Thursday, October 9
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The Presbytery of New Brunswick
In 2012 four Presbyterian congregations in a five-mile radius made the decision to partner in the creation of a collaborative youth and young adult ministry. They didn’t quite do this on purpose, but it also wasn’t really by accident.
Each of the four congregations had something to offer: Covenant (Trenton) had a van; Ewing, an office; Lawrence Road (Lawrenceville), a manse; and West Trenton, a roster of students. And Trenton Area Campus Ministry already had a foot in the door at Rider University (Lawrenceville) and Westminster Choir College. The Tapestry Fund, a grant program of the Presbytery of New Brunswick, offered a grant to form a student-led retreat program.
As the congregations gathered students into overlapping circles of activities and fellowship groups, ministry emerged among and with the students (fourth graders through young adults), supported by parents and volunteers.
In one year the congregations moved from claiming four or five students at each to embracing a disparate and complicated mess of 80 students. The undertaking has been dubbed the Ministry of Many Things, and it provides room for diversity of thought and culture, and flexibility to adapt to future needs.
The Presbytery of New Brunswick serves 40 congregations. Within its boundaries is Princeton Theological Seminary.
—Rev. Katie Mulligan, Ministry of Many Things, Trenton
Let us join in prayer for:
Wendy Bailey, regional presbyter
D. Paul LaMontagne, stated clerk
Ilene Black, financial secretary
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Almighty God, guide our efforts to provide a ministry to include all who seek your love and grace. Help us to appreciate all of your children, to encourage their gifts, and to be facilitators and supporters as we offer them a welcoming place to gather in the light of your love and wisdom. Amen.