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Our Mission and Purpose
St. Peter’s mission is to grow disciples of Jesus Christ and to make waves of difference in the world by spreading the story of God’s love and salvation.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we seek to create and nurture enthusiastic ministry, spreading the good news of Jesus Christ; growing deeper in faith as we celebrate in wide open worship, learning and studying together and reaching out to the world with God’s inclusive, all-embracing love. This love makes a difference in us, in our families, in our communities and especially in God’s world.
Meet the St. Peter’s Staff
St. Peter’s has many volunteers and other staff members without whom the church would simply cease to exist.
Sarah Powell Lee, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministry
Elaine Winder, Office Secretary
Terry Lothian, Assistant Pastor
John Gregory Bate, Director of Music/Organist
Mary Mohr, Parish Visitor
Jennifer Bowman, Kitchen & Special Events Coordinator
Phil Young, Facilities Manager
More Bios will be coming soon.
Our Vision for 2020
Looking ahead to the year 2020, a total of 77 members recently took part in a two-day workshop to create a shared vision of future worship at St. Peter’s.
Saint Peter’s Church History
Imagine the energy and vision that enabled several brothers to see a thriving village, a beautiful gathering spot for renewal and relaxation where the barrier islands now called, Ocean City, at the heart of which is a congregation called St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.
In 1879 four Methodist ministers, Ezra B. Lake, James Lake, S. Wesley Lake and William Burrell chose the island as a suitable spot to establish a Christian retreat and camp meeting, on the order of Ocean Grove. They met under a tall cedar tree which stands today at 6th Street and Asbury Avenue. Having chosen the name “Ocean City”, the founders incorporated the “Ocean City Association”, laid out streets and sold lots for cottages, hotels and businesses.
The Tabernacle was built between Wesley and Asbury Avenues and between 5th and 6th Streets. Camp Meetings were held by the following summer. On October 13, 1880 with the presiding elder of the Bridgeton District, the Rev. Charles E. Hill, there was a meeting in the hall of the Ocean City Association for the purpose of forming a church.
It was named the St. Peter’s Methodist Episcopal Church of Ocean City. Later the name was changed to the First Methodist Episcopal Church and at its 100th Anniversary renamed St. Peter’s United Methodist Church of Ocean City.
In October 2005 we celebrated our 125th Anniversary.
Below is a picture of St. Peter’s taken in 1931.
A St. Peter’s Cross is an inverted Latin cross. The origin of this symbol comes from the fact that St. Peter was crucified upside down, as he felt he was unworthy to be crucified in the same manner that Christ died (upright). It is used with two keys, symbolizing the keys of heaven.
Stop By & Visit Us In Ocean City, New Jersey
Centrally located in the downtown shopping area of Ocean City, NJ, St. Peters United Methodist Church sits on the corner of 8th Street and Central Avenue.
Upon entering Ocean City via the Ninth Street Bridge, continue down Ninth Street to Central Avenue, turn left, we are located on the corner of Eighth Street.
On Central Avenue, the lot next to the church, and the lot behind the church.
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Phone: (609) 399-2988