Celebrating the 230Th Anniversary of Rockaway Valley United Methodist Churchby Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen
Posted on 2015-12-11
of new jersey
in the house of representatives
Friday, December 11, 2015
Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Rockaway
Valley United Methodist Church, located in Boonton Township, New
Jersey, as it celebrates its 230th Anniversary.
Rockaway Valley United Methodist Church has been an active part of the Boonton Township community since its founding in 1785. Through its weekly masses the church continues to foster religious life.
The United Methodist Church got its beginnings in the United States in 1784. The church spread through ``circuit riders'' who traveled spreading the word of God, and caring for His people. In 1785 the Rockaway Valley United Methodist Church was built as a center of worship for this new religion. The current church [[Page E1780]] was built in 1842 by members of the founding families. In 1894 a slate roof was added, and the cupola was added in 1895-1900. There are 12 stained glass windows dating back to 1900 which were donated in honor of the founding members. The church is surrounded by a cemetery which dates back to the building of the church. In 1976 the church building was added to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places, and in 1977 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Rockaway Valley United Methodist Church has helped the United Methodist community celebrate and practice their beliefs. The church has also done much more for the community of Boonton Township. The church has served as a gathering place for the entire community. Boy Scouts of America Troop 69 has been using the church as a meeting place for 80 years. The church also plays host to a Christian drama school, and a weekly karate class. In 2014 the church donated over 400 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Pantry. The Rockaway Valley United Methodist Church holds a weekly playgroup for children from birth to kindergarten along with their caregivers to foster a community among the small congregation.
For Rockaway Valley United Methodist Church's 230th Anniversary, I commend all of the pastors and committees of the Church. Since its founding, Rockaway Valley United Methodist Church has been supported by the people of Boonton Township; this is one of the main reasons why the church is still a big part of the community. After 230 years of outstanding service to the Boonton Township, I commend and congratulate Rockaway Valley United Methodist Church for all of its hard work and dedication.
Mr. Speaker, I ask you and my colleagues to join me in congratulating the Rockaway Valley United Methodist Church, as it celebrates its 230th Anniversary.