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The Pathway is a United Methodist congregation serving the county seat of Bradford County, Towanda. The worship campus and sanctuary sit high up on Church Hill Rd overlooking most of North Towanda, though trees have grown to block the view over the years. This campus is the former North Towanda United Methodist Church. The downtown campus, located at 105 Main Street, which was formerly Towanda First is the home to all of the ministries designed to make an impact on the Towanda community. The Pathway is the product of a merger of the two churches mentioned, which was voted into existence in late June of 2018. Currently, the Pathway is undergoing the administrative process of merging the two congregations with the expectation to officially launch in January of 2019.
The newly formed congregation has members of nearly every age group and has a spectacular children's sermon time and activity area for children near the back of the Sanctuary. Worship happens at 11:15 am every Sunday morning. The worship services are designed in the traditional United Methodist fashion with the full liturgy including sermon, hymns, psalms, creed, and Lord's Prayer (words and music are provided in the pews for all songs that the congregation may sing as well as all of the words to the Creed and Lord's Prayer which the congregation says in unison). Communion is offered on the 1st Sundays of each month and on holidays by intinction (dipping a piece of bread in the cup) and is open to anyone who wishes to participate. As part of communion, we also take donations for the local Food Bank as a way of "Sharing the Table" during the first Sunday of each month. There is also a potluck fellowship meal immediately following church on the first Sunday of each month. On the third Sunday of each month, the Pathway also takes a special offering for ministries that are outside of the congregation, which are called Mission Sundays.
In the downtown campus, the Pathway strives to reach out to the Towanda community so that we may help to improve the lives of all residents of the greater area, whether or not they are professing Christians. In order to accomplish this goal, we partner and host the Salvation Army, work with Grace Connection, as well as many other groups. The Pathway is currently working on offering Celebrate Recovery (a ten-step program to help battle addictions of all types), a food pantry, a homeless shelter, and many other needed services for this area. More will be posted about these services as they become available. As part of the Towanda community, the Pathway also strives to participate in community events such as the Riverfest, Halloween Parade, and Trick or Treat nights.