serve on the Tribal Council of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape [Tribal] Nation; one for over forty years.”
This historic acknowledgment is a significant contrast to the Tribal Nation’s pursuit of reaffirmation, the struggle for sovereign recognition by the state of NJ. It is an honor for PYM Friends to be invited to this joyous celebration and represents the long relationship between our communities.
The ceremony will take place on October 29th, 2017 at 11:00 am, at St. John UMC – 680 Fordville Road in Bridgeton, NJ 08302. Mark your calendar; set your GPS; come celebrate, make some joyful noise giving thanks for our beloved community.