Houses of Worship


 Church of Saint Gabriel

Welcome to St. Gabriel the Archangel and our family of faith located in the beautiful Saddle River Valley. For over fifty years, this Catholic parish has grown into a vibrant community of faith with the support of individuals and families from the surrounding communities of Saddle River, Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick and Ridgewood who have found St. Gabriel's to fill their hearts with the sense of a spiritual home.  When people exchange stories of God and allow their common values and beliefs, common memory and shared prayer to grow out of that exchange, communities of faith are born. Through our liturgies, religious education programs, the celebration of the Sacraments, ministries and outreach programs, this community is able to touch and transform the lives of people in countless ways and a visible sign of the Body of Christ. Please come and spend some quiet time in our house of prayer or join us for one of our Sunday masses and fellowship.

 Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Many of Bergen County New Jersey’s earliest settlers were Lutherans. Originally these settlers had to attend church in New Bridge (Hackensack / River Edge area) or Remmerspack (now Mahwah) at the Ramapough Lutheran Church.  As the Saddle River valley became more settled, the Lutherans organized a local congregation, and every fourth Sunday they used the Reformed Church in Upper Saddle River for worship. This arrangement did not last long and services where then held at the home of Thomas Van Buskirk, using the barn in the summer and the garret (attic) in the winter.

In 1819 the congregation decided to build a church. Andrew Esler, chairman of the building committee, designed the church. The land was donated by Thomas Van Buskirk and David I. Ackerman. The corner stone was laid on October 4, 1820.  A bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, a bible and a hymn book were placed within the stone. On October 14, 1821, the Rev. Dr. Schaeffer preached the dedication of the new church building. The new church was named the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saddle River and Ramapough. In 1900 the name was changed to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saddle River. It is the oldest church building in Bergen County and the sixth oldest church in New Jersey to be associated with a Lutheran congregation.

 Temple Beth OR

Consistent with Temple Beth Or's founding principles nearly a half century ago, our congregation welcomes you. Temple Beth Or means "House of Light." As a Reform Jewish congregation, (developed in the early 1800s in response to the many changes of the modern world), we affirm the central tenets of Judaism – God, Torah and Israel – and accept diversity within our beliefs and practices. We believe all human beings are created in the image of God, and that we are God's partners in improving the world. Tikkun olam – repairing the world – is a hallmark of Reform Judaism as we strive to bring peace, freedom and justice to all people. Temple Beth Or has been a proud member of the Bergen County Reform Jewish community for nearly 50 years! Since our establishment on Chanukah, 1958, our Temple has been a community where families and individuals join together to worship, study and celebrate the rich traditions of our Jewish heritage.

 St. John's Episcopal Church

St. John’s Church was begun by a handful of Episcopalians who, having to hitch up their horses to travel to Allendale to worship, urged the Bishop of Newark to establish a mission in Ramsey.  They first worshipped in homes, and then in the Odd Fellows Hall.  Thankfully, in March of 1905, resident Edwin Carpenter donated a triangle of land at the junction of Main and Arch Streets for the cause.  George Crocker, whose family had made millions opening California to the steam engine, donated $11,000 to build the church itself in memory of his wife, Emma Hanchett Crocker.  In 2006, St. John’s proudly celebrated its 100th Anniversary.  Parishioners found many ways to mark this historic event including an Evensong Service using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, a Morning Prayer Service with Holy Eucharist using the 1892 Book of Common Prayer, a musical extravaganza, and a centennial dinner.  Bishop John Palmer Croneberger officiated at the service commemorating St. John’s consecration.  An organ recital and an Evensong of Remembrance completed the year of special events.  In May 2007, a time capsule was sealed which will be opened in 2031.

 Church of the Presentation

Welcome to Church of the Presentation, a welcoming Catholic community leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ through Word, Worship, and Outreach. We serve many and welcome all. The years since the founding of our parish in 1961 have seen incredible growth from the original 270 to over 3500 families, coming here from over 130 zip codes! We are one of the largest Catholic parishes in northern New Jersey, and “welcoming” is the word most often used to describe us. Passing on and learning about our faith, nurturing our spiritual growth, being better stewards of our earth and outreach to others are all areas in which we focus our energies.  

Next time you’re at the parish, take a moment to visit our “information desk” located in the hallway outside of our kitchen. It is staffed from 9am-1pm each Sunday morning to help answer any questions you may have.  We realize people look for a parish for many reasons. Whether you are looking to worship with us, receive support and/or get involved, know you are welcome and will find a home here.

 Saddle River Reformed Church

If you are looking for a church home, a place where eternal truths are presented relative to today’s complex world, a place where you can grow in your relationship with God, a place where you will find warm and supportive fellowship, we invite you to worship with us and get to know us better.  Our church , known to many as The Old Stone Church, was organized in 1784 as a daughter church of The Old Paramus Church. It is a part of the Reformed Church in America, a denomination which traces its roots to the Dutch community which played such an important role in early American history. While there is evidence that the original church building was erected in 1789, our present sanctuary was built in 1819. An extensive renovation in 1971 – 1972 recreated the appearance of the original structure.   Our cemetery is also the resting place of numerous Revolutionary War and Civil War Veterans. 

 The Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church

Deep down, we all want to belong somewhere where "everybody knows your name" as the song says.  That's where Bergen Highlands UMC can help. Our casual, come as you are, friendly community may be just what you're looking for. You will meet new people and hear relevant messages to help you on your spiritual journey. Come discover where you fit in.  Our service is a blend of traditional and contemporary music and worship. We welcome all who wish to come, pray, and learn about faith.  We believe that God is leading us to reclaim our passion for mission by engaging more intentionally with the individuals we are called to serve. God has already equipped us by strengthening our willingness to change and our open-mindedness. We are being led out of the walls of our building and into the surrounding communities. God has called us to connect to our neighbors and to become the church of the world.  We invite you to become part of the journey as we explore the frontier of serving God in the world.

 Temple Emmanual

The Mission of Temple Emanuel is to continually create sacred community, sharing wisdom from generation to generation and person to person.  We seek to inspire a commitment (brit) among our members to one another, to the greater Jewish community, and to the State of Israel through the life-long study of Torah, meaningful and enthusiastic worship, the performance of mitzvoth, and other deeds of living kindness- always imbued with the spirit of personal and world repair (tikkun).  Temple Emanuel will be a vibrant, warm and welcoming, socially responsible Kehilla (community) of Jews who learn and grow.  We will be inspired by the model of the ancient mishkan (portable sanctuary), developing meaningful Jewish connections both inside and outside the congregation’s physical home, fostering more intimate spiritual experiences, and becoming more central to people’s lives by addressing the challenges that face twenty-first century Jews.  The full histoy of Temple Emanuel can be found here.
100 E Allendale Rd. Saddle River, NJ 07458 | (p) 201-327-2609 | (f) 201-327-0168