St. John's Episcopal Church Hoy Ave, Fords, NJ08863 St. John's Episcopal Church offers the community several faith-based services and programs. These include masses, bible…More studies and youth programs.
One of the two oldest churches in New Jersey's oldest township, Trinity Episcopal Church has a long and storied…More history. The present stone church, which replaced one destroyed by fire, was consecrated in 1861. With very few modifications, it remains the same as the day it was erected.
In 1713, Benjamin Dunham led an effort to establish a permanent church, since services were being held in the family's home. The Dunham house was purchased by the church in 1872 and still serves as the church's rectory.
The church has adult and children's choirs, a women's association, Sunday School, Bible and educational classes that meet throughout the year.
Despite its antiquity, Trinity Church has a very modern presence in Woodbridge. Its outreach to the needy includes support groups, a food pantry and the township's only soup kitchen, which serves meals on Fridays from noon to 1pm.
The Rev. Robert B. Counselman has been rector of Trinity Church since 1981.
Known by everyone as "the Old White Church," the structure is a Woodbridge landmark, and the oldest church in the…More township (although Trinity Episcopal Church next door on Rahway Ave. is a worthy competitor.)
Only two structures have stood on that triangle of land, bounded by Rahway and Port Reading Aves. at the terminus of Freeman Street. The original Meeting House was erected in 1675, and served church members as well as being the seat of Woodbridge's government. The "new" church was built in 1803, and it's still there, under a white brick facade and renovation done in 1972.
A fantastic cemetery, rich in historic lore, is in back of the church. James Parker, a Revolutionary War patriot and the town's famous printer, is buried there.
Both the church and cemetery were put on the National Register of Historic Place in 2007, due mainly to the efforts of the late Robert J. McEwen, a well known author of all things Woodbridge and the best authority on township history.
The Old White Church has a vibrant church community that is very active and involved with the community. The Rev. Robert Boyar has served as pastor since 2005.