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Celebrating Father Jerry's 5th Anniversary

A video that was shared at the 10am service on May 17, 2020, celebrating Father Jerry's first 5 years as rector.

Click on the image below or use this link https://youtu.be/3CiQxvjtc3I

Holy Week and Easter 2020 in Extraordinary Time

Seminarian Katherine Rollo at Easter Sunday Coffee Hour

Holy Week and Easter Sunday were most certainly *different* in 2020 due to the pandemic and requirement to keep phyisical distancing.  But, Holy Spirit Verona was gathered as a community for Palm Sunday, Maunday Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday -- we did Virch -- Virtual Church and God was with us!  Read the captions (hover over each photo) to enjoy the photos fully.

Easter Sunday 2020 in Extraordinary Time Photos

Easter Sunday Virch

On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, we were in our fifth week of virtual church (aka Virch).  The community gathered via a video conferencing platform (Zoom) to pray, sing and celebrate resurrection.  Enjoy the photos and be sure to read the captions (hover over the photo to see captions).  Jesus Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

Holy Week 2020 in Extraordinary Time Photos

Blessing of the Palms 2020

Despite the need to "fast from public worship" we gathered as a community virturally to mark Holy Week 2020.  The liturgies of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in the midst of a pandemic certainly make for extraordinary time.  Read the captions to understand what was happening in that virch (virtual church) service.

Episcopal 101 - Part 2

Sunday, March 1

Want to learn what a verger is?  Have no idea where the narthex is?  Come learn more about The Episcopal Church - offered in two parts at 7pm on Sunday, February 23 and Sunday, March 1.  Bring your questions and be prepared for some fun!  Wine and cheese also available.  For more information, speak with your Churchwardens or Rector.  #bothand  #britishreformation

Episcopal 101 - Part 1

Sunday, February 23

Want to learn what a verger is?  Have no idea where the narthex is?  Come learn more about The Episcopal Church - offered in two parts at 7pm on Sunday, February 23 and Sunday, March 1.  Bring your questions and be prepared for some fun!  Wine and cheese also available.  For more information, speak with your Churchwardens or Rector.  #bothand  #britishreformation

Interfaith Thanksgiving 2019 Photos

Interfaith Thanksgiving 2019

On Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3pm the Verona Clergy Council once again hosted an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.  This year's service was held at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church.  Five Verona houses of worship and one from West Orange, shared scripture readings from Islamic, Jewish and Christian traditions.  There was singing, praying, fellowship and a true celebration of God's Creation through peace and unity.  Thanks to Randy Johnson for these photos!

Good Friday Union Service ***CANCELLED***

Friday, April 10

On Good Friday (April 10) 2020 we will participate in a joint service with our sisters and brothers at the First Presbyterian Church of Verona.  History indicates that "union services," as they were called, began in Verona in 1936 among the various houses of worship.  Join us as we resurrect this tradition on this holiest of holy days.

Epiphany Pageant 2019 Photos

Our Cast of Characters

On Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 10am the Church of the Holy Spirit celebrated its 90th Anniversary.  The first worship service of our congregation was Sunday, January 6, 1929 at 10am on the second floor of 660 Bloomfield Avenue.  Since then we have moved and grown.  To kick-off our annivesary year, our Sunday School students shared some of our history as told by three kings and one dinosaur.  Thank you to photographer Brenna Gentile!

History Repeats Itself - Outreach to Dante, VA

Dress to Impress Collection

In the fall, two of the high school students who attended our July 2018 Mission Trip, collected dresses for students in St. Paul, VA and surrounding towns.  Our Mission Trip attendees spent a week working on a home in Dante, VA (a suburb of St. Paul).  Over 200 dresses, many boxes of shoes and several purses where all delivered in early December.  Check out the connection to Holy Spirit Verona's past by reading the wonderful article in myVeronaNJ.

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