During the late 19th century, the New Jersey coastline became a popular retreat for religious gatherings and camp meetings. As these camps became more and more crowded, families traveled by rail coach and yacht to our barrier island for its open spaces and pristine beaches.
The new vacationers were members of various protestant denominations, and as they gathered for worship, they found that their denominational diversity enriched their time together. In 1898, the idea was formed for a union church comprised of members of these various denominations. In the Summer of 1899, a committee of five men was formed to explore the formation of a union church and the building of an appropriate place of worship. These men represented The Protestant Episcopal Church, The Methodist Episcopal Church, The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), The Baptist Church, and The Presbyterian Church. In 1901, the official organization of the church was completed.
While made up of various denominational influences, the congregation maintains the basic protestant belief that everyone has direct access, and is responsible, to our Divine Creator. The church calendar is filled with many opportunities for fellowship, spiritual development, and worship. All are welcome to participate. The "union" concept of our founders is alive and well.