The Old Stone Church is at 481 East Saddle River Road, on the corner of East Saddle River Road and Old Stone Church Road in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
What time is the worship service?
The Sunday worship service is at 10am, both in person and online.
Is there service online?
Yes! Old Stone / Saddle River Reformed Church uses Facebook live to transmit its weekly 10am Sunday Worship Service. Check out our Facebook page to watch on Sunday or any day!
Is parking available?
There are six parking lots on the property. There is a small parking lot next to the Old Stone Church with reserved accessible parking spots. There is another small parking lot across the street from the Old Stone Church on Old Stone Church Road. A third small parking lot is located on the east side of East Saddle River Road. A larger parking lot is located on East Saddle River Road in the northern part of the cemetery. There are two parking lots, one in front and one in back of the Education Building on East Saddle River Road. The larger parking lot in the back of the building is accessed from Weiss Road. Both parking lots have reserved assessible parking spots.
Are cemetery plots available for purchase?
Both full casket and cremation plots are available for purchase. Please visit our Cemetery page on this website for more information.
Can I rent space in your Education Building for events?
The Saddle River Reformed Church does rent its Fellowship Hall for events. The hall has capacity for up to 131 people. Events need to be held in the evening or weekend as the Upper Saddle River Children's Academy uses the space during weekdays. You will need to set up and take down the tables and chairs that are in storage. All rented spaces need to be left as they are found, cleaned up accordingly. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the property. Contact the church office for the fee structure and deposit requirements.
Can we have our wedding in the Old Stone Church?
Saddle River Reformed Church happily supports Christian marriage by allowing the Old Stone Church to be used for the marriage service. The presider must be an ordained member of the RCA clergy or one of its formulary partners (Christian Reformed Church, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or United Church of Christ) or be willing to co-officiate with one of the previously mentioned denominations. Please contact the church office for more information on associated fees.
Can we have a memorial service or funeral in the Old Stone Church?
The Saddle River Reformed Church conducts both funerals and memorial services for grieving families. The presider must be an ordained member of the RCA clergy or one of its formulary partners (Christian Reformed Church, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or United Church of Christ) or be willing to co-officiate with one of the previously mentioned denominations. Please contact the church office for more information and the fee schedule.
Can I have my infant or child baptized in the Old Stone Church?
Baptism is a sign and seal of God’s covenant of grace with us and our children; it is a welcome into the family of God. It reminds us that God forgives our sins, adopts us as sons and daughters, and gives us the Holy Spirit. The journey of faith that begins in individual baptism continues in the Saddle River Reformed Church community. In the Reformed Church, baptism is always performed in the context of a congregation of God's people. The congregation commits itself to the spiritual nurture of the infant, child, or adult being baptized. For more information contact the church office.
Can I be baptized as an adult in the Old Stone Church?
The Reformed Church baptizes adults. Baptism is primarily an act of God, showing grace toward us, and only secondarily an expression of our commitment to God. Since baptism is a sign of union with Christ and a welcome into his covenant family, the Reformed Church recognizes baptism from other churches.
How can I become a member of the Saddle River Reformed Church?
Any person can join the church who affirms that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. What does that mean? You agree that you commit yourself as a follower of Jesus, accept him as the Son of God (completely human and completely divine), and affirm that Jesus is your only hope in life and in death for your salvation.
What denomination are you affiliated?
We are a member of The Reformed Church in America (RCA). The RCA is a fellowship of congregations, essentially a family of churches. We are connected by common beliefs, committed to serve others, and joined in community by the loving God we serve. RCA churches are located across the US and Canada.
What is a “Reformed Church?”
Reformed Christians sometimes say we're "Reformed and always reforming." This means we never stop asking whether we're being faithful to God's vision and reforming the church to follow God's will. We do this because we believe humans are broken. And we know how easy it is for our sinful nature to corrupt God's church. Scripture is the highest authority on our faith and its practice. Statements of beliefs called creeds and confessions also shape our faith and root us in Reformed theology.
How did the Old Stone Church (Saddle River Reformed Church) get to Upper Saddle River?
The Old Stone Church is part of the Reformed churches that arrived with the Dutch in 1628 who settled the Manhattan, New Jersey, and the Hudson and Mohawk valleys. The Old Stone Church was the daughter congregation of the Old Paramus Church in Ridgewood, NJ. The congregation was formed in 1784.
How old is the current sanctuary?
The congregation built the first sanctuary in 1789. It is believed to have been constructed on the current site. The current sanctuary was completed in 1819. It is a Wren Gibbs style sanctuary, made of rubble stone and brownstone. The walls are between 2 to 3 feet thick. All of the wood timbers and original woodwork was hand hewn.
How old is the cemetery?
The first burial was in 1790. The cemetery contains burial sites of many people born before 1776. There are veterans from the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. The cemetery is still operating.