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The Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) is our denomination, visit to learn more about us. PNJOPC is our regional Presbytery, covering all of the OP Churches in New Jersey. The Boardwalk Chapel is an outreach of the OPC that reaches tens of thousands of people on the Boardwalk of the New Jersey Shore each and every summer. French Creek is the OPC"s summer camp ministry with several weeks each summer catering to different age groups. Machen Retreat Center is a an OPC retreat and conference center sponsored by the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic. They host several conferences each year on a variety of topics. Camp Susque is another Christian summer camp we support as a congregation, where many of our families not only send their children, but invest their own lives.MORE HELPFUL LINKS.....Coming Soon
Scripture tells us time and again that God uses other believers in our lives and in the church to grow us and mature us in our walk with Him. It is an essential part of the Christian life to bear one anothers burdens, to rejoice together, to mourn together - to show love in tangible ways. It goes well beyond what can take place only on a Sunday morning. We take this truth very seriously at Church of the Covenant and take every opportunity to encourage our members to be involved in the life of the church whenever possible, to be with each other whenever we can, and we try to offer many opportunities.What"s true for the youth is true for the adults as well. Sunday School is a great place to get to know and interact with the other members in the church. It is a vital place of learning and iron sharpening iron.Worship is the place where our shared focus on our God, His glory, and the wonderful savior He has given to us in Jesus Christ builds the foundation for all relationships in the church. It is our trust in Christ and finding our deepest satisfaction and all of our deepest needs in Him that allows us to have deep, fruitful, joyful and abundant relationships with one another.But as we say above, Sunday morning is not enough. We need each other all the time. We need the relationships in the body of Christ to bear each other up as we walk together throughout the week, fellowshiping together, being in prayer with and for one another, bearing one another"s burdens and pointing each other to Christ is the only way we can make it faithfully through this pilgrimage we are on.We have several small groups that meet throughout the week to meet these kinds of needs. Some groups are focused on bible study, others are more focused on prayer and fellowship, but all are focused helping each other to fight the good fight and finish the marathon race set before us. There are men"s and women"s prayer groups, a women"s bible study and several home group bible studies that meet throughout the Hackettstown and Washington area. We also have Adult Fellowship activities that meet randomly throughout the year, whenever someone has a good idea and wants to get together. There are game nights, cooking classes, knitting groups, scrapbooking, volleyball, and whatever else may get people together to enjoy one another and build each other up in the faith.We believe life happens in the church. And so we greatly encourage our people to be deeply involved in one another"s lives, to build relationships and accountability with one another, so that we all might grow up together to be more and more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, as He is revealed to us in Scripture.Part of life in the church is reaching out to those outside the church with Word and Deed. Jesus Christ has called His people to make disciples of all nations and to be His witness to the ends of the earth. At church of the Covenant we try to do our part for the kingdom through personal evangelism, short term missions trips, and supporting OPC missionaries around the world. We believe that all evangelism begins from the pulpit. The preaching of God's word is the main focus of our efforts to bring people to Christ. Our goal is to equip God's people to go out and share all that they have seen and heard so that others will come and hear for themselves of all the glories of our God and Savior. One way we increase that particular effort is our local AM radio broadcast, which airs Sunday mornings at 8AM on 1510 WRNJ. Another way to share Christ with our neighbors is through local outreach and service. We try to keep involved in the community through our food pantry and involvement in town festivals and the summer Hope for Hackettstown outreach. We also give our young people and adults opportunity to try missionary work through yearly short term missions trips. Whether it's personal evangelism on the boardwalk in wildwood, putting on a roof for those in need in West Virginia, or helping those who have been struck by tragedies in New Orleans or Haiti, these trips give God's people a chance to share the love of Christ with those in need and also experience the mission field in a way they would not be able to at home. It stretches their comfort zone and gives them opportunity to search their own hearts to see if they might be called to full-time missionary work.In all these things, it is our hope to build up the body of Christ in a community that honors Him above all things, all for His glory.
