ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Registration for a new year of Sunday School at the First Presbyterian Church will be held Sunday -- Grandparents Day.
Classes will start Sunday, Sept. 15, and all area families are invited to enroll their children -- or grandchildren.
This Sunday, all children and grandparents are invited to bring their grandparents and grandchildren, respectively, to the 10 a.m. worship service, a special service to be conducted by the Rev. Michael Riley.
A special "coffee and conversation," hosted by Elders Barbara Stone and Toddy Yereance, will be conducted after church.
Riley will continue his "mystery bag" children's sermon series during which youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by putting personal "treasures" in small bags and challenging him to create a message from the contents.
Riley's Sunday sermon will be entitled "In Deep With the Dead."
Special music will be provided by Sue and Alex Riley, the minister's wife and son, respectively, in the form of a gospel song, "Satan's Jewel Crown," written by Edgar Eden.
Riley has been an ordained minister since 1985 and served as a pastor for over 20 years before turning to journalism full-time in 1997. He was pastor at the First Presbyterian Church for the past three years and a regular preacher there before that and since.
He is as columnist, staff writer and an editorial writer for the Asbury Park Press. His weekly column, "The Irreverent Reverend," appears in The Press on Fridays.
The church's weekly Bible study, conducted by Riley, is held at 7 p.m. each Wednesday and is open to the public.
The 123-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. has extra parking available in a new municipal lot next to the Christian Education Building on East Highland Avenue.
Child care for four-year-olds and younger continues to be provided during each worship service.
The 123-year-old, handicapped-accessible Presbyterian church at Third and E. Highland Aves. has extra parking available in the new municipal lot next to the Christian Education Building on East Highland Avenue.
The church provides child care during all worship services.