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You are no longer strangers…you are members of the household of God… In Christ you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Based on Ephesians 2:19, 22

NJB-20140126-004-Edit-200pxWelcome Home to the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square New Jersey where we seek to glorify and enjoy God. We pray, we worship, we give, we study, and we fellowship together. We are a caring family called to be instruments of Christ’s love and to make disciples by welcoming all, nurturing faith, and serving others.

The Congregation

NJB-20140126-009-Edit-200pxThe First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square, New Jersey can trace its origins to 1772 and has very deep roots in our community. Our congregation is broadly spread throughout the major age groups; our members range from youth making their initial commitment to Christ to a strong and active group of retirees. A quick glance at the individual members will reveal a mix of long term local residents and a somewhat transient population. Members of our church make a concerted effort to be warm, friendly, and inviting to our community and to the visitors who come to our church facilities. We place a very strong emphasis on serving our young people through an extensive Sunday School program and Vacation Bible School. Furthermore, we have an active youth fellowship program under the guidance of a full time youth director. Offerings to our youth include multiple service opportunities, mission trips, Bible studies, and assisting them in establishing connections and friendships.

Our church family loves music. We place a significant emphasis on the extensive choral and instrumental music programs in our traditional worship services. These musical programs provide a ministry for all ages. Our Contemporary Worship Service focuses on Praise in word and music. Supporting the spiritual needs of our congregation and community is vital to us, hence our commitment to offering a variety of worship experiences.

Opportunities are provided for adult education and fellowship. Adults may choose from Bible study, educational topics, home groups, service projects, and social programs and events. Additionally, our biannual church wide retreat to Camp Johnsonburg provides a break from the routine of everyday life and is helpful in strengthening the bonds with God, our families, and our friends.

Vision

Celebrate Our Place in God’s Family

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  • Develop ways to accentuate the meaning and implications of our baptism and discipleship.
  • Strengthen our ‘habits of faith’ such as worship, study, and prayer among all ages.
  • Provide traditional and contemporary services of worship, plus explore alternative worship options to reach a diverse community (such as the “out of the box” worship experiences).
  • Celebrate our differences; identify and develop individual strengths.
  • Celebrate church family milestones such as children taking communion, confirmation, 50 year members, birthdays, unsung church heroes, long-term service etc.

Strengthen Our Church Family

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  • Nurture faith through an array of Christian Education programs geared toward various age groups.
  • Improve communication within the church via social media (website, facebook, e-mail blasts, smart board). Consider the formation of a “media communication committee.”
  • Develop a young adult ministry that invites and involves in our ‘family life’.
  • Conduct periodic small groups related to seasons or relevant themes (e.g. Advent, Lent, Parenting, Caring).
  • Develop mutual understanding and connection between various age groups through intergenerational classes and activities.
  • Conduct occasional blended services of worship for broader member interaction.
  • Provide for the care of members. Explore options for caregiving via pastoral and lay ministries.
  • Identify, develop and equip church leaders.
  • Build upon the youth ministry to keep it strong.

Help Others Experience Our Sense of Family

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  • Reach out to young families. Introduce our church family to the community.
  • Conduct periodic small groups related to seasons or relevant themes (e.g. Advent, Lent, Parenting, Caring).
  • Utilize intergenerational activities as a catalyst for common faith and ministry.
  • Explore ways to ‘attract’ new families to the church.
  • Assimilate new members into the life of the church.
  • Accept and nurture those who are struggling.
  • Discover and implement ways to invite members and visitors more fully into church family life.

Share God’s Blessings Beyond Our Church Family

  • Educate NJB-20140126-005-Edit-200pxthe congregation on mission needs and opportunities through our extended family (Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and Ecumenical Partners)
  • Continue mission activities locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Conduct annual mission trips for youth and adults.
  • Support local agencies through financial gifts and volunteer support—e.g. Home Front, Woman Space, Urban Promise-Trenton, Crisis Ministries.
  • Equip and encourage members to live their faith in everyday life.
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