Children are one of the church"s greatest resources. The Lord Jesus Himself calls us to bring the children to Him and that is our goal in all of our youth ministry. Our aim is to provide an opportunity for the children to witness the godly examples of older believers, fellowship with one another and build relationships that will strengthen faith while learning more about their God and all that He has done on our behalf.Sunday School is a great place for kids to get to know each other and to get to know their God and Savior. All great youth ministry starts here. With Christ at the center, no relationship can ever fail.But that"s just the beginning for us, we have several youth ministries that we love and welcome all to come to join...Cavaliers - The Cavaliers is our boys club for ages 7 and up. Our slogan is, "Great stuff you can"t get anywhere outside of Christ," and that sums up our goals and mindset for each meeting (First and third Fridays from September to May). The boys have a fun and exciting time together at church and see that this is where they belong. You will not find a better group of counselors anywhere. Most of the older boys love Cavaliers so much that they stay on as junior counselors so they can help guide the younger boys.Tulips - TULIPS is a girls club that meets the first and third Fridays of each month from September through May. The girls in this group are 5-12. (We do have girls that are older than 12, but they act in a leadership role during the meetings.) During a typical meeting we play games, have a Bible lesson, memorize scripture together, work on projects and typically end with a snack. Examples of projects in the past have been: Quilting, jewelry making, planting flowers around the church and making fleece tie blankets for new babies and those who are sick. We generally look upon our projects as times to serve others. The goal of TULIPS is for the older women to teach the younger women what it means to be Christian woman (Titus 2). Rangers - The Ranger Program is designed to teach young men disciplines in a variety of outdoor skills. In the Rangers young men enjoyed camping, hiking, woodworking projects, riflery, trap shooting, archery, repelling, four wheeling, learning knots and lashing; including building rope bridges across a body of water, fire building, cooking and many hours of paintball skirmishes. Ranger"s is for young men 11 to 16 and older and meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.Youth Group - The purpose of the Youth Group is to build strong Christian bonds and relationships betweenour covenant young people. As they go through this very important time in their lives they will be exposed to tremendous evil and significanttemptations. In school, at the very least, their faith will be challenged plus they will face pressure from their peers to conform. If we want them to be "light-bearers" they need our prayers, sound biblical teaching AND the fellowship of like-minded souls. This is where the Youth Group comes in. There are lots of fun activities from white water rafting to scavenger hunts to game and talent nights, but we also try and instill a heart for service to God"s people and the world through services projects throughout the year. Our Verse Eccl 4:9-12 teaches us about true Christian fellowship: "Let us improve our opportunities of Christian fellowship. Where two are closely joined in holy love and fellowship, Christ will by his Spirit come to them; then there is a threefold cord". -- Matthew Henry.
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We are part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Orthodox means "straight teaching" and being Prebyterian means that we are a connected to many sister churches in the region and around the world. We in particular are part of the regional Presbytery of New Jersey a family of churches all in this state. Because we are a part of this family and this denomination, you can be confident that any Orthodox Presbyterian Church that you visit is going to be just like your home church in what they teach and often very similar in how they do things.Each local church is lead by a group of Elders and Deacons. Meet Ours:Teaching Elder: Rev. Ron Pearce - Ron graduated from Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia in 1980 with the Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees. He and his wife, Linda, had been helping with the new church in Hackettstown since the Fall of 1980. The Lord prospered the work, and the congregation called Mr. Pearce to come to Hackettstown June 1981 to help establish the new church. Mr. Pearce was ordained by the presbytery of New Jersey, November 6, 1981. Ron and Linda have three children and three grandchildren.Ruling Elders: Walter Stuber Keith Cuomo Gerry Cruz Dan LandisDeacons Wes Wallace Garrett Miller Ron DeBlock Chris Wagner Dan Cuomo
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Scripture tells us time and again that God uses other believers in our lives and in the church to grow us and mature us in our walk with Him. It is an essential part of the Christian life to bear one anothers burdens, to rejoice together, to mourn together - to show love in tangible ways. It goes well beyond what can take place only on a Sunday morning...
We hold firm to the historic Christian Faith founded by Jesus Christ and His Apostles and reestablished during the Reformation. Our faith is built only upon Jesus Christ as He is revealed to us in the Scriptures. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, the only place where God has truly revealed His way of Salvation.We are also grateful that the Lord saw fit to give great gifts to His church in the form of teachers and preachers, who carried on and distilled the teachings of the Bible in the forms of Confessions of Faith and Catechisms. These are not inspired, but the writings of men recognized by the Church as faithful explanations of the doctrines clearly taught in the Bible.We as a church (and denomination) hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as containing the faithful teaching of the Scripture; the teachings of the Apostles and Prophets passed down from the inspired Word of God through generations of those who know and love the Lord Jesus Christ.
We hold firm to the historic Christian Faith founded by Jesus Christ and His Apostles and reestablished during the Reformation. Our faith is built only upon Jesus Christ as He is revealed to us in the Scriptures...
We are part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Orthodox means "straight teaching" and being Prebyterian means that we are a connected to many sister churches in the region and around the world...
