“Turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” (Joel 2:12)
St. Mary & St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
Reaching out to Somerset and Hunterdon Counties in NJ

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The Great Fast

The Holy Days of the Great Fast (Lent) started Monday Feb. 16, 2015. One of the ways to benefit is by preparing oneself and the home to receive these holy days. Some suggestions could be: • Back to Basics – Making sure your daily prayer time and Bible reading schedules are consistent • Groceries – […]

Text Messaging System

We have initiated a text messaging system for the church in order to relay emergency notification or changes that may occur on short notice. Please register for this system below as soon as possible. Twitter will continue to be a source of notification for the church as well.

Children and Food

With the exception of nursing babies, there should be no reason to feed children during services. The common abstaining rule is 2 hours plus 1 hour per year of age. For example, infants nurse about every 2 hours, so a 1-year-old toddler can add 1 more hour to the 2 hours – so a 1-year-old […]

Diaconate Seminars

These monthly Diaconate Seminar Days are half-day seminars on Sundays, after the Divine Liturgy, that replace the weekly meetings. The default is the 2nd Sunday of every month, however, due to the priest’s schedules, this can and usually is changed to a different Sunday. These dates will be announced regularly. The Diaconate Day is open […]

Parking

The church thanks everyone for parking in the VFW parking lot, and very conscientiously! Please remember that anything negative stemming from our actions, is received by the parish of Saint Peter & Paul Church, who is renting us this blessed space. Avoid parking in front of people’s homes on any street Please continue to park […]

Weekly Meetings

Aside from the Youth Group meetings and Religion Classes (Sunday School), please be aware that the church provides weekly meetings for specific groups, which bring benefit by focusing on their particular needs. • Gentlemen’s Meeting (Arabic): This is primarily a Bible Study with a special focus on dogmatic and theological matters. This group becomes an […]

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Why Give Online?

It’s a personal preference, but here are a few of the benefits we hear frequently:
• It’s a step of faith…deciding in advance to give faithfully.
• It helps simplify life.
• It allows you to give consistently…even when you’re not at church.
• It allows you to focus on the service when you’re at church.