Big Youth Group News

BIG things are happening, or have happened, in the Newton Presbytery this summer.  The Big Tent event took place in St. Louis in early July.  The Big  Sing Worship Workshop is coming up Saturday, August 26, at the Presbyterian Church at Morris Plains.  Then there’s the ‘BYG’ event which took place in Harlan County, Kentucky […]

Transformation, Brought to You by the Synod of the Northeast

  Recently I interviewed Amy Lincoln, Pastor of the Highlands Presbyterian Church and our presbytery’s Commissioner to the Synod of the Northeast, in order to understand a little better how our Per Capita and Mission dollars are spent at this level, and what ministries it offers in our region (New Jersey up through New England). […]

A World Beyond our Steeples

A WORLD BEYOND OUR STEEPLES By Henry Newbold Communications Team of the PCT The churches of Newton Presbytery have long been involved in outreach and partnerships both here at home and far beyond our shores. Locally, congregations have been involved in relief work, sustaining populations in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters – hurricanes, floods, […]

Presbyterian Depot – A Partnership Mission in Warren County

When churches partner together in mission they can impact their communities at an even greater level than if they work alone. That is the motivation behind a new and creative project in Warren County, informally known at the Presbyterian Depot. According to the Rev. Chet Penza of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Philipsburg, “The Presbyterian Depot […]

Getting to Know our New Stated Clerk: Jeremy Campbell

Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you… –Anna, “Getting to Know You,” from The King and I Jeremy is the newly ordained and installed Stated Clerk for both the Newton and Elizabeth Presbyteries. He is a modest man who admits a reluctance in talking about himself and candidly admits that he prefers […]


Three years ago Camp Johnsonburg began a search to find a new Executive Director. They did a national search and discovered Elise Bates Russell. Elise was a CDK (camp director kid) and knew the ropes, but she was also President for three years of the Presbyterian Camp and Conference Association which oversees 150 camps. So, […]

A Walk in the Sunshine: Help & Hope for the Homeless

Summer 1965:  Karren Olsen, a parishioner of Central Presbyterian Church in Summit and an advertising executive in NYC, was walking out for a noon break eating a sandwich. She paused to offer encouragement to a homeless lady sitting in a doorway. The response turned from Karen’s moral support to a request for food, which Karen honored. Frequently, she continued […]

Welcome to Our Newest Church

This month’s Newton News introduces you to the latest church to join our presbytery. In 1818 Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church was founded, using the same architect as First Presbyterian Church of Berkshire Valley. Although it’s in Passaic County, and was a member of Palisades Presbytery, it has much more in common with the rural/suburban churches […]

Belvidere’s Lord’s Auction

On a lovely Saturday morning in late August, 40 plus people gathered in the park across from United Presbyterian Church for their 10th Annual Lord’s Auction. The auction started 10 years ago with a suggestion from a deacon who had heard about Lord’s Auction traditions in other churches. The church leaders were looking for ways […]

Newton Presbytery’s Resource Center

Are you the new chairperson of your congregation’s Outreach Committee? Are you someone who has led the Advent Bible Study for your women’s group for the past 6 years and need an idea for year 7? Are you a pastor who is thinking, “My congregation knows my go-to stories better than I do!” Have you […]