Why Storytelling?

We’re looking forward to our next called meeting of the Presbytery, a fellowship meeting, on April 9. We have a treat prepared for us – Master storytellers R. Eric Thomas and the Rev. David Norse will be with us to give some “storytelling” pointers. Registration begins at 6:30pm. Grab a snack and take a seat…

Storytelling at Presbytery in April

Join us Tuesday April 9, 7pm-9pm for our Fellowship Meeting. As part of our new Plan of Presbytery, the Central Leadership Team plans two “fellowship meetings” each year – these meetings are official called meetings of the Presbytery. Their purpose is to provide creative opportunities for community growth and enrichment. To that end… please join…

This Saturday’s Meeting

We are really looking forward to being together this Saturday at our called meeting of the Presbytery of New Brunswick. If you haven’t registered yet, click here.. Agenda at a glance: 9:30          Registration 10:00        Meeting called to Order 10:10         Worship 10:55        Equip and Encourage the Saints – see details below! 11:50         Lunch 12:40pm   Business of…

How we get stuff done…

How do we get our work done? Through volunteers who serve on various committees. The nominating committee (currently Peggy Redman, Lynn Cornell, David Halgren and Jim Elieff) has been hard at work to fill the various positions needed on our standing committees that do the work of our Presbytery. They needed to fill over 30…

Child Protection Policy

As a denomination, congregations are being encouraged (and in many cases required for liability insurance) to adopt Child Protection Policy. The Central Leadership Team is currently reviewing one. We wanted to share it with you, Child Protection Policy Template. As with any policy, there are always clauses that seem to not take into consideration specifics of…

Stewardship Season and the Presbytery

In an earlier post, we shared with you the findings of the Per Capital Task Force. One of the suggestions the Task Force made was for Teaching Elders to consider tithing in part to the Presbytery, as their membership is with the Presbytery. The CLT would like to echo the Task Force’s suggestion. Some of the…

Per Capita Report

A special task force of 6 individuals be assembled to gather information about the per capita giving of our membership churches, with the purpose of building understanding of their ability and/or willingness to contribute so as to enable presbytery to plan for its future as it pertains to finances. The task force is to determine…

NJ Missional Working Group Update

The NJ Missional Working Group has been tasked to consider redrawing/restructuring the eight Presbyteries in New Jersey. Here are some of their foundational and visionary questions as they embark on their work: What if our focus on mission and ministry benefitted from sharing human and other resources among presbyteries? What if having fewer presbyteries lightened the organizational…

Collaboration and Renovation

Over the last year, two of the churches in our Presbytery have negotiated a shared space agreement: Christ Church in Hamilton Square and Iglesia Presbyteriana Nueva Vida (IPNV). If you’ve ever been on that campus, you know there is a sanctuary building and then an additional building that houses a full kitchen, dining space, office…

Urban Designation

  At the Pre-Presbytery event, the Urban Working Group presented their final work. If you remember, they were given the tremendous task of “defining urban” in our current context. They worked diligently, finding resources, researching data and deliberating honestly with one another. Their work is truly remarkable. Using three main consideration: poverty, population and diversity,…

Sneak Peak into the November Meeting

We’re grateful for the Urban Working Group who is hosting us at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 14. This will be our last time time to gather as Presbytery at the Covenant Church. They have sold their building! We will make sure to prayerfully send them into their next season of life together as…

The Way Forward Report

One of our local elders, Elder Sam Bonner of Covenant Presbyterian Church has been serving the larger denomination as a member of the “Way Forward Commission.” I asked Sam to tell us about the work he and the commission are doing: Beth: Sam, tell me about the commission. Sam: Thank you Pastor for this opportunity to…