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Overview of Otterbein

We welcome you to Otterbein and by way of introduction,
what follows is an overview of who we are as a church.
First described relates to what is offered on Sunday mornings.
And for the life of our church, we also introduce and welcome you
to other opportunities for involvement at Otterbein. 

Sunday Mornings at Otterbein

For first time visitors to Otterbein, there may be questions.
 For answers to some of these, please see our
"Navigating the Building on Sunday Mornings" (PDF).

Or ask anyone once you visit.
We are easy to find at 647 Forge Road between
Carlisle and Boilings Springs.
(Map with Directions PDF)


Fulfilling our Mission

Otterbein United Methodist Church exists for the purpose of helping to spread the Good News that God has sent his son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the whole world. We will help persons become disciples of Christ, help them grow in their understanding of God to the end that they might respond in all things in love and faith. We will help persons live in the Spirit of God and, both as individuals and as part of the Body of Christ, respond as true disciples to the needs of our community and the whole world. 

What better place to start than on Sunday mornings with worship. This provides many opportunities for being involved: for music, as ushers, greeters, acolytes, etc., along with other opportunities to support the services in more behind the scenes ways. 

Please visit our See You on Sunday Page for worship times and descriptions.

There are opportunities for nearly everyone. No matter your age or musical talent, we can find a spot for you. We welcome new members at any time. For the Sanctuary worship services, the following groups participate about once a month: Senior Choir, Youth Choir, Children’s Choir, Bells of Otterbein, and Celebration Winds. For the Gathering service, there are several worship teams/bands. 

For more information relating to directors and practice times, please visit our Connections Page (staff) and our newsletters/calendars on the Activities Page

For children there are many opportunities at Otterbein. On Sunday mornings there is a staffed Nursery, Children’s Church, and age based Sunday School classes available. Throughout the year there are special events such as Vacation Bible School, Easter egg hunt, Christmas Eve children’s service, Children’s Day service, and also regular contribution to worship through involvement with Children's Choir. 

Scouting at Otterbein is available for girls and boys. Pioneer Girls generally meets on Wednesday evenings September through April for ages K through 9th grade. There are also Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts who meet on various evenings throughout the week and year for ages K through age 18 ( 

Bright Beginnings at Otterbein is a state certified and Keystone Stars approved full-time daycare program for children ages 2-1/2 through 5th grade. Our goal is to offer quality and loving care based on Christ centered principles for a rich learning environment which encourages your child to inquire, investigate, and enjoy the learning and play experiences offered ( 

There are many opportunities for youth within the life of Otterbein. In addition to supporting worship services through music, there is also involvement for Christian outreach through mission trips and service projects. Focus for youth offerings - such as with Youth Group, Sunday School, Bible studies, retreats, etc. - is with the purpose of providing an open atmosphere for faith development along with opportunities for fun through fellowship.

Please visit our Youth Page and youth website for additional information. 

Adults, of all ages, who welcome a chance to increase their spiritual study and connections can find opportunities in various Sunday School classes and weekday Bible Studies. Topics for these classes change frequently and new members are always welcome. There is also a Young Adult Group that meets once a month for study and fellowship. United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men are groups that also provide opportunities for spiritual growth through fellowship, service, and special activities. 

For more information please see our Adult Studies Page.

Finding friendly interaction with others with similar interests can be realized in many ways. With this in mind, any of our music groups or Sunday School classes offer opportunities for fellowship. Other examples can be found through recreation - basketball, volleyball, softball - and through endeavors such as making baby blankets or prayer shawls, and for getting together with others for meals.

Please see newsletter and calendars found on our Activities Page.  

Efforts to reach beyond our own church walls to the community and the world around us in ministry and mission to “spread the Good News” is very important to Otterbein Church. We offer many opportunities through our Missions Committee and through various events sponsored by many of the groups within the church. Please check out our Newsletter and weekly announcements for more information on these ongoing opportunities for outreach. (Newsletter and Announcements Page and Missions Page)

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Use of Church Facilities

Weddings - Although we wish we could accommodate all couples as they unite in Christian marriage, because our facility is so heavily used, we can only permit Church members and their families to use Otterbein Church for weddings. (Guidelines and Fees PDF)

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Otterbein UMC
647 Forge Road, Carlisle, PA 17015
Email ~ Phone 717-258-6704