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Trinity Cranford Redirects Parking Lot funds to Enhance Day School Programs

Trinity Episcopal Church, Cranford, NJ Credits: Nancy Noonan

Under the new leadership of The Reverend Andy Kruger, Priest-in-Charge, the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church, 119 Forest Avenue Cranford, NJ has decided to withdraw its application to expand its off-street church parking lot and redirect the funds for the project to enhancing the facilities and programs of the Trinity Episcopal Day School (TEDS). “God calls us to love our neighbors”, said Father Andy. “It is very clear that our parking lot expansion, though within our rights, has greatly upset some of our neighbors. In light of God’s call, we have chosen to withdraw our parking lot application and to use the funds to enhance and expand the programs at TEDS, our day school. We have been very blessed with the generosity of parishioner Arthur A. Patchett, Ph.D., to make this possible”, Father Andy continued. Over the coming months, Father Andy will work together with the Trinity Vestry and TEDS Board to determine the best use of the funds to have the biggest impact on TEDS students and the community.


Trinity Episcopal Day School (TEDS) was started in February 2011 to provide pre-school children with a high-quality nurturing and learning environment which promotes intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical growth. TEDS has grown from 11 children in 2011 to over 140 children today and has earned a reputation as one of the best pre-schools in the area.    “We are committed to the growth and development of each and every one of our children”, said Ms. Nancy Ditzel, TEDS Director. “It has been very gratifying to have been recognized for the excellence of our student development by local school officials”, Ms. Ditzel continued. TEDS uses a standard, approved curriculum that promotes learning through play. The school has a low student/teacher ratio allowing individual attention in a small class setting. TEDS provides learning in all areas of development, and an emphasis on building creative abilities and positive self-image. Spiritual development is enhanced through respect for one another and love of the environment. “We live our school motto ‘Growth through nurturing, caring, preparing’ everyday,” said Ms. Ditzel “Our goal is to give each child a solid foundation for life-long success,” she continued. Trinity Episcopal Day School places a high priority on Child safety. Entry to the school accessed with a code/card access security system. TEDS is monitored via video on a 24 hour basis. There is daily communication between teachers and parents to keep parents informed about their child’s day. For additional information about Trinity Episcopal Day School, please call (908) 276-2881 or email: or visit http


Trinity Episcopal Church was founded in 1872. Trinity is a faith-based family church that welcomes all people without exception and strives to “know Christ and to make him known with joy, faith, and service.” In addition, throughout its history Trinity and many parishioners have served the township and community organizations. Sunday services at 8 AM and 10 AM are celebrated by The Reverend Andy Kruger, Trinity's Priest-in-Charge. In addition, Father Kruger officiates at the daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer from Monday to Thursday at 8:30AM and 5:00 PM respectively in the Witherington Chapel, which is in the basement of the church and can be accessed by the outside stairs behind the church off the parking lot. For more information about Trinity, please call 908-276-4047 or visit

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