Events & News


Good Friday Prayer & Labyrinth Walk

You are invited to join other members and friends of Epworth for a Prayer and Labyrinth Walk at the church any time between the hours of 12 noon and 3:00pm on Good Friday, March 30.  We will be asking for God to bless our church and its many ministries by praying at designated stations in the Epworth Church building and at the Loughlin Labyrinth outside the Bayside Entrance.  When you come, you will be quietly instructed on the path to follow to participate in this meaningful prayer time.  Those who cannot come to the church on Good Friday are encouraged to participate by praying for God’s blessings at home or using the Loughlin Labyrinth anytime for silent prayer. 

March For Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC
The Epworth Youth (Revolution) and the Social Justice Ministry Team are sponsoring a bus to the the March for Our Lives! Rally on March 24. Cost is $29 per seat. The bus leaves the church at 7 AM and returns around 8 PM.
Questions? Reservations? Payment? Please e-mail Jackie Shockley or Reber Whitner
3 ServSafe© Certification Classes to be Held  
ServSafe© has been the restaurant industry’s leading association since 1919. Together with the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, ServSafe© teaches “best practices” to the food industry. thekitchen@epworth is proud to adhere to and sponsor classes -free of charge – for our food handling volunteers thus enhancing the quality and safety of the way we prepare and serve food at Epworth.
Classes will be held in the Youth Room on the following dates…
Saturday, March 17 – 9:30a-1:30p
Tuesday, March 20 – 5:30p-9:30p
Friday, March 23 – 12:30p-4:30p
Please reserve your seat now – e-mail Penny MacLennan or Reber Whitner


Easter Egg Hunt set for March 24
Epworth’s Family Ministry is sponsoring a Community Easter Egg Hunt here on Saturday, March 24th from 1 – 2:30. We are having 2 areas for egg hunting 2-4 yr olds and 5-10 yr olds plus games, crafts, face painting, and meet the Easter Bunny. thekitchen@epworth is serving hot dogs, chips and drinks during the activities. We need help from our congregation to set up and take down, face painting, helping with games and crafts.
We also need bags of candy to fill 2,000 plastic eggs! There is a signup sheet at the WINGS table in the Narthex or contact Mickie at 302.227.7743 or email You may also contact David G a r r e t t a t
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Bus Trip to NYC

The bus will leave April 21, 2018 from Lowe’s parking lot in Five Points, at 7:00 a.m. sharp.  We arrive in NYC (Times Sq. area) at 11:00 a.m. You are free to explore the city on your own.  We will depart NYC at 7:00 p.m. and arrive back in Rehoboth at 11:00 p.m.  The price is $55.00 per seat. I could only reserve one bus.  We do expect this trip to fill quickly.

To make reservations please e-mail Howard Gregory at


Simpson Men’s Group
The Simpson Men’s Group will be having it’s March meeting Saturday, April 14, 8:00 a.m. at Sammy’s Kitchen in downtown Rehoboth Beach. New members are being accepted, but you do not have to be a member to attend. Come be a part of something great.

Smith Island Trip

How about a fall cruise to Smith Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay?  Sterling Green and Coles Marsh (both of whom grew up in the area) are planning a bus trip/cruise to the island as a fund raiser for Epworth.

The date is Saturday, September 29, 2018. We’ll leave Epworth at 9:00 a.m. and return at 7:00 p.m. We’ll bus to Crisfield where Sterling will talk a bit about the history of the town that was once called “The Crab Capital of the World” while conducting a walking tour of the docks. Then we’ll board a 100 passenger cruise boat for the 45 min trip to the island.

Immediately upon arriving we’ll be treated to a seafood dinner at the Bayside Restaurant on Ewell, the “capital” of the island. The meal will end with the famous Smith Island (multi-layered) cake. Following the meal, we will have an opportunity to walk around the village of Ewell with Coles and Sterling giving more commentary. There is a museum featuring a short video on island life, which is available for a small fee. We then return to Crisfield and head back to Rehoboth. The cost of the trip (excluding the museum fee) is $75 per person which includes $11 as a fundraiser for Epworth. In order to hold a seat on the bus a non-refundable deposit of $25 is required. Final payment will be due by August 1, 2018.

