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Church Group - A Brief History
Pennsville, New Jersey
Churchtown Group is believed to be oldest continuing active
A.A. Group in Area 45, Southern New Jersey. Oldtimers we
have talked to date this group as starting sometime in 1946.
Churchtown, which is located in the town ship of Pennsville,
New Jersey, just south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge,
most likely received its name due to the number of houses
of worship in the vicinity.
A.A. members would travel to Wilmington, Delaware, just
across the Delaware River from Pennsville, to see and learn
how A.A. worked. The group in Delaware was known as the
Wilmington Group and, at the time, members held their meetings
on Friday evenings at a Jewish Synagogue at 18th and Washington
Streets in Wilmington.Current members of the Wilmington
Group now meet on Friday nights at 9th and West Streets
in Wilmington and at the time of this writing, the group
is 56 years young!
Jersey A.A.'s were Bill D., Jim A., Lew P. and Jim H. At
the time, A.A. was in its infancy in this area of South
Jersey and information about the particulars of how meetings
operated is sketchy at best.
first meetings were held in the Democrat Club, just afew
blocks from where the present day meetings are held. One
thing of note about the meetings at the Democrat Club was
that they had a fully-stocked bar. What a place to have
an A.A. meeting! In spite of conditions, the Churchtown
Group did survive and it has made a difference in the lives
of countless people over the past 54 years. Today, group
members continue to hold meetings on Monday nights at the
St. George Episcopal Church, Parish Hall in Pennsville.
P., Archivist, Area 45