10.01.23 - Join Us for Worship!

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New Member Class | September 17th

Become Part of the Aldersgate Church Family We invite you to join us on: September 17th from 2 to 5PM for a gathering to discuss what it means to be a member. We’re glad that you’ve made this decision to be part of a thriving and exciting time of serving, learning, and fellowshipping. To reserve… Continue Reading

GriefShare is Returning

GriefShare is Returning in September GriefShare support group is a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief. Through this 13-week group, you’ll discover what to expect in the days ahead and what’s “normal” in grief. Since there are no neat, orderly stages of grief, you’ll learn helpful ways of coping with… Continue Reading

Disaffiliation Update: July 01

Disaffiliation Update The settlement with Susquehanna Conference is complete, funds and property were exchanged today, June 28th. This concludes the Disaffiliation Process with the United Methodist Church. Aldersgate is now an independent church. Membership Status With Aldersgate being an independent church, it is important that we have an simple and meaningful way for people that were members… Continue Reading

Welcome Bob and Jennifer Kaylor

Aldersgate Church would like to welcome our new lead pastor and wife, Bob and Jennifer Kaylor Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor is a native western Pennsylvanian, born in Pittsburgh and raised in and around Slippery Rock, PA. He earned a BA in History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1986, was commissioned as an Infantry officer… Continue Reading

Ladies - You Are Invited!

Grow in Grace Women’s Ministry Event Save the date for the Grow in Grace Women’s Simulcast featuring Priscilla Shirer, Saturday, October 7 from 9 am until 4:30 pm. The event is open to women of ALL ages! We would love to fill the Fellowship Hall rejoicing and praising God for ALL that He has blessed… Continue Reading

Covered by Prayer Quilt Ministry: June 2023

Aldersgate Church’s Quilt Ministry Covered by Prayer will meet in room 44, 10 am to 12pm on Wednesday June 7. This ministry creates Prayer Quilts for anyone in need of a physical reminder of God’s Presence in a time of need. Our group appreciates donations of cotton fabric please no polyester. The Prayer Quilt Cabinet… Continue Reading

Knitting & Crochet Group

All Are Invited! The knitting and crochet group will begin again on Monday, September 11th at 1:30pm. Beginners are welcome, we will teach you. Spread the word and invite your friends and neighbors to come along! More information to follow.

Sailing Into Retirement: A Celebration for the Parker's

Join Us for a Celebration Come and rejoice in the exciting new journey of Pastor Dale and Tami! On June 11th, at Aldersgate Church, we invite you to join us for a special, combined 10:30AM worship service followed by a delightful lunch. The church will graciously provide sandwiches and chips, and we kindly request that… Continue Reading

Aldersgate Church: June 2023 Sentiments

Welcome June As the seasons change, so does our church. Just as spring breathes life into the dormant earth, our community is evolving and growing. Amidst these transitions, we find solace in God’s unwavering promise. Like the steady rhythm of the changing seasons, God’s steadfast love and guidance remain constant. As we navigate the winds… Continue Reading

Amazing Adventure's Summer Camp

Are You Ready for an Awesome Week at Summer Camp? Come join the Amazing Adventure’s Preschool this summer as we launch our very first summer camps designed specifically for children between the ages of 4 and 8. This summer, our remarkable program presents two thrilling camps. From June 12th to 15th, we will embark on… Continue Reading

UMC Weekly Update

An Important Update from Conference On Wednesday, May 17, 2023, Aldersgate Church has been granted disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church (UMC) by the Susquehanna Annual Conference. Even though we will be continuing to venture through transitions over the next several weeks, we remain committed to our mission to Know-Live-Share Jesus, making disciples and serving… Continue Reading

UMC Update: May 3

Please let us know as you have questions ([email protected]) regarding the process and our status. Status: The Susquehanna Annual Conference has called a special session on May 17. The sole purpose of the special session is to vote on the churches that have applied for disaffiliation. All of the required information has been submitted and… Continue Reading

Solidarity Tastes Delicious

Equal Exchange | Fairly Traded Live out your values through your consumer choices, using fairly traded organic products. Farming communities are providing for their families and greening our planet for a better future. ALDERSGATE supports fair trade farmers by purchasing Equal exchange products! Coffees are available for purchase in the Gathering Place. Contact [email protected] if… Continue Reading

To the Wonderful People of Aldersgate

To the Wonderful People of Aldersgate I have so much love for this church. Being the Assisting Pastor here has always been more than a job for me; it has been a calling. It has not just been my work, but a labor of love for my family of faith. In service to God, I… Continue Reading

May Prayer Prompts

Often when we pray, we question, how can I pray for my church more effectively? So, I thought I would help by giving you a guide for May. May is the month that some very important things/events are happening.There are several things that we should be praying about as we want to do God’s will,… Continue Reading

The WELL: May 2023 Needs

May Needs at The WELL The WELL was created by the Susquehanna Conference of the UMC to provide items to persons/families in emergency need. This May we will be collecting: – Spaghetti Noodles & Sauce For more information, please contact the church office or Dianne Deibler.

