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cncc fall fest 1COLTS NECK, NJ – Driving along a winding road covered in autumns painted glow, there was such peace.  White painted paddocks, country roads, and a gentleman walking both his dog and donkey greeted us along our journey.  Continuing along this amazing stretch of fields and farms there is a place known to many that creates this same sense of peace and comfort.  The Colts Neck Community Church, also known as, “The little church that could,” is a beacon of hope to all who know it.  But wait a minute!  Men and women in kilts throwing hammers and trees, clowns doing magic, hayrides, rock concerts with insane light shows, a 6 foot bonfire and free food for all?  I didn’t know churches did these kinds of things. 

It was a magnificent sight!  To the cool sounds of a Blue Grass band and the smoky aroma of the amazing pig roast; men and women in kilts were tossing a sheaf over a standard held by the Colts Neck #1 fire station’s ladder truck!  Meanwhile, children were whisked away in a hay filled 1952 tractor to enjoy a ride around the festive grounds. Families and friends joined for food, fun, fellowship and hope under a canopy of blue skies and warm breezes.  Hope under a canopy of blue skies?  Yes, there was much hope in so many forms at this festival that it was dizzying.  And thus the real magic happened as a result of coming together and helping each other.

We need each other.  Whether it is something we have gone through or are going through that has caused us pain, worry or fear it brings us together.    Something so beautiful and touching happened at this gathering, people shared their stories; vulnerable as they may have been, they gladly and joyfully opened up.  Faith, hope and love began to replace the pain, worry and fear.  It was simply beautiful; peaceful.  You knew you were not alone; you are never alone.

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What would move a church to provide such an amazing weekend for free?  We asked the church pastor, Chris Durkin, this very question and he shared this, “Our church is moved by the free gift of salvation given to us by God and we are moved to communicate to the community that we are here simply to serve.” 


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This movement and passion to serve is evident in their multiple ministries.  But hold onto your hats, because their next performance will include a camel!  That’s right, Preston the camel will be just one of the many church’s living nativity highlights.  They can’t reveal all of the surprises just yet, but mark your calendars now!  December 20th the Colts Neck Community church invites you to their 2nd annual Living Nativity Event.  You won’t want to miss it!  

The Colts Neck Community Church is committed to helping people “Find, Live & Share Real life.”  We have activities open to all throughout the week including Bible Studies, Adult Education, Community Groups, Youth nights and more.  Our Sunday Services are held at 10:15 AM each week and are led by Pastor Chris Durkin ([email protected]). Visit our website at  or call the Church Office at (732) 462-2779 for more on how we can best serve you. CNCC is located at 25 Merchants Way, Colts Neck, NJ 07722.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...