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 Departments, St. Peter's Haven (2018 and before), Christine'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.

Our most significant ministry includes the Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry which is serving over 100 shoppers per month as of late 2019 and involves a minimum of 30 volunteers monthly.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 22:
On Wednesday, September 22 at 1:30pm 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 Deacon Katherine for additional information. Read more
Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry
Saturday, September 25:
Our Pantry will continue local home deliveries for September 2021 and accept shoppers on Saturday, September 25 from 9-11am, our usual 4th Saturday distribution day.  Shoppers must maintain physical distancing and remain within their cars.  Volunteers will be required to wear masks and will bring pre-packaged bags to shoppers' cars.   Read more
Animal Blessing 2016
Sunday, October 3:
Join us for the annual Blessing of the Animals during our 10am worship service (which will be shortened) on Sunday, October 3.  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 last year's service, click here.]   Read more
pet celebration
Sunday, October 3:
On Sunday, October 3 from 1-4pm Holy Spirit Verona will host our fifth 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
Saturday, October 9:
Our congregation will host a meal at Christine's Kitchen on Saturday, October 9.  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
Out of the Darkness - Suicide Prevention Walk Verona Park 2018
Sunday, October 10:
A team from Holy Spirit will join the "Out of the Darkness" Suicide Prevention Walk in Verona Park on Sunday, October 19 from 11-12:30pm.  We will walk in loving memory of Vanya Citrano.  Registration begins at 10am and the Walk begins at 11am.  For more information on The Walk, click here.  If you would like to join the Holy Spirit Verona Team, click here or email Fr. Jerry.  To make a donation towards our team goal, click here. Read more
Friday, October 15:
A small group of socially distanced, mask wearing Food Pantry volunteers will be in the lower level from 5-6:30pm setting up the assembly line needed to pre-pack bags for shoppers. Read more
The Finished Product
Saturday, October 16:
A small group of socially distanced, mask wearing Food Pantry volunteers will be in the lower level for four shifts (8:30-9:30am, 9:45-10:45am, 11am-12pm and 12:15-1:15pm) prepackings bags for our shoppers -- they will then carry them up to the sanctuary.  It's hard physical work! Read more
Sunday, October 17 to Saturday, October 23:
The Verona Juniors Women's group is sponsoring their seventh annual Verona Fights Hunger Week from October 17 - 23, 2021.  Various locations around town are set up as donation drops.  The Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry will be one of the two recipients of this years donations.  Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry will receive all of the donations collected at the Kings Pompton Avenue location on Sunday, October 17 from 9am to 4pm, and we will participate in the closing ceremony of this town-wide event on Saturday, October 23 at 10am on the Town Hall steps.  Thank you Verona Juniors Read more
Sunday, October 17:
On Sunday, October 17 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
Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry
Saturday, October 23:
Our Pantry will continue local home deliveries for October 2021 and accept shoppers on Saturday, October 23 from 9-11am, our usual 4th Saturday distribution day.  Shoppers must maintain physical distancing and remain within their cars.  Volunteers will be required to wear masks and will bring pre-packaged bags to shoppers' cars.   Read more