The first Episcopal Church was organized in 1733


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The second religious denomination to come to Newark were the Episcopals (The Church of England). The founding of the first church (Trinity) was brought about by an incident involving the First Presbyterian Church. After many days of rain, Colonel Joshiah Ogden harvested his wheat on a Sunday in order to save it from ruin. The Presbyterian Church, of which he was a highly respected member, disciplined him for this offence. This disciplining led Colonel Ogden to seek other religious ties. The Episcopal church had been holding services in Newark for several years before this incident. The man who held these services was The Reverend Edward Vaughan who was an Episcopalian missionary for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, which was headquartered in Elizabeth. By October 6, 1731 the Reverend had baptized over 600 people in the area (Newark, Orange, Elizabeth and Whippany).

The split between the Presbyterians and the Episcopalians deeply divided Newark for over 40 years.

From: Social Services Directory of Newark 1912

Social Service Commission, Diocese of Newark - Established by a resolution of the Annual Convention of the Diocese, May, 1910. Consists of six members - three clergymen and three laymen, appointed by the Bishop. Its business is to take under consideration all the matters pertaining to the social duty of the church and report on the same at the Annual Convention. It is empowered to appear in endorsement of, or in opposition to, proposed legislation and to lend its co-operation to public movements in the interest of righteousness.

Name Organized Closed/Existed After
Emmanuel Episcopal (Reformed) 1875 <1914>
Fifth Episcopal (St. Paul's) 1852 <1940>
First Episcopal (Trinity) 1733 Present
Fourth Episcopal (House of Prayer) 1847 Present
German Episcopal (St. Matthew's #1) May 31, 1848 <1920>
German Episcopal (St. Matthew"s #2) 1855 1866
German Episcopal (St. Peter's) 1856 1857
Rutherfurd Memorial Episcopal 1873 1884
St. Alban's Episcopal 1891 <1940>
St. Andrew's Episcopal <1935> <1940>
St. James Episcopal April 13, 1888 <1940>
St. John's Episcopal September 2, 1867 <1940>
St. Mark's Episcopal 1880 1889
St. Philip's Episcopal 1848 <1940>
St. Stephen's Episcopal 1867 <1940>
St. Thomas Episcopal December, 1892 <1940>
Second Episcopal (Grace) 1837 Present
Sixth Episcopal (St. Barnabas) September 12, 1852 Present
Third Episcopal (Christ's) bef. 1849 <1940>


Resource Where Found
Home comfort cook book. Compiled by Ladies' Aid Society of Emmanuel Reformed Episcopal Church .Newark, N.J. November, 1910 ...
[Newark, N.J.: Modern Printing Company? 1910] 40 p. illus. 21 cm.
Rutgers NB Special Collections CALL NUMBER 1)TX715.N6E5
The Newark churchman : the official organ of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. Newark, N.J. : Diocesan Council,
Current frequency: Monthly (except July and August) Volume/date range: Ceased in 1977.
Rutgers NB Special Collections CALL NUMBER 1)BX5918.N73N4
Inventory of the church archives of New Jersey. Protestant Episcopal, Diocese of New Jersey, Diocese of Newark by the New Jersey Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration.
Newark, N.J. : Historical Records Survey, 1940. 434 p. ; 28 cm.
Rutgers NWK Special Collections CALL NUMBER 1)CD3380.H54P7
In commemoration of the twenty fifth anniversary of St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, Newark, New Jersey.
by Miss Margaret Hamilton ...
[Newark, N.J.] 1937. [18] p. illus. (incl. ports.) 24 cm.
Rutgers NB Special Collections CALL NUMBER 1)BX5980.N6S153 1937
Grace Church in Newark : the first hundred years, 1837-1937