THE CHURCHES OF CLAYTON
Trinity United Methodist Church of Clayton
Though its origins as a religious body date back to 1770 when Irish immigrant and itinerant preacher John Earley first started offering religious services in his Clayton home (then Fislerville), the Trinity United Methodist Church of Clayton (“UMC”) was formally instituted in 1860, when its congregation grew large enough to leave the Bethel Circuit. The cornerstone for Trinity UMC was laid on August 8, 1883, under the direction of Reverend William Corbett. At that time, the one-story wooden frame structure, along with furnishings and improvements, cost $17,500. In 1929, the church building was completely renovated, its pipe organ rebuilt, and by 1939, the congregations membership had grown to 445 souls. In 1950, a new church kitchen was added, the exterior painted, a new roof was installed and five new stained-glass windows, one of which is a copy of Hoffman’s “Boy Christ with the Doctors in the Temple” were installed. In 1958, a parsonage was also added.
In 1964, an educational building was erected, which offered several classrooms, a pastor’s study, a library, a modern kitchen and Fellowship Hall, which was to be used for social functions. Trinity UMC’s Pastor at that time was Reverend Edwin Jay Amey – Father of today’s Pastor, Reverend Paul Amey.
On September 2, 1978, the Trinity UMC building was ravaged by an arson fire, resulting in the Churches’ roof collapse the virtual gutting of much of the building. More than 75 firemen from Clayton, Glassboro, Franklinville, Pitman, Deptford, Williamstown, Elk and Woodbury Heights were at hand to help fight the blaze. The adjacent parsonage suffered smoke damage, but no injuries reported.
Ground breaking for the new structure, which would be relocated to the north side of Church Lane and Delsea Drive, took place in May 1980, and by February 1981, the Church and Steeple would be completed. The new brick and stained-glass structure would offer seating for 350 Church members.
Changing to meet the needs of a new generation. Started in 1988 as one room nursery school, Trinity Learning Center was created as a Christian pre-school and before and after school program as part of the outreach ministry of Trinity UMC. Each year since creation, the center has grown in size, adding new classes and recruiting quality staff while intentionally keeping the student/staff ratio low. The Center also operates a Summer Camp Program from mid-June through the end of August.
Trinity UMC’s Reverend Amey and the entire congregation welcome their greater Clayton area neighbors to join them for religious services Sunday mornings at 8:45 AM.
All are welcome; there is always room for you at the table! Visit Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 351 N Delsea Drive, in “downtown” Clayton.
For more information, please visit their Facebook, at:
Best Advent Ever – At Sunday LIFT!
Whether you’ve been in church all your life or you are wondering what it’s all about, Advent is a great time to explore the gifts given to us in Jesus. Join us for Sunday LIFT as we watch for ways God is present in our lives, prepare to celebrate His birth, recognize the surprising ways God is at work and receive the gift of Jesus this Christmas.
What is Sunday LIFT?
In a nutshell, Sunday Lift helps bring generations together around tables with the sharing of food, fellowship and learning. It’s based on the Scriptural principles of older Christians encouraging younger Christians, and the idea that building relationships builds the body of Christ. That idea is not new. It is a thread throughout Scripture, beginning with God; the Creator, walking and talking in the Garden with Adam and Eve. It is seen in Jesus who poured himself out in relationships with the twelve so that they could go on after his death and resurrection to build His church.
More specifically, we see it in the book of Acts. Sunday Lift is based on four components of the early church, found in the book of Acts, Chapter 2 where Paul is teaching the believers how to Live in Faith Together- how to live as a community of believers… a current parallel we are familiar with might be “it takes a village.” To raise strong believers it takes a faith community.
If you are longing to be a part of something more than the frenzy of shopping, parties and stress that is often a part of the Christmas seasons, join us for Sunday LIFT.
All are welcome; there is always room for you at the table! Visit us at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 351 N Delsea Drive, in “downtown” Clayton. For more information, please visit our Facebook, at: https://www.facebook.com/discover.trinity/