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Old Traditions and New Beginnings
Even in the midst of a global pandemic and the forced separation from one another, exciting things are happening in our church. First of all, you may have noticed the name on the top of this website has changed. Kernville United Methodist Church is now KERN RIVER United Methodist Church. This is to reflect the uniting of two historic churches here in the Kern River Valley. This year, Highland Chapel and Kernville will both celebrate their 150th birthdays, a huge event under any circumstances. But it is made even more special by the fact that these two congregations have now become one, and will celebrate this milestone together.
We had planned many exciting ways to mark our church's sesquicentennial. But then COVID happened. While we can no longer gather together in a giant birthday party, inviting all members and pastors past and present and their friends and families, (though we may still have that sometime in the future) we do plan to find creative ways to commemorate this occasion. One of these involves asking you all to send us photos and memories of your own time in both Highland Chapel and Kernville. Were you married in one of these churches? Were your kids baptized here? Do you have photos you might share with us? Church picnics, socials, vacation Bible school? We would love to hear from you and publish as many of your memories as you care to share. You can send us an email, post on our Facebook page, or send letters via the USPS.
Here are our addresses:
Kern River United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 225, Kernville, CA 93238
Facebook: Kern River United Methodist Church.
Online Events Coming Soon!
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Where the River of God's Love Runs Deep and Wide.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
The Kern River United Methodist Church promotes the peace of Christ as an inviting, affirming, and nourishing faith community that is open and inclusive.
As followers of Jesus Christ responding to God’s love, our mission is to be a multicultural, Christian community that in its ministry seeks, welcomes and values all people.”
ABOUT THE MUSIC
Music in our church is vital. The Chancel Choir leads the congregation in the singing of hymns, and also offers choral music of the highest order. Our accompanist on both piano and organ is the immensely gifted Helen Smoot. Her talent lifts our Worship Services to a higher level of beauty and inspiration, both through her support of the choir and her solo preludes and postludes.
Our new pastor, Rev. Jean Sidner, is a true inspiration as in her gentle way she shepherds our two congregations through the difficult process of merging into one. Her husband, Arthur Sidner, is gifted in both the technical aspects of recording online worship services, and in lending his beautiful baritone voice to special music.