Community

Food Pantry:  In continuous operation since it was begun in 1982, our Food Pantry serves approximately 65 families per month from Bloomfield and surrounding towns. Loving volunteers from the church and the community staff the Food Pantry, which is open every Wednesday and Friday morning, 9:30-11:00 AM and the fourth Saturday of the month, 10:00 AM-Noon. Contact Food Pantry Director Don Cornell to volunteer or donate.

Feed the World on the Green: This is the name of our Community Meal for the homeless and low income population. Loving volunteers from the church and the community provide a nutritious, four-course dinner, free of charge, no questions asked, on the third Monday of every month, 5:00-6:30PM, in the Parish House. Partners include the Glenn Ridge Girls Club and PACTION.  A social worker attends quarterly to help connect guests with other resources to expand their safety net. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Church Office.

Summer MESH Cafes:  For six weeks during the summer, we partner with MESH Montclair and area churches to host weekly meals on Monday nights for the homeless and low income population drawing from Montclair, Bloomfield and surrounding towns. Partners have included New Light Baptist Church, New Life Christian Church, Watchung Presbyterian Church and FACT. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Church Office. Pictured to the right, Pastor Ruth and Dr. Gwen Parker-Ames, Executive Director of MESH Montclair.  

Thrift Shop:  Established in 1983, the Thrift Shop provides inexpensive clothing, small household items and seasonal treasures for resale. Loving volunteers from the church and the community receive, sort, price and display donated items and assist customers to find what they are looking for. The Thrift Shop is open September through June, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00AM-2:30PM and Saturdays, 10:00AM-1:00PM.  Contact Thrift Shop Director, Marlene Sasso, 973-743-1796, during Church Office hours regarding donations or to volunteer.

Community Connections: 

MEND:  Our church is a member of MEND Hunger Relief Network of Essex County, and network of 17 food pantries throughout Essex County providing food to individuals and families in need since 1980. MEND stands for Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity. For more information, please visit their website at https://mendnj.org/

 

Cub Scouts: Our church sponsors  Cub Scout Pack 2 in Bloomfield.  For details and contact information, please visit their website at http://www.bloomfieldpack2.org/home

 

Greater Bloomfield Interfaith Partnership: Our church supports this interfaith coalition working with Church World Service-Jersey City to settle refugee families in Essex County, NJ.  For more information, please visit them on Facebook.

Martin Luther King Day of Service: Our church supports the annual Bloomfield Day of Service initiative to bring the community together in hands-on service activities such as the food drive, community-wide baby shower, and mural-painting. For more information, please visit them on Facebook.

Bloomfield College: Our church supports the work of the Bloomfield College Chaplain through a special mission offering. Pastor Ruth is a member of the Westminster Foundation Advisory Board that supports and oversees the Chaplaincy program. For more information about the chaplaincy program at Bloomfield College, please visit http://www.bloomfield.edu/student-life/health-wellness/spiritual-life

Bloomfield High School: Our church funds a scholarship for a Bloomfield High School senior who has shown exceptional improvement during her or his four years of study.

 

AA and NA: We open our doors and hearts for those in the recovery community. Alcoholics Anonymous meets in our Parish House on Sundays at 2:00 PM, Tuesdays at 8:00 PM and Thursdays at 8:00 PM.  Narcotics Anonymous meets in our Parish House on Thursdays at 7:30 PM.

Live Nativity:  Or annual Live Nativity takes place on a Friday evening in December.  The community gathers to follow Mary and Joseph on a narrated walk through the church grounds to the stable in Bethlehem where shepherds, angels, three kings and live stable animals greet the baby Jesus. Choral music is sung by the Bloomfield Chorale.  All are invited to warm up afterwards in the Parish House with cocoa, refreshments and children’s activities. This Bloomfield tradition is free and open to the public. Children from the community are invited to participate as shepherds and angels. Watch this space for the casting call and dates/times for the 2018 Annual Live Nativity.