On Sunday, November 19th, during the 9:15 and 11:00 a.m. worship services, the Sanctuary Choir of the Colts Neck Reformed Church, and the Monmouth University Chamber Choir will sing Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms as part of our morning worship services. In this work, Bernstein created a magically unique blend of biblical Hebrew verse and Christian choral tradition; a musical depiction of the composer's hope for peace and unity. The choirs will be accompanied by pianist Maggie Tripold, percussionists Len Simicich and Kelly Tyma, harpist Marjorie Mollenauer, and soloist Erin Barnett.
"I do not thank Thee, Lord, that I have bread to eat while others starve; nor yet for work to do while other bodies flatten beds of pain; No, not for these do I give thanks.
But I am grateful, Lord, because my meager loaf I may divide, and that my busy hands may move to meet another's need; because by doubled strength I may expend to steady one who faints. Yes, for all these do I give thanks."
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Colts Neck Reformed Church website. Our aim is to be a growing, relevant, active, caring, compelling, and empowering place for all those who come through our doors, serving so that all would grow in the knowledge, grace and hope that is found in Jesus Christ.
If you attend one of our services (Worship Times and Visitor Information) you will notice that we are a traditional church with a heart for the contemporary world. Everyone is welcome, and we pray that you will find a place here with us. There is no requirement of how a person should dress for church or what your political ideology is, or a person's sexual orientation; we draw people from a wide geographical area. Rather, our Consistory (leadership team) and congregation affirm that:
The Colts Neck Reformed Church is committed to welcoming all people into the life of our church community. We commit to affirm the beauty, value, and gifts of all people. These commitments are not subject to a person's color, race, ethnicity, place of origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, relationship status (single, married, separated, divorced), socioeconomic situation, or a person's mental, physical, or emotional health or ability. All people are welcome to participate fully in the life of our faith community. Membership is conditioned only upon a person's faith in Jesus Christ.
The Colts Neck Reformed Church has a motto which includes the words, "Nurture our Faith: Life-long Learning". Our commitment to this ideal brings us to offer Christian Education to all people who seek to know God, to love Jesus, and to be inspired by the Holy Spirit through the Bible. For children, we offer Church School for three-year-olds through seventh grade, Confirmation classes for eighth grade and older, Children at the Lord's Table for those taking communion for the first time, and summer Sunday classes. We offer Bible Studies on many different days and times for members and non-members alike. Speakers and special classes are offered from time to time. Come, join in, and learn what God has to say to you and your family!
In both the Old and New Testaments, music is mentioned many times as a way to express our praise to God. We embrace that with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength at the Colts Neck Reformed Church! Whether you like to make music through singing in a choir, ringing handbells, playing an instrument, or lifting your voice on the hymns on Sunday mornings, there are opportunities for all ages to grow in your faith through music. And if your passion is art or drama, there are many ways to use your gifts to glorify God. Psalm 95:1 says, "O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!"
God's gift of salvation comes to expression in our community of faith in many ways. Engaging in mission and outreach are two expressions of our salvation life. We feel God's call to serve the needs of others. We serve others by providing financial support for benevolent causes, regular volunteering, and special mission opportunities. We seek to make an impact in our local community, in the wider regional area, nationally, and internationally. We would love to help you find ways to lend your gifts to God's work. We currently have a small mission team in Madanapalle, South India, sharing their musical skills and bringing the joy of music to a Reformed Church in America supported school.
God's healing power is available to us through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. As an offering of gratitude for this blessing, the Health and Wellness Ministry promotes the wellness of body, mind and spirit. Our goal is to educate and inspire our congregation and community with programs intended to improve well-being, as well as inspire a lifestyle of healthy habits. The ministry's holistic approach to achieving a well-balanced life by unifying physical, social, psychological, and spiritual wellness is rooted in our strong faith. The Healer (Jeremiah 30:17) never turned anyone who was hurting away, and there was no ailment too challenging for Him to cure. We view taking care of our health as an act of worship which deepens our relationship with the Great Physician (Mark 2:17).
It is our duty as disciples of God to come together and be one another's remedy through support, fellowship, and encouragement (Galatians 6:2). We have a canning group who gathers several times per year to enjoy fellowship and a shared desire to capture the fresh fruits and vegetables by learning how to can them. A Chronic Illness Support group meets monthly during the day at a local restaurant.
The church is more than a building or an organization - the church is people! The Colts Neck Reformed Church is people who care for one another. We celebrate successes and mourn losses together. One way that fabric of the church is woven even tighter is through fellowship. All are invited to participate in caring, supporting, laughing and drawing ever closer in the love of God!
The Colts Neck Reformed Church Nursery School was founded in 1970 and is a New Jersey licensed, non-profit, cooperative school committed to Christian values. Children of all faiths and races are welcomed and embraced. Our aim is to nurture self-confidence, and to guide children in the joy of discovery and learning. The daily schedule is flexible and programs are developed to provide different opportunities for socialization and independence based on the children's ages and, more importantly, their developmental stages.