What to Expect

Come as you are! To worship at Grace is to attend a party.  Laughing and clapping are the norm during services. We sing traditional hymns, contemporary Christian music, world music and Gospel.  Some parents sit in rocking chairs with their babies during worship. Strangers are family we haven’t met yet so we’re always happy to see them.


9:00 am: Traditional Service

The 9:00 a.m. service is quiet, contemplative, very relaxed and friendly. Hymnals and bulletins are used for the worship songs and prayers. Healing prayer is offered during communion and kids are welcome to join us or engage in parallel worship in the kids' worship corner.


11:00 am: Contemporary Service

At the 11:00 a.m. service, everything you need to follow along with worship is projected so that instead of looking down at your prayer book and hymnal, you can focus on worship and use your hands for clapping. Our praise band often has a cellist, a drummer or two, and sometimes a violin. Our choir is open to anyone who wants to sing. Healing prayer is available during communion which occurs every Sunday.


Children and Youth

At the 11:00 a.m. service, there is a children's sermon right after the opening prayer that can involve anything from stilts to party hats, puppets, spontaneous skits or games. All ages of children are invited forward to participate.


Right after the children's sermon, kids (Pre-K to 5th grade) are invited to go to Sunday School, returning to the sanctuary for communion with their families.

Infants and toddlers are invited to move around and explore in the worship corner with their caregivers in the sanctuary, or to be dropped off at the nursery area in the gym next door.   

Members of the youth group meet every other Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and for special outings and events throughout the year. Our youth are also active participants in many of our ministries, serving in worship as acolytes and readers, as assistants in Sunday school, and as members of the hospitality ministry.

Grace Church Van Vorst  | 39 Erie Street  |  Jersey City, NJ 07302  |  Phone: 201-659-2211  |  office@gracevanvorst.org