St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church is name of new
church to be built in Raritan Township
By Hunterdon County Democrat
February 22, 2010, 7:11AM
RARITAN TWP. Another momentous milestone was
reached by the Greek Orthodox Parish of Hunterdon County.
His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos, spiritual
leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in the
mid-Atlantic states, announced the official name
of the parish will be St. Anna Greek Orthodox
Church. In doing this recently, he also issued
the permanent charter for the church, which is
part of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New
Jersey. St. Anna is considered the mother of the
Virgin Mary and this name was chosen in honor of
the beloved, deceased wife of one of the parishs
primary benefactors who wishes to remain anonymous.
The Very Rev. Archimandrite George Nikas, interim
pastor of St. Anna Church and chancellor of the
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey
commented, His Eminence has once again blessed
our young parish by honoring us with the name of
St. Anna, a most beloved saint of the Orthodox
Church. The naming of our church and granting of
the permanent charter has infused renewed
enthusiasm and determination into the community.
Now more than ever, our devout faithful are
inspired to build our church and community
center, which shall be a blessing and welcomed
addition to the residents of Hunterdon.
The parish last October celebrated the purchase
of a 12-acre property on Voorhees Corner Road in
Raritan Township (next to the J.P. Case Middle
School) on which to build the parishs church and
community center. The metropolitan will visit the
parish in the spring to bless the faithful and
place the sign Future Home of St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church at the site.
The township Planning Board last June approved
the two-phase site plan for the church complex to
include multi-functional spaces in which to
conduct religious, educational, social, and
recreational activities. The first phase will
include construction of a small church,
administrative offices, classrooms for the Greek
language school and Sunday School, and a
community hall. The hall will be used for social
gatherings and will have the ability to convert
to a basketball or volleyball court for recreational purposes.
The second phase will include construction of the
main church, with seating for approximately 300
and a dome which is indicative of Byzantine
architecture, and conversion of the first phase
church into a chapel and additional administrative and educational spaces.
Formed in 2002, with about a dozen or so
families, the parish has blossomed into a
vibrant, dynamic community serving Hunterdon and
the surrounding areas. Currently, it has about
100 steward families and this number is projected
to grow. Since 2006, through a gesture of
kindness and Christian fellowship, the parish has
been holding weekly services at the Allerton
United Methodist Church in Clinton Township.