May Missions: Mega Moment Challenge

Mega Moment Challenge The mission’s team is challenging ALL of us to fill the west entrance with boxes of diapers (any size, any brand), toilet rolls and individual toiletries. All donations will be shared with Lifepath, The Well, Bell Shelter and New Hope Ministries. Let’s make this merry, merry month of May for the organizations…. Continue Reading

Our Great Redeemer’s Praise

A Hymnal for All God’s People We are excited to endorse our new hymnal called Our Great Redeemer’s Praise. This new hymnal includes all the timeless, familiar hymns we have grown to love, as well as choruses, creeds, sacramental rites, and responsive readings that uphold Aldersgate Church’s rich heritage in God, her beautiful identity in… Continue Reading

Finance Report: May 2023

May 2023 Finance Report Our giving continues to show our faithfulness and gratefulness to God. We have had a great start to the year with giving at $224,000, which is an average of almost $75,000 per month. Expenses for the two months totaled $225,800 which put us $1,800 to the negative. These numbers do not… Continue Reading

Wear Your Name Badge

Just a Reminder I’m excited to see so many new people and families coming to our church! God is giving us families and people to worship with so we can make new friends. Our Sunday classes are growing as well as our worship services. But here’s the thing…. I don’t remember names very well. I… Continue Reading

Farewell, Austin

Farewell, Austin This news is about answered prayers and dreams coming true. As is sometimes the case, someone’s joyful situation can be another’s sorrowful situation. That is the case here. Austin White, Assistant to the Pastor, is stepping into the next season of ministering to God’s people. Austin and his wife Becca dreamed of working… Continue Reading

"Mommy and Me" Event

Join us for our “Mommy & Me” – Mother’s Day Event Come and celebrate the Moms and mother figures in your life with us at Aldersgate Church’s “Mommy & Me” event! Join us on Saturday, May 20th from 9-11am for a fun-filled morning of crafts, activities, and games. We have some exciting surprises in store,… Continue Reading

Women's Painting Event

Join Us for a Women’s Painting Event on June 3rd When: Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM What: A canvas $25 or wooden plaque $35 for decorating No experience is necessary, everything is either paint by number or stencil. Come and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Christian women as we… Continue Reading

Prayer Quilt Ministry

Aldersgate Church Prayer Quilt Ministry One of the unique things about Aldersgate Church is our Prayer Quilt Ministry. We have several ladies who love to sew, love our congregation, and want to fill a gap for people who need prayers. So, several years ago they got together and created our Prayer Quilt Squares. The purpose… Continue Reading

Community Bible Study: What it Means to Me

Community Bible Study Several years ago, I was invited by a previous staff member to join her at Community Bible Study (CBS). She knew that I enjoyed a good Bible study and digging deeper into the Word. So, I said yes, and I went. Well, that year the study was on Genesis. Good place to… Continue Reading

ESL: English as a Second Language

A New Ministry is Wanting to Sprout! With a rapid increase of people speaking Spanish in our Blessed Generation Center church family and in our community at large, there is a demand for people who want to learn English. Lydia Kelley, (becoming a new member of Aldersgate Church) has been professionally trained and equipped not… Continue Reading

The United Methodist Hymnal

Did Your Family Dedicate a UMC Hymnal? The 1989 United Methodist Hymnal in the Sanctuary will be available to those families whose names are noted inside the front cover in honor of them or in memory of their loved ones. They will be available in alphabetical order from April 30 to June 4th. To keep… Continue Reading

Meet Our New Hymnal

Our Great Redeemer’s Praise A Hymnal for All God’s People, A New Hymnal for a New Day Aldersgate Church carries the name of the street (Aldersgate) where John Wesley encountered the mighty Spirit of God who transformed his life and later the world. As we rediscover our rich heritage in the Wesleyan origin, Aldersgate Church… Continue Reading

Grow in Grace

Grow in Grace The Grow in Grace Ministry has based our foundation on the scripture from 2 Peter 3:18 where Peter is telling us to “Grow in the Grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever! Amen.” These past 6 weeks ladies from the… Continue Reading

Baptism: A New Life

Be Born Again. Be Transformed. Be Renewed in Christ. Sunday – April 30th, 10:30AM Join Us in the Fellowship Hall for a Combined worship service with Blessed Generation Church and Baptism Opportunity! Click here to learn more. This service will be in English and Spanish, with praise & worship, baptisms by immersion and a church… Continue Reading

Pastor Position Update

An Update on the Senior Pastor Position The leadership of Aldersgate Church would like to inform the congregation that interviews are being conducted for the position of Head Pastor. Please pray for wisdom and discernment in making that decision and that God leads the right person to Aldersgate Church for that position.

