What's going on next door?
It began for me about twelve years ago, at a meeting of the Higher Education Committee of the Presbytery of New Brunswick. That's when I started thinking about young adults, intentional community, and the dream of a House of Hospitality right here in urban New Jersey.
We put money aside. $15,000, as I recall. But nothing came of it. We had no idea what we were doing. We had no house. We had no young adults.
But the idea stayed there, percolating in the back of my mind, and in the minds of a few others.
And then, in early summer 2011, the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Trenton, NJ, closed its doors and its manse stood vacant. With the help of the Urban Fund of the Presbytery of New Brunswick, and many, many willing hands and strong backs, and much fervent prayer, the Bethany House of Hospitality, an intentional young adult Christian community, was born, welcoming its first class of five residents in September/October of 2011. The dream had become a beautiful reality.
|Bethany House of Hospitality|
|Lawrence Road House of Hospitality|
In two weeks, this dream becomes a reality just north of the Lawrence Road Church. Is that fabulous, or what?
A note about the photographs: I took the LRHoH photo and David Byars took the Bethany House shot. He's a much better photographer than I am...