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Stories from Our Congregations

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our congregations have found new ways to remain grounded in prayer, Scripture study, worship, caring for those in need, and seeking God’s justice and reconciliation in the world. Here are just a few of their stories.

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The Rev. Rod Perez-Vega (right) accepts a donation of food from a State Senate candidate, who ran a food drive as part of her campaign. PHOTO SOURCE: FACEBOOK
Stories from Our Congregations | May 26, 2020
The Rev. Rod Perez-Vega says the food pantry at St. John’s Church in Dover, where he is rector, didn’t used to be as big as it is now.
A long line of people wait for meals provided by the food ministries at Holy Trinity Church in West Orange. PHOTO COURTESY HOLY TRINITY, WEST ORANGE.
Stories from Our Congregations | May 19, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing outreach across The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Newark, and the 16-year-old food ministry at Holy Trinity...
canned food
Stories from Our Congregations | May 12, 2020
The Friday Soup Kitchen at St. Andrew’s, Newark, reminds the Rev. Sylvester Ekunwe, the church’s Vicar, of the miracle of the loaves and the fishes.
Krista Donough with her newborn daughter, Violetta Hazel Frega.
Stories from Our Congregations | May 11, 2020
Violetta Frega may hold a record for earliest church attendance following birth.
Author Birgitta Karlen with a trunk full of bottled water ready to be delivered to a local hospital.
Stories from Our Congregations | Apr 27, 2020
When Birgitta Karlen of Church of the Atonement in Tenafly learned that COVID-19 was forcing local healthcare workers to stay on their units for...
A virtual Easter choir
Stories from Our Congregations | Apr 13, 2020
For Easter Sunday at Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, Director of Music Colin Britt put together a virtual choir.