Thursday, 22nd of June 2017

Thursday, 22nd of June 2017

The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey has placed two tablets containing identical wording at Christ Church in New Brunswick. The tablets commemorate the organizing of Christ Church Parish in 1742 and the 150th anniversary of the organizing of the Diocese of New Jersey. The tablets also honor the memories of Rectors Samuel Seabury, Abraham Beach, and John Croes. The original tablet, which still resides on the church tower, was dedicated on May 4, 1935.

 

ChristChurchParishTablet1

CHRIST CHURCH PARISH

WAS ORGANIZED IN 1742 THROUGH THE EFFORTS
OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE
GOSPEL IN FOREIGN PARTS

SAMUEL SEABURY
FIRST BISHOP IN AMERICA
1754 RECTOR 1757

ABRAHAM BEACH
ACTIVE IN THE ORGANIZATION OF THE
EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN AMERICA
1767 RECTOR 1784

JOHN CROES
FIRST BISHOP OF NEW JERSEY
1801 RECTOR 1832

HERE JULY 6, 1785, WAS ORGANIZED
THE DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY
ON THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY
OF THIS EVENT, THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY
THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS
IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
1935

 

  

ChristChurchParishTablet2

 

 

 

The original 1935 tablet is placed on the Church edifice and is not readily visible from the street. So that more people would be able to read the history, a second tablet, containing identical verbiage, was later placed in the Christ Church cemetery on Nielson Street. Its prominent location makes the second tablet highly-visible to hundreds of pedestrians each day.