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About Us

Worship

At Incarnation, we worship in an intimate and energetic environment where no one gets lost or forgotten. Uplifting music, inspiring preaching, personal prayer, and heartfelt hospitality are the first things a visitor notices at Incarnation. Like all Episcopal churches, we draw on a rich Eucharistic spiritual tradition that resonates today.


Music

One of Incarnationís greatest gifts is our music ministry, a unique blend of diverse genres including jazz, Gospel, classical, Spirituals, and much more. Whether itís the beat of our band, the beauty of our choirís voices, or the joy of singing out, music lifts our hearts every Sunday. In addition to weekly worship, we host quarterly evening jazz services that make music the very heart of worship. Incarnationís choir and band are available Sunday mornings in the Diocese of Newark to share our musical gifts.


Children and Families

Our mission is to provide spiritual guidance and inspiration for our children by:
  • Equipping children to lead purposeful lives shaped by the words of Jesus
  • Nurturing faith development and a desire to know and love God
  • Teaching the Bible in ways that are relevant and enjoyable
  • Promoting positive relationships with people of all ages
  • Providing unique opportunities to parents and children geared to each
  • Raising our children in a community committed to modeling our faith

Women of Wisdom

The Women of Wisdom is an awesome small group (see them and youíll really say ďW.O.WĒ). The group gathers over a light, healthy, and tasty lunch each Wednesday from Noon-2 p.m. Together, the women discuss current topics of interest and entertainment, pray for friends, families, and the community, and plan social outings. The Women of Wisdom find joy in forming friendships, and give service with a smile at Incarnationís outreach programs. WOW is open to all interested women every Wednesday.


Outreach

In collaboration with the Garden State Episcopal CDC, Incarnation hosts a Food Pantry on the third Saturday of each month. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (or until the food runs out). We ask our neighbors to arrive at 8:00 a.m. to get their numbers and find their place in line. If you need food, please come! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Joanne Smith at Garden State Episcopal CDC at volunteer@gsecdc.org.

Incarnation hosts The Welcome Table on the fourth Monday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. in our parish hall. We offer a free, delicious, home cooked meal for whoever joins us. There is no need to sign up ahead of time. If you would like to join us, just drop in! If you would like to volunteer, contact administrator@visitincarnation.com.


Community Sundays

During the summer, Incarnation hosts special outdoor services for guests from the local neighborhood and beyond: a Jazz Mass on the Grass in June (the 26th), a Caribbean Mass on the Grass in July (the 24th), and a Camp Sunday Mass on the Grass in August (the 14th), and our annual Homecoming service in September (the 18th). All services are at 3:00 p.m. and are followed by free barbecues.


Kidz 2 Camp

The Summer Music and Arts Camp is sponsored jointly by Incarnation and St. Paul's Churches and held at St. Paul's on Duncan Avenue just a few blocks from Incarnation. Kidz 2 Camp runs for 7 weeks from June 27th to August 12th for ages 5 to 12. The camp offers music, dance, swimming, sports, trips, and academic instruction. Registration forms are available on the church's website: www.visitincarnation.com.


JCAM (Jersey City Area Ministry)

Incarnation joins with St. Paulís and Grace Van Vorst as the three Episcopal churches in Jersey City come together to have a positive impact on our city. Together JCAM churches join in outreach programs, community organizing, civic engagement, study, worship, and music and the arts to benefit our Jersey City neighbors.


Jersey City Together

Over 30 faith communities take part in this growing, broad-based, multi-faith organization as people in Jersey City join together in developing leaders, strengthening communities, and seeking justice.


Staff

Priest-in-Charge

The Rev. Gary Commins, D.D. comes to Incarnation from the Diocese of Los Angeles with over 35 years of experience in urban, inclusive, and bilingual congregations. He was the founder and Director of the Episcopal Urban Intern Program and for ten years taught a seminary class in multicultural ministry. He has been the national chair of both the Episcopal Service Corps and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. In 2001, the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley awarded him an honorary doctorate. He has authored three books on spirituality, diversity, and activism.


Minister of Music

Born in Trinidad, Gail Blache-Gillís accomplished musical career includes tours to three continents. A gifted recitalist, she has appeared as soloist with the Westminster Choir at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. A member of Just Friends, a mixed sextet, she has been guest conductor with the Riverside Church Chancel Choir and was a featured soloist for Nelson Mandelaís 1991 visit to New York. Music is her ministry, and for many years her passion about the correlation of music to academic performance has led her to teach music to children of all ages.


Rev. Deacon

Jill Singleton comes to us from Hoboken where she has served for twelve years as Head of School for All Saints Episcopal Day School. A postulant to the permanent diaconate, Jill brings more than thirty years experience working in education, a passion for service, and a gift for helping people discern their personal call to ministry in the world. Jill works with adults and children at Incarnation as we live into the next exciting phase of our shared life as members of the Body of Christ.