While Christ United Methodist Church in Piscataway continues to rebound from an April fire, the church remains committed to serving the community.
Despite the fact that much of its facility at 485 Hoes Lane will not be accessible, the church will still host a Community Fun Day and Food Drive on Saturday, June 23. The family-friendly event will take place on the church lawn from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free with the donation of nonperishable food items. Attendees donating food will be entered into a drawing for door prizes provided by local businesses.
Kids will enjoy a petting zoo, mobile video game theater, “sports arena,” a craft projects area hosted by Home Depot and face and nail painting. For adults, there will be performances from local musicians, board and lawn games. The North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company will show off one of its trucks, and New Brunswick radio station Magic 98.3 will be on hand giving out prizes from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cedar Grove Café and Catering will sell food from noon to 4 p.m.
Located adjacent to the Piscataway municipal complex, the church is hosting the Community Fun Day and Food Drive as a means to provide families with an enjoyable low-cost experience while gathering food for those in need. With the assistance of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, donated food will be distributed to local food pantries.
The April 24 fire was contained to the church’s primary electrical room, but smoke damage was extensive through much of the building. Only the building wing containing offices and the church’s Minnow Pond Preschool has reopened. The rest of the building is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time due to the significant amount of work required to restore it to functional condition. While its sanctuary is unavailable, the church is conducting a Sunday worship service at New Brunswick United Methodist Church.
Through its Shepherd’s Shelves ministry, Christ United Methodist Church works collaboratively with other organizations to gather and distribute food to families in central New Jersey and beyond. It also offers free lunches monthly at its facility and periodically at the Church of the Epiphany in Orange.
More details on the Community Fun Day and Food Drive are available on the church Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cumcpiscataway.