|Location||Edison and Woodbridge|
|Date Posted||September 13, 2022|
New Jersey (Joanne Izzo)
|Diocesan Compensation Info||https://dioceseofnj.org/standing-commission-on-clerical-compensation/?hilite=SCCC|
|Health Benefits||Clergy Only|
|Is there a rectory?||Yes|
|If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there?||Live-in Rectory Preferred|
|If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory?||No|
|If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms?||4 in Woodbridge 3 in Edison|
|Communicants in Good Standing||Trinity 90 St. James 37|
|Average Sunday Attendance||Trinity 25 St James 11|
|Child Population in Church School||Trinity 6 St James 0|
|Adult Population in Church School||Trinity 0 St James 0|
|Teacher Population in Church School||Trinity 1 St James 0|
|Budget||Trinity 189,489. St James 69.897.|
Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.
As there are two churches in two different towns both with rectories we did not include FRV or Utilities to stipend at this time. The basic stipend is 36,300 for 0-11 months of credited service as per CPG. Negotiation for cash stipend is limited.
Liturgical style and practice
Trinity: Trinity has a devoted and loyal core of congregants. We have seen the number of worshipers increase through in-person and Zoom attendance. These members have worked in our Food Ministries. They help at local opportunities to connect Trinity to the community, such as the local Art Center’s Annual Flea Market and the Annual Street Fair organized by the local Catholic church. We have continued and expanded the Food Pantry and Feeding Ministries. Throughout the pandemic we have not missed a distribution day. We have established a Diaper Program, as well as offering feminine hygiene products. Also due to community donations we were able to provide household cleaning products to our clients.
St. James: At St. James, we are committed to growing disciples of Jesus through in-reach and outreach. We have a weekly formative Bible study entitled Dine and Dwell that is held via Zoom. Our Way of St. Paul team has incorporated activities such as the Barnabas questions, Dwelling in the Word, and Guided Imagery into our services so that our members take responsibility for their own learning and relationship with Jesus. This has helped us grow closer to God and to one another. Our feeding ministry, Hands of Hope for the Community (https://handsofhopenj.org), started in 1992 and has been an essential part of our local community.
Trinity: Trinity recognizes that we are a church with more older members than younger members. We have one family, with two children under 5 years of age. Finances for a historical church and rectory will continue to be an issue as we go forward. We look forward to once again having our fund-raising projects. We will continue to look for ways to advertise what we do to bring people to the church and hopefully a new priest will encourage them to stay.
St. James: St. James has an aging congregation. We need growth to survive and flourish. Our location and town’s demographics have made it difficult for us to grow. We would love to have a bilingual priest in order to help us reach others in our community. Many of our Hands of Hope clients speak Spanish and we feel called to develop a ministry to the local Hispanic community.
Trinity and St James are located 8.9 miles apart. This would involve a 16-20 minute drive from one church to the other. Both churches are located in townships. Woodbridge Township is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The Township of Woodbridge is the oldest original township in New Jersey. The township comprises ten district sections and has a total of 23.21 square miles. Most of our congregants live within the township, but we also have members from the nearby towns of Rahway and Metuchen.
There are three train stations in Woodbridge. These stations provide service to New York City and Philadelphia, Boston and Washington DC. The NJ Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway both have exits into Woodbridge.
Trinity and St James have similar service times and schedules. We both desire to set our own schedules and realize this could cause some logistical challenges. We agree in our Memorandum of Understanding to work with the new priest to establish a Sunday Service schedule as well as services on holidays.