Religions and Spirituality

Willow Grove Church in Scotch Plains Features Special Music and Service Projects During Lent

Florian Schantz will be the featured solo trumpeter on Easter Sunday, April 16.
Willow Grove Presbyterian Church has a strong ministry of music and the arts as well as ongoing service projects for all ages.
Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney will sing “In Christ Alone” in worship on Sunday, March 19 as part of Lenten music series.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church of Scotch Plains invites the community to come to worship services and participate in local service projects during the season of Lent.  Each week the Sunday worship at 10:00 am will include special music that invite people to reflect on their spiritual journeys.  A new service opportunity for all ages will be an opportunity to serve neighbors in need. 

Celebrating music and the arts is a central part of the ministry of Willow Grove Church.On Sunday, March 19, Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney will sing the moving Celtic hymn, “In Christ Alone.” The following week on March 26, the Willow Grove band will lead the congregation in contemporary songs, including a new song “Jesus, Friend of Sinners’ by Casting Crowns. Drums, keyboard, guitar and multi-media bring the message of God’s hope along with the sermon for the day.  On April 2, high school sophomore Thomas Lim from Edison will perform,  “Vivaldi's Concerto in G minor, opus 12, No. 1” on the violin.  Rebecca Dias, Willow Grove worship music leader, will be the featured soloist on Palm Sunday (April 9).

On Easter Sunday, April 16, the music will be rich and varied as the congregation gathers for worship on the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Trumpet prodigy and high school student from Westfield, Florian Schantz, will be featured on “Trumpet Tune” by Henry  Purcell and opening hymn “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today.” Eight featured singers from Arthur Johnson High School in Clark will join the Willow Grove church choir singing a special anthem “A Gaelic Easter Anthem.” 

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Serving neighbors and addressing issues of hunger and homelessness are also central to the ministry of Willow Grove Church.  Starting on April 1, the church invites the adults, youth and children to participate in the monthly Service Saturdays.  On the first Saturday of the month, people are invited to come to the church and choose between two projects.  At 9:00 am, people of all ages are invited to make sandwiches in the church kitchen. These sandwiches will be delivered to St. Joseph’s Social Service Center in Elizabeth. Donations of loaves of bread are appreciated. People may also carpool to Temple Emanu-El in Westfield and volunteer with refugee families starting at 10:00 am in the Saturday Fun Bunch program.  Children, youth and adults have the opportunity to read books, do art projects or practice conversational English with refugee families from Syria, the Congo and other countries.

People may sign up to participate in the Service Saturdays  by calling the church office 908-232-5678 or email

Willow Grove Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) is a vibrant Christian community committed to engaging worship, spiritual growth for all ages, welcoming hospitality, and service to neighbors near and far. The church is located at 1961 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, across from the Southside Firehouse and Soccer Field.  For more information about church programs and ministries visit  or the church Facebook page.  

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