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, which is now an outreach ministry of our congregation.  To read more about the beginnings of this relationship, click here.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 17:
We hope you are aware that in the Fall of 2021 we partnered with the St. Peter's Livingston (now named Heavenly Finds) Thrift Shop; to learn more, click here.  The shop is open nearly every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm and accepts donations any time except Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.  For more information about the Thrift Shop, visit https://www.heavenlyfinds.org/. Read more
Wednesday, May 18:
On Wednesday, May 18 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, May 24:
We hope you are aware that in the Fall of 2021 we partnered with the St. Peter's Livingston (now named Heavenly Finds) Thrift Shop; to learn more, click here.  The shop is open nearly every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm and accepts donations any time except Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.  For more information about the Thrift Shop, visit https://www.heavenlyfinds.org/. Read more
Friday, May 27:
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, May 28:
At the May 28 Food Pantry, we will accept shoppers in the lower level from 9 to 11am; masks will be required.  This will be our second "in-person" shopping day since February 2020.  Shoppers will be asked to remain in their vehicles and a limited number of shoppers will be invited inside at a time.  Home deliveries will still be available for Verona/Cedar Grove residents who are unable to visit the Pantry; contact our Church Office to make arrangements.    Read more
Sunday, May 29:
On Sunday, May 29 at both our 8am and 10am worship services we will wear orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day/Weekend (June 3-5, 2022).  On Sunday, June 5 we will celebrate our Feast Day of Pentecost, so we are marking this social justice awareness event a bit earlier.  There is much work to be done around this topic, and the voice of the Church has much to offer -- love conquers fear. Read more
Tuesday, May 31:
We hope you are aware that in the Fall of 2021 we partnered with the St. Peter's Livingston (now named Heavenly Finds) Thrift Shop; to learn more, click here.  The shop is open nearly every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm and accepts donations any time except Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.  For more information about the Thrift Shop, visit https://www.heavenlyfinds.org/. Read more
Tuesday, June 7:
The Township of Verona will once again be raising the Progress Pride Flag in the Civic Center, 600 Bloomfield Avenue, on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30pm (with rain date of June 8).  Reverend Katherine will be offering a prayer as a part of the ceremony.  Join to kick off Gay Pride Month. Read more
Wednesday, June 8:
On Wednesday, June 8 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
Wednesday, June 22:
On Wednesday, June 22 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