Hampden United Methodist Church is a tight-knit community, which meets for worship on Sundays at 10am. The congregation is celebrating its 150th year of ministry. It’s amazing what God can do with a few hundred (or just a few) faithful people.
With volunteers from all over the neighborhood, Hampden hosts a weekly food pantry on Wednesday mornings, 9am-12pm, to help feed hungry families. In the months of July and August, the hours of the pantry span 9am-11am.
Families at Hampden
Babies and their strollers are welcome in the Sanctuary.
Our restroom is equipped with a baby changing station.
Our infants playroom is located next to the children’s Sunday school room downstairs.
Children are welcome to join the children’s Sunday school group downstairs or to stay with their families during worship.
Fun Things to Do with Your Child in Worship
- Imagine that a stained glass window could come alive: What would the figure say? How would the person in the image move?
- Take turns describing a detail from an object on the altar aloud while the other’s eyes are closed. When eyes are opened, can the object described be found?
- Pretend you’re a team of detectives. Find a decorative wood carving or stained glass depiction around the Sanctuary. Examine the visual clues to determine what it might signify, when it might have been made, when it would be used in worship during the church year, and what it reminds us of God’s unending love and grace. Like any good sleuths, you’ll need to make guesses based on evidence and intuition.
- For the very young: Find simple shapes, favorite colors (name everything blue you see in the Sanctuary and everything red in the Chancel), or symbols in the wood carvings and stained glass.
Children might enjoy worship more if they focus on just one act of worship, like communion on the first Sunday of the month, or baptism on special occasions, or sharing God’s peace at the beginning of every service. Visiting for half an hour may be enough time for your child. And worship usually lasts less than an hour on most Sundays. Remember, you can always come back.
Rev. James McSavaney serves as the Pastor of Hampden United Methodist Church as well as the Associate Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church. He earned a BA from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a M. Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment, he acted as the interim director of Christian education for Calvary UMC in Annapolis. There he worked with children and youth and helped to coordinate church-wide seasonal events of service and fellowship. His wife, Amy Royce, is a Commissioner’s Special Assistant in the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, DC. Amy and James met in an intentional community in Philadelphia, learning about the local church’s role in community development and renewal. They’re the proud parents of a wonderful baby boy, Walker. They all live in the Hampden neighborhood of the city and enjoy exploring Baltimore’s parks, art galleries, and festivals.