The Main Church
Califon UMC is a simple rectangular building facing the South Branch of the Raritan River on River Rd. It has two main entrances in the front with red doors, leading to two vestibules. The side entrance is fitted with a ramp for convenient accessibility access.
Each vestibule is housed in a tower; the taller left tower is the steeple. The steeple has a bell in the belfry, which is rung by manually pulling a bell cord.
The two vestibules naturally lead to a nave laid out with two aisles. There are two ways to handle a wedding procession with two aisles. One way is to block off one aisle and treat the remaining two sections as the brides and grooms. Alternately, both aisles can be used.
As the church's left side is usually designed as the bride's side, the bride will enter with her escort in the bride's aisle, usually on her escort's left. She is traditionally "given away" to her waiting groom. After the union, the groom steps to the bride's right, where he offers her his left arm. (This keeps his right arm free to grab his sword and fend off wife-abductors.) The bride makes a wide turn, and they depart with her in the groom's aisle or on the groom's side of the aisle, whether one aisle or two, the bride's position in the aisle symbolizes the union of the two families.
As you enter the nave, you'll see that the floor slopes downward toward the sanctuary and altar. For any occasion -- wedding, christening, confirmation, new member -- the ceremony can take place on the nave floor, or the participants can step up to the podium so the congregation can see it better.
In 1928 a new Mudler-Hunter pipe organ was purchased to replace the old bellows organ.
Twelve stained glass windows were recently renovated.
The choir sits in a raised area above the podium in front of the organist.
Pews are long wooden benches with thick, comfortable seat cushions.
Sadly, the church has no air conditioning. For the small number of very hot Sundays in the summer, the congregation worships in Fellowship Hall.
National Register of Historic Places