The Chosen - Now Streaming

The Chosen A free, family film series that will enlighten each member of the family with the story of Jesus through the eyes of those who followed him. Now streaming online! A powerful series that is biblical and captures the audiences’ full attention with it’s realistic drama. The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season series about… Continue Reading

A Celebration of Renewal

Join Us for a Celebration! On Sunday, April 30th, at 10:30AM – join us for a combined celebration of renewal as Aldersgate Church & The Blessed Generation family come together for a baptism Sunday and combined Worship service in both English & Spanish. We will follow the celebration with fellowship and food! Celebration of Renewal… Continue Reading

Join Us for Our New Series

Empty: Containing nothing, lacking substance or meaning, destitute of effect or force. We spend much of our daily lives trying to avoid getting too empty, whether it be a gas tank running low, or a cell phone reaching “low power” mode. But we know what it’s like to be empty. Even as we fill our… Continue Reading

UMC Update

UMC Update We will provide updates and answer questions as we proceed through the disaffiliation process. Please let us know as you have questions ([email protected]) regarding the process and our status. Status The initial information required by the Annual Conference has been completed and submitted. The full submission of information is due by March 31…. Continue Reading

Men's Spring Retreat

“It is time to head back to the mountain” Mt Asbury that is. The men’s spring retreat has recovered from COVID and is planned for Friday & Saturday, March 10th and 11th. The men’s spring retreat will take place on Friday & Saturday, March 10th and 11th. at Mt Asbury. It’s basically a 24hr over… Continue Reading

Free Income Tax Preparation for the 2023 Tax Season

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is again offering FREE tax service for York County taxpayers, especially adults 50 and older with low or moderate income, during the 2023 tax season. Last year in York County, nearly 100 volunteers filed more than 3,800 Federal, PA and local income tax returns at… Continue Reading

UMC Update

UMC Update The vote at the special church conference on Sunday, was 181 to Disaffiliate (82%) and 40 (18%) to remain UMC. This met the requirement for leaving the United Methodist Denomination by being more than 2/3 of the members in attendance. The leadership team will proceed with the required paperwork to the Susquehanna Conference…. Continue Reading

Senior Ministry: Jan 2023

A New Year is Upon Us A new year is upon us and usually we are more reflective during this season of our future. We may be consumed with worry as we become another year older. As senior citizens, perhaps we think more about how we will manage our finances, our health, our homes, our… Continue Reading

Church Conferences

Mark Your Calendars Special Church Conference 4:30PM in the Fellowship Hall at Aldersgate Church | January 22nd, 2023 Voting yes or no to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. Know Before You Vote The Discernment Team is holding small group meetings to provide an opportunity for Members to further understand what is happening in the… Continue Reading

A Busy Fall Season

What Happened to November? November was such a busy month in the life of Aldersgate Church. It’s hard to believe just how quickly it came and went! We kicked the month off with an awesome community Trunk-or-Treat event and then immediately jumped into our newest series on 1st Corinthians, Conviction & Compassion. Our mission teams… Continue Reading

Time of Discernment

A Time of Discernment Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and engagement as we seek God’s will for Aldersgate. The church is currently in a period of discernment regarding our future affiliation with the United Methodist Denomination. This time of discernment is focused on prayer, Bible study/personal reflection and discussion as we seek to understand… Continue Reading

Attention 2023 Seniors and Students

Barbara A. Gable Memorial Youth Scholarship The Barbara A. Gable Memorial Youth Scholarship, a part of the Aldersgate Endowment Fund, is awarded annually to Aldersgate members of our congregation who have been active participants in our youth program and/or the activities of our church. Students who will be enrolling/are enrolled in any two year or… Continue Reading

Grow in Grace

Greetings to All You Beautiful Sisters in Christ! As several experienced and many have seen and heard, a wonderful, spiritual experience was had by those who attended the Women’s Conference in Lancaster in October. We have reserved 50 tickets for next years’ event, being held September 29 and 30, 2023, at the Spooky Nook Sports… Continue Reading

A Weekend to Remember Marriage Retreat

A Weekend to Remember by FamilyLife | Held at the Hershey Lodge on February 10-12, 2023 Marriage is a lifelong adventure of growing together through every age and stage of life. The happiest couples are those who commit to learning skills that help them weather difficult seasons and deal confidently with relationship challenges. It’s your… Continue Reading

A Special Thank You to All That Helped with Wonderful Wednesdays

Thank You to All Who Helped! Thank you to ALL that helped these past few months with Wonderful Wednesdays. A special thanks to Linda Jacob, Bob Witmyer, Barry Barbush, Linda “Stu” Rambo for helping cook the wonderful meals and those that helped set up. Another big group to thank is the Clean Up Crew which… Continue Reading

December Membership Musings

O Come, Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord! The season of Advent has begun and we prepare once again to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There are many opportunities during Advent for you to hear the timeless story and be drawn into the celebration of Immanuel – God with… Continue Reading

The Lords Prayer | Part III

And lead us not unto temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. We all recognize it is the most well-known prayer of all times and world-wide. But it is more than that. It is an important part of the foundation of our Christian… Continue Reading

All Saints Day 2022

All Saints’ Day at Aldersgate Church On November 6, 2022, we celebrated All Saints’ Sunday at Aldersgate Church by honoring and remembering those who passed this year. If you missed this special dedication, be sure to watch it online today!

