Our Mission Statement

To Grow in Faith and Share God’s Love Through Our Service

At Neal Avenue United Methodist Church, we are a congregation centered on Jesus Christ. Our goal as a church is to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world. We endlessly attempt to reach our goal out by praising God, praying for one another, supporting one another in our faith journeys, no matter where we are in them, and working to be a light by serving in the community.

We hold tight to Jesus’ commandments to “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and Love your neighbor as yourself.” All are welcome in our church and we sincerely hope you join us in our mission.

Our History

In January 1905, the Neal Avenue United Methodist Episcopal church was organized. Several Methodists living in the west end of Newark decided it was too much of a hardship, especially in the winter, to go downtown to church.

They first met in homes around the Williams and Maholm Street areas. Eventually they bought a building, and the first service was held there on January 16, 1905. On January 16, 1913, three lots were purchased where our present building is located. The cornerstone was laid on September 7, 1913, and the total cost of the building was $28,000.

The new building was finished in April of 1914. The congregation met for the last time in Elizabeth Chapel on April 19, 1914 By the mid 1950’s, the post war boom was causing Neal Avenue United Methodist Church to need more room for parking and more modern equipment, such as a furnace and air conditioning.

Local architect Orville Varasso was hired and The Buckeye Brothers were the contractors. The new edition was dedicated on February 20, 1962. Over the years Neal Avenue has been involved and supported many mission projects such as oversea’s missionaries, college missionaries, XYZ (maybe list some community partners or achievements).

Neal started the church with 42 charter members, some of whose younger generation family members still attend the church. . Today we have 185 members. The future is bright for this community pillar. We are welcoming in new faces and looking for new and innovative ways to worship God while maintaining our work in the community.

We have seen growth coming out of the pandemic and look forward to welcoming more into our loving faith community.

Neal Avenue United Methodist Church

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