Outreach

Christine's Kitchen

We're a caring community that supports its members and friends near and far through good times and bad.

Whether arranging to cook and deliver food to someone recovering from surgery, holding a prayer vigil for an ill member, or providing cake for a baby's baptism, the bonds among the congregation are sure signs of God's love working through us.

We are also a community who truly looks outside our walls for opportunities to serve. Through support of local programs like the Rescue Squad and Fire Department, St. Peter's HavenChristine's Kitchen, St. Agnes Food Pantry, Diocese of Newark Prison Minstries (2018), Mark's Closet Bloomfield (2019), youth mission trips and our Annual Pet Celebration on the town green, we welcome opportunities to be the heart and hands of Christ.  Much of this support is done through our annual Angel Tree outreach sponsored during the Advent Season.

Our most significant ministry includes the Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry which is serving over 100 shoppers per month as of early 2021 and involves a minimum of 45 volunteers monthly.  In addition, in late 2021 we partnered with St. Peter's Livingston Thift Shop now named the Heavenly Finds Thrift Shop, an outreach ministry of our congregation.  To read more about the beginnings of this relationship, click here.

HEAVENLY FINDS THRIFT SHOP (September 2021 through June 2022) will have donated $58,000 to various programs:
In keeping with the vision and ministry of Heavenly Finds Thrift Shop, funding continues for various outreach programs.  To date as we continue to focus on food insecurities and programs for youth, we have expanded our ministry to include other important programs.
Food Insecurities:

  • Church of the Holy Spirit, Verona - Food Pantry
  • Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors CHOW - Food Pantry
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Orange - Christine’s Kitchen feeding program and pantry
  • St. Peter’s Haven, Clifton - Food Pantry

Infant/Children/youth:

  • Essex RAIN Foundation
  • 2nd Floor Youth Helpline
  • Youth Suicide Prevention Program - sponsor AFSP Out of Darkness Walk in October 2022
  • North Porch – Mother and Infant Centers
  • Good Grief – peer support and counseling for youth dealing with a death of a parent or sibling
  • Livingston High School – 2 graduating seniors who showed outstanding volunteerism
  • Verona’s Children Fund

Other:

  • Verona Fire Department
  • Verona Rescue Squad
  • Hyacinth Foundation
  • Diocese of Newark's Alleluia Fund
  • Verona’s Celebration of Pets sponsored by Church of the Holy Spirit
  • Verona UNICO Labor Day 5-K Classic Run
  • Church of the Holy Spirit Rector’s Discretionary Fund

