Prayers for Peace in South Sudan

The Stated Clerk of the PCUSA has called for all Presbyterians to observe a day of prayer for peace in South Sudan on August 12.  The appeal comes in the wake of a fragile peace agreement signed on August 5 by the South Sudan government and key opposition leaders. Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II […]

Class Reunions are Time Travel!

As many of you know, I love Doctor Who and the Tardis. The Tardis can travel anywhere in time and space. Wouldn’t that be so cool to jump into a British 1950s Police Box and travel in time.  This last week I didn’t travel in a Tardis, but I did travel in a Tardis Blue […]


Check it out! We get a lot of free samples at the Resource Center, and I finally sat down to see what we have.  Now, you can do the same. There are resources for one-room Sunday Schools for smaller churches or traditional classroom style Sunday Schools, lectionary-based, two- and three-year rotational models, adult, nursery, confirmation.  […]

Prayers for after Church Fires

Many years ago, the day after Christmas, I received the phone call that no pastor or church member wants to receive – “The church caught fire last night”. Fortunately for us at First Presbyterian Church, only the sanctuary chancel burned. We did have forced air heating so there was significant smoke damage throughout the building. […]

Presbytery Grants – Did You Know?

Did you know that the Presbytery offers several different types of grants to resource congregations in their mission and ministry?   “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Luke 10:2  Missional Partnership Grants We have been telling you about the […]

Boundary Awareness Workshops 2018

A Workshop Especially for Teaching Elders   Thursday, October 18, 2018 –  9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Presbytery of West Jersey Office 1701 Sycamore Street, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 Or Thursday, October 25, 2018 –  9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Registration deadline is October 11th) Click HERE to Register The Lamington Church, in Bedminster NJ. […]

Presbytery in Prayer – First Presbyterian Church of Newton

This week our Presbytery In Prayer is for First Presbyterian Church of Newton. First Presbyterian Church of Newton was one of the original churches in the Presbytery over 200 years ago. From their webpage description: First Presbyterian Church is a loving community of Christ’s Disciples and strive to be a place of hospitality and welcome […]

What Happened at the General Assembly Part 9 – Other Things

The Assembly encouraged the PMA and PILP to consider forgiveness of mortgage grants established in 1969 or earlier only to congregations closing and turning over their assets to their presbyteries. In an effort to promote awareness of gender disparity in clergy benefit and salary packages, the 223rd General Assembly urges COMs, within 12 months of […]

What Happened at the General Assembly Part 8 – Ministries of Justice and Service

Ministries of Justice and Service The Stated Clerk has been directed to commit the PCUSA to complete transparency on the number of charges of sexual misconduct at all levels of congregational and denominational life and OGA and PMA are to provide and develop pastoral, Trauma-informed Clinical Care resources for healing victims and their families, congregations, […]

So What Happened at the General Assembly Part 7 – Doctrine of Discovery

Doctrine of Discovery The Assembly Commissioners urges the session of each congregation, as well as each mid-council, seminaries, Presbyterian Women’s groups and other organizations to confess their complicity and repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery. They directed the PMA to develop resources that aid members, congregations, mid councils, and the national church on the following areas […]