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Spring 2019

Confirmation, 2019
In May, Holy Innocents welcomed two new confirmands. A year of study preceded the ceremony which was performed by our new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, Carlye Hughes. The two were presented to the bishop by Rev. Ginny Dinsmore and Lisa Johnson, their teacher and Christian Formation guide.

2019 Confirmands








New Speaker Series

The West Orange historian, Joe Fagan, came to Holy Innocents at the invitation of Bob Chiverton to speak on the origins of Holy Innocents.  Joe described how the church was moved along Prospect Avenue in the 1870’s until funding ran out and there it stayed in the middle of the road for several months before finally progressing to its present location.  There were anecdotes about the Robinson, McClellan and Roosevelt families as well as an array of slides showing West Orange as it was in the late 19th and early 20th century.
This talk is the first in a series planned for the church.  The next one is planned in the fall and will feature a well known art therapist.








December, 2018









March, 2018

Sunday, March 18th Christian Formation, after church service
“Your Faith in Life”
Monday, March 19th, Stitch & Craft Club, 7 PM
Friday, March 23rd, Fish (or Chicken) and Chips, Holy Spirit, Verona 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 25th, Palm Sunday,
Thursday, March 29th, Maundy Thursday 7 PM
Sunday, April 1st, Easter Sunday 10 AM
“Easter Egg hunt for the children after church, bring a basket for your child to collect eggs”

February, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, Pancake Dinner at Holy Spirit, Verona, 5:30 pm
Holy Spirit description: “Bring your appetite and a non-perishable item for our Food Pantry! $12 adult / $7 children ages 6-12; under age six is free. Receive a $2 discount on either if a non-perishable food item is brought.”

Wednesday, February 14, Ash Wednesday, 7 pm

Thursday, February 15, Vestry Meeting, 7 pm

Saturday, February, 17, Wine Tasting at Holy Spirit, Verona, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, $35 per person
Holy Spirit description: “Sample a wide variety of wines from Verona Wine Cellar and delicious hors d’ouvres made lovingly by the Fruited Plain in Parsippany. Advance purchase: $35/person and $60/couple; $40/person at the door.”

Sunday, February, 18, Christian Formation, after church service, “Your Faith in Life,” every Sunday in Lent

Monday, Feb. 19, Stitch and Craft Club, 7 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 21, Choir rehearsal

December, 2017

Sunday, December 17 after the morning service: Greening of the Church & Potluck Lunch
Sunday, December 24 our Family Christmas Service at 4:00 pm
Monday, December 25, Merry Christmas!  We do not have a scheduled service.

Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 2nd, 4 pm

Join the Stitch and Craft Club on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm.

CHI Men Cook, May 6.

April, 2017
* Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 9th and ends on Easter Sunday, April 16th. Details are on the calendar and on the Home Page.

* Paul Bolles-Beaven Piano Recital, Friday, April 28th

December, 2016

Tree of Lights, Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm
tree-of-lightPlease join us as a community to illuminate a special tree of lights to honor those we miss most during the holiday season. Each light and angel will rpresent a loved one whose name will be put on the angel and placed in the undercroft of the church. Immediately after the lighting, we will ove indoors to enjoy fellowship and music along with refreshments.
A suggested donation of $5.00 includes 5 lights and 1 angel with your loved one’s name printed on it.

carol-sing-2016-frontCarol Sing Concert, Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00 pm. The Christmas Story as told through music. Carols from around the world as we move from Advent through the birth of Christ. Reception will follow. Please consider a donation of $15.00.

Friday, October 28th, Halloween TGIF
Nick leads the townspeople in capturing the werewolves!

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7 pm Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
auction-inviteJoin us for our annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. The theme this year is Masquerade — we will provide masks! As in the past we have a fabulous collection of items to bid on — Music, Sports Events, Dance, Art, Jewelry, Gift Certificates galore to favorite restaurants, items for kids, for the house, to wear, etc., etc., etc. It’s always a highlight of the year. We are asking $25 prepaid or $30 at the door. We will have light refreshments as well so bring your deep pockets and prepare to bid. The proceeds will help support our outreach program and some portion will be directed toward our music program and organ repair.

Saturday, September 24th at 4 pm – Maxime Long Presents a Voice Recital scan_20160919
Maxime Long will be performing a variety of song styles from Art Songs to Gospel and Broadway including works by Faure, Saint-Saens, Handel, Harold Arlen, Lloyd Weber, and Margaret Bonds. A reception will follow. Suggested donations are $15.00.


Join us for Holy Week! – March, 2016
Intimate liturgy and magnificent music help us know Christ’s love in a new way. Experience the story that changed the world and can yet change us. Please come!
Palm Sunday – March 20th
Commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey as the people spread palms of victory along his way and ends with the reading of the Passion. This dramatic service captures the contrast between the crowd’s welcoming of their King and their condemnation of him – from “Hosanna!” to “Crucify him!”
“Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp, ride on to die.”
Maundy Thursday – March 24th
“Maundy” means commandment. I give you a new commandment said Jesus as he washed the disciples’ feet on this night: “That you love one another as I have loved you.” This is one of the most intimate and lovely liturgies of the Christian year. It celebrates the Institution of the Lord’s Supper (“Do this in remembrance of me.”) and the call to servant ministry. It concludes in silence with the stripping of the altar.
Good Friday – March 25th
On this most solemn day of the Christian year we commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus upon the cross for us. During this moving service we mourn for the death of Jesus, and for our own sins and pray for the life of the world so precious to him. This day marks more than an historical event. It is the apex of Christ’s self-offering for us, a self-offering begun when Christ “came down from heaven” and took our human nature upon him.
Crown him the Son of God before the worlds began, and ye, who tread where he hath trod, crown him the Son of man; who every grief hath known that wrings the human breast, and takes and bears them for his own, that all in him may rest.
Easter Sunday – March 27th
On this most joyous day of the Christian year we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ who rose victorious from the grave and delivered us from the power of sin and death. The love of God for us knows no bounds.
“…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jesus Christ is Risen today! Alleluia!

