Join us for In-Person Worship or on Zoom

We hold hybrid worship services (in-person and on Zoom) each Sunday at 10 am eastern time and we welcome you to join us. If you would like to join on Zoom, complete the contact form below and we’ll send you the link. Our services are recorded each week. Read more about worship and watch a video of a previous service below.

Click here to request the Zoom meeting link information.

Protocols for our in-person gatherings

In order to protect those that are vulnerable the following protocols are observed for masking for in-worship.

  • You are asked to stay home and worship with us on Zoom if you are not feeling well.
  • As long as Centre County is in the Low Community level for COVID-19, masks are recommended but not required for attendance in church. We’ll update the status in our bulletin each Sunday.
  • We continue to welcome those on Zoom who are unable to attend in person
    Click here to request the Zoom meeting link information.


Our services usually last about an hour. One unexpected blessed during this time of remote worship is to be able to have friends and family from across the state, country, and the world, join us for our worship. We regularly have worshipers joining us from Lancaster, Illinois, North Carolina, Arizona, California, South Africa, Ghanna, and the Democratic Reublic of Congo. We hope to keep our in-person worship vibrant and inclusive, using some meaningful components we’ve picked up during our time on Zoom.

We invite you to join us as well! You don’t have to be a member and you are always welcome whenever you can come. To request the Zoom meeting link, click here. You’re welcome to show up in-person or on Zoom in whatever clothing style is comfortable for you. We encourage you to have your video on with Zoom, but if you prefer to be off-camera that’s fine as well. We’re pretty casual.

What’s Worship Like?

Worship is an integral part of the life of University Mennonite Church-a time set aside to meet with God both individually and as a community. A lay worship leader plans and participates in each Sunday’s worship service and works with our worship coordinator, Ben Wideman to create a rich worship experience with music, videos, and live interactions. Volunteers help with leading children’s time, reading scripture, or maybe sharing their voice in other ways. You can view our church worship bulletins here.

Prelude Video

The prelude video includes pictures and videos of how those in the UMC family spent the last week and is accompanied by music. You can be part of the prelude by emailing your pictures and videos to our worship coordinator, Ben Wideman at

Lighting the Peace Lamp

Near the beginning of each service, the worship leader lights a lamp or candle and offers a prayer for peace in our community and the world.

Offering and Prayer

We believe that all things come from God and we see ourselves as stewards of these resources. We encourage all to continue to support the church as you can. Click here to see how to donate to the church.

Children’s time

We value the children in our congregation and take time during each Sunday morning service for a special time for children.

Hearing the Word – Scriptures and Sermon

Each Sunday we have a scripture reading. The sermon is preached by our pastor Kate, or by guest speakers from within the congregation, the local community, or the broader faith community. Sometimes the sermons are live and occasionally they have been previously recorded, or may be by a Zoom participant. You can view text of many of pastor Kate’s sermons HERE.

Music and Singing

Music and singing has always been an integral part of our worship. We also incorporate special instrumental and recorded music into our worship. Voices together is the new Mennonite Church hymnal and our primary worship song book. We also have three other song books that we may use from time-to-time. 

Hymnals used in worship

Voices Together (VT), Hymnal Worship Book, (HWB) Sing the Story (STS), Sing the Journey (STJ)

Sharing joys and concerns/prayer

As a community of faith, we believe it’s important to share our lives with one another. During this open time of sharing, anyone in the congregation is invited to stand and share a joy, testimony, concern, or prayer request. Ushers will provide a handheld microphone for sharing so that all may hear. Those joining us on Zoom are also welcome to unmute themselves and share (when you share those in the sanctuary will see and hear you on Zoom). After sharing, our pastor or one of our elders offers a prayer. Note: To protect privacy, the sharing time is removed from recordings publicly shared on our web site and on YouTube.

Introduction of visitors and recognition of birthdays and anniversaries

We are always happy to have visitors worshiping with us. During the time for introductions, if you are comfortable, we invite you to stand up and use a microphone to let us know who your name and where you’re from. We also enjoy recognizing and celebrating special days, so if you or someone you know is having a birthday or anniversary, let us know.


The worship leader or pastor usually ends our worship time with a prayer or blessings. Sometimes we sing a closing song for our benediction.

After worship coffee time and fellowship time

Stick around and enjoy a cup of fair-trade coffee in our foyer. Take some time to visit with old friends and make new ones.