As Your Pastor, I Will Not Vote. I WILL TAKE A STAND.

A Note from Pastor Dale In a world that is divisive, fragmented, political, opinionated, and egocentric, it is rare to find a common bond of love and servanthood. It appears as if there is an innate desire to find faults with those things that identify people to be different rather than to focus on those… Continue Reading

Marriage Ministry: Dates to Remember

Couples of Aldersgate Here’s some dates to add to your calendar! Parents’ Night Out & Kids’ Movie Night Friday, November 18, 2022 from 5:30 – 8PM Click here for more information — Weekend to Remember at the Hershey Lodge February 10-12, 2023 FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember is a marriage getaway that has equipped over 1.5… Continue Reading

The Lord's Prayer

There is a reason that the Lord’s Prayer is the most well-known prayer of all time world-wide. It is an important part of the foundation of our Christian faith, an anchor and refuge. We use it to begin prayers, end prayers, and sometimes as the only prayer when all our other words fail us. It… Continue Reading

Creation Care: November 2022

Creation Care Our weather news recently has been dominated by coverage of the destruction caused by hurricanes especially Hurricane Ian, but also others. Prior to that, the weather news was dominated by the drought in the southwest and the expanding water crisis in that region. And that’s just in the US. Weather scientists agree that… Continue Reading

Want to Become a Member of Aldersgate Church?

Membership Classes are Starting Back Up Discover Aldersgate Church by becoming a member. Anyone wishing to become a new member to Aldersgate Church, contact the church office. Classes will likely be held on Wednesday nights.

2022 Church Conference

Mark Your Calendars for Church Conference The 2022 Annual Church Conference will be a Charge Conference on December 12, starting at 6:30 PM at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Dallastown. The United Methodist Churches participating will be Longstown, Spry, Bethlehem (Dallastown), Aldersgate, Christ Jacobus and Violet Hill. The time will feature a combined worship time… Continue Reading

Finance Update: November 2022

An Update from the Aldersgate Finance Team I hope every one is enjoying fall! As I am typing this, I am sitting outside watching the leaves fall on a bright sunny day. My heart is filled with gratefulness for God’s creation. There have been several questions recently on the expense side and I wanted to… Continue Reading

The Weary World Rejoices - Advent Season is Coming!

Advent Season is Quickly Approaching Advent is coming soon, which means we are preparing to celebrate the birth of our Savior! This season we will be uncovering the joy found in the true meaning of Christmas. The events surrounding the birth of Jesus illuminate the Bible’s message of salvation in the promised Messiah. There is… Continue Reading

Senior Ministry: October 2022

Oh! The brilliance of the changing colors of the leaves – the reds, the oranges, the yellows, and the golds! What a reminder of God’s beautiful creation for our pleasure to enjoy. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus Not only is fall a time of change…change in temperatures,… Continue Reading

Grow in Grace Bible Study

Attention Women of Aldersgate Church Please join Grow in Grace as we finish the book “12 Women of the Bible” during October. You did not need to participate in the study last Spring to join in on this study! Every week for this study, there is a DVD and a different woman discussed. Each study… Continue Reading

The Lord's Prayer

Taking a Look at the Most Well-Known Prayer of All Times and Worldwide We all recognize that it is the most well-known prayer of all times and world-wide. But it is more that. It is an important part of the foundation of our Christian faith, an anchor and refuge. We use it to begin prayers,… Continue Reading

Operation Christmas Child 2022

A New Beginning for Genesis In the mountains of Ecuador, 8-year-old Génesis was invited to an Operation Christmas Child outreach event by her cousin. There she heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ clearly presented and was surprised with her first gift ever—a shoebox filled with a stuffed animal, doll, and her favorite toys. Even “the… Continue Reading

2022 Aldersgate Church Christmas Craft Show

November 12th – Mark Your Calendar! Aldersgate’s Christmas Craft & Gift Show is bigger and better than ever with more than 35 vendors, including lots of new vendors along with your favorite returning vendors! Homemade soups and sandwiches, along with delish baked goods will be available for takeout. Get ready for some awesome vendors that… Continue Reading

