The Lamington Church Congregation is most grateful to Rev. Brooks Smith for providing a uniquely insightful and engaging ministry during this interim. His empathetic and warm nature combined with his experience was a blessing to our Church as a whole, and to those who are celebrating joyful times or enduring sorrowful times in their personal lives. Brooks provided pastoral care to those unable to travel and frequently met with committees and individuals who needed his advice and counsel, as well as leading discussion groups which were invigorating and interesting. We are, indeed, indebted to him for his time and efforts given gracefully during the past few months. Rev. Smith's last day preaching at Lamington Church is Sunday, August 30.
The Lamington Choir will resume their Sunday morning rehearsals on September 13—Kick Off/Welcome Back Sunday. The Choir practices are from 8:45AM-10:00AM in the Choir Loft before Sunday worship. If you have any questions about the choir or are interested in joining, please email Jim Goldsworthy, Director of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join Julia Beckmann in the choir loft on September 13 after the BBQ for a mini-handbell workshop. We will learn the basics of handbell ringing and learn a piece together. All ages are welcome. If you are interested in joining the handbell choir, please email Julia at email@example.com. The Lamington Bell Choir meets once a week and performs regularly throughout the year. A rehearsal schedule will be determined after our first meeting/rehearsal – tell your friends and family, everyone is invited!
The Temporary Pastor Search Committee and the Session of Lamington Presbyterian Church are very proud and pleased to announce the arrival of Rev. Jacquelynn Collins Van Vliet.
Reverend Van Vliet begins her ministry as Interim Pastor to the community of faith at Lamington Presbyterian Church on September 1, 2015. Her first Sunday preaching is September 6.
Jacqui grew up at the Jersey shore where playing at the beach was year-round recreation. Her earliest memories of church involved attending Sunday worship and Sunday School in Harvey Cedars with her maternal grandparents. She loved hearing the many stories of Jesus, especially in boats and on the sea, which made her feel right at home.
She earned a B.A. in History from Houghton College and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University. Jacqui received her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Jacqui served West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ for over ten years as the Director of Children’s Ministries and Lay Ministries; Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York City for over two years as the Interim Director of Educational Ministries and most recently at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA doing interim, transitional ministry for almost three years as the Supply Associate Pastor to Children and Family Ministries. Additionally, Jacqui has worked outside of the church -- in educational, social services, and health related fields—teaching, coordinating and supervising programs for all ages.
Jacqui is the mother of, Rachel, a learning specialist teacher at a public school in Vermont. When not at church she enjoys the outdoors, reading, and being by the ocean at any season of the year.
During this time of transition, Jacqui looks forward to sharing the journey and ministry with the community of faith at Lamington as well as the Presbytery of Elizabeth and, once again, feeling right at home.
It’s a celebration party! The Lamington Presbyterian Church is celebrating its 275th Anniversary! Join us on Saturday, November 21, for an old-fashion family square dance and dinner at the Oldwick Fire House. It is going to be a wonderful evening filled with good food, dancing and fellowship--be sure to bring the whole family and invite a few of your friends too! Watch for more details. Time to be determined. If you have questions, please call Shelley Ricco at (908) 510-6961.