Fall Update from Westminster Presbyterian Church

¡Muchisimas Gracias!

Thanks to Nassau’s love for urban children and youth! Because of your generosity, over 200 backpacks and school supplies were distributed to  children of all races who are a part of Westminster, Get SET After School Program, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF),  Beracah Apostalic Church, and Sprout State University: School of the Arts (K-12).

Seeking the Shalom of the City

By Patrick Jones TrentonDaily

Established in 1898, Westminster Presbyterian Church has been committed to “seeking the shalom of the city” for over 120 years. The church, originally located on Walnut Ave and known as the Walnut Avenue Presbyterian Church, relocated to its current location at 1140 Greenwood Avenue due a need for more space. Ultimately adopting the name Westminster Presbyterian Church, they continued to increase in both population and capacity over the next several decades — a growth that resulted in the construction of a large multi-purpose room known as Cook Hall in 1952, a new sanctuary in 1958, and eventually an adjoining educational building in 1964.

Over time, however, Westminster’s population began to decrease. After some time, the membership slimmed down to a smaller congregation predominantly comprised of Euro-Americans. This, of course, challenged the church with a tough decision. Leave Trenton or adapt? Fortunately, they chose to stay in Trenton and strive to become a house of prayer and praise for people of all nations.

Today, Westminster has a robust and diverse congregation comprised of individuals from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. This transformation was led in part by Pastor Karen Hernandez-Granzen who received her installation in 1995 and has been a staple in the Trenton community. In the early 1990’s the church’s future looked bleak, but today they are seeking the shalom of the city in many profound ways as they prepare to celebrate their 120th anniversary on September 30th.

Every Sunday at 11 am a diverse group of members gather to worship. Anyone, regardless of background, is welcome to attend.

Since 2000, weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm the halls of the education building have been filled with students in grades K-8 receiving nutritious hot meals; daily reading groups designed to foster development of literacy skills led by volunteers from local colleges; S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and manufacturing) enrichment activities; mentoring; and much more. The award-winning program runs according to the Trenton Public Schools calendar. To learn more visit http://www.WPCtrenton.com/ministries/getset.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 7 pm to 8:30 pm Westminster hosts The English School to provide English classes and tutoring for non-English speakers. To learn more visit http://www.WPCtrenton.com/ministries/englishschool.

Every year Westminster, in conjunction with Princeton University, hosts the annual Get SET carnival to celebrate and prepare area students to go back to school. On September 6th, their carnival was filled with various games and activities such as performances by the Trenton Circus Squad, face painting, and more.  Westminster is very grateful that with Nassau Presbyterian Church’s support over 200 backpacks and school supplies with distributed to children of all races from Westminster, Get SET After School Program, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Beracah Apostalic Church; a Hispanic/Latino immigrant church, and Sprout State University, School of the Arts (K thru 12).

To learn more about Westminster Presbyterian Church and their work in the community, visit them online at http://www.WPCtrenton.com/about/ or contact Pastor Karen at . You can also watch “A Day in the Life of Westminster”  http://www.WPCtrenton.com/video/.

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In an effort to change the ongoing narrative and perception of our capital city, Greater Trenton will launch a new online publication this fall called TrentonDaily.  The publication will offer content to a wide audience of readers including developers, investors, residents, tourists, businesses, civic leaders and more. Daily content will showcase Trenton’s business assets, economic development initiatives, arts & culture, history, community engagement – and anything else that shines a positive light on the progress, opportunities and benefits of Trenton as a place to live, work and have fun.

About Patrick Jones

Patrick is currently the Project Manager for Greater Trenton which publishes TrentonDaily. Prior to joining Greater Trenton Patrick was a Bonner Community Scholar at Rider University where he was involved in Westminster’s GetSET after-school program which he has been involved with for the past five years.

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