Introducing Church Center

A small technological step for man, a Giant leap forward for Aldersgate Church We are very excited to announce a new way to interact with Aldersgate Church and each other. On October 1, 2022 we are switching to Planning Center as our church management software. One of the most exciting features of Planning Center is… Continue Reading

Conviction & Compassion - New Series Starting October 23rd

Conviction and Compassion | A Series on 1 Corinthians October 23rd – November 20th In a pressurized, polarized society, the Church is called to be part of the solution through conviction and compassion. We are not defined by the boxes this world creates, nor are we called to place one another into categories. The divisions… Continue Reading

Mission Central Monster Mash and Dash – October 2022

A Virtual Fundraiser for Mission Central This fundraiser for Mission Central is being held virtually this year and Dave and Jean Norris will be participating. They hope to complete the 5k at Assateague National Seashore. Would you please consider sponsoring them? Any amount will help Mission Central. Please put your sponsorship in their church mailbox… Continue Reading

Membership Musings October 2022

Catching You Up on the Life of the Church I just have to say that if you missed September 11th with the combined worship with the Blessed Generation Church followed by our church “picnic”, you REALLY missed an amazing time of worship, inspiring messages, too much good food and great fellowship! Kudos to all those… Continue Reading

UMC Informational Meetings

UMC Informational Meetings Please plan to join us for one of the two UMC Informational Meetings. Thursday, October 27th—6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall Tuesday, November 1st—6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall The purpose of the meetings is to share information on the UMC Denomination, discuss our vision/mission/future and see what questions people may have…. Continue Reading

Finance Update: October 2022

An Update from the Finance Committee We ended August with an improvement in our deficit, which dropped from approximately $80,000 to $75,000. August giving was at $52,500, which was below our average for the year of $64,700. While giving was down for the month, our expenses were down even more, allowing for a decrease in… Continue Reading

Aldergate Annual Church Conference 2021

Click here to join the livestream! Click here to download the Church Conference packet. We will be opening the session with worship, prayer, and praises from the past year… then we will get down to church business. It is important to note that members must be present in-person to vote. The livestream is for people… Continue Reading

The 40(0) Days of Lent

In our typical church calendar, the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and continues through the 40 days before Easter. Many Christians recognize Lent as the time of year when you give something up. Little did we know in February of 2020 that Lent would not come to an end when we reached Easter…. Continue Reading

One Church: Online Worship

Co-written by Pastor Austin and Matt Fahnestock At Aldersgate Church, our goal is to design Sunday morning worship services that will help us to see God revealed in the world, in each other, and in our own lives – compelling us to respond to God in the world, and to each other, with our lives…. Continue Reading

Oh Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! Oh Give Thanks by Wendell Kimbrough (cover) – Shared by Matt Fahnestock (Worship Arts Coordinator)

Sounds of the Sanctuary: Part II

Lift Your Spirits with David Jones Isn’t it incredible just how much you miss hearing the sounds of a beautiful piano filling the sanctuary? We agree. This week we brought in David Jones, pianist at Aldersgate Church and set him up in the Sanctuary to record a few special tracks for you to enjoy and… Continue Reading

Help Spread the Word... Not the Virus!

Aldersgate Church has accepted the challenge to rethink and redesign how we, as a church, worship and connect during this pandemic. As a result, WE ARE NOW MORE ACTIVE ONLINE THAN EVER BEFORE! (We need your help to spread the word.) The use of technology has equipped us to make the best of our circumstances… Continue Reading

A Family in Lockdown

40 days, 40 nights in the Ark, Noah’s family was confined in a boat. There were no windows, no balcony view, no terraces, no internet, no phone, no YouTube, Facebook or Netflix. They only heard the rain. They spent their time waiting, praying, loving each other, and caring for the animals. God the Father took… Continue Reading

Sight and Sound Streaming JESUS Easter Weekend Only

Streaming Free-Easter Weekend Only We are thrilled to share that Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA (and Branson, MO) will be streaming their production “JESUS” for FREE in celebration of Easter! For three days only, experience the greatest rescue story of all time as it comes to life right in your living room. Exclusively… Continue Reading

How Can I Keep from Singing?

These few weeks have been a roller coaster for me, as for everyone else; I’m sure. I keep replaying Friday, March 13th in my head over and over again. In just a few hours everything changed. I was playing theatre games with my 8th graders as normal in the morning, and by the afternoon I… Continue Reading

Stay Tuned... God is in Control!

What a difference a couple of weeks can make! While our world is rapidly changing in unpredictable ways, the God we serve remains unchanged from age-to-age. Praise God! The need for the saving grace and restoration Christ brings to the world continues to grow during this time of uncertainty due to the pandemic. Our vision… Continue Reading

The God in You Sermon Series

It’s hard to believe we are almost halfway through the “God in You” Sermon Series already! As we continue on this journey together hopefully each of us are gaining a clearer understanding and appreciation for the mystery of the Holy Spirit. May we each continue to discover, or rediscover, how releasing the power of the… Continue Reading

State of Our Church

The State of Our Church – 04.01.2020 A special message from Pastor Dale Parker.

