“Love God, love others.” This central theme will challenge you as you serve in downtown Newark, New Jersey, through the ministry of beautiful, historic North Reformed Church. North Reformed is committed to living out this theme in their neighborhood each and every day. Serve a week with this church, and you won’t just serve the people who come in for the daily meal, you’ll get to know them personally, and you will be stretched and blessed. This experience will challenge your understanding of ministry, mission, and the radical call of Christ to love others.
Groups participate in the community-based ministries of North Church, including relational ministry and food and clothing programs. Groups also engage downtown Newark in walking tours designed to facilitate missional thinking. This non-traditional mission trip invites participants to get to know the people they serve and learn to see them as equals rather than simply completing a building project. Participants take this new mindset with them when they return home.
Volunteers sleep in the North Reformed Church sanctuary and other meeting rooms. Limited showers are available in the church building.
Food: Your group will eat what is served to members of the community, which includes three nutritious meals per day.
$300 per person, per week
Newark Liberty International Airport
Bring air mattresses, blankets, and pillows (teams sleep on the floor). The facility is not air-conditioned so it will be warm in the summer and in the winter some of the rooms may be chilly. Good walking shoes are a must, as teams spend a lot of time experiencing Newark.
Take a five-minute walk plus a 20-minute train ride to arrive at Penn Station in the heart of New York City.
For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.
If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.
Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement
Volunteer Placement Specialist
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