Conklin United Methodist Church is a multicultural and multigenerational worshipping faith community with a genuine welcome.

SUNDAY SERVICE – 10:00AM ~ 11:00AM

If you’ve been following God your entire life, you’re welcome here. If you’re new to faith, you’re welcome here. If you’re not really sure you believe in God at all, you’re welcome here. No matter where you are on the road to faith, we want to walk alongside you as you go. Our hope is that as you join us on the journey, you’ll discover a God who is active, alive, and at work in your life.

We have one simple traditional service on Sundays at 10AM and will soon be offering childcare for young children, and offer weekly bible studies on Tuesdays at 7PM that coincide with the Sunday sermon. We are located on Main Street in South River, NJ, and have members and attendees from throughout Middlesex County.


The first Methodist Minister to conduct services in South River, NJ, originally known as Washington, was Rev. N. Dobbins in 1842. A Methodist Society was formed in 1845 by Rev. C. S. Downs of Fresh Ponds, meeting in the home of William D. Serviss on Obert Street. The class grew rapidly and was added to the Middlesex Mission of the New Jersey Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1846. By 1848, the Sunday School has been organized with 12 teachers and 113 scholars.

By 1857, the congregation had outgrown the small church. Mrs. Nancy Concklin of Jersey City offered a donation of $1,000 toward the erection of a new church provided the balance of $1,500 be raised by the congregation. The response was noble and quick. The new church cost $4,628 to build and was dedicated on October 18, 1859. Mrs. Concklin died in 1862 leaving enough money to retire the mortgage. Her love and generosity was so appreciated that the congregation named their new church the Concklin Methodist Episcopal Church. Through inadvertent use in the early 1900’s, “Concklin” became “Conklin.”

When the Methodist Episcopal Church merged with the United Brethren Church in 1968, Conklin became known as Conklin United Methodist Church.

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