Welcome

Visitors

We are delighted to have you join us in worship!

On Sundays - a service of Holy Communion.

Upon your arrival you will be given a bulletin that explains the order of the services and lists the books and page numbers for you to use. We also have available a little guide that will help you through the service. It explains some of the customs of the Episcopal Church to help you feel at home. The guide is available from the ushers.

The 8 a.m. service is a said service with homily or short sermon. The 10 a.m. service has a choir to support our community and a full sermon.

We use the liturgies of the Book of Common Prayers and songs from the Hymnals for worship. Both of these books are found in the pews. We encourage your participation in worship, Everyone is welcome to come to the communion rail to receive the sacrament or a blessing.

Sunday School, for children in preK-8th grade begins at 10 a.m. The Sunday School children join their families at the exchange of the Peace (about 1/2 way through the service - your child will come into church before Communion). Nursery care is available for young children during the 10 a.m. service. An usher is glad to help you when you arrive. Children can join the Sunday School at any point in the school year.

At the close of the service we hope you will introduce yourself to Rev. Pamela, our rector, sign our guest book, and receive a newcomers bag. Inside you will find helpful information about Grace Church.

Coffee Hour immediately follows the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall. Hospitality is important to us! We hope you will come and enjoy some refreshments and conversation.

Nursery Care

Instruction is offered to children in the second grade and up who are ready to learn more about receiving the Holy Eucharist. First Communion class is an education opportunity and not a requirement for receiving the Eucharist. In the Episcopal Church all baptized children are permitted to receive Communion. Parents who would like their very young child to receive communion should ask the Rector for a packet for home use that will be a guide in some basic instruction. If your child already receives Communion we still encourage instruction in the second grade.

Instruction takes place on five Saturday mornings at 8:00 am, beginning in October. Children will receive their first Communion on Harvest Sunday, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

First Communion class for children with special needs meets Saturday morning from 9 to 9:45; Parent or parishioner volunteers are appreciated.

Newcomers

We hope that you find Grace Church to be your church home. Please make an appointment with the Rector to learn more about Grace Church and the Episcopal Church, and for her to get to know you better. All newcomers are invited to the Newcomers' Brunch held on a Sunday morning after the 10 a.m. service. At the brunch you will have an opportunity to meet members of the church and other newcomers over a delightful brunch. You'll learn about the various opportunities of the parish such as Sunday School, choirs, outreach, and Bible study. The Inquirers' Class, a class that teaches about the Episcopal tradition (including the prayer book, sacraments and sacramental rites, theology, ethics, & Episcopal church history), is held in the later winter/early spring at 9 a.m. The class is taught by Rev. Pamela. Those who desire, may be received or confirmed by the Bishop in the Spring.

Giving regularly to the church for the work of the Church is an important spiritual practice. We encourage parishioners to prayerfully consider offering a regular pledge. Pledge cards are found in the vestibule of the main church, or call the church office to have one mailed. We do provide offering envelopes. You can also pledge electronically. Call the church office for more information.

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