Our 15th birthday celebration on Sunday was surely a day to remember! It was a day full of celebration, laughs, and tears as we recounted all that God has done over these past 15 years.
Over the last couple of weeks, all of our teams have worked so hard preparing for this special day. They poured so much time, energy, and love into our 15th birthday and we are so thankful for each and every person who helped to make this day possible!
Our 1st Impressions team spent hours setting up the space at 301 Garden – decking it out with hundreds of balloons they put together themselves, fun sparkling apple cider drinks, and mini cupcakes. We even had a DJ!
As soon as you walked in the door we had 4-foot light-up 15 numbers beside a giant 8 ft mosaic made up of all of our baptism photos over the years (there were 5,000 tiny photos from almost 500 baptisms!). Our Equip team put so much work into collecting all of our baptism photos over the last 15 years that went into the mosaic and that were strung all around the hallways. There were so many special details to the day!
It was so encouraging to see all of our teams working so hard together towards the same mission, as everyone was filled with so much excitement in making the day one to remember!
For the first time ever, we launched Hoboken Grace sweatshirts! We had a little shop in our “parent’s corner” and you could also buy them through our app. We loved seeing the excitement on everyone’s faces as they saw our merchandise for the first time and were buying sweatshirts for themselves and their loved ones!
Shoutout to our technology team for all the behind-the-scenes work they put into making our online store and for everything running so seamlessly! Head to our app and click ’15th Birthday Sweaters’ on our homepage to check them out!
A huge part of who we are at Hoboken Grace is our stories and being able to share how God is working in our lives and through us! However, one story that we’ve missed is Pastor Chris and his wife, Ana’s story!
So Anthony sat down with them to ask them questions about starting Hoboken Grace, their journey along the way, to where it is now. We got to text in questions for them to answer and hear personal stories of both struggle and triumph and hear how God met them through it all over the last 15 years.
The band led us in some powerful worship songs as we got to celebrate together all that God has done! We ended the celebration with an amazing mashup from all of our favorite songs from Sunday.
And of course we can’t forget about the confetti canons that went off during our last song! (Which may have at first startled some of us 😊)
We have so many teams that work behind the scenes that you don’t necessarily see, that put so much work into making Sundays what they are! Our Service Programing and Production team do so much to make our services so special and they keep outdoing themselves!
Another thing that made the Sunday even more special is the three baptisms we had! It is such an honor that we got to see these three individuals take this big step in their faith and celebrate them!! We can’t wait to see how God continues to move in their lives and how they will impact His Kingdom!
Last but not least, we also got to celebrate 20 years of Pastor Chris being in ministry! We are so grateful for him and his wife Ana’s faithfulness to God and following God into His mission for their life! We are so thankful for the way they have selflessly poured into this community and to helping people find their way back to God.
It was such a special day and we are so glad you got to be a part of it with us, whether you joined us in person or online! These last 15 years couldn’t have been possible without the way you serve, love, and give your time. We are so thankful for the people we’ve been able to reach, the love we’ve been able to pour out into our city, and the lives we’ve been able to impact along the way. We can’t wait to see how God is going to continue working and moving in our lives and through Hoboken Grace.