SUMMIT, NJ - Central Presbyterian Church in Summit is, today, officially celebrating its 150th anniversary. The Church, located at 70 Maple Street, is currently worshiping virtually on its Facebook page, YouTube, as well as on HTTV, beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
According to Central Presbyterian Church 1870 – 2001 A Brief History by Garner R. Morgan:
"Central has some of its roots in the New Providence Presbyterian Church. Back in the day (1737) when travel was not so easy, the five-mile journey from Summit to New Providence was long for families taking their children to Sunday School. Finally, in 1867 a group of families established “The Franklin Chapel Association” in a building near Springfield and Oakley Avenues. At the same time another group in the Turkey Hill area began a Sunday School and held prayer meetings above Littell’s General Store near the newly constructed Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroad station. In 1870, with the support of the New Providence church and the approval of Newark Presbytery, these two groups of worshippers founded Central Presbyterian Church on May 29, 1870, and promptly elected ruling elders, trustees and deacons and began a search for a pastor."
A committee of 25 Central Church members has been creating and holding events in celebration of the milestone since November of 2018, including a congregation breakfast, Historical open house and tour, Ice Cream Social, Potluck Dinner & Variety show, Memorial Day Parade, and High Tea.
A Tree of Remembrance has been lighted on the Maple Street lawn to remember all the lives that have been touched through the church during the past 150 years. A dinner and parade planned for this spring have been delayed to a future date due to the stay-at-home orders.