We invite you to worship with us on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., visit our Food Pantry and Thrift Store on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 a.m., and join us for monthly Family Nights and other special events throughout the year!
Weekly Worship Service
Our weekly worship service is from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We begin with everyone together in the sanctuary. Following a short children’s sermon the children are dismissed to Sunday School (children are always welcome to remain in the main service as well). A typical Sunday morning service consists of a selection from our choir, Scripture readings, prayer, and a short sermon. Our worship service is traditional, with a few choruses and contemporary songs mixed in. Children and adults are all together for worship on Communion Sundays, the first Sunday of the month.
Monthly Family Fun Nights
Bring your friends and family for our Family Fun Nights, one Sunday evening/month at 5pm. From wild to wacky to serious, there’s something for everyone!
Food Pantry and Thrift Store
With volunteers from all over the neighborhood, Hampden UMC hosts a weekly food pantry on Wednesday mornings from 9am-11am to help feed hungry families. We also invite you to visit our Thrift Store Wednesday mornings during Food Pantry hours.
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.
Pastor Galen Zook serves as the Pastor of Hampden United Methodist Church, in addition to serving as the Area Director for an interdenominational college campus ministry in Baltimore. Galen previously served for 10 years as a college campus minister. Galen’s wife Eboni is the Program Director for Code in the Schools, a nonprofit that provides computer science instruction to children in Baltimore City. Galen and Eboni have three beautiful daughters. As a family they love exploring various neighborhoods in Baltimore, visiting local museums and restaurants, and bicycling, scootering and running in local parks.