4/11/2018 - St. John’s Episcopal Church First Responder Appreciation Day April 26
St. John’s Episcopal Church invites public to honor
first responders, police, others at Appreciation Day April 26
Somerville, NJ – On Thursday, April 26, St. John’s Episcopal Church will host Appreciation Day to recognize, honor and thank all community and first responders including the Somerville Police Department, Somerville Fire Department, Somerville First Aid Squad, EMT, Sheriff’s Office, and other law enforcement and community volunteers.
“Too often we take for granted the act that these faithful souls are serving to protect us around the clock and many times under dangerous conditions,” explained the Rev. Ronald Pollock, rector of St. John’s. “It is good and right to gather together to demonstrate our appreciation and honor each one of them.”
Appreciation Day will begin at 5 pm at St. John’s with an interfaith service of prayer with invited guests from the Somerset County Chosen Freeholders, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Somerset County Sherriff’s Office, Somerset Pipe & Drums, Honor & Color Guard, Somerville mayor and council, and area religious leaders.
A free dinner, catered by Somerville area restaurants, will be held after the Appreciation service in the parish hall.
Pollock, who serves as the chaplain to the Somerville Fire Department, stressed that the service will honor all active, retired, and deceased members from each group.
St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 158 West High Street in Somerville. The facility is handicapped accessible. Parking is available in the church lot behind the church or on the street.
At St. John’s, weekly Sunday services are conducted at 8 am and 10:15 am with music at 10:15 am. St. John’s offers Sunday School every Sunday at 10:15 am preceded by “Children’s Chapel” at 10 am in which the rector, the Rev. Ronald Pollock, offers a brief children’s message. Among its many programs, St. John’s hosts the SHIP's Galley Soup Kitchen three days a week and a monthly thrift shop - From The Heart - with proceeds going to non-profit agencies.