Kingston Presbyterian Church, Kingston, New Jersey
4565 Route 27
P.O. Box 148
Kingston, NJ 08528
609-921-8895

Past Events

Sign Up Online or at KPC for Photo Directory Appointments

To: Members and Friends of Kingston Presbyterian Church Our Church is doing a new pictorial directory! Our last directory is now outdated and it is time for a new one. We want everyone to get a new picture made so that our new directory will be complete. IT WON’T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT YOU! Two Professional…

Hartley’s Legacy 3rd Benefit Concert

What is Hartley’s Legacy?

Hartley’s Legacy is a music volunteer group that was founded by Daniel Kim, Iris Kwak, and Joanna Kim in 2013. All the members of Hartley’s Legacy are student musicians, ranging from middle to high school students.We currently volunteer our time twice a month at the Atrium Senior Living of Princeton, a nursing home in Princeton, New Jersey. There, we serve snacks and perform for the senior residents. Hartley’s Legacy performs a wide variety of music as well, playing genres such as classical, jazz, pop, gospel and even movie music.

Purpose: The purpose behind Hartley’s Legacy is simply to share our love for music with others, especially with those who need it the most, including elderly seniors, victims of unfortunate tragedies, and children in need. By using our musical abilities and sacrificing our time, we make it our goal to entertain, educate, and support our audience, no matter who they are. Through our music and performances, we try to brighten people’s days and their lives.

Who is Hartley?

Wallace Henry Hartley was born on June 2nd, 1878, to Albion and Elizabeth Hartley. At an early age, he was introduced to music, as his father was the choirmaster at Bethel Chapel in Colne, East Lancashire, his hometown. Hartley’s music education began at George Street School, where he received music lessons after school.

In 1909, Hartley began his professional career at sea, as a musician on large ships. After three years of going from boat to boat, he was hired to be the bandmaster on the largest and most luxurious ship in the world at the time—the Titanic.

On April 10, 1912, the Titanic left the dock on her fateful maiden voyage, with Hartley on board. Four days later, at 11:40 PM, the Titanic infamously hit an iceberg on her way to New York City.

When Hartley realized the gravity of the situation, he gathered up his orchestra and began to perform for the passengers as lifeboats were lowered into the water. Keeping passengers calm, Hartley led his band as they played song after song, often playing famous hymns. According to some accounts, they “played until they were waist high in water,” and were only silenced when “the ship reared up in her death agony.”

Legend has it that Hartley’s last song was the hymn “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” a fitting song for the musicians and passengers still on board who faced death.

By selflessly staying on board and keeping the passengers calm, Hartley and the band allowed for the lifeboats to be loaded in an orderly fashion, saving countless lives. Instead of trying to save himself, Hartley sacrificed his own life as a musician to save the other passengers.

On May 4th, 1912, his body was recovered as #224 and transported to his hometown of Colne, East Lancashire. There he was given a funeral at Bethel Chapel, the church Hartley had once been a choirboy as a child.

We named our group Hartley’s Legacy to honor Wallace Hartley and to make it our goal to be more like him. While we may never sacrifice our lives, we sacrifice our time and use whatever musical talents we may have to perform for those who need it the most. Our hopes are that through our small acts of kindness, we can make a difference in the lives of the people who listen to and watch us perform.

Quick Note: Recently, in 2013, the violin Hartley owned and played on the Titanic was found. Hartley’s violin was authenticated, and later auctioned for over £200,000, equivalent to more than $300,000.

Sunday Worship Service – Our Sunday School Children will lead the service with Pastor Sharyl

Last 11:00 A.M. Worship Service – June Scriptures & Sermons   June 3:          Psalm 139                     What Is It For?                                       Pastor Sharyl June 10:       End of the Sunday School Year ~ What We Have Learned   Youth of the Church June 17th Begins Summer Schedule – 10:00 A.M. Worship- No Sunday School June…

Sunday School Closing Program & Student Recognition

June 10 is the closing Sunday School Program with student recognition. Join us in the Assembly Room as we recognize the achievements of the children and say thanks to the teachers and leaders of the adult class. Reminder – Next Sunday June 17th the summer schedule begins – No Sunday School and worship at 10:00 A.M.…

Care Givers Gathering

Care Givers Gathering I lift my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. ~Psalm 121:1–2 Caring for loved ones can be a challenging season of life. Let’s create a space to care for you. Once a month let’s gather, let’s pray,…

Craft Group

So– you can’t sew? Don’t worry… the crafters can teach you! Thanks to a generous donation of flannel,The Craft Group made bib sized cloths and small blankets for our team to bring to Haiti.   This group offers a great opportunity for fellowship and friendship.  They are always looking for more to join in the fun.…

Kickoff of Sign-Up Period for Photo Directory Appointments

Membership & Outreach invites KPC members and friends to sign-up for an appointment for a professional family portrait for our new church photo directory. Everything is done in one sitting on Tuesday June 26th, Wednesday June 27th, or Thursday June 28th. You can make appointments for your sitting at the church or online at Instant…

Grief Share

The 11th cycle of GriefShare started at KPC on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  If you know of someone who needs the support of our GriefShare ministry please have them call the church office to register. The GriefShare Support Group provides help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family or…

Spring Clean-Up Day

The Spring Clean-Day has been rescheduled to Saturday, may 12 starting at 8:00 A.M. You are welcome to join in any time. Please join us – goodies will be served!

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study – Thursday, May 10, 2018 The 2017-2018 Women’s Bible Study series is entitled “Cloud of Witnesses – The Community of Christ in Hebrews.”   On Thursday, May 10, from noon until 2:00 pm, Pastor Sharyl will lead the study of the final lesson of the series, Lesson 9, “In Community with All the…