Special Blessings Update

The Special Blessings ministry at Aldersgate Church is designed to fit the needs of individuals in York County who have intellectual and/or physical disabilities. This group is inclusive to any age and level of ability. Our mission is to share the love of Jesus to each individual in a way that fits their specific needs…. Continue Reading

Attention College Students

If you find yourselves back in town earlier than you planned due to the Coronavirus, consider joining our virtual Bible Study through Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7PM. Roughly 15 individuals engage in this group and we would enjoy connecting with you too! The Crossover Life Group consists of high school graduates, college students and… Continue Reading

J-Walkers, Keep Informed!

Though we cannot be with each other in person we want to stay connected as a Youth Group and as brothers and sisters in Christ! Current methods being used to help connect us: 1) Instagram (aldersgate_jwalkers) – posting encouraging verses and active challenges to do together 2) Remind App – text “@j-walkers” to “81010” 3)… Continue Reading


What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath—the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And when your… Continue Reading

Sounds of the Sanctuary

Lift Your Spirits with David Jones Isn’t it incredible just how much you miss hearing the sounds of a beautiful piano filling the sanctuary? We agree. This week we brought in David Jones, pianist at Aldersgate Church and set him up in the Sanctuary to record a few special tracks for you to enjoy and… Continue Reading

State of the Church

The State of Our Church – 03.25.2020 A special message from Pastor Dale Parker.

Hope Harrison of Mission Central

How We’re Helping Mission Central Aldersgate Church has a special message from Hope Harrison of Mission Central. This year, Aldersgate will be giving our Lenten Offering to Hope Central. Please keep an eye out in the mail in coming days to assist in support Mission Central! Take a look how the spirit is moving at… Continue Reading

State of Our Church

The State of Our Church – 03.18.2020 A special message from Pastor Dale Parker.

March 2020 Membership Musings

Welcome to the Month of March! Welcome to the month of March! Though it certainly has not been much of a winter, I’d venture to say most of us are looking towards springtime and more sunshine! The church season of Lent has begun as we each look inward at our response to the sacrifice God… Continue Reading

Senior Friends, March 2020

Be Still Quiet time to learn about God requires discipline. Even as older adults we often find ourselves with many things to occupy our days. It’s easy to put our time with God on the back burner. Yet these quiet times–reading scripture and praying–are like water on a sponge. They fill us and expand our… Continue Reading

Children's Ministry Update, March 2020

The Lord is doing great things here at Aldersgate, especially within The Amazing Adventures! With this past weekend being my first Sunday experiencing Hoppy Time and The Amazing Adventures, I was overjoyed to see the children actively engaged in fun activities, interactive games, intentional crafts, inspiring lessons, and receiving strong Biblical teaching. The dedication The… Continue Reading

Easter Baskets for the Homebound

We Need Your Help! It is our tradition to fill colorful Easter Baskets with treats and useful items for our homebound members each year. We invite you to join us by donating some large baskets, toiletries, small books, snacks, wrapped candies, note cards, seasonal figures, and other items you personally would find useful. Please be… Continue Reading

March is Coming in with a "Roar" at the Preschool

March will be coming in with a “roar” at the preschool as we start the month learning about dinosaurs. The children will take on the role of a paleontologist as they dig their way through fun activities, art and stories related to these fascinating prehistoric creatures. We are then hoping that the month will go… Continue Reading

Aldersgate J-Walkers

Is God calling you to go into the wild places with him? Is God calling you to go into the wild places with him? Into a place where his love runs deep and his grace is free, where he sees you, speaks to you and holds you close, where he fully knows you and fully… Continue Reading

Welcome Aboard, Brittany Brubaker

Brittany Brubaker, Children’s Ministry Coordinator I am very excited to join the staff at Aldersgate Church fulfilling the role as accounts payable and overseeing the needs within the facility. Prior to coming to Aldersgate, I was employed by Clark Service Group, a commercial kitchen equipment service company, where I was responsible for – and thoroughly… Continue Reading

Welcome Aboard, Ashlynn Corrigan

Ashlynn Corrigan, Children’s Ministry Coordinator- Hello, Aldersgate! I am so excited to be apart of this church family and to be stepping into the role of the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. I grew up in Baltimore, MD and then moved to York, PA when I was ten. My family became active church members at Grace Fellowship… Continue Reading

Prayer Model

I think prayer is greatly underrated by many of us. I also think most people think prayer is about getting what we want—that God is some kind of cosmic Santa Claus. God gave us the gift of prayer not so that He can “find out” what’s going on with us—He already knows. He gave us… Continue Reading

