Sunrise Sunday


10:00 am Worship Service for all ages with Nursery Care, and pew activity materials for young children; Sunday School for children and youth begins after the message.
  • 11:15 Refreshments
  • 11:30 - 12:15 Adult Forum
  • 1961 Raritan Road
    Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
  • 908.232.5678

Welcome To Willow Grove Presbyterian Church

      Special Events 

Youth Sunday Worship Service, May 31, 10 am

Theme: “Be grateful to God for what you have”

This very special worship service is planned, produced, and led entirely by the youth of Willow Grove Church as an amazing testament to their growing faith. Enjoy special music, skits, readings, and multi-media. Many of our young people will be singing or playing an instrument. Some will be ushering. Senior Leah White will be sharing her reflections. Please plan to join us for this special experience with the Youth of our church.
 Family Fun Day, May 31, 12 pm - 4 pm 

The afternoon will be a time for people of all ages to enjoy the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts and Willow Grove Church Family Fun Day. The admission free event begins at noon on the church’s front lawn. The afternoon will include a BYO picnic lunch or buy items from the Hot Dog Chef and an ice cream truck. Games, arts and crafts and additional activities will be run by Willow Grove and local organizations. The NJWA will offer an "instrument petting zoo" to acquaint participants with many types of musical instruments. A performance by the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo will be making an appearance to raise funds for the Music Connection, a program that provides music lessons for children with special needs.

New Members Classes, June 7 and 14

Join Pastor Cynthia and other church leaders as we share parts of our faith journeys, learn more about the Presbyterian Church, Willow Grove Church and the opportunities to serve as followers of Jesus.

 Basic Bible Study, June 7 and June 21, 11:30 am
Leader: Sue Buchanan 
Have you always wanted to learn more about the Bible but were afraid to ask? Do you want to learn about important people in the Bible and how their stories fit together? Then plan to come!

June 7 - Joshua - Into the Promised Land                 June 21 - Judges - Who's in charge here?


Bible Study

All are welcome!

Thursdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am in Kiep Lounge

Focus: "Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them”

Leader: Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney

A new study of a few women in the Bible who kept making
bad choices or refused to change.

Join us for some unexpected and even humorous stories about
lesser known women in the Bible.

Storyteller Liz Curtis Higgs blends fiction and biblical
commentary to help us experience God’s grace.

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Our Core Values

Our Core Values

Here at Willow Grove Church, we are more than a place to worship on a Sunday morning. We are committed to helping people.

  • Experience God’s love and joy as a community of faith
  • Develop meaningful friendships with people of all ages
  • Provide fun and relevant programs for families, youth, and adults
  • Do community service projects that make a difference

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Sunday Worship

Each Sunday we come together for engaging worship celebrations with people of all ages.  At Willow Grove hear a variety of music as we praise God together – keyboards, organ, piano, guitar, contemporary songs, traditional hymns, jazz,  spirituals, choir anthems, children ringing bells.   Pastor Cynthia preaches sermons that make you think, make you laugh, and help you grow in your relationship with God in Jesus Christ.  The children’s sermons help people young and old alike reflect on a Bible story or one of life’s basic questions.  Throughout the year we have special worship services:  Mardi Gras Jazz Worship, Good Friday Taize Tenebrae, and  Youth Sunday.


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Music and the Arts at Willow Grove

IMG4289Willow Grove Church has a growing Ministry of Music and the Arts from a variety of traditions and cultures. God has shown us ways we can build bridges of hope and understanding that involve people of all ages making music together. Our gifted Director of Music, Paul DiDario, is a Julliard graduate who directs our adult choir, leads our children’s bell choir and plays inspiring music on the piano and keyboard every Sunday. Our church is home to many outstanding musical groups who rehearse and perform here. And throughout the year, we host events that celebrate the visual arts, including fabric art and quilts.

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Service Projects

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to show God’s love in acts of service, peacemaking and compassion. Some of our current service projects are sorting food at the regional Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, hosting families through Family Promise Union County, and Food on the First. The Youth Group goes on an annual mission trip where they do hands-on repair projects and work in soup kitchens. Women of all ages knit and crochet to make items for people in need through the KniTTogether group. We also provide financial support for organizations and mission efforts both through the Presbyterian Church USA and other agencies.

Spiritual Growth

Willow Grove Church provides many opportunities to grow in our faith and understanding. It is a safe place to wrestle with the challenging questions of life. It is a community where adults, youth and children explore the stories of the Bible and their meaning for us today. Classes are offered on Sunday mornings for all ages and also throughout the week. Whether you have never read the Bible or have been reading & studying it for as long as you can remember, Willow Grove Church invites you to come and learn more. We also have Family Fun Nights and special Family Events throughout the Year.

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Community Groups

That Meet At Willow Grove

Willow Grove Church opens its doors to the community as a meeting place for the following groups:

Job Search Work Team

Job Search Work TeamEvery Tuesday at 9:30 am in Kiep Lounge

Information, strategies and support for people seeking jobs or in transition.
For more information, contact Tony Calabrese at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Presbyterian 101

Presbyterian 101 What is the history and heritage of the Presbyterian Church? If you start coming to our church, what are you getting yourself into?

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The Willow Grove Witness

The Willow Grove Witness(bimonthly newsletter)May-June 2015 issue is now available for download (pdf format, requires a pdf reader such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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Community Food Bank

Community Food BankOngoing Project - Assistance to Community Food Bank, on a Saturday morning every other month. Community Food Bank is a major supplier of food and other assistance for the needy in our area.
See Events Calendar for details.

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Directions To Willow Grove Church

1961 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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