Newtown United Methodist Church

  • For Growing A Youth Ministry At NUMC The Solution Seemed Preordained

    Reverend Mel Kawakami said the path followed by a college student who is currently serving as the new youth leader for Newtown United Methodist Church was an act of faith.

    The senior pastor of NUMC, Rev Kawakami has had a new leader for his church’s younger members since last summer.

    Brendan Fox, 24, is not ordained, but does have the blessing of NUMC’s trustees, who interviewed and then hired the Bethel resident late last year after a serendipitous series of events brought him to the Sandy Hook church.

  • Pasta Dinner & Bluegrass Music At NUMC Saturday

    The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on January 3 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook.

    The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of fellowship and community spirit. Dinner is served from 5 to 7:30 pm with donation being $10, $9 for seniors, and $3.50 for children. Gift certificates are available.

  • A Final Farewell To Fredericka House

    All that remained of the historic Fredericka House on Friday, July 25, was a pile of concrete and bent pipes heaped next to a giant industrial screener in the Newtown United Methodist Church parking lot. Darin and David Renihan of Site Services in Danbury stood nearby, surveying the packed surface where the house had once stood.

  • A Piece Of Newtown History, Six (Or More) Feet Under

    Since becoming pastor of the Newtown United Methodist Church (NUMC), six and a half years ago, the Reverend Mel Kawakami has overseen one of the rituals of spring there — filling in the sinkholes in the front parking lot. But until last year, when a 10-by-10-foot test hole was opened up and he had the opportunity to see what lay beneath the asphalt, Rev Kawakami and many of his congregation had no idea that the ongoing problem was a piece of history buried under their feet.

  • Wesley Learning Center Marks 20th Anniversary

    Wesley Learning Center is celebrating its 20th year of offering church-affiliated educational programs this year, and Director Rahnna Peck has been there from the start.

    Since opening in 1993, Ms Peck said she has seen the enrollment grow and decline in association with the town’s population.

    Now Wesley Learning Center offers National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited programs for children between the ages of 2 and 6. When it started it served a smaller age range of students.

  • With Painted Ceramic Hearts, Newtown Has An Opportunity To Pay It Forward

    Residents of all ages gathered in the hall at Newtown United Methodist Church on May 8 to paint ceramic hearts, part of the Hearts of Hope community support initiative. Newtown was introduced to Hearts of Hope in February, and now has a chance to pay it forward, sending hundreds of hand painted ceramic hearts with simple messages of caring to Boston.

  • Ben’s Bells Newtown Evening Workshop Bumped To May 31

    Due to a scheduling conflict, a Ben’s Bells Newtown workshop that had been planned for May 30 at Newtown United Methodist Church has been rescheduled to Friday, May 31.

    Those who had already registered for the original date have already been put on the guest list for the new date.

    “We hope everyone is still able to attend that night. If you are not able to, please let [us] know so [we] can release your ticket for someone else to attend,” said a May 14 email from the Ben’s Bells Newtown team.

  • "Strength For Service To God And Country:" NUMC Inaugurates Distribution Of Daily Meditations For First Responders

    The new books, like the originals, are meant to fit easily into large pockets. The paperback measures 4½ by 5½ inches.


  • Amen!

    During a Sunday morning service that was filled with activity, this young parishioner at Newtown United Methodist Church seems to have found himself lifted in prayer. The 10 am worship service on April 28 included the welcoming of new members to the Sandy Hook church, the presentation of new devotionals for first responders, and — going on in the background — the blessing of NUMC church members who will be heading to Haiti this weekend.

  • Ben’s Bells Newtown Evening Workshop At NUMC

    Ben’s Bells Newtown will conduct a bell making workshop on Thursday, May 30, from 6 to 8 pm. The workshop will be at Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook.

    Nationally renowned, Ben’s Bells are brightly colored ceramic works of art that are randomly hung in public places that bear a tag instructing the person who finds the bell to take it home and to remember to be kind.