Matthew 22: 36-40 calls us to love God and neighbor. We at GRC serve Christ by serving and supporting our neighbors within our own community and around the world.
We set aside the first Sunday of each month to bring donations for local foodbanks. In New Jersey, as many as 1 in 10, (1 in 8 children), do not consistently have enough food for adequate nutrition. Individuals and families often must choose between paying bills and buying food. We donate to 5 local foodbanks on a rotating basis.
Volunteers from Griggstown and Blawenburg Reformed Churches join together to prepare and serve meals in an atmosphere of respect and fellowship to those in need through the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (S.H.I.P.) S.H.I.P. provides a variety of programs to help improve the lives of the homeless, near homeless, elderly, homebound, and many others.
Each year, GRC takes steps to end hunger by participating in the South Somerset County CROP Walk. The money raised is used by Church World Service to fight hunger and to empower people around the world to meet their own needs. Twenty five percent of that amount goes to support S.H.I.P. and the Somerset County Foodbank.
Blankets given to victims of natural disasters, refugees, the homeless, and those in poverty can lend warmth and also serve as a reminder of God's comfort during times of great stress. Over $400 was raised during our CWS Blankets drive this year.
GRC has two Partners-in- Mission: The Al Amana Centre in Oman, and the Center of Hope in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Al Amana Centre has its roots in the relationship of trust built up over many years between Christians and Muslims in Oman through the work of the Reformed Church in America. The Centre works to achieve increased interfaith understanding and to build trust and peace between Muslims and Christians. They do this in part by providing opportunities for face to face dialogue and cultural immersion as a way to discover shared values, to correct misunderstandings and false stereotypes, and also to learn about religious beliefs, including exploration of ones own faith. Currently, Reverend Aaro Rytkonen is its Executive Director.
The Center of Hope, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, works to share God's love and empower those in need within its community to change their lives for the better. They do this by providing services that address spiritual and material needs. The Center welcomes people to come as you are adult Bible studies, to sports nights for teens and young adults and to a Bible Camp for young children. Low cost bikes for transportation to work and winter clothing are made available, as well as phone and computer access. They offer support through a drop-in center and visit those in prison. Their vision statement reads in part, "The Center of Hope encourages and mentors people with the hope of redemption through Jesus Christ." Brett Rockvam is the current Executive Director.
GRC supports the following Ministries:
The Religious Ministries Program at Penn Medicine Princeton Health. The Chaplains in this program provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, families, staff and physicians at the Princeton Medical Center, Princeton House Behavioral Health, and Princeton Hospice. They provide a listening ear and help people cope with the stress of being hospitalized.
The Reformed Church Home in Old Bridge, NJ, provides Assisted Living, Rehabilitation, Long Term Nursing Care & Respite Care services. The Reformed Church Home is "committed to the compassionate care of our elders in a spiritual environment."
Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries is a campus ministry on the Rutgers University New Brunswick campus. It provides students with opportunities for worship, fellowship and spiritual growth.
Adult Bible Study
The adult Bible study meets every Sunday morning from September to June, 9:30 - 10:30, in the Church Parlor.
New members are always welcome. We have been reading and studying Paul's Letters and will resume with Colossians on September 15, 2019. Please consider joining us.
The Women’s Guild is to unite all women of the Church in order to deepen the Spiritual life of each of its members. We meet for fellowship a few times a year to prepare our yearly budget and decide on the disbursements of our funds.
The Spring and Fall Rummage Sales are our main source of income. With these funds we support the church and the following missions, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, Home Front, Our Daily Bread Ministries, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Smile Train, Somerset County Food Bank, Engineering Ministries International (EMI) and Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) with food and casseroles for the Mobile Soup Truck.
The Guild organizes the covered dish luncheon following the Sunday School Christmas Program.
Upon Request we will be available to assist with a fellowship time, following funerals..