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Every Sunday from 11:00am to 1:00pm
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Old First Church has a rich treasure of authentic records, which declares that it is "the Church that founded Newark." The church was once the seat of government for Newark, producing pastors that served as the first presidents of Princeton, Harvard and Yale universities. In addition, it was one of the churches that helped found Princeton University.
Serving God, serving our community and serving one another is at the heart of who we are as a church. Whether you are seeking to learn, relate or share your gifts there is a place for you to get involved and be cared for. First Presbyterian Church offers a variety of ministry areas, each of which provides different opportunities for connection.
The First Presbyterian Church is the oldest church in Newark. We have been placed on the National register of Historic places in 1972. The original settlers in Newark, from Branford and Milford Connecticut, came to Newark because they opposed the absorption of their communities by the Colony of Connecticut.
Greetings in the victorious, healing name of Jesus Christ, and I pray that you and your family are still well in every way. The recent news media updates can be a little confusing so I will attempt to clarify here.
On May 28, 2020 Mayor Ras J. Barak announced that the city of Newark would begin Phase Oneof its reopening plan on June 1st.Faith-based meetings will continue to be conducted virtually rather than in person.”
On June 8, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy announced that as of June 15ththe state of New Jersey is in Phase Two of the reopening plan. Houses of worship (25% of the congregation or 50 people or less) may reopen.
The Newark Presbytery’s Task Force on COVID-19 does not support reopening of our churches in the Newark Presbytery until at least the fall of this year.
Consequentially, on June 4th the Session of OFPC voted to continue the virtual worship services and remained closed for face-to-face worship services until at least September. By the end of August, the Session will reassess the situation and determine again OFPC readiness to resume face-to-face worship services.
Currently we are providing the following weekly worship experiences:
Sunday Morning at 11:00am Worship Service on YouTube: You may access the worship service here on the website
Sunday afternoon Prayer time 4:30-5:30pm. The call in number is 1-564-888-5493 Assess code is 527822.
Tuesday night Bible Study is by Zoom invitation. Contact Rev. Tom if you need Zoom invitation information.
Zoom Movie Time with Youth and Families (bi-weekly) Saturdays @ 3:00-5:00pm.
So beloved, be strong in the Lord and in the power of God’s might. I have missed spending time with you and look forward to seeing you in person when the time is right. Stay safe and stay well.
Rev. Dr. Betty J. Tom, Pastor