Pray for one another

Prayer James 5:16 ESV Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Galatians 6:2 ESV Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. These two verses along with many others… Continue Reading

A Flyer Must Fly, and a Catcher Must Catch

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers in the Body of Christ, This story is from Henri Nouwen, writing about life, death, and Eternal Life. He says “All true care for the dying person brings new awareness of the bonds that create a community of love.” How can his words about serving the dying give illumination and… Continue Reading

Aldersgate Church is Returning to Her Roots

This is the Year of The Lord! As the founder of our church, John Wesley, experienced the awaking of the Holy Spirit later in his life, so are the people of Aldersgate. As John Wesley was empowered with unbelievable passion to share the truth and love of Jesus, so are the people of Aldersgate. As… Continue Reading

2020 - The Year of the Lord

This is the Year of Our Lord Before becoming the pastor of Aldersgate Church, God clearly revealed to me two Scripture passages to describe His response to those people who have been praying for a new season: Isaiah 40 and II Corinthians 6:2. After endless hours of being in the ‘Holy of Holies’, seeking God’s… Continue Reading

Membership Musings

Membership Musings – November/December 2019 It’s good to be back! Aldersgate is a busy place these days and we are thrilled with your enthusiasm for all that is happening! Your participation in events, your helping hands, your positive energy; all are appreciated as we move forward with God’s direction and for His glory! The hands-on… Continue Reading

Helping Bell Shelter for Christmas

Helping Bell Shelter YOU have the opportunity to make Christmas a little brighter for FAMILIES in the Bell Shelter Bridge Program! Aldersgate will have trees up by November 30th with paper “Bells” bearing the name of a child or adult who is currently in the Bridge Program, with their “wish” for Christmas. With YOUR help… Continue Reading

Casserole Ministry - Would you like to help once a month?

Would you like to help once a month? Our Daily Bread and Life Path Ministries are both the recipients of the Casserole Ministry. Each month, volunteers make casseroles at home using one of four rotating recipes provided: Zippy Beef, Hash Brown Casserole, Meat/Potato Pie and Chicken Pot Pie. Each cook provides the ingredients and Our… Continue Reading

Living in Gratitude Campaign

Living in Gratitude Campaign As your pastor, I want everyone to discover a lifestyle that changes everything. It will change you, your family, and your church. Along with receiving information in the mail, I will teach on the Biblical treasure principle on the weekend of November 10th and 17th. A Response Card will be provided… Continue Reading

From the Desk of Austin White

Hello, Aldersgate! I was raised in Halifax, PA, where there is more corn than people. After encountering a loving God in my Youth Group, I realized He was calling me to serve His Church, so I slowly began to embrace my call to pastoral ministry. This past May, I graduated from Messiah College with a… Continue Reading

Meet Dave Abel

Dave Abel – Facility Manager I and my wife, Melissa, are no strangers to the York area as we both grew up minutes from Aldersgate Church in the Mt. Rose Avenue area of Spring Garden Township and graduated from York Suburban High School. I enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving tours of duty… Continue Reading

Meet Miranda Moland

Mirand Moland – Youth, Young Adult and Special Blessings Coordinator I grew up in Bowie, Maryland with my dad, mom and brother. I went to school at Annapolis Area Christian School in Annapolis, Maryland where my favorite activities were painting in Art class, and playing volleyball and softball. Growing up I was always involved in… Continue Reading

Meet Vanessa Trauger

Vanessa Trauger – Our Contemporary Worship Leader Hello Aldersgate Family! I am beyond excited to serve as your Contemporary Worship Leader. One year ago, as I entered my senior year of college, I never imagined myself returning home and being called back to lead and teach at the places where I’ve lived most of my… Continue Reading

"Shofar" So Good

Trumpet Sounds of Praise! There are SO many exciting things happening in the life of Aldersgate Church. Make sure you are getting involved! — Over 20 people participating in the NEW Christianity Explored Class… Sincere people who are intentionally seeking to embark on a new journey, or renew our journey, with Jesus are being encouraged… Continue Reading

Congretional Care Opportunities

Be Blessed as You Bless HOMEBOUND and NURSING HOME VISITATION: Spend time with a SAINT! 2-5 hours a month (YOUR CALL! ) listening, talking, sharing, laughing, just being PRESENT! SHARING COMMUNION with those no longer able to attend church: Simple and profoundly meaningful! 1-3 hours on the first Sunday or Monday of EVEN months (six… Continue Reading

The Glory Days are Coming Back

Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ – Grace, peace, and joy to you from God has anointed Aldersgate Church to advance the Gospel beyond our greatest imagination. One night I was awakened by God to read Isaiah 40. Immediately, my heart became strangely warm as it was clear to me that God was identifying my… Continue Reading

Thank You, Aldersgate!

