News & Events – July 31, 2022

August 1 – 5, 5:00p – 8:15p

Children ages preschool to 6th grade are invited to join us for a week this summer to learn about God and put faith in action through skits, activities, projects, and fun! We kick off with dinner at 5:00p before moving into our high energy opening session. Then we split into groups and rotate between different stations (art, missions, craft, recreation, science and music) before meeting again for the closing session.
If you would like to help out at VBS or donate an item, please contact the office at 732-833-8808. We are always in need of donations for dinner, crafts, and snacks. For registration information go to

We could use help as we transform the sanctuary into Discover Adventure Island! If anyone would like to help decorate on Sunday, July 31st we will begin right after service (about 11:15a), please come join us.

We are offering Loss of a Spouse on Aug. 26th 6pm to 8pm.
We will be hosting a Grief Share 13-week program which will start Sept. 9th. If anyone in need of one of these programs, please email Eileen at [email protected] for more information. These meetings will be held online only.

And a little about our new Staff Members…

Rev. Denise Tiedemann
It is our joy to welcome Rev. Denise Tiedemann as the new pastor of our congregation.

Rev. Denise Tiedemann has been serving United Methodist Church for over 20 years. Most recently she has served as the lead pastor at DeBows UMC, Pleasant Grove UMC in Jackson and FUMC in Farmingdale. Prior to this appointment to she was the lead pastor at Centenary UMC in Lambertville and Linvale UMC in Ringoes. Denise, along with her husband Joe, created Jackson Arts Ministry which serves the Jackson area. This ministry offers excellent, low-cost performing arts and enrichment classes to children of all ages, while building self-esteem and pointing all we do to Jesus Christ. Denise was instrumental as part of a church plant and a church revitalization effort.

Denise loves working with children and has served as the Annual Conference’s Childcare Coordinator. She and her husband Joe have four wonderful children, and she loves being a wife and mom most of all. Her background prior to being a pastor was in theater and music, and she loves giving her best to God and the wonderful churches she’s had the privilege to serve. Her heart for mission has led her to serve with A Future with Hope and the Skainos Project in Belfast. Denise is energized remembering that all of us are created in God’s image and looks to share the life-giving hope of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible.

Samantha Marley
I am the director of Sunbeam Christian Preschool and co-director of Anchors Away Summer Camp.   I am married and the mother of a
10-year-old daughter.  Before joining Sunbeam Christian Preschool as the director, I was a substitute assistant teacher for the preschool.
I am looking forward to another great year with the students and staff at Sunbeam!

Call for a tour at 732-833-8808 x.2
Sunbeam Christian Preschool is preparing for our 2022-2023 school year.   We are reintroducing our 2-year-old class for the fall of 2022 with
class offerings on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.   We are still accepting applications for our preschool and pre-kindergarten programs. 
The school offers a unique combination of creative and religious curriculums, uses progressive teaching methods and features a warm and engaging environment where children can learn and grow.


Tuesday nights from 6:30p-8p
BIBLE STUDY – (On Zoom only)

We will be taking a break for the summer. Watch our website for information in the fall. Email [email protected] for information.

Wednesday nights
Commit with friends and family to read through the entire bible. We will be reading and discussing the reading (online and in person) on Wednesday nights at 7:00p. Sign-up here. 


SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL June 26th – August 28th
Every Sunday from 10a-11a for ages Pre-K through 5th grade. We need some volunteers to work one Sunday this summer so please let Jessica Short which Sunday you can help out.

Volunteer to help with Sunday School
Make a difference in the life of a child! God might be calling you to be a teach or assistant, we are always looking for a volunteer. The curriculum is easy to teach and provided. Commit to pray for the children and teachers at Sunday School.

CFF – Christian Friends Forever (Special Needs Ministry)
1st and 2nd Mondays of each month. We are taking a break for the summer but will return to meeting the second Monday in September.

Every Wednesday morning at 8:00a at the Mug Rack.

Wednesday morning at 9:30a on Zoom only. Call the church office for more details. 732-833-8808. We are not meeting for the summer but watch the website for our fall start-up date.

Sundays following worship at 11:00a
If you like to play an instrument, sing, or want to learn come out and check us out and speak to the leader, Eric Drew.


Do you want to serve in an area that makes a lasting difference on someone’s life and the life of our community? We are looking for people with a heart for service to help with our Sunday School and on Sunday mornings as ushers/greeters during worship.
Also, we are looking for caring people to help with our Grief Share Program, as well as, checking in on some of our members who are not able to get out to church. Email Pastor Denise at  [email protected] if you are interested.

Families in need have increased in the last few months.  We are currently in need of the following items:  Spaghetti sauce, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef gravy, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, mashed potatoes, pancake mix, crackers, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup and cake frosting.  As always gift cards in $20 denominations will be much appreciated.  

DeBows Food Pantry
By appointment only — call 732-928-4475 in advance

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