Green Creek Bethel United Methodist Church is a place for people of all ages and experiences. Some have grown up in the United Methodist Church, some come from other denominations, and some are part of a church family for the first time. Our members’ views range from conservative to liberal, politically and theologically. All are treated with mutual respect. We believe that judging people is God’s job, our job is simply to love them. While our primary gathering time is 9:00 am on Sunday mornings, our doors are open throughout the week for Bible studies, support groups, meals, service projects, activities just for the fun of it and more. Our worship style is traditional, but very casual. While some of the people like to dress up for church, many wear jeans or shorts. We serve our community and beyond through our food pantry, the Our Part Program, which provides weekend meals to local school children identified as having this need, and financial support of other community, national and international agencies. If you are looking for a place where you can be yourself, grow in your faith, help make the world a better place and make meaningful friendships, we invite you to become part of the Green Creek Bethel family.

Meet Our Pastor– Gerri Ridings was licensed as a Local Pastor in 2009, and has served several churches in Cape May County, including here at Green Creek Bethel from 2010 until 2019, when she was re-appointed to a church in another part of the state. In 2021, she requested to be moved back home to Cape May County and was trilled to be once again assigned to Green Creek Bethel. She and her husband Chris have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. They reside in Dias Creek with Ralphie, a Boston terrier. In her spare time, Pastor Gerri enjoys reading, gardening, baking, listening to music and spending time outdoors enjoying God’s creation.

Advent & Christmas Events

Blue Christmas- December 22 at 7:00 pm.

This service is not like any other Christmas event; there is none of the exuberance or excitement we usually associate with the holiday. Instead, it is a time of restful quiet, designed to bring peace to the hearts of attendees. There are several reasons you may wish to be part of this experience.

You may be feeling loss at this time of year, the loss of relationship through death, divorce, disagreement or addiction is often acutely felt at this time of year, and it doesn’t matter how long ago the loss occurred, the pain is still real.

You may be feeling alone or lonely. The world paints this picture of loving families gathered together around the holiday table, but sometimes that’s not our reality. Children grow up and move away, jobs prevent us from spending time with loved ones. It’s enough to make anyone blue.

You may be worn out from trying to create the “Perfect Christmas”. Retailers and others present this idea to us that Christmas has to be exactly right or it is ruined. As a result, many of us exhaust our bodies and our wallets trying to make the holiday happen. Sometimes we need to step away and consider what, or more accurately who we are celebrating.

You (or your child) might have sensory issues. All the glitz and glitter might be overwhelming and you need a place to slow it all down.

Or maybe you just want to show support for those in your family, congregation or community who have the Christmas Blues.

No matter what your reasons for coming, you are welcome to join us for this time of quiet worship and reflection. You may participate as much or as little as you as you wish. This is a safe place to bring your fears, doubts, sorrows and even tears.

Following worship, our Pastor will be available to talk and pray with you if you wish. Light refreshments will be served. 

This service will also be livestreamed on Facebook and recorded for later viewing. 

Christmas Eve at the Creek – Dec. 24 at 7:00 pm

Bring your whole crew to church on Christmas Eve for our annual Candlelight Worship Service. There will be something for everyone: beautiful music by our organist, Julia Sangillo, a great participatory story for the youngsters (and young-at-heart), the Christmas Story from the Bible and a special message from Pastor Gerri. We will end the evening by passing the light of Christ and singing Silent Night. If you are unable to attend, this worship service will be livestreamed on Facebook and recorded for future viewing.

Breakfast Church on Christmas Morning- December 25 at 9:00 am

Since Christmas is on a Sunday this year, we will have worship, but instead of our sanctuary, it will take place in the social hall where the Ridings family will prepare breakfast. (Gluten-free, sugar-free and vegetarian options will be available). As we finish our meal, we will have a time of prayer, Carol singing, scripture reading and a short reflection.  This will be a very causal time, you are welcome to wear your pajamas and kids may bring a new toy (a quiet one, please) if they wish.  We know that some of you will be opting to spend time with family that morning, so we do ask, if possible, that you let us know if you will be attending in advance. We want to have enough food without being wasteful. If plans change at the last minute, of course you are welcome to join us or to bring others with you without reservations. Please note: This worship service will not be live streamed.