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Special Events Celebrated During 2015

A Christmas Concert – December 5th, 2015

Choir ConcertThe CHI Choir is presenting “The Christmas Story Through Music” on Saturday, December 5th at 4:00 pm. They will be singing “carols from around the world as we move from Advent through the birth of Christ.” A reception will follow the concert. Suggested admission is $15.00.

wine tasting

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on May 16 at 7:00 PM. Our biggest and best fundraiser of the year! Admission is $20 if prepaid and $25 at the door. This year we are featuring wines of the New and Old Worlds. As always we have something for everyone, guaranteed!

Rev. Anne Bolles-Beaven will be celebrating her 25th year of ordination into the priesthood during an Evening Prayer service on Saturday, March 7th at 5:00 pm.  There will be a reception afterward in the undercroft with a light supper at 6:00 pm.  The church will be filled so make sure to come on time!

Bishop Beckwith is Visiting, February 22nd. He will be addressing the congregation during coffee hour and then meeting with the Vestry afterward.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING, January 25th, 2015 (changed from the 18th due to ice emergency)
This year’s annual parish meeting and pot luck supper will be held Sunday, January 18th just after the regular 10 am service.  We will elect a new class of three Vestry members for a 3-year term and one new Vestry member to fill a one-year vacancy.  We will present the annual budget, hear reports from CHI committees and pass several resolutions.

Special Events Celebrated During 2014


December 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Christmas Chorale

The Caldwell University Chorale is performing Vivaldi’s Gloria and a selection of Christmas Carols at Holy Innocents Church. The Chorale will be directed by Professor Laura Greenwald with Warren Helms as the accompanist. It is anticipated that this event may be the first in a series of concerts to take place at the church.

The suggested contribution of $15.00 is designated for repair of the Organ.

A holiday reception follows the event and all are invited.

May 17th at 7:00 PM

Auction 2014This is a gala event with “Wines of the World” celebrating the World Cup.
The Silent Auction is a treasure trove of items for everyone — golf enthusiast, opera buff, Broadway goer, sports fan, foodie, exercise maven, beauty queen, you name it!
The cost is only $15.00 in advance; $20 at the door. Proceeds will be divided among the food pantries at St. Agnes and Holy Trinity and North Porch, the diocesan organization for babies and toddlers in need.

SPRING, 2014 – CHI Men Cook



We held our annual CHI Men Cook event on the first of March, just before Lent. The theme this year was international dishes from different countries, e.g., Mexico, India, the UK, the US, Indonesia, Ghana and Italy. The CHI men turned out in force with a delicious array of dishes.
We decorated the undercroft with printed flags and tablecloths complementing the colors of the flags. The undercroft was jammed and one parishioner described it as her best-loved event in the CHI calendar.

Special Events Celebrated During 2013

Winter, 2013 – Wreath and Centerpiece Building
CHI embarked on a new fundraiser in lieu of a Christmas Fair in 2013.  We decided to try out aDIY centerpiece DIY event on December 8th after church to construct wreaths and centerpieces.  We found a supplier in Maine for the wreath wire forms along with candle cup holders and then assembled a collection of greens, ribbons, floral wire, holly berries, gilded pine cones, and assorted decorations. Many of the items came from the dollar store.  The event itself was great fun and we took orders for many more wreaths and centerpieces. Why is it that those who claim to have no artistic ability whatsoever always seem to come up with the most creative arrangements?  Check out the photo gallery on the “Photos” page.

Pet blessing1Fall, 2013 began with the “Welcome Back to Church” picnic on a beautiful September Sunday. The new grill purchased for the occasion. We next held a car wash and bake sale and then jump started Sunday School with pizza and a movie for the kids.
Gretchen has introduced three new choir members and supplemented the music with flute and trumpet accompaniments. Several new choir members from among the congregation have been added along with Wednesday evening choir rehearsals.
October was a busy month with the pet blessing Sunday, a Holocaust survivor telling us her story
and a TGIF night with Nick officiating as the narrator for the werewolf game.
November began with the baptism of Benjamin and a gathering at the home of Benjamin’s parents after the service. We will also be hosting an AA group on Saturday evenings starting just after Thanksgiving.

Summer, 2013.  Church services were held in the undercroft to beat the heat.  Gretchen initiated a “pick up” choir which several of our parishioners participated in.  The main event was the baptism of Mike and Robin’s grandchild, Caleb, along with his father. We also helped serve at Christina’s kitchen in early August.

wine tastingSpring, 2013. Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 PM was our annual wine tasting and silent auction. It was a gala event featuring wines of South America. Our silent auction included Metropolitan Opera tickets, Yankee tickets, tango lessons, sports equipment, restaurant gift certificates, items for the house, for the beach, and much more.