Payments for the deposit or balance can be made by check to: Epworth UMC with a notation at the bottom left:

deposit/balance on Smith Island trip 2/29. The check should then be placed in a PLAIN WHITE ENVELOP designated for Darlene Ford re: Smith Island trip. Darlene, from our church office, has agreed to receive and keep account of the money. DO NOT put the check in a church offering envelop!! If you have any questions about the trip then contact Coles Marsh at or Sterling Green at Hope you can join us. There is a limit of 52 persons (the capacity of the bus).



Women IN God’s Service

WINGS is a women’s service group that began in the fall of 2017. Since then, we have collected for Hurricane Harvey, distributed posters for Turkeyville, wrapped Christmas items for local shelters, volunteered for Food Rescue & Triage, and stuffed eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt. What’s next? Join us and see! We meet the second Monday of each month in Baker Lounge at 1:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail Janet Taylor-Smith at


Safety & Security Taskforce Forming

Epworth is setting up a Taskforce for Church Safety and Security and needs volunteers for the taskforce, especially persons with military and first responder training.  Contact Bunny Maher to volunteer:


Good Samaritan Teams Looking to Grow
The Good Samaritan Program, aka “Good Sam,” needs more volunteers. If you’d like to help people  in the local community with emergency food and other assistance, please contact Walt Smith at 302-858-2039 or

Baker Lounge Library

Our library collection is expanding! New books are added each week to the bookcase in the Narthex. Stop by and sign one out today!


Food Rescue Triage

What is Food Rescue Triage? Help needed now – come and see how it’s done – it’s a whole lot of fun. Check the WINGS table in the Main Hallway for more information.
Pastoral Care Team: Help Needed

Life is good here at Epworth Church!  But what if you are sick, in the hospital, homebound, receiving hospice care; what happens to your spiritual life then?  Who will pray with you and your loved ones, how will you receive communion?  Your church family feels a commitment to each individual’s spiritual and emotional well-being. Our Pastoral Care volunteers play an essential role in enriching the spiritual lives of members of our congregation when they are sick, homebound or unable to attend church, and in need of spiritual prayers and healing. You could make a difference in someone’s day by providing prayerful companionship. Volunteers in this area have a strong interest in prayer, are very caring with heartfelt sincerity, have patience and are able to offer a respectful, sympathetic and comforting attitude with members of our church and their family members who are in need of prayerful companionship!  Epworth’s Pastoral Care Ministry needs help!  If you feel this may be something you are interested in, please call or e-mail Mickie at 302-227-7743 or  Let’s talk and see if this ministry will bless you and members of our church in spiritual need!

Many Hands – Less Work – More Fun!
There are SO many ways to put faith into action here at Epworth! Here are some possibilities:
  • thekitchen@epworth;
  • Food rescue;
  • Christmas Joy! 365;
  • Earth Day planning;
  • Worship visuals, planning and set-up;
  • Basic Plumbers;
  • Fair Trade Sales;
  • Bus volunteers;
  • Office volunteers;
  • Sunday School teachers;
  • Nursery helpers;
  • Worship Service helpers;
Call the Church Office, 302-227-7743, to volunteer!
Volunteers Still Needed for Local Habitat Build

The Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches (LRAC), is partnering with the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity to construct a new home in West Rehoboth for a deserving family. Epworth, along with the 16 other area churches that comprise the LRAC, will be sending teams of volunteers to work on this project. A groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled for February 28 at the building site at 19741 Norwood Street (weather permitting). This home is being built for Carmen Blackwell and her 11-year-old daughter.

As of this writing, Habitat has designated the volunteer build days to be Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and it is expected that the project will take about four months to complete. Volunteers will need to register directly with Habitat for Humanity on their website at to facilitate scheduling of volunteers for specific tasks. Andy D’Aloisio will be Epworth’s point of contact and liaison with Habitat for the project, and will provide additional details as they become available. For more information, please contact Andy at or 302-945-2925.