God's grace is personal yet has communal, societal and global dimensions
"Whoever welcomes this child welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the One who sent me." Elder Linwood Bagby, is the Executive Director of Restore Ministries. Restore meets three afternoon/evenings a week at Second Church, along with special trips to theatre and the arts. Many of the young people come to our Sunday School. Restore youth participate in an after-school Homework Center, including discussion groups, sports tournaments, and family meals. Restore has recently hired a new Program Director. For more information about Restore visit their website at www.Restorekids.org.
"I was homeless and you gave me shelter." This is a church project in our city to shelter the homeless through the winter. We co-founded this ministry after a homeless woman was found frozen on Christmas morning in Elizabeth. Twelve churches partner together with the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless to provide shelter and food for our homeless brothers and sisters. Caseworkers work with each person to help them find permanent housing. This year we are sheltering on Monday nights. Consider signing up to prepare a meal.
Malagasy Community Church
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me" The Malagasy people are grateful to God and their fellow Christians at Second Church for this new beginning. Since September 2008, with its official dedication, the Malagasy church has been blessed in its worship, education and missions. We have our worship during major events in the year (including: Easter, Pentecost, Malagasy Independence Day, Homecoming worship and Christmas). We have added Bible study every other month. We enjoy partnering with Second Church through the year.
Prison Ministry and Community Theatre
"I was in prison and you visited me.” In response to God’s call in Jesus Christ in our time and context this project will develop new prison and immigrant ministries in greater Elizabeth/Newark. This will include organizing alternative worship and community theatre on themes of incarceration, trauma and liberation. Educational ministry will be organized and led in a local prison. Community theatre will be developed working directly with our brothers and sisters who were incarcerated to write, direct, and perform original plays with the community.
Presbyterians Renewing In Spirit and Mission (PRISM)
"Together we are the body of Christ" This is a concerted effort of Elizabeth Presbyterian Churches and the Elizabeth Presbyterian Center to provide opportunities for transformation and social witness to Jesus Christ in the city of Elizabeth. PRISM funds urban ministries in greater Elizabeth, including several mission projects at Second Church.
AGAPE Community Kitchen
"I was hungry and you fed me." The Agape Community Kitchen had been operating for five years out of Second Church after re-construction stalled at the parish house at First Church. With construction now completed, the meal program has returned to First Church on Broad St. and serves dinners to hundreds of people in need every Wednesday night from 5-6 pm, 52 weeks a year. Since 2000, the Agape Kitchen has served over 100,000 meals to people in the Elizabeth area. Young people from Elizabeth and from Westfield and other suburbs have first-hand experience working together in a vital mission project. As they serve those in need they build important friendships.
Summer Vacation Bible School
"For such is the Kingdom of Heaven" This year our VBS Day Camp is June 30--July 3, 9am-3pm at Second Presbyterian Church. Led by outstanding staff from Camp Johnsonburg with support from adult leaders. Lunch is included. A joint project of First, Second, Third-Westminster, Siloam-Hope, Hillside-Millenium and Elizabethport Presbyterian Center.
Westminster Choir College, Princeton
“Make a Joyful Sound Unto The Lord” Award winning faculty from Westminister Choir College hold concerts for the community in our chapel.
International Rescue Committee
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me” ESL classes for new immigrants taught Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9:30 and 12:30.