Join us this Sunday!

"I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." Psalm 122:1


Sunday Worship is the primary doorway into community life at Hope Church. We worship each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Magnolia United Methodist Church in Magnolia, DE. Worship is band-led and utilizes modern choruses and ancient hymns as we center our lives on God's saving grace through Jesus Christ.


Professional nursery care is available on site during worship. Our staff have been cleared through background checks and are CPR and First-Aid certifiedThe nursery opens at 9:15 a.m. and closes 15 minutes after worship ends. 


Our Mission

We believe that we are called to the greater Dover community to invite people into a saving relationship with Jesus and to live out their faith by serving others. Simply put, our mission is to "Love God, love people, show hope."

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a diverse community impacting thousands through passionate worship, intentional discipleship, and Christ-like service.

First Time? Welcome!

Coming to a new church can be a daunting experience as you try to find parking, the nursery, and wonder what the 'dress code' is. Below you will find some frequently asked questions that will give you a better sense of what our worship and our church is like!


What Should I Wear?
We’re pretty casual. Jeans are fairly common on Sunday mornings, but if you like to dress up a little, you’ll find that others do, too. You probably won’t, however, find very many people in a tie.

What is Hope Like?

Every Sunday morning Worship Gathering is built around a single point or “bottom line.” Sometimes, we’ll use movie clips or visual images to help get the single point. Worship is band-led as we sing the latest worship songs and updated hymns. There’s usually a message, prayer, and we celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month.


How Long Does Sunday Worship Last?

Our worship gathering lasts 60-70 minutes. There is Kid’s Worship for children ages 3-8 to learn about worship during the message time. Sunday School is available for children and adults beginning at 11:00 a.m. and last about an hour.


What Kind of Church is Hope?

Hope is a United Methodist Congregation. We are part of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference, which is part of the larger United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church has a long and proud tradition which we seek to express in fresh and exciting ways.


What’s Your Pastor Like?

He’s just a regular guy, who rarely wears suits (unless of course, he’s marrying someone or doing a funeral). Steve has served as an associate pastor/youth pastor/worship leader (before coming to Hope) and is formally trained (B.A., Asbury College, and Master's of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary), but as he will tell you, he learned more about how to be a pastor by hanging out with middle school kids and listening about their hopes, dreams, struggles and fears than by going to seminary. Steve loves to play and watch sports, listen to music and spend time outdoors with his family. He attempts to play golf, but realizes it can be hazardous to his spiritual life. He and his wife, Andrea, have two daughters named Abigail and Chloe and a son, Malachi.