History of Church of the Covenant OPC, Hackettstown, NJThe Lord gave birth to Church of the Covenant in chapters. In the Spring of 1980 several families gathered together with the mutual desire to see a Bible-believing Presbyterian congregation started in Hackettstown. There was sufficient interest to form a Bible study, and this group looked to the nearest Orthodox Presbyterian church for help to lead this study.They contacted Calvary Community Church, OPC, in Harmony. In the Lord"s providence Ron Pearce, a recent graduate from Westminster seminary, was interning that year in Harmony. When Calvary’s session (the Presbyterian word for the elders that have the spiritual care for that church) received the request for help leading the weekly Bible studies, it responded by sending Ron, in September of 1980. Along with his wife, Linda, Ron began attending the weekly Bible studies and prayer meetings with the group, a weekly study that God would grow and blossom into a relationship of ministry for the next thirty years.The Lord blessed the work beyond expectations. Morning worship services began the joyous first Sunday of 1981, January 4, in one families living room, and 3 months later, the congregation began setting up metal folding chairs in the basement of the local Masonic Lodge. The Lord was giving birth to a viable work and the group decided it was time to become a chapel of the OPC and to call a pastor. The Lord led the congregation to unanimously vote to extend a call to Ron Pearce who was finishing his internship at Calvary. Ron and Linda moved to Hackettstown as regular pulpit supply June 1, 1981 and Ron was ordained November 6, 1981.Within two years God grew Church of the Covenant right out the door of the Masonic Lodge and into rented space from the local Seventh Day Adventist Church, where the congregation worshiped for many years, while ardently seeking a permanent home.During that time, God continued to abundantly bless the congregation. We welcomed ten pastoral interns, and two of our own ruling elders left to pastor other churches. We called a Pastor of Evangelism who served for five years before moving on to his own pastorate and eventually missionary work in Uganda. Church of the Covenant was also involved in helping to establish a daughter congregation in Stroudsburg and helped oversee another work in Sparta. In October of 1996, God provided a cornfield, four miles from the center of town, and after much prayer and hard work there was a ground breaking in March of 2000 with a service of praise on the edge of the cornfield. Construction completed, the congregation moved into their home, 319 Blau Road, July 2001. We have seen so many dear brothers and sisters brought into the fellowship over the years, but then in the Lord’s wisdom, He has scattered them throughout the nation and the world. We have owned the title over the years as “the church of the coming and going.” It’s been very difficult to say the farewells to those we’ve grown to love. But the reason for the pain is because we have grown to love one another deeply. And the Lord continues to add to His flock here and our love for one another continues to grow.There has been, and continues to be, a desire that our sovereign God be glorified in every endeavor of this congregation, for He has so richly and abundantly blessed Church of the Covenant from its small beginnings, and is continuing His work of sanctification in the members of Christ"s church. Come join us! Add to the rich history and blessing that God has given us!
It's been quite a journey over these 30+ years here in Hackettstown. The Lord gave birth to Church of the Covenant in chapters...
Church of the Covenant, OPC319 Blau RoadHackettstown, NJ 07840 Phone: 908.850.8910Fax: 908.366.7873
Sunday School starts at 9:30 AM. There are classes for every level and nursery available for parents with children under 3. Pre-K begins as soon as your child is able to do small crafts (around 3 yrs) and is focused on teaching the scriptures through stories, songs and pictures.The Early Primary class is kindergarten through second grade and teaches truth through the storytelling of the Bible.The Middle Primary class is third and fourth grade where we begin to see more focus on application of the scriptures to the lives of the children.The Older Primary class is for fifth and sixth grade where the students receive a more and more full orbed view of the Bible and the Savior.The Junior High class is seventh and eight grade and teaches through the Westminster Shorter Catechism in two years. The children are encouraged but not required to memorize the catechism, but the focus of the class is helping the students grasp the concepts presented.The High School class is ninth through twelfth grade and focuses on developing a biblical worldview with the students and discussing many of the issues and concerns of the day.There are usually three different Adult Sunday School classes going at any given time. There is a New Members and Inquirer's class for those new to the gospel, to the reformed faith and to our church, which covers the basics in the history and theology. There are also two other adult classes (one in the summer), one is usually teaching through a book of the Bible and the other teaches on a broader theological topic or perhaps a practical counseling issue.Our worship services begin at 10:40 AM and 6:00 PM and are filled with joyful singing, prayer and praise to God, centered around the faithful preaching of His Word from the Scriptures. On the first Sunday of each month, there is ordinarily a church luncheon or picnic and no evening service.
Church of the Covenant is a place where the Bible is taught as the standard for meeting the deepest needs of people in our day. We seek to proclaim the historic, biblical faith given to us in the Bible, God"s infallible word. We emphasize the complete sovereignty of God over all things, and our responsibility to glorify our Heavenly Father. We preach Christ crucified, risen, and coming again.Come and visit us. We would love the opportunity to meet you!Sincerely, Rev. Ronald E. Pearce
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We invite you to a church where you will be warmly welcomed. Church of the Covenant is a place where the Bible is taught as the standard for meeting the deepest needs of people in our day.
We are located at 319 Blau Road in Hackettstown, NJ. A short drive from Rt 80, 57 or 31. Click below for a map and point by point directions from your home.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 AMMorning Worship begins at 10:40 AMEvening Service begins at 6:00 PM
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