Giving Back

United Reformed Youth Complete Year-Long Activities and Service Projects

"We welcome new families to come see what we are all about,” said Rev. Paul G. Janssen.

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Youth Group and Sunday School kids at United Reformed Church, “The Church on Main Street”, have completed their program for the season with an impressive list of community service projects.

Linda Hayes, United’s Sunday School Coordinator read a list to the members of the congregation at a recent service, highlighting the many activities and service projects the kids participated in which included;

- participated in the CROP Hunger walk and made a banner that could be signed by walkers and donors, themed, “God’s Dream for Our World;”

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- baked desserts/treats and made Thanksgiving baskets with handmade cards for several elderly or sick members who cannot attend worship on a regular basis;

- assembled 46 bags of trail mix and 35 bags of snack mix for the homeless;

- sold refreshments at the Peter Mayer concert, in which half of the proceeds were donated to the Women's unit at the Lyons VA Hospital;

- participated in the annual Christmas tableau and handed out candy canes and Christian bookmarks on Christmas Eve to worshippers;

- participated in the Twelfth Night Boars Head Festival, a free performance as a gift to the community;

- hosted fellowship hour with beverages and baked goods, and served as Ushers on Sundays;

- completed cleaning projects at the church;

- handmade Valentine cards for members of the congregation;

- organized a toiletry collection and assembled 70 hygiene kits for the Food Bank Network of Somerset County;

- made sun catcher crosses, making 125 crosses for Easter;

- assembled 75 carnation bouquets for Mother’s Day, which were given out to all of the women of the congregation on Mother’s Day; 

- participated in the Youth Bell Choir, rehearsed handbells every week and performed on special occasions to the congregation.

“Our kids were very busy this year as you can see. It is heartwarming to see how involved and active our youth are in serving our congregation and our community,” Hayes said.

The Sunday School Program is on recess for the summer and will resume in September.

“Countless young people have grown up in the Reformed Churches of Somerville for over three centuries learning to love and serve others. We welcome new families to come see what we are all about”, said Rev. Paul G. Janssen, Pastor.

For more information or to request enrollment for next year, contact the church office at (908) 725-4545.

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