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Over 400 people donated gifts and nearly 200 volunteers helped coordinate the event. Photo by Hoboken Grace.

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More than 1,000 children will receive a gift this year from the sixth annual Hoboken Grace Christmas Exchange. Photo by Hoboken Grace.

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Presents for children included toys, clothing, and books. Photo by Hoboken Grace.

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Over 400 people donated gifts and nearly 200 volunteers helped coordinate the event. Photo by Hoboken Grace.

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More than 1,000 children will receive a gift this year from the sixth annual Hoboken Grace Christmas Exchange. Photo by Hoboken Grace.

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Presents for children included toys, clothing, and books. Photo by Hoboken Grace.

The space under Christmas trees will be a little less bare Christmas morning thanks to a local Hoboken church that organized a present drive for those in need last week.

Hoboken Grace, a non-denominational community church, hosted its sixth annual Hoboken Christmas Exchange, bringing presents to hundreds of local families.

This year, more than 1,075 children from 334 families received gifts, including toys, clothing, and books.

Gift donations came in from 425 people. Nearly 200 volunteers helped coordinate the event.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity and willingness to give, especially with this year’s unprecedented hardships and health concerns,” said Hoboken resident Tina, a mother of a gift recipient. “I want to thank all of the Hoboken Christmas Gift Exchange donors and volunteers for their selflessness and thoughtfulness, and may God watch over you and your families to keep you safe!”

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a range of health precautions were implemented to ensure the use of PPE as well as appropriate social distancing.

A challenging year 

The Hoboken Christmas Exchange was born out of the idea that no child should go without a Christmas gift.

“It was a long and difficult year for many families,” said Hoboken Grace’s Community Impact Director James Sproule. “As a community church, we hear directly from those who walk through our doors about the challenges they are experiencing.”

Due to the pandemic, Sproule said this year the gift exchange was even more important.

“Stress was intensifying as 2020 continued, so we committed to expanding our on-the-ground impact because of the difficult economic conditions. It was especially important this Christmas,” he said.

To identify families most in need, Hoboken Grace partnered with organizations throughout Hudson County, including the Hoboken Housing Authority, HOPES CAP, The Jubilee Center, TRUE Mentors, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County, In Jesus Name Charities, and the Hoboken Police Department.

“Running from your bedroom to the Christmas tree is one of those memories that I think many of us cherish as we look back at our childhood,” said the HHA’s Resident Services Coordinator Danny Perez. “We can’t just stand by and hope that other children have that experience too. It takes action, and so we are proud to partner with Hoboken Grace to make Christmas special for these families in our community.”

“We don’t just live here, we love here,” said Chris High, lead pastor at Hoboken Grace. “Whether it’s financial, spiritual, emotional or mental help, we are always going to do everything we can to provide support. The Hoboken Christmas Exchange is one big piece of that, and we can’t wait to see how God guides this event, our community and our church moving forward.”

To learn more about Hoboken Grace and upcoming services both online and in-person visit www.hobokengrace.com.

For updates on this and other stories check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Marilyn Baer can be reached at [email protected]

 

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HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Grace Church, a non-denominational church that hosts community events such as an Easter Egg Hunt, said it's under contract to buy the vacant Bow Tie Cinemas on 14th Street — which was the mile-square city's only movie theater.

"We are currently under contract to purchase the building that previously hosted Bow Tie Cinema," said Eric Waters, a church spokesman, on Wednesday. "They had already vacated and were not returning."

Bow Tie Cinemas had closed and removed its posters during the pandemic, and never responded to messages from Patch about its future.

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Located at 409-415 14th St. in Hoboken, alongside the 14th Street Viaduct leading to Union City, the theater will become a "more functional and multi-purpose building," the church said.

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It will host nonprofits and concerts, meetings, graduations, and more.

In a press release announcing the transaction, the church said, "Hoboken Grace, a diverse and growing non-denominational church, is taking their community impact to new levels with a major building purchase. The investment is the result of The Home Initiative, a years-long effort focused on greatly expanding the ability of the church to serve and benefit the people of Hoboken, Hudson County, and beyond."

The church was founded in 2007.

In April, it entertained 2,000 children with a socially distant Easter Egg Hunt. READ MORE: 2,000 Hoboken Kids Enjoy Distanced Easter Egg Hunt

"We are so excited to establish this space for our community," said Chris High, the lead pastor at the church. "Since the founding of Hoboken Grace in 2007, we have never wavered from continually growing how we love Hoboken and this building will allow us to create an incredibly flexible space that can be enjoyed by those who live and work here. To be absolutely clear, this space is not just for Hoboken Grace. It will be an active and dynamic venue that will host nonprofit and other community partner events."

