While this pandemic persists, we are practicing social distancing as a spiritual discipline that demonstrates our love of neighbor.
Instead of gathering in the sanctuary, I want to invite you to worship from a distance via Youtube or Facebook on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
It is important for us to continue praying, singing, reading Scripture, engaging with a sermon and giving generously through online giving to support the ministries of our church because we want to continue inspiring each other to make a positive impact on the world as followers of Jesus Christ while we protect each from sickness.
As The Church of the Open Door, it is a time for us to open the door so wide that people can be a part of our ministries from a distance. I will continue to work with the Health Department and church leaders so that we can resume worship in the sanctuary after Christmas. Until then, may we maintain a non-anxious presence as we take preventative measures, pray for those who are suffering worldwide as well as their caretakers, and creatively find new ways to be in ministry through small groups and mission.
With love in Christ,
The Youth Ministry program at Denville Community Church has been developed as a support to our young adults in their faith journey, while encouraging them to be exactly the person the Lord created them to be.
Has God blessed you with creative hands? Can you knit or crochet even the simplest stitch? Come join us as we knit/crochet prayer shawls! Use the gifts and talents that God has blessed you with to bless someone who needs to feel God’s love!
"United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church."
Our invitation is open to all who wish to experience a sense of belonging within a nurturing environment inspired by Christian-centered values and objectives. As you worship with us, may you sense the Presence of God and the warmth of a welcoming congregation.
Our purpose at Denville Community Church is to be an enthusiastic community of God’s love in action. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ, we seek to share this love in response to human needs, hurts and hopes.
In response to our global United Methodist denomination’s historical and current marginalization of people who are gay, most recently in 2019 with General Conference’s decision to withhold from them marriage and ordination rights,
We, Denville Community Church, affirm our historical identity of being an inclusive Christian community known as “The Church of the Open Door.” We covenant to welcome, value, listen and seek to understand the LGBTQ+ community & their families, so all know that they are vital to our church community. We affirm that all may experience full participation in our ministries including, but not limited to, the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, marriage and ordination ceremonies, and funerals. We continue to prayerfully follow the example of Jesus Christ, ministering to all of God’s children.
Rev. Heather Valosin is the third generation of ordained Methodist clergy in her family. Before being appointed to Denville, she served congregations in Towaco, Randolph and Warren, NJ in pastoral roles and two congregations in Summit and Madison, NJ as a youth leader. She also spent five summers serving God at Jumonville Camp and Retreat Center in Hopwood, PA as the song leader, a camp counselor and the Dean of HOPE Camp which specializes in ministry for children affected by the criminal justice and foster care systems. With an undergraduate degree from Drew University in Theatre and Psychology and a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School...READ MORE
Janice McCrostie is a follower of Jesus who has been active in Youth and Child ministries for over 10 years. Throughout her young adult life she worked with The Search for Christian Maturity and the 4th Day Reunion Retreats, helping North Jersey’s Youth and Young adults continue their faith journey. She is empowered and impassioned by the grace and love that Christ offers every human being, in every corner of the world. Janice attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of the Arts and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a Masters in Literature. Currently she is pursuing her Masters in Divinity, with a focus on Social Justice, at Drew Theological School.
Jean Nightingale is the Office Administrator at Denville Community Church and has been a staff member since February, 2013. She will most likely be the voice you hear when you call the office, and the person who will respond to your emails and mail that go to the church. A part-time staff member, Jean is responsible for the day to day operations of the office and our church.
On a personal note, Jean has been a member of Denville Community Church for about 26 years, serving on many committees, small groups and councils. Jean worked as a Product Manager in the Telecom Industry for 33 years and, after her retirement, was a teacher at Denville Community Church Preschool as well as a substitute teacher in the Boonton Township School district. She and her husband, Jim, have 2 daughters who “grew up” attending DCC, enjoying Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Youth Group.
Theresa Ackerman is the Director of our Pre-School at Denville Community Church. Theresa and her husband have been members of DCC since 1993 and she has been the director since 2005. She brings a wealth of experience along with her professional credentials:
M.A., Administration & Supervision from Montclair State University and a B.S., Special Education from Trenton State College. She also has the New Jersey Principal Certification, New Jersey Supervisor Certification and New Jersey Teacher of the Handicapped Certification.
We are very blessed to have such a caring and loving person as part of the staff and community here at our church.
YoungKwang Jun was born and raised in South Korea and moved alone to New Jersey in 2014. YoungKwang has dedicated his life to music ministries since he was 5 starting his piano accompanist career at his childhood church. Young earned a Masters of Arts in Ministry with emphasis in Music and Worship from Drew Theological School. In addition to his current role as Director of Music Ministries here at Denville Community Church, YoungKwang has had the privilege of traveling the country leading worship sessions along with other talented church musicians at United Methodist annual conferences and occasions for several years.
Kim Graceffo has been the youth handchime and choir director at Denville Community Church for the last three years. She tells us she grew up at Denville Church and, more specifically in the choirs – singing, ringing and playing piano during worship. She says it was an important part of her childhood and a large component of what made this church feel like home for her. Kim’s goal now is for the children in her choirs to have that same comfortable feeling and attachment to the community of Denville Community Church.