Camp JBurg 2020 Kits

Donate online today- click button below and choose #jburg2u under “Purpose”. Any amount helps, but one kit is a basic $35.
Thank you for your help!

Want a kit for yourself, a friend or kids and youth in your church? Click the button below to order as many kits as you wish!
Thanks for helping us get camp to as many people as possible this summer!

Stay Connected

Stay connected with your Presbytery colleagues throughout the week for encouragement and support as we navigate this unprecedented season of ministry together. Please email [email protected] for Zoom access if you wish to take part.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Pastor/Church Leader Check Ins at 10:30 am
Wednesdays: Virtual Happy Hour at 5:00 pm

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2020 Registration is Open

Over 40 workshops, networking, and learning with stewardship experts

Even as we navigate new waters for worship, for connection, and for service we look ahead to the time when will be able to be together as a community.

Registration for Stewardship Kaleidoscope is open and we hope you will be able to join us in Cincinnati September 21-23.

This annual conference offers education, worship experiences and amazing opportunities for growth in stewardship and generosity. This year we are offering group pricing that will allow more people from your congregation to attend together, to learn, and to take home tools for expanding generosity.

There will be over 40 speakers and workshops addressing change and opportunities in stewardship today.

COVID-19 Update: Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses

March 21, 2020

Dear Friends –

Please see the Executive Order signed by Governor Murphy this afternoon. To that end, we now no longer only recommend cancelling worship. We stand by the announcement of Governor Murphy.

Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey’s health care system for the state’s most vulnerable, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.

“From day one, we’ve made a commitment to be guided by the facts and take any action necessary to protect the health and safety of New Jersey’s nine million residents,” said Governor Murphy. “We know the virus spreads through person-to person contact, and the best way to prevent further exposure is to limit our public interactions to only the most essential purposes. This is a time for us all to come together in one mission to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow – and eventually halt – the spread of coronavirus.”

In effort to strengthen the existing social distancing measures in place, the order also prohibits all gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized by the Order. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart whenever possible, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:

  • Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores.

Nothing in the Order shall limit 1) the provision of health care or medical services; 2) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; 3) the operations of the media; 4) law enforcement agencies, or 5) the operations of the federal government.

Additionally, the order mandates that all businesses or non-profits, wherever practicable, must accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements. To the extent a business or non-profit has employees that cannot perform their functions via telework or work-from-home arrangements, the business or non-profit should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.

Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site in order to perform their job duties include, but are not limited to, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, IT maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.

The Order continues existing bans on recreational and entertainment businesses, requirements that all restaurants operate by delivery and takeout only, and the directive that all pre-K, elementary, and secondary schools close and all institutions of higher education cease in-person instruction.

Governor Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 108, which invalidates any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107. Municipalities or counties cannot 1) make any additions to or deletions from the list of essential retail businesses; 2) impose any additional limitations on businesses beyond the Governor’s Order; 3) impose any additional density or social distancing requirements; or 4) impose any additional restrictions on freedom of movement. The only exceptions are two categories over which municipalities or counties may impose any additional restrictions: 1) online marketplaces for arranging or offering lodging and 2) municipal or county parks.

All additional county and municipality restrictions, subject to the provisions above, are not only invalidated, but, going forward, municipalities or counties may not enact or enforce any rule or ordinance which will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107.

For additional information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses, please visit the State of New Jersey business portal at

Stay safe and stay home!!

Blessings –

Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Smith
Transitional Director of Presbytery Ministries

Elder Warren C. McNeill
Stated Clerk

Flourishing in Ministry

Flourishing in Ministry: Cultivating Trustworthy Relationships

A Circle of Trust Experience for Ministry Leaders


Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood…Let me keep company always with those who say, ‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment and bow their heads.~Mary Oliver
Flourishing in Ministry is a Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) retreat series for clergy and faith leaders.  Across the country clergy spanning the religious spectrum have benefited from participation in CCR programs, based on the work of writer and activist Parker J. Palmer.  The unique Circle of Trust approach has helped many clergy feel more grounded in their calls, more courageous in claiming their voices, and more hospitable to the differences of others.

