Ocean Community Church: A Congregation of the Reformed Church in America

gathering in Manahawkin, NJ since 1982

Regular Sunday Services: 9am (informal contemporary) and 11am (formal traditional)

(nursery care available during both services, up to age 5)

1492 Rt 72 West, Manahawkin NJ 08050   

office: 609-597-5151 email: oceanchurch@comcast.net  


Look for our online streaming services at https://www.facebook.com/oceanchurch/



group forming to explore volunteer program

a group is forming to explore whether we might be able to implement the Kids Hope USA program in our area. A number of Reformed Churches across the country (two in New Jersey) are currently engaged in this effort to link churches and local schools to provide mentoring for children. There are many questions for us to answer at this point about whether it would work in our area, how many people would be interested, how we would support the training and ongoing support needs...but with our food and clothing ministries well supplied with volunteers it is time to look at expanding our involvement in the community in new ways. Contact the Pastor or the church office (609-597-5151) if you would like to participate in this initial exploration group.


youth membership 2010-2011

youth in grades 7-8 are involved this year in a series of meetings that will lead them towards church membership in June 2011. There have been two meetings so far this year, and the youth are also watching video online and taking notes during worship. The videos were recorded two years ago by Pastor Phil and Joe Principe, and involve some conversations about conversion, theology, church history, and the Heidelberg Catechism (non-youth are welcome to view them as well!). Youth then email answers to questions, which allows us to start a conversation about their understanding of faith, Jesus, and what church membership is about. So far this year we have looked more closely at the Bible, thought about church history and why there are so many churches and religions in the world, and spent time thinking together about why we need Jesus as savior. Our next meetings are January 23, March 20, and May 15 (these are all Sunday evenings from 7-8:30pm). Pray for our youth as they explore what it means to move from a childhood faith to an adult faith!


Children's crafts from Sunday

This past Sunday during breakout from worship, children made Christmas trees by tracing and cutting out their hand prints. These will be delivered by our Caregivers to shutins in our church family. On Tuesday, one will go as far as West Caldwell, NJ to a member under hospice care. The children also decorated the tree in fellowship hall.


sunday, december 5th

here's what's happening this sunday: on saturday, the youth group is providing a babysitting service from 2:30-6:30pm so parents can do shopping. At 7pm they begin a youth lock-in through till the next morning. Sunday is a communion Sunday for us. At the early service, after communion, the children will break out for a craft time and decorate the fellowship hall tree. We continue with the angel tree project. Pastor Phil will be speaking on Old Testament prophecy about Jesus, using Matthew chapters 1-2 to see how the gospel writer connects the life of Jesus with words written hundreds of years before. We'll reflect on what that tells us about God (what kind of a God can do that?), Jesus (how important must he be) and us (how is it possible that we can mess good things up so much?). Join us.


bulletins are being posted online

our new website offers a download section. check out the bulletins folder, look at upcoming services or past services.