Community Ministries

Barrow Mansion

This beautiful 1830's Greek Revivial mansion is adjacent to St. Matthew's. The Barrow Mansion Development Corporation was established by St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in 1984 to renovate and operate the Mansion as an inclusive community center. The BMDC leases the Mansion from St. Matthew’s and is currently composed of a mix of Directors nominated by the Congregation Council and those nominated by the Board itself. Events include children's music classes, art shows, meditation classes, Hudson County's largest number of 12-step recovery group meetings, business and private event rentals, open houses, and our annual holiday party. For more information, please contact the BMDC president: paulellis@paulellis.org

Jersey City PRIDE

We believe that every human being is a child of God, without exception. No one needs to apologize for who God made them. Because of this deeply held belief, we have had a booth at JC Pride for over 20 years. For many years, we were the only house of worship present.

Angel Tree Ministry

Every Christmas, we work with Angel Tree to help provide Christmas presents for children whose parents are incarcerated.

Collaborations with Grace Church Van Vorst

Our friends in Christ, Grace Church, operate a program called "Breakfast Plus" which provides a free hot breakfast to over 100 guests every Saturday and Sunday of the year. All guests are welcomed and offered hospitality and food without question or qualification. Different crews of volunteers coordinate different days, and we do the 4th Saturday of each month.

Our two congregations also put on an annual Christmas meal every year. It is free and open to the community, and it's the best Christmas party in town! Come join us on December 25!