Flourishing in Ministry aims to support congregational clergy through its unique Circle of Trust approach to self-reflection and community building.  Clergy will be invited to reflect on their sense of call as it exists now, learn from each other, and find strength and possibility for the next season of ministry.

Flourishing in Ministry includes five different cohort series, and one of them is at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center outside of Baltimore!  Each cohort series will consist of three retreats (one 4-day event and two 3-day events) over a 13-month period, as well as small group peer learning calls in between retreats.  Generously underwritten by the Lilly Foundation, Flourishing in Ministry has ample scholarship money to make the series affordable for anyone.  Don’t delay – application deadlines are approaching!  More information on this unique opportunity can be found here

Blessed Tomorrow: Caring for Creation Today

Are you, or is your faith community growing more concerned about climate change? How do you as a church leader help people make the connections between faith and climate? How well-equipped do you feel to speak about the spectrum of solutions? About opportunities to act and advocate? Are you looking for cost effective ways to decrease the carbon footprint of your church?

Rev. Ruth Boling and Dr. Carlos Monteagudo, from Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green, have recently been trained and certified as Blessed Tomorrow Climate Ambassadors. They seek opportunities to speak to congregations and groups about 1) the impacts of climate change on health, livelihoods and communities, and 2) faith-based responses that will help protect the health and wellbeing of families and communities now, and ensure a prosperous, just, and secure future.

Blessed Tomorrow is “a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of God’s creation,” and is a program of ecoAmerica, “which builds institutional leadership, public support and political will for climate solutions int he United States.” The PC(USA) is a partner organization.

For more information contact the church office: 973-743-1796 or email [email protected].

GA 224 Hands & Feet Service Opportunities

Bring your hands and feet to Baltimore
The Center offers opportunities to serve at the 224th General Assembly (2020)

Visitors attending the 224th General Assembly (2020) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) next summer in Baltimore will have the opportunity to put their hands and feet to work during the assembly. The Center, a mission outreach of the Presbytery of Baltimore, will be offering hands-on service opportunities for youth groups and others. Registration is now open for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 22, 24–26.

Continue reading…

We encourage you to read the stories coming out of the work being done on the ground in Baltimore and look for similar opportunities in your own communities. Send us stories along with photos or videos of how your community of faith is living out being the Hands and Feet of Christ so that we can share these with the church. Please forward these to Andrew Yeager-Buckley, Hands and Feet Coordinator whose contact information can be found here.

Hands and Feet is an initiative that highlights and strengthens local and national efforts by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to facilitate change and communicate God’s love. It’s funded by Per Capita dollars and individual gifts. More information is available at

Tricentennial Celebration at First Presbyterian Newark

Come and Fellowship With Us!!

Old First Presbyterian Church is celebrating our Tricentennial as a Presbyterian Church (1719-2019).
November 10, 2019 11:00am
First Presbyterian Church in Newark
(aka: Old First Presbyterian Church)
820 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Rev. Dr. Betty J. Tom, Pastor
(T) 973-642-0260 (F) 973-643-5304

We will have special guests:
•Mayor Ras Baraka
•Councilwoman L. R. McIver
Special Guest Speaker:
Rev. Dr. Barbara Smith, Transitional Director of Presbytery Ministries, Newark Presbytery

Calling All Youth Pastors & Leaders

Liz Hathaway and Nick Wallwork are organizing a team of youth leaders in order to encourage a collective youth movement within the Presbytery. If you are interested in joining this team, please contact us at [email protected].

Book Club for Young Adults & Professionals

Brittany Heun and Liz Hathaway have organized a book club for young adults (18-30(ish) years old) within the Newark Presbytery. This club meets twice a month to discuss Rachel Held Evans’s book Searching For Sunday. If you’re interested in joining the discussion, please contact Liz Hathaway.