ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The First Presbyterian Church will mark Trinity Sunday and Father’s Day with a sermon entitled “Back to Basics” by a guest speaker, the Rev. Barbara Macfie, about the importance of maintaining healthy relationships, both with God and with one another. 

“The Trinity isn’t just a theological term to be pondered; rather, it is a way that God personally relates to us,” according to Macfie. “In today’s world, where so many relationships are fractured, understanding this personal relationship God wants with us is the first step in having and maintaining relationships with others,” she said. 

Macfie is substituting at the 11 a.m. Sunday service for Pastor Rev. Paul F. Rack, who will return to the pulpit next week, June 22. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister who also has a private counseling practice in Metuchen. 

The adult choir will sing “Father Almighty” during the service.


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Sunday School, which is open to all area children, will be held following the children’s sermon.

Child care for four-year olds and up is provided during all services at the church at Third and E. Highland avenues.

The 124-year-old church also announced that it will be participating in the community Vacation Bible School July 14-18 from 8:45 to noon at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. The free program is open to four-year-olds through six graders. Families can register their children at For more information, call Debbie Ketchan at 732 320-8170 or e-mail her at [email protected]

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