Looking Back at 2023

2023 has been quite a year! We have seen God move in incredible ways over the last year and have seen lives impacted in countless ways. There were a lot of firsts for our church family this year as we moved into our new home and we have seen God’s faithfulness throughout it all. It was a tremendous year, and this is just the beginning!

To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from 2023!

We were able to host so many great connection events this year- 101 to be exact! From coffee crawls to improv nights, we experienced so many fun events throughout the year! It’s been so special to bring so many people together outside of Sundays!

Since moving into our new space, we’ve also been hosting free weekly events such as story time, movie nights, and workout classes! Being able to welcome familiar and new faces into our space throughout these events has been so special!

Baptism Sundays always hold a very special place in our hearts, as we get to stand alongside and celebrate those who take this monumental step in their faith! This year we had 44 people take the step of baptism!!

This year, we celebrated a big milestone- our 15th birthday! We got to hear from Pastor Chris and his wife Ana about their journey of planting Hoboken Grace and all that God has done over these 15 years!

We had 6 services over Easter weekend- it was so exciting welcoming in so many people! Plus, we got to celebrate NINE baptisms! The band prepared an awesome cover of the song Anti-Hero!

It was a bittersweet moment as we said goodbye to 301 Garden St. — our home for over 10 years. We are so grateful for all that happened in that space!

Dinner groups have always been at the core of what we do here at Hoboken Grace. It has been amazing to hear so many stories over the past year of God moving in the lives of those who were part of a Dinner Group. This year, we had almost 200 people attend a group for the first time!

We walked through so many impactful conversations over the last year! Pause, Dating Apps, Habit Forming, and Adulting were just a few of the series we went through in 2023!

In July, we had our first Sunday services at 409! Plus, we also got to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of our new space!

In September, we celebrated the official grand opening of our new home! The space was buzzing with so much energy and excitement as we welcomed in so many people for a truly memorable day!

This year’s 1Day Hoboken looked a little different due to the rainy weather, but we were still able to come together to love and serve our city in the best way possible! Some of our projects got canceled due to the weather, but we were still able to help out at places like Lunchtime Ministries, the Hoboken Shelter, as well as outdoor projects around Hoboken!

We had our first-ever Worship Night at 409 this year and it was an epic night! Our band led us in worship as we spent the night celebrating God and spending time with Him!

Our Grace Kids Mega Awesome Costume Party is always such a fun day for the kids as they come dressed in their favorite costumes!

At this year’s annual Christmas Exchange, we were able to provide gifts for 1,213 children around our city. 367 people came to volunteer throughout the week and we had 473 people donate gifts! It was incredible seeing so many people be a part of this and being able to bring joy to so many families during the Christmas season!

Our annual Grace Kids Christmas Concert is always one of the cutest Sundays of the year, as Grace Kids, from toddlers up to fifth grade, are up on stage singing Christmas songs!

We had so much fun celebrating Christmas together at our Christmas Eve Services! We wrapped up our ‘What Keeps Us From Christmas’ conversation, there were 8 baptisms, our space was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and we can’t forget the snow!

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