United Methodist Church of Woodbridge 69 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ07095 United Methodist Church of Woodbridge is a church with a history stretching back to the early 18th century. The church…More is home to the Rev. Hee Moon Lee and offers worship services every Sunday morning. In addition to Sunday worship, the church offers music ministries, Bible study groups and community service events.
After more than seven moves around town in its long history, the Woodbridge Post Office finally found a large enough…More home at its present address on Main St. in 1969. Woodbridge's first postmaster was Thomas Manning, appointed in 1791. The earliest physical location of a post office in Woodbridge was in the late 1860s, at Brown's Drug Store, located between School Street and Amboy Ave.
This is the largest of the post offices serving Woodbridge Township; the others are located in Iselin, Port Reading, Sewaren, Avenel, Colonia, Fords, and Keasbey.
Woodbridge Memorial Gardens U.S. 1, Avenel, NJ07001 Woodbridge Memorial Gardens has been a staple of the township for more than eighty years. By the time the mausoleum…More opened in 1977, the cemetary had been open for fifty years. Its history and tradition is reminiscent of Woodbridge's own heritage in the state of New Jersey. Woodbridge is New Jersey's oldest township and as such has been preserved to maintain its original beauty. This being the case, there is little gripe one could find with memorializing a loved one at this location. The cemetery is located very close to a major highway. This could be a point of debate as to whether this is convenient or if it intrudes on the sense of serenity and overall aesthetic. Either way, one detail which is not debatable is the Woodbridge Memorial Gardens' level of grounds maintenance. You may forget about the world around you for a moment when you take a second to appreciate the pristinely groomed lawns and vegetation. Also, their staff prides themselves on their professionalism in what can be extremely hard times.
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.
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.