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The programs described below are some of the many 
opportunities for connecting with us as at Otterbein: 

Children & Youth ~ Music ~ Fellowship ~ Sports ~ Weddings

For most recent information on these and other programs, please also visit
our Activities page (for newsletter, calendar, youth and children news, etc.).


Children & Youth

Vacation Bible School - If you are from 4 years old to 12 years old, we invite you to join us for a fun filled week of Bible School at the end of June. The entire building will take on a transformation of energy and color. Please contact the church office or Connie Vail if you have any questions.

Youth Group - Our youth group focuses on fellowship, Bible study and service projects to turn our teens into disciples for Christ. We meet Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:30 PM in the gym. We also go on Mission trips and attend Impact. (Youth Page)

Pioneer Girls - Meets Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:30 to 8:00 in rooms 5-7. This is a program to encourage girls to have a relationship with Jesus and to become well-rounded individuals. The girls earn badges, participate in service projects, learn to hand sew, and learn songs, and Bible verses. Each girl is partnered with a mentor (Pioneer Pal) and together they celebrate Christmas and birthdays. Any girl in K to 9th grade may join us.

Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts - Otterbein has served as the Charter Organization for Pack 171 (Cub Scouts) and Troop 171 (Boy Scouts) since 1950. Cub Scouts are for boys in grades one through five. Boys are organized in groups called Dens which contain up to 8 boys plus Den Leaders and meet regularly on Sunday afternoon or Monday evening depending on the Den. Monthly, the dens meet together in a pack meeting to receive awards and recognition. Boy Scouts are for boys in grade 6 through age 18. The rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest in Boy Scouting, has been attained by 28 members of Troop 171 over the years. Please check out their websites for more information (

Bright Beginnings Child Care of Carlisle - New program at Otterbein starting January 6, 2014. Please visit their website for more information (

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Senior Choir - Meets Wednesday evenings from 6:45 to 8:00. The choir sings about twice a month and performs Easter and Christmas Cantatas.

Youth Choir - (Grades 6 to 12) - Practices are on Sundays at 10:00 AM, and performs the first Sunday of the month, Christmas Eve and Easter Sunrise Services.

Children's Choir - Open to any child from first to fifth grade. Practices are Sunday mornings at 10:50 in the Music Room, and they perform the third Sunday of the month. 

Senior Handbell Choir - Practices Mondays at 6:30 PM and usually performs the third Sunday of the month and for special occasions. Come ring with us! 

Children’s Chimes - Children in 1st -5th grade gather to practice in the months before Christmas and the children’s Worship Sunday. No music training is necessary to play. See calendar for practice times. 

Celebration Winds - Open to anyone who plays a musical instrument (or used to, and needs to get it out of storage and dust it off). The Celebration Winds practice the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:15 AM in the sanctuary, October through June.

The Gathering Worship Team - Do you play an instrument or want to sing as part of our morning contemporary service? We would love to talk with you. 

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Prayer Breakfast - First Sunday of the month, October through June, 7:00 AM

United Methodist Men - The UM Men sponsor: the monthly prayer breakfast held the first Sunday each month. The group also maintains the United Brethren Cemetery located at 1274 Brandt Road, Mechanicsburg (Churchtown). A mowing schedule is posted on the church's bulletin board for volunteers to help with this activity. In addition, the men cook and serve the Mother-Daughter dinner in May and the annual ladies' community Thanksgiving breakfast.

United Methodist Women - 2nd Tues, 7:00 PM, Sept.-June - We encourage those who want to find friendship and fellowship among other Christian women to join this group. The United Methodist Women is 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. Special Activities include: Thanksgiving Breakfast (second Sunday of November) and Mother/Daughter Banquet (second Tuesday of May). Outreach Support with: Project Share, Local Nursing Home, Harvest Home, & Missionaries. 

Sister's Spiritual Growth Group - Meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. Group does not meet over the summer.

Bible Studies - Tuesday morning at 9:15 AM.

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Sporting Activities

Softball Team - Come out to support our team and enjoy the fresh air and fellowship! (

Basketball - This is open to both men and women who want to play a game of basketball in a Christian setting. We meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 during winter months.

Volleyball - Like to play volleyball? Both men and women are invited to join us on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM during the winter months.

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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. 

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