By Trish Romano, Certified Self Storage Manager
The First Presbyterian Church of Sparta is the oldest church in Sussex County still standing on its original site, located at 32 Main Street in Sparta. The church was first known as The First Presbyterian Church in Hardyston and was incorporated November 23, 1786. The original congregation had just 10 members.
In 1812, a school was added on site. Then a fire destroyed the school, and it was replaced in 1860. Their fellowship hall, Pehrson Hall, was built in 1956. The cemetery on site dates back to 1786, when they were first incorporated. Something to note is that the church and cemetery were named a New Jersey State Historical Site in 1981. How cool is that?
The church currently has many worship styles every Sunday morning:
- At 8:30am, the service follows a traditional Presbyterian model.
- At 10:50am, worship is a contemporary prayer and praise service, led by a worship team who provides music in which the entire congregation may participate.
- During the summer, they offer one service at 9:30am which has both traditional hymns and contemporary music.
- And, Holy Communion is offered on the first Sunday of every month in all services.
And, if you cannot make it to the church for service for any reason, you can watch it live from anywhere! You can also view webcasts of their past services as well. What a great offering to the community!
They also have Sunday School available for your children that starts at 9:40am. There is an online registration form you can fill out or you can contact Geoff Bysshe at 973-579-9841 for more information and to register your kids. You can also volunteer to help with Sunday School if you are interested.
First Presbyterian Church offers weekly Adult Study classes and Confirmation classes. You can attend their adult classes on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, depending on which class you are interested in.
They are always in need of volunteers for many of their programs and at the church itself. They have programs such as the Bread & Home Furnishings Ministry, Family Promise and Manna House. They also need help with Meal Preparation, Office Support and their Rummage Sales, and many others.
Please patronize our business and non-profit partners and request more information on how they can help you or your business. The First Presbyterian Church of Sparta partners with our store on Hampton House Road in Newton, NJ and we value their local organization as part of our growing community.
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