Youth Group

Grateful and Proud

by Jerry A. Racioppi

Early on in my time as rector at Holy Spirit Verona I was told about a Mission Trip that Holy Spirit Verona sponsored to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA.  Although an Episcopal Church sponsored site, I was not familiar with it.  Several of the Holy Spirit parishioners raved about their experience at Grace House.  My second summer (2016) at Holy Spirit, we considered doing a Mission Trip, but we felt we did not have the momentum to have a decent attendance.  

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.

Good Friday Children's Stations of the Cross

Friday, April 19

On Good Friday (April 19) at 10am we offer a Stations of the Cross service for children where the kids carry a large cross in and around the church.  The service is very tactile in that kids try on a crown of thorns, touch nails that might have been used in crucifixion, and taste vinegar all of which are reminders of how Jesus suffered before his death.


Sunday, May 5
Flowering the Cross 2018

Join us on Sunday, May 5 as we "flower the cross," turning a symbol of pain and suffering into one of rebirth and renewal. Please bring any type of flower or greenery.

While some churches "flower the cross" on Easter Sunday, it's been a long tradition at Holy Spirit to embrace this tradition on the Second Sunday of Easter... although this year we are moving it to the Third Sunday of Easter (May 5).

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 21

After our Easter Sunday (April 21) Worship, we'll gather outside to watch the children gather up the Easter eggs that have been placed around for their discovery and enjoyment (eggs are filled with candy).  

Christmas Pageant 2018 Video

Christmas Pageant

The children of our Sunday School tell the story of Jesus' birth with "A New Perspective".

Check out this video to feel the joy!

The Dismissal


Father Jerry joyfully concludes each service with the help of the children.  They assist in the jumping tripple Alleluia dismissal.  Thanks be to God!

Check out this video to feel the joy!

Rescheduled Cub Scout Leaf Raking at the Church

Saturday, November 24

We will once again join the Cub Scouts in Pack 5 in raking the leaves on our lawn starting at 9am on November 24.  Many hands make light work!  This was rescheduled from last week.

Donate Your Old Formal Dresses

Dress to Impress

Two youth who attended our 2018 Mission Trip are collecting your old formal and prom dresses and accessories (shoes and purses) to be donated to girls in towns in and around St. Paul, Virginia.  The deadline for donations is November 20, 2018.  Dresses should be placed in dry cleaning bags and clearly marked with the size.  For more info, email

Cub Scout Leaf Raking at the Church

Saturday, November 17

***UPDATE*** This event is postponed due to the recent snow storm.  We hope to find an alternate date that might work for the Cub Scouts.


We will once again join the Cub Scouts in Pack 5 in raking the leaves on our lawn starting at 8:30am on November 17.  Many hands make light work!


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