Lakewood UMC is a growing Methodist church in Erie, PA that is dedicated to helping people discover, experience, and know the love and presence of Jesus Christ. Lakewood first originated from the Forest Park Sunday School under the Rev. Gilbert Lloyd in 1922. In November 1932, the church was organized with the name "The Church of Our Savior," and the name later changed to "Lakewood Methodist Episcopal Church," when the first building was erected. The cornerstone was laid on November 8, 1936 and the church basement was used for all church activities until 1948. In May 1948, the Henry Schenk Company began construction of the church building and sanctuary. The first worship services in the church as we know it today were held on Palm Sunday, April 10, 1949. Ground was broken for a classroom building, Epworth Hall, to be added in October 1954, and the completed west wing addition was consecrated May 1, 1955. Fellowship Hall was finished the same year. The sanctuary was renovated in the spring of 1967 and stained glass windows were installed. Renovations were made to the parsonages and to Epworth Hall in the late 1970's. In the spring and summer of 1984, ground was broken and construction began to extend the east side of the church to create a driveway and wheelchair ramp, and the large front doors and steps of the church were demolished and removed; replaced by the stained glass window in the narthex and the brick garden for flowers and small trees. In 2022, the outdated sanctuary and narthex were remodeled as we looked to the future growth of our church. To learn more about the history of Lakewood United Methodist Church click here.
There are several ways to become a professing member of a local United Methodist Church. A person who has not been baptized would join by baptism and profession of faith. A person who already belongs to a United Methodist Church may transfer their membership to Lakewood. A person who belongs to one of several denominations may also transfer their letter of membership.
A person who has attended Lakewood and feels a desire to deepen their relationship with the church, may speak to the pastor about church membership. For more information, please contact Pastor Kathleen Schoeneck.
Lakewood is a growing a vital congregation. We would eagerly look forward to having the opportunity to talk to you about becoming a professing member of our congregation. Welcome to the Lakewood family!
While it is not required to belong to Lakewood UMC to have a child baptized at our church, it is recommended that parents become active in the life of the church. Why? So that he or she can grow up in a community of faith, and learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
It is the parents’ responsibility after baptism to raise their child in the Christian faith, so that when the child is older he or she can come to their own decision to be confirmed in the Christian faith. Being a part of a faith community will help the parents to teach their child about the Christian faith, and will help to nurture that child in the Christian faith.
Therefore, parents, or anyone seeking the sacrament of baptism, should contact Pastor Kathleen Schoeneck to schedule an appointment to talk about baptism and schedule a time for the sacrament to be performed.
After a child has been baptized as an infant, they are encouraged to attend Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, summer camp, youth group, and all of the Christian Education opportunities offered at Lakewood UMC. Baptism is the beginning of the faith journey, but faith needs to be encouraged and nurtured.
When a young person is in sixth grade, or about 11 or 12 years old, they are eligible to become professing members of the church. The pastor offers confirmation classes when there are several young people who express their interest in deepening their faith and becoming a professing member of the church.
These classes are offered at different times of the year, depending on the number of youth interested, and the pastor’s schedule. Any parent, or youth, wanting more information about joining the church as a professing member are encouraged to reach out to Pastor Kathleen Schoeneck
A wedding in the church indicates a desire on the part of the couple to establish a Christian home. For more information on weddings at Lakewood UMC please contact Pastor Kathleen Schoeneck
At the time of death, it is often a stressful time when many decisions are needed to be made. The pastor is available to do funerals for both church members and non-church members. If Lakewood UMC is desired for the funeral, please contact Pastor Kathleen Schoeneck as soon as possible so that all necessary arrangements can be made, including the organist.