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Atonement Methodist Church

Derrick Porter, Senior Pastor

Derrick Porter, Senior Pastor

               Lynn Peters, Admin. Assistant

3519 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, Delaware 19703

Handicapped accessible
Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

HOPE Community Church 4:30


8:30 am - 12:30 pm  Nursery is available
9:00 a.m.  Traditional Service

10:15 am Sermon Feed Back

11:00 am Lil Kidmo Sunday School
(ages 3-5) in Nursery
                   Except in Summer months

11:00 am KIDMO Sunday School
(grades K-6th)
Except in Summer months
11:00 am  Contemporary Service  

Church Calendar  October 2019


Live Streaming Broadcast of Worship Services



Maria Bezilla, Director of Music

Len Speed, "The Branch" Worship

Vicky Packard and Cathy Morris, Christian Education Director

Lynn Peters, SURGE Youth Director

Krista Anthony - Nursery Coordinator


1st Sunday of the month Prayer and Healing Service at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday night Bible Study at 7:00 p.m.

Sanctuary Choir meets on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

SURGE Youth Group meets on Fridays at 7:00 p.m.  (Grades 6th - 12th)

AARP meets 2nd Thursday at 1:00 p.m.


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Congratulations to Brenda Anderson on her Youth Director award presented by our Wilmington District.  The ceremony was held on March 18 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church.


History of Atonement Methodist Church

Atonement United Methodist Church was organized sometime between 1864 and 1866 and included a Sunday School.  Congregants met in rooms over Frank Ford's store opposite what was once Naaman's Tea House.  The first church building was erected on its present site in 1866 thanks to the generosity of Thomas Kimber, Jr.

Growth was slow in the early years and it was not until World War I that expansion began.  In 1927 an educational building was constructed to the south of the Sanctuary.  In the 1940's the Sanctuary was enlarged, our beautiful stained glass windows installed, the front of the building remodeled and Epworth Chapel erected.  The present educational building was completed in 1960.  A different kind of expansion occurred in 2013 with the establishment of our sister church, Hope Community Church at the nearby Montessori School.

Atonement has undergone many repairs, renovations and innovations in the past fifty years in an effort to maintain the building's integrity, keep pace with the changing times and meet the needs of our community.  Our real growth, however has not been one of bricks and mortar but rather the extent to which we have fulfilled a vision begun 150 years connect with the Claymont Community and beyond.  Atonement has worked diligently to meet that commitment.  Locally, we maintain a food closet, provide meals to Emmanuel Dining Room and Urban Promise, sponsor a youth group for neighborhood teens and have built close ties to the Knollwood Community through our continuous provision of outreach activities.  In addition to hosting two outside church, AA and NA meetings and various outside organizations, we consistently seek our ways to invite the community in.  Through the United States we help support 30 outreach initiatives, as well as 12 international ministries.  We are honored to be able to spread the word of the Lord to audiences across our nation and abroad to 50 countries each Sunday through our Live Streaming Initiative.  Like those who came before us, we remain vigilant in our quest to connect to the Claymont Community and beyond Christ.


We all have busy lives and need to remember to pray everyday.  Why not plan everyday, you can even set your alarm on your cellphone, and pray at noon.  Most people take lunch at noon.  You are invited to join many christians around the world to pray, “The Lord’s Prayer” together and ask for God’s will to be done here on earth at noon everyday no matter where you are in the the world.  How pleased would the Lord be if millions of people praying His prayer from their heart everyday at noon.


You are sitting at home, at work, or traveling in your car and you hear or see emergency vehicles speeding by you.  Take the time to pray for their safety as they travel to where they are needed and for those who need their help.



               Amy Peters, Associate Pastor
HOPE Community Church Campus Pastor

Jessie Thompson, Admin. Assistant