Congregational care

"Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them.

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

When God's people are in need, be ready to help them.

Always be eager to practice hospitality"

Romans 12:9, 12-13


As Christians, we are called to be involved in the ministry of caring for others. We care for our family, friends, members of our church family, and for others who we don't even know. Through prayer, visitation, and getting involved in different types of care giving, we can help others as Christ taught us to. Below are some of the opportunities for prayer and other forms of care giving that are available at the Colts Neck Reformed Church. For information about any of the ministries listed below, email our Congregational Care Coordinator, Dianne O'Hara .

care ministry team

Our trained volunteers encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are home-bound, ill, going through a challenging time or live event, or just in need of someone to talk to. A member of our care team will meet with your privately and confidentially to listen, encourage, and support you.


When you are going through a challenging time it's nice to have a caring Christian who will listen, encourage, and pray with you and for you. We are not problem solvers, therapists, or counselors; just lay people who have an interest in helping others.


If you would like someone from our care team to visit you, or you'd like to join our care team, please contact Dianne O'Hara.

prayer chain ministry

We pray for specific prayer requests from members of the church community.


If you would like to add someone's name to the prayer chain, please contact Dianne O'Hara. Be sure you have received permission from the person to add their name and information to our prayer chain.


If you would like to be a part of the Email Prayer Chain, contact Dianne O'Hara.


Prayers are typically listed in our bulletin announcements for three consecutive weeks. Long term prayer requests are listed in our monthly newsletter, The Reformed Informer.


welcome / information center

Our Welcome Centers are located at both entrances to the church.  If you are visiting, please take a bag as well as any of the brochures available. If you have any questions, speak with one of the ushers and they will happily assist you.

new member classes

are you interested in church membership?

Attend a "New Member Class," usually held two times each year. This is a chance to have an informal "meet and greet" with our ministers where you can learn more about the beliefs and ministries of the Colts Neck Reformed Church and The Reformed Church in America. This class welcomes recent visitors and frequent guests who are ready to join the church or who just want to learn more about us.


Our ministers are also available to meet "one-on-one" as well, to answer any questions or to talk more in depth about our church. Email Dianne O'Hara for more information.

greeter ministry

All who come to worship on Sunday are greeted with a friendly hello and a smile. We are a caring congregation dedicated to welcome all who wish to worship with us.

meal ministry

Funeral Receptions / repast ministry

Volunteers prepare meals at home and deliver them to church members in need. Meals are provided when there is a birth, hospitalization, or death in the family.


Volunteers will organize, set up, and provide food and refreshments for a funeral reception held in our Fellowship Hall, following a service at the church.

transportation ministry

Transportation is provided by volunteers to members of our congregation who may need a ride to worship services or medical appointments.


Golf Cart Ministry - Before and after our Sunday morning worship services we have a golf cart in motion (staffed by trained volunteers) that allows some of our senior members, or those who may be temporarily sporting a cast or brace, to move easily between the Sanctuary and the Community Center, or their car.

flower ministry

Church members provide flower arrangements for our Sanctuary each Sunday. On Monday or Tuesday mornings, the flowers from the previous Sunday that are not taken home by the provider, are delivered by volunteers or one of our ministers to a church member who is hospitalized, home-bound, or in a nursing home, to remind them that their church family is thinking of and praying for them. They look forward to visits and are very grateful for our members who stop by from time to time.


To order flowers, you will find the sign-up sheet hanging on the bulletin board in our church's Fellowship Hall. The cost is $15.00 and the arrangements are limited to one per worship service.


Celebrating a Birth - Whenever a baby is born into the church family, a rose is placed on the chancel table in honor of the birth. When the parents are members of the church family, the rose is provided for them. If the parents do not belong to the church family, then grandparents may wish to provide a rose to celebrate the birth. This can be done by contacting the church office (732-462-4555) to make the request and submitting a check for $10.00 to cover the cost.

coffee and fellowship

Coffee Hour is held every Sunday morning, between the 9:15 and 11:00 a.m. worship services, in Fellowship Hall, located upstairs in the brick Community Center. It is a time of fellowship to meet and greet your friends and neighbors.


Volunteers are needed to provide and set up light refreshments. Coffee, tea, and lemonade, along with all the paper products, are provided by the church. Volunteers bake or purchase finger foods. Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, along with a Coffee Hour Instruction Sheet. Betsy Aras oversees this ministry. 


During the summer months (mid-June through Labor Day) we gather under our Ministry Center portico (weather permitting) following the 9:15 a.m. worship service, for a cool drink of lemonade or iced tea. Contact Dianne O'Hara or the church office for more information. 

photography

If you like to take pictures and you will be attending a church function, this is the perfect job for you. You can use the church camera or use your own camera. Take some photos of the event and email them to the church office, or burn them to a disk and drop it off at the office. We may display them on a bulletin board or use them in future newsletters or slide shows.