In response to an invitation from the NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives, our church participated in a nationwide initiative to ring bells and light candles in honor of those lost to COVID19. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5:30PM, we rang our historic church bell 92 times, once for each Bloomfield resident who has died of COVID19. We commend all who have died to God’s eternal care and keeping, and pray that the bereaved may be comforted in their sorrow.
Inscribed: “Presented to the First Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield, N.J., A.D. 1920, by Allison Dodd and Edward O. Ward” Meneely Bell Co., Troy, N.Y.
Ringing the bell manually
The sanctuary will be open to the public after the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28. Italian ices will be served on the lawn. Church and community members are invited for conversation and informal tours of this lovely historic landmark that all wish to preserve for future generations.
Here’s an interior photo from the 1930s.