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Grace Church Van Vorst  |  39 Erie Street  |  Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone: 201-659-2211


Upcoming Events at GCVV

Feb 21, 2020

GCVV Young Adult Happy Hour

Biergarten, 88 Liberty View Drive, 6:00 pm

All young adults (and the young at heart) are welcome. We'll grab a table in the back starting around 6. Come for as long as you can and feel free to bring kids, friends, and your favorite game.

Non-drinkers welcome too! Questions? Talk to

Charlie (charlesdmetzger@gmail.com) or

Dr. Brandyn (brandynheppard@gmail.com). 

Feb 22, 2020

Grace Van Vorst Meditation Group

10:00 - 11:00 am 

Top floor of the Rectory

First meeting of the GCVV Meditation Group. There will be an introduction to Christian contemplation and centering prayer. If you have an existing meditation practice and are interested in a weekly opportunity to practice meditation with like-minded parishioners, or if you are interested in establishing a meditation practice for yourself, please join us. The group is open to all members of the Grace community, whether you can come occasionally or every week. Newcomers will always be welcome.

Feb 23, 2020

Guest Preacher: Rev Dr Emma Jordan-Simpson

The Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson is the Executive Pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, NY. She preached her first sermon at the age of 17 at House of Prayer Episcopal Church in Newark. She attended public schools in Newark before going on to Fisk University in Nashville, TN as a “first- generation” college student. She graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City with a Master of Divinity degree in 1988. When the Concord Baptist Church of Christ ordained her in 1989, she became the second woman in the church’s history to be set apart for the Gospel Ministry. She earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree (with distinction) from Drew Theological Seminary in 2009.

Feb 23, 2020

Coffee Hour Host Meeting

In the Rectory - after the 11:00 am service


If you’re willing to help out with set up/clean up or making a dish once every month or six weeks PLEASE come for a brief meeting with Lori Mannette, who will be taking reigns of coffee hour from our amazing Warden, Bernice Vanderpool, at month’s end. 

If you cannot make the meeting but are willing to help, please let Lori know as soon as possible.

Feb 25, 2020

Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Flippin'

6:30-8:30 pm

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
With a Pancake Flipping Race for Kids (ages 4-100)
Sangria for Grown Ups and Live Music!

Shrove Tuesday is the day before the season of Lent: the 40 days preceding Easter that many Christians set aside for

self-examination, fasting, prayer and acts of charity.  Any rich foods in the house are traditionally finished on Shrove Tuesday, which is a reason to throw a party (as if Grace Church needed a reason).  Come with your kids or someone else’s and bring a friend!

Feb 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday Services

7:30 am at the Grove Street PATH station
Noon, 4:00 pm with kids' homily & 7:00 pm


Use Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, to reflect on what your own life means and how you wish to honor God with it.

Feb 28, 2020

Cathedral Arts Live Concert

Cathedral Arts Live presents Upstate

with special guests Cabaret Sauvignon!

Doors Open at 7:00 pm. Concert starts at 7:30 pm.

We are excited to welcome Upstate, an adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock ‘n roll. Kicking off the evening of sweet harmonies is a set by Jersey City's all-female a cappella darlings Cabaret Sauvignon, featuring our own Amy Elise! Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, OR $15 special church discount after church on February 16 and 23 only!

Mar 11, 2020

Lenten Book Group

Wednesdays, March 11th, 18th, 25th

7:00 pm in the Rectory


Reading White Fragility by Robin Diangelo.


Mar 20, 2020

Family Fun Friday

Parish Hall - 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Don’t run home to make dinner- run to Grace instead!  We’ll have pizza, play board games in the church, and play basketball and badminton in the gym. 

Mar 22, 2020

The Bishop is Coming!

Every three years our Bishop visits each congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. Come hear Bishop Carlye Hughes preach at the 11:00 am service. Share your thoughts and hear what she has to say to our congregation at the coffee hour discussion after the service. She won’t be with us again until 2023 so don’t miss her!

Mar 29, 2020

Diocesan Pop Up Youth Ministry

Grace Church

4:00-6:00 pm

Pop Up is a welcoming ministry of the Diocese of Newark bringing together youth for fun activities, community, and faith formation. All youth grades 6-12 are encouraged to join us.

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