Love Grows Here
Love Grows Here
As we all continue to live into this new reality of COVID-19, All Souls Parish/The Presbyterian Church is taking a much needed precaution for the safety of our members and our community by canceling our church activities and services effective immediately through March 28th. We will re-evaluate the situation and advise if we stay closed through April 4th.
This is not a panic response but one that comes out reasonable responsibility. This epidemic is one that requires us to work together and think communally rather than individually. It is important to remember how our actions affect others in both positive and negative ways. We can support one another through our example of staying home as much as possible during this time and giving our elected officials the opportunity to do the work that is needed to get this situation under control. This is also a time to check in on elderly neighbors and loved ones making sure they too have what they need in order to stay at home as much as possible. We can advocate for love of neighbor and discourage anxiety and fear.
We will be sending out a weekly video worship service to our members and will have a Facebook live session at 9:00 a.m. on March 15 and 22nd. Our constant prayers are for all those who are affected and those working to help and sustain the community during this time. May we all look for the best in each other and a successful containment of this virus.
Rev. Kathy Genus
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Welcome to All Souls Parish/The Presbyterian Church website. All Souls Parish is an open-minded, inclusive, More Light congregation that values questions, affirms LGBTQ+ folks, and welcomes persons of all faiths and no faith at all. We love everyone and strive to nurture the Sacred in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. We seek to work justice, practice mercy, and walk humbly in Divine Love. All Souls has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community beyond. We hope you will join us on a Sunday morning at 10am and for fellowship that follows.
Becoming a Minister of Word and Sacrament is a second career for Reverend Genus. She is a Certified Christian Educator and Curriculum Specialist (PCUSA) and served as the Director of Christian Education for 11 years at Presbyterian churches in New Jersey. Although she loved this career, Reverend Genus decided to pursue ministry at the urging of several people. She got her Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 2015 and was ordained in 2016. The pastor served as pulpit supply at the Presbyterian Church of Bloomsbury prior to ordination and has served the Osceola Presbyterian Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands, all in New Jersey.
Reverend Genus has facilitated the implementation of the Young Children in Worship curriculum in several congregations. Her approach to Christian Education and parish ministry is educating and empowering the entire family, across all generations. The pastor is deeply committed to racial and economic equality for all human beings and investing in building relationships between the church and the local community. She believes that mission work should be hands-on when at all possible.
Reverend Genus has volunteered with the Reformed Church in Highland Park’s visitation ministry for immigrants held in detention as well as in their sanctuary program. She spent time interning at Manna House, a program for homeless women and their children. She is currently a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.
When we sing, we pray twice.
That is what we believe and practice at All Souls. Our music program is at the very heart of our worship. Each week anthems, hymns, Taizé chants, and instrumental music are all thoughtfully organized
around the sacred texts for that day.