In 1914 a few Christians began a Church of God in Gloucester City. They met at different locations over the years, including a remodeled shoemaker’s shop on Burlington Street and a church at Brown and Bergen Streets. In 1929, our lot at Market Street and Baynes Avenue was purchased for $2,000, and in 1935 the church was constructed. In 1957, the adjoining property at 111 Baynes Avenue was purchased. In 1965, as a result of the first Building Fund Campaign, the addition of bathrooms and Sunday School classrooms was completed. Small World Nursery School was established in 1971, and ran for three decades. In 1978, a mortgage-burning ceremony was held. Between 1987 and 1992, the properties of 107, 109, and 120 Baynes Avenue were purchased. In 1998, 1201 Market Street was purchased. In 2001, ground was broken and two houses were razed to install an additional entrance with an elevator and to provide on-site parking for parishioners. A handicapped accessible restroom was also installed.
Celebrating our 100th Birthday in 2014, we look back over the years and see the blessings God has poured out on this congregation in tangible ways. But, more importantly, we can look back and see the many lives that He has touched and blessed. The church is more than just a building. We are His people.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (I Peter 2:9-10)