Thank You, Aldersgate Church! On September 14th, nine Aldersgate Volunteers gave their time and energy at Mission Central to be God’s hands and feet in mission. Some sorted medical supplies to go to local needs or to Project CURE for international needs, some assembled Hygiene Kits and others assembled Cleaning Buckets for disaster response. Thank… Continue Reading

New Worship Schedule at Aldersgate Church

New Worship Schedule Beginning on September 7th and 8th Saturday Night Acoustic Worship Service: 6PM in the Gathering Place. Child Care Provided. Sunday Worship and Sunday School Schedule: 8AM – 9AM Informal Worship Service in the Sanctuary 9AM – 9:15AM Casual Fellowship Time in The Gathering Place 9:15AM – 10:15AM Contemporary Family Worship Service in… Continue Reading

Introducing Austin White

Meet Austin White Meet the newest addition to our staff, Austin White, assisting Pastor. It brings such joy to my soul knowing that I will join you all at Aldersgate soon! September 1st could not come soon enough! I look forward to getting to know you, hearing your stories, ministering with you, and worshiping alongside… Continue Reading

Barbara A. Gable Scholarship Recipients - 2019

We are blessed as a congregation to have so many spirit filled youth in our membership. We thank our Youth Leaders and the congregation for the support they provide for these young Christian servants. This year we were very encouraged with amount of applicants we had apply for this Scholarship and thank each of them… Continue Reading

Aldersgate Leadership Workshop

Leadership Workshop is aimed at giving leaders, or those who would like to lead, new skills or a fresh new look at helping them develop their behaviors from being an individual contributor to a leader of people. As a leader, success is dependent on the success of the people you’re leading. It’s quite a shift… Continue Reading

VIM Team Leader Training

Volunteer In Missions Training prepares you to lead a UMVIM Team locally, nationally, or globally. Topics covered include: Best Practices, Cultural Awareness, Health and Safety, Team Orientations, Useful Forms, and Fundraising. There is always room to become better missionaries and servants. This Training is open to all whether you have lead teams already or have… Continue Reading

Singing Men O’Aldersgate!

We want to have a male ensemble lead worship on August 18th with Lee Derk on the piano and David Jones leading. Rehearsals will be at 7pm on Wednesday, August 7th and 14th. All Men and male youth of the Church are welcome to come and sing. All you need is the ability to open… Continue Reading

The Aldersgate Beatitudes

Aldersgate Beatitudes Church is not a country club where when you become a member you are entitled to selfish benefits and first class opinions Come to Aldersgate where free grace is given specially to the poor and broken hearted Church is not a fashion show where you flaunt your pious success and knowledge Come to… Continue Reading

Commission on a Way Forward

Some of you may have heard that there are major divisions within The United Methodist Church. These divisions stem from different approaches to homosexuality. Some United Methodists favor gay marriage; others oppose it. Some favor the ordination of “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals”, others oppose it. In response to these strong tensions that threaten to divide our… Continue Reading

Older Adults

Where Did You See God Today? It’s Advent. We’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of the baby Jesus—God in the flesh. But the Bible tells us that God has always been here. In a Disciple Study our leader would ask us, “Where did you see God this as the time passed, we all became more aware… Continue Reading

Climate Care: December 2018 Update

How to Recycle Paper in York County Wonderful Wednesdays “Climate Care/Climate Justice” study considered a number of topics related to climate change and to how we, individually and corporately (i.e. as a congregation), can fight it. One of the sessions was on “Recycling” because of the recent changes in the rules we must follow if… Continue Reading

Women in Mission: December 2018 Update

Our Christmas Gift and Craft Show on November 10th was an amazing success with wonderful vendors, and an abundance of visitors and shoppers! We thank all who supported our Bake Sale by your donations and purchases, as well as your purchases of soup and sandwiches. We’ll report next month just how much was raised for… Continue Reading

December 2018 Membership Musings

Membership Musings The Advent Season is upon us, it’s that time in the church year that we anticipate the coming of the Infant Jesus—God’s perfect gift of love to His imperfect world. For far too many days and weeks before Christmas, far too many of us focus on all that we must do, all that… Continue Reading

Barbara A. Gable Memorial Youth Scholarship

Attention All 2019 Aldersgate High School Seniors and Aldersgate Students Currently Enrolled in an Institution of Higher Learning The Barbara A. Gable Memorial Youth Scholarship, a part of the Aldersgate Endowment Fund, is awarded annually to Aldersgate members of our congregation who have been active participants in our youth program and/or the activities of our… Continue Reading

We're Going Orange

The Children’s Ministry of Aldersgate Church is so excited to be going ORANGE! What does that mean? When Red (the unconditional Love of the Home) is combined with Yellow (The Light of the Church), you get ORANGE. Two combined influences are always stronger than two separate influences. This strategy focuses on the Family and Home…. Continue Reading