We also continue to contribute merchandise from the shop to the American Breast Cancer Society, R.E.A.D. Foundation, Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter, North Porch, The Day Workers’ Project (The Trinity Church in Livingston’s outreach program), as well as other needs that arise.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 27:
The Heavenly Finds Thrift Shop, located in Livingston, is open most Tuesdays from 10 am - 2 pm.  Proceeds from the thrift shop are used to support many local organizations, including those that focus on food insecurity and youth services. Donations are accepted any time except Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.  For more information please visit https://www.heavenlyfinds.org/. Read more
Heavenly Finds Thrift Shop
Saturday, October 1:
Our Thrift Shop, located in Livingston, is open nearly every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm and an occassional Saturday -- this month the Thrift Shop is open Satruday, October 1 from 10am to 1pm.  For more information visit https://www.heavenlyfinds.org/.  This partnership began in the Fall of 2021 and we are thankful that because of this ministry, we are able to support many organizations and worthy causes. Read more
Animal Blessing 2016
Sunday, October 2:
Join us for the annual Blessing of the Animals during our 10am worship service (which will be shortened) on Sunday, October 2.  There are no Sunday School classes on this day so that kids can be in the pew with their pet(s).  Bring your pet or a photo of a pet and receive a special blessing at the end of the service.  [To see photos from 2019's service, click here.]   Read more
pet celebration
Sunday, October 2:
On Sunday, October 2 from 1-4pm Holy Spirit Verona will host our sixth annual Celebration of Pets in the Verona Town Hall Square with pet-orientated activities, rescue organizations, vendors, crafts-people, pet blessings and more.  We will have activities for kidsDJ music provided by our resident DJ Emilio, food vendors and a Pet Parade at 2:30pm with prizes in several categories.  If you have a pet or love all God's creatures, join us!   Read more
Tuesday, October 4:
The Heavenly Finds Thrift Shop, located in Livingston, is open most Tuesdays from 10 am - 2 pm.  Proceeds from the thrift shop are used to support many local organizations, including those that focus on food insecurity and youth services. Donations are accepted any time except Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.  For more information please visit https://www.heavenlyfinds.org/. Read more
Wednesday, October 5:
On Wednesday, October 5 at 1pm a small group will gather to meditate and knit.  This is a spiritual practice that benefits the practitioner and those gifted with these sacred mantles.  This ministry is nondenominational and open to anyone who is seeking to step away from their daily stresses with an alternative form of meditation.   Please email Rev. Katherine for additional information. Read more
Tuesday, October 11:
The Heavenly Finds Thrift Shop, located in Livingston, is open most Tuesdays from 10 am - 2 pm.  Proceeds from the thrift shop are used to support many local organizations, including those that focus on food insecurity and youth services. Donations are accepted any time except Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.  For more information please visit https://www.heavenlyfinds.org/. Read more
Friday, October 14:
Holy Spirit Verona will host another Friday BINGO Fund Raiser on Friday, October 14 at 7pm; doors open and BINGO cards go on sale at 6pm.  Entrance fee (with sheets for ten games) is $20; the first number is called at 7pm.  Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase, and you are welcome to bring your own food.  No alcohol is allowed and you must be 18 years old to play BINGO.  Masks are recommended. Read more
Saturday, October 15:
Our congregation will host a meal at Christine's Kitchen on Saturday, October 15.  Christine's Kitchen is a feeding ministry at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Orange.  Volunteers are pre-making sandwiches and desserts which will be delivered to Christine's Kitchen on Saturday morning.  Sandwiches will be combined with a beverage, snack, fruit and dessert for to-go meals being served at noon by Holy Trinity members.  If you can help, email Father Jerry. Read more
Tuesday, October 18:
The Heavenly Finds Thrift Shop, located in Livingston, is open most Tuesdays from 10 am - 2 pm.  Proceeds from the thrift shop are used to support many local organizations, including those that focus on food insecurity and youth services. Donations are accepted any time except Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.  For more information please visit https://www.heavenlyfinds.org/. Read more
Wednesday, October 19:
On Wednesday, October 19 at 1pm a small group will gather to meditate and knit.  This is a spiritual practice that benefits the practitioner and those gifted with these sacred mantles.  This ministry is nondenominational and open to anyone who is seeking to step away from their daily stresses with an alternative form of meditation.   Please email Rev. Katherine for additional information. Read more
Friday, October 21:
Our Food Pantry volunteers will be in the lower level from 5-6:30pm setting up the tables with grocery/toiletry items for our shoppers. Read more
Saturday, October 22:
Our October 22 Food Pantry will accept shoppers in the lower level from 9 to 11am; masks will be required.  Shoppers will remain in their vehicles with a limited number being invited inside at a time.  Home deliveries are still available for Verona/Cedar Grove residents who are unable to visit Pantry; contact our Church Office for arrangements.    Read more
Sunday, October 23:
On Sunday, October 23 at 10am, we will be standing with faith-based groups around the globe to call for Climate Justice.  Join us for our Faiths 4 Climate Justice Service and be a part of our action to make a difference in the world.  We will focus on hope and challenge attendees to take action to protect the resources of the earth. Read more
Tuesday, October 25:
The Heavenly Finds Thrift Shop, located in Livingston, is open most Tuesdays from 10 am - 2 pm.  Proceeds from the thrift shop are used to support many local organizations, including those that focus on food insecurity and youth services. Donations are accepted any time except Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.  For more information please visit https://www.heavenlyfinds.org/. Read more
Saturday, October 29:
It’s estimated that one in two people in a congregation has personally been affected by suicide.  Soul Shop trains faith community leaders to offer support, hope and connection to congregation members.  Co-sponsored by the AFSP, Soul Shop equips participants with the resources and guidance they need to foster hope and healing in their community.  Breakfast/lunch inlcuded at no cost; pre-registration is required. Read more
Out of the Darkness Walk 2021
Sunday, October 30:
Once again a team from Holy Spirit will join the "Out of the Darkness" Suicide Prevention Walk in Verona Park on Sunday, October 30 from 12:30 to 1:30pm.  We will walk in loving memory of Vanya Citrano.  Registration/Check-In begins at 11:30am and the Opening Ceremony is at 12:30pm.  Our Heavenly Finds Thrift Shop is a Community Leader Sponsor this year -- pass by our tent.  For more information on The Walk, click hereRead more