Prayers Requested

Prayer Request from Bishop Peggy Johnson

Please pray for the victims of the fatal Duck boat crash, their families, for Marshallton United Methodist Church which has been hosting the Hungarian youth, for Marshallton’s pastor and youth pastor, and for all involved in this tragic event.  Please continue to pray for them as they work through this difficult situation in the upcoming weeks and months.

Memorial Service scheduled for Saturday, July 10

Bishop Peggy Johnson will preach for a memorial service, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, at the Independence Seaport Museum.  The service will be for survivors, host families, friends and others directly involved with the rescue effort.  The service is being planned by the Office of the Mayor of Philadelphia in partnership with the Religious Leaders Council of Philadelphia.  The Independence Seaport Museum is located at Penn’s Landing, 211 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199; (215) 925-5439;

Donations welcomed

Anyone wishing to donate funds to help with needs following this tragic accident may send donations to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, PA  19482-0820.  Please make checks payable to EPA Conference, and mark “Marshallton” in the memo line of the check.

Statement on the Tragic Duck Boat Accident

On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, a group of 7 youth and youth leaders from Marshallton United Methodist Church and a visiting group of 15 youth and leaders from Hungary, on a tour of Philadelphia, were involved in a tragic accident on the Delaware River in a Duck boat.

Following the boat accident, after being helped out of the water, the accident victims were taken to the Maritime Museum, where the Red Cross helped them with their needs.  Three of the youth and one adult leader from Hungary, and one adult leader Marshallton were taken to the hospital by ambulance.  A count was taken and it was discovered that two persons from the Hungarian youth group, both under the age of 21, were missing following the accident.   The Red Cross provided transportation for the group back to Marshallton.

When the group returned to Marshallton, they were met by the Rev. Scott Widmer, the church’s pastor, and members of the congregation and community who surrounded the group with prayer, support, and comfort.

The leaders of both youth groups took immediate steps to help youth contact their families.

The church is continuing to provide comfort, prayer, pastoral care, and sanctuary for the spiritual needs of the youth groups in the midst of their shock and grief.

The Marshallton United Methodist Church youth group has participated in a two-way cultural exchange program with Hungary through Atlantic Bridge, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands, whose mission is “a Christian, international, cross-cultural team with a passion for young people.”   Marshallton United Methodist Church first sent a youth group (“bridge builder”) team to Hungary in 2006.  Hungarian teams have visited the U.S. first in 2007 and again this year.   The Hungarian group arrived in the United States on July 2, and are scheduled to return to Hungary on July 23.  Together the two youth groups share in Christian fellowship and fun, while the visitors stay with host families, and enjoy tours to various cultural and historic places in their respective countries.

Marshallton United Methodist Church, located at 1282 W. Strasburg Road, Marshallton, PA 19382, will hold a Prayer Service on the evening of Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm.    Although the youth and leaders involved in the accident will not be present, the service will offer an opportunity for the church and community to come together in prayer for hope and healing for all persons involved.

Marshallton United Methodist Church asks everyone to continue to pray for the missing youth, for their families, and for all involved in the accident.

For further information, contact Suzy Keenan, director of Communications,