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Japan, Year 1

One morning last June, Dario woke up in surprise to a chorus of cicadas. “They were incredibly loud,” he remembers. “They would wake me up every day at 6 a.m. and go for three or four hours straight, and they were like that the whole summer.” It was one of the many things that reminded Dario he was not back home in New Jersey. [...]

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Instrumental Growth

On a Sunday morning last month, Maria sang with the band, played the cello and performed a piece she wrote on guitar. Call her a triple threat, or just one of the Worship Team’s most versatile musicians. But it’s been a long journey from her nerve-racking audition to that point. In the past year and a half, serving on the team has helped [...]

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It’s Back!

Amplify is back! Hoboken Grace’s one-day growth conference is designed to boost your faith and your pursuit of Christ by equipping you to move forward in specific areas of personal growth. That might mean developing stronger spiritual habits, exploring your gifts, gaining confidence in telling your story or learning new ways to read different [...]

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Top Ten Tips for Trips

One of the questions most often asked by people embarking on their first mission trip is “What should I bring?” While our varied trips take us around the globe – from Asia to Central America and Africa – there are a few necessities common to the experience no matter where you go. We surveyed some of our veteran mission travelers and [...]

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Breathing It All In

Spring in Hoboken. Warmer weather, blossoming trees, tulips and jonquils and unnamed flowerets in little unexpected places among the city structures. I opened my bedroom windows during the day to let in all the fresh air and pollen – probably not a good idea since I’ve had a horrible cough for three weeks. It started with a five-day bout of [...]

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A Trip Like No Other

When a team from Hoboken Grace went to South Korea last spring, they threw a birthday party for a refugee, presented a career workshop and visited a propaganda artist’s studio. It wasn’t your average mission trip, said Micah. “I think we are so accustomed to forwarding God's mission through acts such as building or cleaning,” she said. “But [...]

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Our Next Series

No one wants a childish relationship, but we continue to hold on to childish ideas of love. A grown-up love is built on a grown-up understanding of how we give and receive love. Join us this spring as we allow God to break down some of our childish ideas of love and replace them with a grown-up love!

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Our Biggest Celebration

We officially kicked off the season of Easter last week with our first Ash Wednesday service. That was only the beginning. We're pulling out all the stops this year, celebrating Easter with seven services over one epic weekend. And then there's the Easter Egg Hunt, with two hunts for twice the fun.

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The Hunt That Changed Everything

When Gwen and her family were looking for a church. They’d visited a few in the area but hadn’t yet found a place to call home. Then, a friend invited Gwen and her son to Hoboken Grace’s Easter Egg Hunt. “I thought it’d be fun,” she says, but she didn't have any other expectations. Gwen assumed it’d be a basic Easter [...]

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Making the Most of Each Step

There’s really no feeling like watching someone take the step of baptism after you’ve had the pleasure of learning their story and walking with them as they made that decision. A lot of times I don’t even wear mascara on baptism Sundays because, let’s be honest, we all get teary and there is no point. I can hardly contain my excitement when [...]

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How a Spin Class Changed the Way I Worship

I’ve had a complicated relationship with my body these last few years thanks to some significant health issues. I’ve moved through cycles of frustration and exhaustion to hatred to forgiveness and grace to hopefulness more times than I can count. Scripture says my body was “fearfully and wonderfully made,” but more often than not, it has just felt fearful.

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Shattered Egg-spectations

Last spring, Hoboken Grace was a new church for me, and I was exploring some of its activities. The week before Easter, the church was throwing a free Easter Egg Hunt at a huge, fenced-in sports field on Jackson Street. I was planning to stop by for just a half-hour to get a feel for the event. It wasn't anything like what I expected.

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Finding Identity

Baptism was a symbol of committing to an identity in Christ — opening myself up to the freedom that comes from following God and not allowing myself to be a slave to the ups and downs that come from finding identity in other places, which for me was my career. What advice would you give to someone thinking about taking this step?

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Meet New City Kids

The story of New City Kids is one about transformation, and it starts with one couple’s dream to break cycles of poverty by empowering local youth. Seeing a need in Jersey City, Revs. Trevor and Linda Rubingh launched an after-school program that keeps teens off the streets and focuses on their potential. Twelve years later, the organization [...]

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For Teens, a Dinner Group of Their Own

One night last fall at Johnny Pepperoni’s, half a dozen middle school boys were hanging out eating pizza and talking about video games, sports and, amazingly … God. On that night, the conversation was about what really brings happiness. Is it our stuff that makes us happy? Or is it relationships with people we [...]

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