"I can't wait to take all of our current community events to another level," he added. "Whether you've attended the Easter Egg Hunt, 1Day Hoboken, or the Christmas Exchange, you've seen our heart and this space allows us to do even more, even better."

"The Home Initiative is the result of people coming together to pray about and financially support an idea that has the potential to fundamentally transform what it's like to live in Hoboken," said Anthony Reimer, care pastor.

The pandemic was tough on movie theaters, although some have gotten creative with outdoor drive-ins. Bow Tie Cinemas in Annapolis, Md. closed two weeks ago, Patch reported.

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HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Grace, a non-denominational community church, held its sixth annual Hoboken Christmas Exchange a week ago Saturday.

Each year, the church — which undertakes charitable events throughout the year including a day of service — "provides gifts to marginalized families and children ensuring that they experience a Christmas morning filled with joy," noted a spokesperson.

This year, more than 1,075 children from 334 families received gifts, including toys, clothing and books. Gift donations came in from 425 different people and nearly 200 volunteers helped coordinate the event.

For safety, a range of health precautions were implemented to ensure the use of PPE with appropriate social distancing.

The Hoboken Christmas Exchange was born out of the idea that no child should go without a Christmas gift, and Hoboken Grace is committed to realizing that change in the local communities we serve no matter the circumstances.

“It was a long and difficult year for many families,” said James Sproule, community impact director at Hoboken Grace. “As a community church, we hear directly from those who walk into our doors about the challenges they are experiencing. Stress was intensifying as 2020 continued, so we committed to expanding our on-the-ground impact because of the difficult economic conditions. It was especially important this Christmas.”

To identify families most in need, Hoboken Grace partnered with organizations throughout Hudson County, including Hoboken Housing Authority, HOPES CAP, The Jubilee Center, TRUE Mentors, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County, In Jesus Name Charities and the Hoboken Police Department.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity and willingness to give, especially with this year’s unprecedented hardships and health concerns,” said Tina, the mother of a gift recipient from Hoboken. “I want to thank all of the Hoboken Christmas Gift Exchange donors and volunteers for their selflessness and thoughtfulness, and may God watch over you and your families to keep you safe!”

“Running from your bedroom to the Christmas tree is one of those memories that I think many of us cherish as we look back at our childhood,” said Danny Perez, Resident Services Coordinator at Hoboken Housing Authority. “We can’t just stand by and hope that other children have that experience too. It takes action, and so we are proud to partner with Hoboken Grace to make Christmas special for these families in our community.”

“We don’t just live here, we love here,” said Chris High, Lead Pastor at Hoboken Grace. “Whether it’s financial, spiritual, emotional or mental help, we are always going to do everything we can to provide

support. The Hoboken Christmas Exchange is one big piece of that, and we can’t wait to see how God guides this event, our community and our church moving forward.”

To learn more visit www.hobokengrace.com.

Holiday services

Hoboken Grace offers three in-person and online service options on Sundays: 9:30 am, 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. Registration is required for in-person services.

Everyone is invited to experience Christmas at Hoboken Grace, in-person or online.

Online Christmas Sunday (12/20): 9:30am, 11:00 am & 12:30pm (live.hobokengrace.com)
In-Person Christmas Sunday* (12/20): 9:30am, 11:00 am & 12:30pm (301 Garden Street)
In-Person Christmas Eve Outdoor Special* (12/24): 4:00pm (1429 Adams Street & Online)
*Registration is required for in-person services.

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Hoboken Grace has transformed an empty lot into a space for its outdoor services every Sunday. After months of meeting entirely online, Hoboken Grace has created a way for the community to once again gather and connect in the northern end of Hoboken, with a newly turfed space dotted with orange and white umbrellas.

The services are offered, weather permitting, at The Lawn located at 1429 Adams St., in Uptown Hoboken. Service times are Sundays at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring their own beach or lawn chairs or towels to sit on during the service. No chairs will be provided on site. Restrooms are available and masks are required. Grace Kids is not offered at these services. All kids registered will sit with their parents.

Attendees must sign-up for the services, and are encouraged to take their own temperature before leaving home. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, it’s recommended that you stay home. Temperatures will be taken prior to entering the services.

In addition to The Lawn, Hoboken Grace is also continuing to provide interactive services online for those who are not comfortable or able to attend in-person.

If you join live for any of the virtual services on Sunday morning, you can engage with live hosts and chat with others who are attending online. Services are also available on-demand during the week if you can’t watch on Sunday morning. You can join at live.hobokengrace.com.

In-person registration is every Tuesday at 5 p.m. In order to meet government regulations, social distancing and safety protocols are required for all services. You can register by visiting the Hoboken Grace App or by visiting the website and clicking the top banner. Seating will be limited. To learn more, visit hobokengrace.com.

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