In worship, God’s people encounter the good news of a loving, grace-filled God. Drawing on rich traditions while discovering new practices and styles, people find encouragement and renewal through prayer, music, community, and relevant messages. Ponds is an open and affirming congregation working to ensure that worship is accessible and inclusive to all people of all ages.


Educate and Advocate

Ponds is committed to learning to live out our welcoming statement that ALL people are created in the image of God and called to participate in God’s mission to the world.  We do this by actively engaging in opportunities to educate ourselves and the community on issues of social justice, equality, and inclusiveness.  This is done by focusing on our relationship with God, with each other, and with the world, through opportunities including intergenerational fellowship, Bible & book studies, worship, food pantry, refugee settlement, Sabbath House, and ecumenical gatherings.


Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals.

Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together North Jersey transforms the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities.


Food Pantry

The Ponds Food Pantry is open by appointment (Due to COVID) Please call the church between 9-12 M-F.  We provide temporary food assistance for anyone who is in need in Oakland.

Download the Pantry Needs List


Church Life

Sunday Worship |  Adult Bible Study |  Community Events 

Mission Trips | GriefShare | Volunteering 

Open & Affirming

For many decades Ponds welcomed everyone. It was a safe place for LGBTQ persons. In 2013 the church went one step further in declaring publicly its support, love and advocacy for LGBTQ persons, couples and families. More than welcoming, Ponds values the LGBTQ person. 

Refugees Welcome

In response to the increased attention around the Syrian refugee crisis in particular and the recent increase in hateful, anti-refugee political rhetoric, we opened our doors to welcome all refugees, regardless of their country of origin, religion, or ethnic group.

Assisting Damaged Areas

We go on a mission trip once a year to help an area damaged by a natural disaster. Find out more about our next upcoming trip by emailing Nathan@pondsnj.org.

Gift of Time

Use the gifts God has given you to help within the Pond’s community and beyond to positively impact the local community. 

Youth Ministry

Nursery Care |  Sunday School |  Youth Group 

Youth Mission Trips