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"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me -- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

Words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30, THE MESSAGE BIBLE (Eugene Peterson)

37 South Jackson Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096

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  Rev. Dr. Carla A. Romarate-Knipel  

History

Central Baptist Church was established on October 19, 1896 by members who were formerly affiliated with the First Baptist Church of North Broad Street in Woodbury. The church evolved out of the South Side Baptist School started on June 30, 1889 by a group of mothers who wanted a Sunday School on the South side of the Woodbury Creek Bridge for their children to attend in safety. Continuing from early in its history, Central Baptist Church in Woodbury has been “A Church that Cares”, with a strong commitment to learning about Jesus Christ and serving others in His name through its local and world-wide missions projects which are central to the life of the church community. Since 2013, Central Baptist Church has welcomed the Boys and Girls Club, Woodbury Center to meet in the second floor of the church building. In addition, the Woodbury Garden Club and Woodbury High School students use the building for their meetings and service learning opportunities. In 2015, the church hosted the first annual "Meet and Greet with Woodbury Police Department" in July. It was attended by over 50 residents in our church's neighborhood, including young people from BGC Woodbury Center. By God's grace, CBC continues to strive to be the "hands and feet of Jesus" and share the good news of God's love in Woodbury and beyond.

Activities

 

Worship:

Our Sunday Worship Service takes place under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Carla A Romarate-Knipel, Pastor, with the support of Worship Committee, led by Mrs. Pat Moore, Music Director, Boyd L. Fox, Senior and Youth Choirs. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month, and is also available for the sick and shut-in (Contact Pat Moore: Email pmoore6720@aol.com). Worshippers participate in music ministry at least once a month thru the playing of the Kristal Bells for Prelude or elsewhere in the service. Worship is not just about spending an hour on Sunday morning. It is about living our lives as a daily offering of worship to God, tapping into the source of His power to live the Christian life.

Regular Sunday worship services begin at 10:30 a.m. Summer schedule is 9:30 a.m. (Last Sunday of June thru first Sunday of September).

Education:

Sunday learning experiences begin with Sunday School "Opening Exercises" at 9 a.m. Followed by Sunday School Classes for adults and children at 9:15 a.m., led by dedicated Sunday School Teachers. Children’s messages are shared by adult church members every 2nd and 4th Sundays during the worship service. Youth Choir rehearsals are held after Children's message. (For more information: Contact Roxanne Long, Sunday School Superintendent: Email nanirox9@gmail.com

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CBC provides additional opportunities for Christian education through groups that meet throughout the year except June thru August: (1) Women’s Bible Study at 10:00 a.m.. every Wednesday; (2) Wednesday Evening Small Group Bible Study at 7:00 P.M. (Contact Judy Sanderson: jsanderson@comcast.net > 3) AB Men's Breakfast, every second Sunday at 7:30 a.m., Piston Diner (Contact CBC office at 856-845-0526 for more information).

Ministries:

The Camden Mission Outreach that provides lunches every 2nd and 4th Saturday for homeless individuals in Camden is currently in a summer hiatus. For over 10 years, a team of enthusiastic volunteers prepares 200+ sandwiches and makes up 100 lunch bags including bottles of water, cookies and fruit. During the cold months, hot soup or hot coffee is provided as well (Contact Diane Bradley, Email:jbradley116487@verizon.net .

Our Sunday School Ministry is collecting coins to support Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries and the Penny Project. Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries is supported by Woodbury churches and contributes food and clothes collected throughout the year. School supplies and backpacks, a Thanksgiving Collection and Christmas gifts for seniors and children, are collected for and distributed through the Woodbury Food Pantry. Penny Project collection will go to Stitch for Stitch Project of American Baptist Churches of New Jersey for Rwanda. Our church members donate sewing supplies, books, school supplies, toys and toiletries to fill mission boxes sent to churches, schools and Christian Centers affiliated with the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches.

American Baptist Women’s (ABW) Ministries consists of an annual retreat and several mission projects including the Love Gift Collection, White Cross Collection of items for the Christian Center in Ohio, White Cross cash donation to support American Baptist International Ministries, and the following special offerings: America for Christ; One Great Hour of Sharing; World Mission Offering; and Retired Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Offering. ABW meets the 4th Monday of the Month (Contact Joan Moyer, Chair, ABW, Emailmoyerjb@msn.com.

Volunteer opportunities are available to serve as tutors and mentors to members of the Boys and Girls Club, Woodbury Center that meets at the second floor of the Church educational building. (Contact Selena Williams, Center Coordinator,swilliams@gcbgc.org

Fellowship:

Central Baptist Church is a welcoming and caring community. We promote general care of the congregation, building community, and friendship through: The Sunday Morning Hospitality Café at 10:00 (Summer schedule: 9 a.m.), featuring coffee, fruit juice, pastry, fresh fruit, greetings, and conversation; various commemorative lunches and dinners, like the 60th Anniversary Luncheon for couples with 60 or more years of marriage; and participation in the Woodbury Christmas House Tours held every other December (Contact Sue Meyer, Email elmeyer@verizon.net..

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