Saturday, November 1, 2008

Exit 100 GSP Ocean Grove Jesus

Ocean Grove, once nicknamed, Ocean Grave for the strict adherence to NJ’s longest running blue laws (no driving, no retail, no beach on Sunday), is now known more for the one who indeed rose from the grave.

This place is as close to the Bible Belt as you can get above the Mason-Dixon line. Founded in 1869 as a Methodist Camp Meeting, in 2008 it is still owned and operated as a Methodist Camp Meeting. For the record, there are 114 tents still standing.
The founding fathers gathered here on a simple premise: to build a tabernacle and fresh water well on the Jersey Shore. Bersheeba’s well still stands to this day and the tabernacle is still used to worship Jesus as the entire town is registered as a historic landmark. And those 114 tents – well, there’s a 10-year rental waiting list. Who knew worshiping Jesus at the Jersey Shore would be such a big draw?

In sharp contrast to neighboring Asbury Park, what washes up most on this piece of shoreline most often is the Cross.

Matthew 16: If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.


Caleb Henry said...

Wow, during my time here in Jersey I will have to check this out.

Gigi said...

I LOVE IT!! You were right, NJJ - this one was FAB!! That's what I love about your blog...I always learn something!! So tell me, what does the small print on the t-shirt say? Love the photos...nothing complex about the Cross, is there?!

thia said...

just blog walking