SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is hosting an outdoor worship service followed by a picnic on Sunday, Sept. 25, starting at 10:00 am at LaGrande Park in Fanwood. For this come-as-you-are service, the community is invited to worship under the pavilion on the picnic benches. People are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item (no glass) or paper product (toilet paper, paper towels, etc) for the local food bank.

The service will feature live music, activities for children, and a message from Willow Grove Church’s pastor, Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney. Favorite hymns and contemporary music will be featured throughout the service. 

According the Willow Grove Church’s Outreach Elder Maryjane Finne, “We look for different ways to bring the good news of our faith to people in our community. This is just a different way for people to worship and oftentimes people are more comfortable outside in a casual atmosphere.”

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Following the worship service, the community is invited to a picnic lunch.  Hamburgers, hotdogs, side dishes and desserts will be provided. There will be outdoor games, a kickball game for all ages, and opportunities to talk with members of Willow Grove Church.

The congregation looks forward to adults, youth and children of the community coming to this special outdoor service and picnic. Reservations with the church office are helpful but not required.Regular Sunday worship services are held at 10:00 am at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, located at 1961 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, diagonally across from the Southside Firehouse. For more information, visit, call 908-232-5678, or contact