Mid-Atlantics

In a year and a half, a women’s breakfast gathering ballooned from a dozen people to more than 50—and it’s creating bridges into the community. 

The idea of a church prayer group is not new, but the gathering at Clinton Avenue Reformed Church looks a little different.

Relationships are just as important as the food as people gather for a community dinner sponsored by a church in Westwood, New Jersey.

Darryl Redmond’s childhood in Paterson, New Jersey, was bright—but the city was debilitated by drugs in the 1980s, and he lost hope. Nevertheless, the seeds that were planted by Faith Chapel in Darryl’s youth have grown into an unexpected, yet fruitful, call to ministry. 

Getting to know people and caring about the issues that impact them is incredibly powerful kingdom work. 

A specialized one-to-one caring program has brought new ministry opportunities in two Reformed Church congregations in New Jersey.

The national, faith-based Stephen Ministries (www.stephenministries.org) trains key church leaders who then train fellow church members to provide a listening ear and a comforting presence to people who are hurting.

“It’s been a remarkable ministry,” says Hillsborough Reformed Church pastor Fred Mueller. “Between our trained Stephen leaders, Stephen ministers, and those receiving care, we’ve involved a quarter of our congregation,” he says of the church where 120 people gather for weekly worship.

The historic village of Blawenburg, on Route 518, is known to many for its big, white church, built in 1832. Now Blawenburg Reformed Church, one of the oldest continuously operated churches in central New Jersey, is partnering with Marble Collegiate Church (RCA), a historic landmark on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Christianity is a hard sell in Collingswood, a borough 10 minutes outside Philadelphia.

Creative outreach by a vibrant black congregation in Paterson, New Jersey, is having great results.

Fifteen years ago, there were no Korean congregations in the Classis of Greater Palisades. Today there are 12, including Jesus Dream Church in Fort Lee and Hallelujah Church in Haworth, New Jersey, which were accepted into the RCA in October.