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.  

Mission Trip 2019

Sunday, July 14 to Saturday, July 20
Mission Trip Attendees 2018

Several adventurous and giving individuals will travel to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA for a week (July 14-20, 2019) of manual labor and experiencing caring for another.  They will share meals together and enjoy a little bit of down time later in the week.  Please pray for these individuals as they do the work God has given us to do.

Final Payment Due for Mission Trip

Saturday, June 15
Mission Trip 2018

We've booked a Mission Trip (July 14-20, 2019) to Grace House on the Mountain (VA) open to youth and young adults...anyone who has graduated from 8th grade by the time we leave is old enough.  We're also extending the invitation to college students and/or college grads, several of whom are Grace House alumni. Friends are also welcome.

Deposit Due for Mission Trip 2019

Wednesday, May 15
Mission Trip 2018

We've booked a Mission Trip (July 14-20, 2019) to Grace House on the Mountain (VA) open to youth and young adults...anyone who has graduated from 8th grade by the time we leave is old enough. We're also extending the invitation to college students and/or college grads, several of whom are Grace House alumni. Friends are also welcome.

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.

FLOWERING SUNDAY

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

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!

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