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Feeding Ministries

Food Brigade
Providing more than 1,500 boxes of food and gallons of milk weekly to families, individuals, food pantries, churches, and other groups in need.
Walk-in Dinners
Welcoming dozens of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses from Bergen County to enjoy a nutritious meal.
Family Promise
Sharing companionship, friendship and healthy meals with families lacking a permanent home.
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Calvary UMC has long been committed to taking an active role in addressing food insecurity in Northern New Jersey. Opportunities abound, with various ways to get involved!

Food Brigade

Our church is the home base for The Food Brigade (The Food Brigade Inc.), a far-reaching non-profit ministry providing more than 1,500 boxes of food and gallons of milk weekly to families, individuals, food pantries, churches, and other groups in need. This is a massive effort and it’s inspiring to see so many people work together! Join the team of volunteers via the following link: Volunteer with The Food Brigade Inc. and read more about Food Brigade and Calvary’s participation here! https://www.gnjumc.org/news/marching-forward-in-a-brigade-of-giving/

Walk-in Dinner

Calvary’s signature event, the Walk-In Dinner, has been a tremendous success for over 18 years. Each month, we welcome dozens of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses from Bergen County to enjoy a nutritious meal. The opportunity to socialize and enjoy delicious food is incredibly meaningful to volunteers and guests alike. The Walk-In Dinner program is suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we hope to gather around the table again soon!

Family Promise

Calvary members also actively support the Family Promise (Home – Family Promise of Bergen County (https://bergenfamilypromise.org) program and volunteers enjoy sharing companionship, friendship and healthy meals with families lacking a permanent home.

Small Groups

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At Calvary, we value opportunities to make new friends and build meaningful relationships. Small groups are organized year-round and include discussion groups such as Bible study, movie, book or podcast reviews, prayer circles, as well as activity-based gatherings focused on specific hobbies and interests. Enjoy cooking, crafting, or knitting? (Or want to learn how?) Do you enjoy concerts and listening to music? Hiking? Fishing? Garage sales? At Calvary, you’ll find opportunity to meet and enjoy time with others who share your passions!

Worship and Music

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We believe worship is best when it is exciting, relevant, and accessible to all ages.  We welcome you to soak up God’s presence in moments of silence, lift your voice in song, read from Holy Scripture, or share your own story or prayer.

Calvary is especially proud to be home to the On the Wings Band (OTWB).  This small band led by John Bruton enlivens worship with both contemporary and traditional music.  You will find yourself tapping your feet, humming, or singing along whether you are engaging in-person or virtually. 

Note:  Sunday services are currently virtual only due to COVID restrictions.  The videos are available to you in our archives on Facebook or YouTube.  They provide encouragement, inspiration, peace, and guidance whenever you can worship! 

Messy Church

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What really happens at Messy Church? The simple answer is “We have lots of fun growing in our relationship with Jesus!” An alternative to traditional worship, Messy Church is a multi-generational gathering where we learn about God through thematic crafts, games, music, and storytelling. We also practice compassion by having one craft that is given away to people in need. A shared meal followed by outrageously funny games ends our evening. Messy Church is all about creativity and celebration, open to all ages, adults and children!
Prior to COVID-19, Messy Church was held on the second Saturday each month, 4:30-6:30pm. We are EAGER to return to MC when either the weather allows us to be outdoors or we can safely be inside. Stay tuned for updates!

Social Justice, Advocacy & Community Action

Blood Drive
Bike Rodeo
Clothing Giveaway
Superstorm Sandy Cleanup
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“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

 

Jesus reminds us that when we care for others, we care for him also. Calvary is known as a place “where there’s always something going on,” because we actively engage to meet the needs of our diverse community.  We believe in sharing our talent and resources to benefit those who need help and to bring awareness to issues which warrant attention and action.

Calvary’s building is always buzzing with action and we are open to new ideas!  If you’re looking to make a difference, there is truly an opportunity for everyone! 

Calvary’s activities include, but are not limited to:

Response to natural disaster
Providing food, clothing, or care packages to those in need
Partnering with businesses, community, and interfaith organizations 
Hosting blood drives 
Providing meeting space for recovery groups, scouts and other groups
Events for Seniors 
Community concerts/dinners

Note: our building remains open at this time for NA and AA meetings.  We follow all CDC and State COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

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