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Atonement Methodist Church

Methodist Church Revival
April 12th at 6:00 p.m.  at Cornerstone UMC
April 13th at 6:00 p.m. at Mt. Salem UMC
April 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Atonement UMC with Bishop Peggy Johnson

 John Hornberger, Lead Pastor

John Hornberger, Lead 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.

Sunday worship services

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Nursery is available
9:00 a.m.  Traditional Service
9:00/10:15/11:00 a.m. Lil Kidmo Sunday School (ages 3-5)
10:15 & 11:00 a.m. KIDMO Sunday School (grades K-6th)
10:15 a.m.  Sermon Feedback
10:15 a.m.  Bell Choir Rehearsal
11:00 a.m.  Contemporary Service  

Church Calendar  April 2018


Live Streaming Broadcast of Worship Services



Maria Bezilla, Director of Music

Len Speed, "The Branch" Worship

Karen DeJong, Christian Education Director

Brenda Anderson, SURGE Youth Director

Geraldine Figueroa, Nursery Coordinator
Jennifer Schiffmacher, Nursery Coordinator


Discipleship Bible Study Class Part 1 every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. starting on September 17th

Discipleship bible Study Class Part 2 every Tuesday at 1:00 starting on September 19th.

Grief Share meets every Thursday until Feb. 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Youth Room

Men's Group with Pastor John meets at 7:30 a.m. every Saturday

Weekly Wednesday Bible study with Pastor John at 12:15 & 7:15

Wednesday Worship service at Ivy Gables on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.

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

Bible Study at Forwood Manor on Thursday at 1:30 in the Mini Lounge with Pastor John

Sanctuary Choir meets on Thursday at 7:30 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.

Heavenly Perks with a live band 3rd Saturday of the month at 7;00 p.m.

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Congratulations to Mary Ryan on her Lay Leader award presented by our Wilmington District.  The ceremony was held on March 5 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church.

 On August 15th, Atonement Methodist Church was presented with a plaque from The Claymont Historical Society recognizing our 150th anniversary last November.  We would like to thank Dave and Carol Brady for the presentation to Atonement.

On August 15th, Atonement Methodist Church was presented with a plaque from The Claymont Historical Society recognizing our 150th anniversary last November.  We would like to thank Dave and Carol Brady for the presentation to Atonement.


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, Campus Pastor  Hope Community Church

Amy Peters, Campus Pastor

Hope Community Church

Laurelyn Auer
Admin. Assistant