WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ – Keystone Fellowship South Jersey is joyfully celebrating their one-year anniversary. The Lord has grown the church plant from a group of 40 who met on Friday nights to about 130 who meet regularly on Sunday mornings. New visitors often attend as word spreads that the congregation welcomes all with warmth and hospitality and as they see the church making an impact in their community.
Pastor Matt explains that there are many ways to reach their neighbors with the Gospel. The church maintains its presence at community events in the area including Washington Township Day, Township Clean-Up day, the Good News Club in local public schools, abstinence education classes for local middle school students and tributes to neighborhood teens killed in car accidents. He believes they have only scratched the surface on seeing what the Lord is doing in their area.
The congregation is growing spiritually and shows selflessness in sharing their time to minister including the set up and tear down of equipment for Sunday services, teaching children, visiting nursing homes, performing parking lot duties, cooking for the sick, volunteering for community events, donating food, opening their homes for bible studies, and the giving of financial support. Members have attended the beginning stages of KFSJ’s Discipleship Journey which leads them to a closer walk with the Lord, hearing His voice, and believing and obeying God’s Word. It is Keystone South Jersey’s prayer that each congregant becomes a disciple that makes more disciples.
KFSJ is also a church of Community Groups that have been multiplying. Currently there are four CG’s but will become five by December. Each CG works hard to reach their neighborhood in many different ways including yard sales, prayer walks, tree and debris clean up, outdoor movie nights for the neighborhood kids, backyard bible clubs, etc.
Not only are they celebrating their first anniversary, but also many other firsts. The first Partnership Class last month yielded many who decided to covenant with us as a church. Their first Baptism Service, as a Keystone campus, saw six baptized! KFSJ’s men are participating in their first bible study, Kingdom Men, which saw 31 men attend their BBQ kick off. Additionally, a young men’s bible study is held each week for purposes of accountability and staying pure in the over-sexualized culture. In the children’s ministries, one teen volunteer started a kid’s worship team who minister to other children each week during worship time. Pastor Matt reports that it has been a great blessing to watch children and adults grow spiritually!
Please keep Matt & Michele Pilla and Keystone Fellowship South Jersey in prayer as they search for a more suitable and permanent facility for Sunday services, and that they will find favor with Washington Township and Gloucester County to establish relationships that will build bridges and point people to Christ!