At the turn of the century, people from Weekstown (who had been worshiping in Green Bank) decided they wanted to build a church. The building was completed in 1915. It was then known as "Snyder M.E. Church."
In 1939 the Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Episcopal South and the Methodist Protestant churches merged to become the Methodist Church.
In 1969 the Methodist Church combined with another demonination known as the Evangelical United Brethren. Out of that union came the United Methodist Church.
As the United Methodist Church became increasingly liberal in its policies and practices, the congregation became more opposed to it.
On May 22, 1990, a unanimous vote of the Administrative Board approved withdrawal from the Southern New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Since the treasury and building belonged to the Conference, Weekstown became a congregation without a church or money. They sought and received permission to hold services in the Volunteer Fire Company's hall on May 27, 1990.
Weekstown Community Church was incorporated in the State of New Jersey August 1, 1990. Ultimately, the congregation purchased the Church building from the United Methodist Conference. During the same time, land was donated and a parsonage was built.
'Weekstown Community Church is a small country Church with the sanctuary on the second floor. There is a chair lift for those who can not climb stairs. There are approximately 80 members of the Church but not all are active for diverse reasons. Some are elderly, ill, or in Military Service. Others have moved from Weekstown and only attend when they are visiting the area.
In 2000 land was donated for a new Church. Mullica Township Planning Board approved the site plan for the proposed construction October 1, 2008. The Atlantic County Planning Board approved the site plan March 3, 2009. The septic design has been approved by the Atlantic County Health Department. The Chairman of the Building Committee will meet with the Architect to get finalized structural drawings. He is also sending RFPs (Request for Proposal) for the construction to various contractors.
An artists rendering of the proposed structure
Statement of Faith
1. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
2. In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. That Jesus Christ is True God and True man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, he arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of God the majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
4. That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
5. That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
6. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provided the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.
7. That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
8. That the true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which He is head.
9. That only those who are members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
10. That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that the local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
11. In the personal premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this “blessed hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
12. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
13. In the reality and personality of Satan
14. Being ecumenical in spirit, though not in structure. We join with other Christians of like precious faith in common goals to accomplish the great commandment and the great commission; but we recognize that union in structure does not necessarily guarantee unity in spirit, and our foremost concern is unity in spirit. We do not associate ourselves with the World Council of Churches nor the National Council of Churches.
15. Speaking in tongues is not deemed appropriate nor acceptable for corporate worship.