A Brief History of our Church
In February of 1954, a group met to see if there was interest in having a Protestant church in town. By April 1, the group had canvassed the town, with the result that a need for such a church was determined, with Presbyterian representing the favored denomination. The first worship service was held at the end of April at Deerfield School, conducted by Rev. Welwyn Rayson of the Presbyterian Synod of New Jersey and attended by 120 adults and 30 children. In the summer of 1954, the residence at 287 Garrett Road was purchased for use as a manse.
The formal organization of the Community Presbyterian Church of Mountainside occurred on October 10, 1954, with 205 charter members from 105 families. Later that month, Rev. Rayson was installed as the first pastor. An anonymous donor gave four and a half acres for the building of the church, and in December 1955 the congregation gathered for groundbreaking, followed by a dedicatory service one year later. Church groups and ensembles quickly formed, including a Chancel Choir, Junior Choir, Carol Choir, Sunday School classes, Junior and Senior High Fellowships, Bible study groups, a Women's Association, Men's Group, and others. It soon became clear that more space was needed and in September of 1959, a new Education building was begun. The new building added over 4,000 square feet for the Christian Education programs.
A Memorial Garden was dedicated in the spring of 1971, adding a tranquil space for the eternal rest of friends and loved ones. Discussions for a Nursery School began in 1960. Throughout the years, the church's Nursery School has become a fully accredited pre-k educational program that serves as a vital resource to the community and a generous partner to the church.
Our facilities are in constant use by local community organizations in the Westfield area. In addition to our Nursery School, the church sponsors the local Boy Scout Troop 177. The local Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups meet in our facility, as well as the Mountainside Senior Citizens Club. We host the NJ Potters' Guild twice a year, and our facility serves as a polling place for government elections.
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Mountainside Community Presbyterian Church
1459 Deer Path
Mountainside, NJ 07092
Being a community church, CPC offers its facilities and grounds to members and non-members alike for ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, memorial services, etc. The church's beautiful facilities and grounds are serenely suited for such ceremonies. Our wedding policy is below:
A WEDDING is one of the most important events in a person's life! Because of its religious nature, a wedding in the church should be carefully planned and a spirit of reverence should mark the entire service. For a downloadable resource on weddings at CPC, click here.
APPROVAL of the Minister is required before a wedding may be held in the Church, and arrangements should be made with the Administrative Assistant in the Church Office. The couple is expected to meet with the pastor for premarital counseling.
LICENSE- Application should be made for a license at least two weeks before the desired wedding date. The license should be presented to the minister at the rehearsal, the time of which should be arranged with the minister.
Use of Facilities
The Trustees make the use of the church's facilities available to church members as well as community groups and private citizens. Use of the facilities is at the discretion of the Trustees. To apply for building use, please fill out the form here and send it to the church office.
Our Church works to meet the needs of its members and to minister to the needs of the community around us. New members are always welcome. We worship together as a community of believers. We support one another’s values and beliefs. We nurture the faith of all our members in a variety of ways including adult Bible education programs, choirs for both adults and children, youth programs, a nursery school and much more!
We are affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and are a community church located in Mountainside (near Westfield), New Jersey, 25 miles west of New York City. Information for our Nursery School may be found at: www.cpcnurseryschool.com.
We are a fellowship of believers who come together to:
- study and learn about God and ourselves
- serve God through serving each other, serving our community and joining with other Christians to serve the world
Our worship includes Scripture readings, prayers, a children's chat, a sermon and plenty of music.
Christian education at CPC includes Sunday School for all ages, a confirmation class, Youth Fellowship programs, adult Bible Study, our Women's Association, and our Men's Group.
Ministry in our church includes numerous opportunities for mission work both locally, nationally, and worldwide. Ministry to our own members includes taking flowers and Communion to those who are hospitalized, Christmas caroling at the homes of shut in members, and providing opportunities for fellowship and recreation.
On September 25, 1985, the Session adopted the following Mission Statement:
The Mission of the Community Presbyterian Church of Mountainside, NJ is to preach the Word of God, to increase the awareness and understanding of the Holy Spirit in our lives, to preserve and extend Christian attitudes and actions, and provide a witness to the love and power of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
This Ministry begins with Baptism, when the congregation assumes responsibility to the young for nurture, education and example, and continues as the church meets the spiritual, physical and psychological needs of its church family through all life's stages.
The Mission of our Church is to attract and care for new members of all ages, with particular emphasis on younger families and new residents. We further believe that God calls us to be an active participant in causes which improve the quality of life in the community and further the Kingdom of God to the ends of the earth.
You are invited to join us for events such as coffee hours, dinners, special outings such as winery tours, theater trips, holiday parties - all providing great opportunities for members and guests to enjoy fellowship together.