What We Do

Spirituality

Christian Yoga

We offer an elementary class in yoga for Christians lead by Rev. Pamela, a certified yoga teacher. This is an elementary class, but she will challenge the more experienced students with variations on the postures. Classes runs 45 minutes and meet on-line through the church zoom account (link). Call the church office for the current schedule - 973-235-1177.

Sacred Arts

Liturgical art is a visual aid for worship designed to be an integral part of liturgy and worship. It is made,used, and offered within an atmosphere of prayer helping the viewer and the artist into an authentic experience of worship.

Grace Church promotes the arts through music, dance, and visual art experiences.

Sacred Visual Arts

The Sacred Visual Arts Program for children, teens and adults is a visual arts program which helps us to experience God through the creation of things that can then adorn our homes. We celebrate the gift of creativity on Sunday mornings after the 10am service. While exploring various art media, participants deepen their connection to the unspoken Word and the liturgical seasons of the Church Year. This class is taught by Debra M. Cook, a multimedia artist and professional teacher

We also have an annual art show of parishioners' art.

Links to Resources

The Episcopal Church Homepage: this is the link to the The Episcopal Church's web page. On it you will find in depth information about the Church - past-present-and future- and her work in the world.

The Diocese of Diocese of Newark homepage. This link takes you to home page of our Diocese of Newark.

Readings for services: Text this Week or The Lectionary Page. Either site will tell you readings for the day.

Diocesan Youth Events - learn about activities and programs offered by our Diocese.

Book of Common Prayer - an on-line edition of the prayer book used in services

Daily Meditations & Devotionals –

Mission of St Clare - On online version of the Daily Office

Sacred Space - An wonderful site for a contemplative online time of prayer, maintained by Irish Jesuits


Fellowship

Christian life is lived in community...

Fellowship

Spending time with one another is the best way to get to know one another. Grace Church offers a number of opportunities for hospitality including weekly coffee hour, newcomers' receptions, the Men's Breakfast, the Spring Women's Luncheon, BBQs, and special dinners. Every one is welcome to the table!

Coffee Hour

Coffee hour is held every week following the 10 a.m. service. It is a great opportunity to socialize with fellow members of the congregation, meet new visitors, or talk about the Sunday sermon.

Volunteers from the congregation host the coffee hour each week, and offer beverages and goodies. In the summertime coffee hour moves to the front lawn where iced tea and cookies are served.

Coffee hour is a tradition that makes Grace Church special – we try to create an atmosphere where folks can talk, meet new people and build our ever-growing community.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

The mission of the Women of the Episcopal Church (ECW) of Grace Church is to support and strengthen each other to live the life for which Christ called us by sharing his love through fellowship, outreach and spiritual growth. Grace Church has two active women's groups; one group meets midday the first Wednesday of the month and the other meets in the evening on the first Friday of the month. The groups meet for fellowship and for projects. The women support the Book of Remembrance, United Thank Offering in gatherings, North Porch, and other ministries. Please contact the church office for more information.

Dinners and Other Events

Throughout the year we have parish events for fellowship and fund-raising. These events include: church BBQs, Oktoberfest, Beefsteak dinner, Mardi Gras, Fish and Chips, and the Spring Dinner.

Music

Adult Choir

The adult choir of men and women sings at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Eucharist and at other special services during the year. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 - 9 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist. New members are welcome to join the choir at any time during the year. Please speak to the organist/choir director.

Sunday School Choir - Preschool - 4th takes

This choir is designed to take place during our Sunday School hours. The children about Jesus and our faith through music. The children sing in church on special occasions.

Handbells

The handbells play under the direction of Kathy Bimbi, a retired Township elementary school music teacher. This mixed group of children, youth, and adults meets for rehearsal Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. The group performs four or five times a year.

Outreach

These are the activities of the church; however, we encourage all to take part in their favorite outreach organization.

Vincent Methodist Soup Kitchen Grace Church cooks and serves hot, nutritious meals to low-income individuals and families from 10:00 am to 1 pm the third Saturday each month at Vincent Methodist Church on Vincent Pl. in Nutley. Please sign up in the “What Can I Do to Help” book.

Food Drives

We collect canned and nonperishable food the 1st Sunday of the month for distribution at local food pantries. During the holidays we collect turkeys for Apostles House in Newark. Please bring your donations of canned and nonperishable foods to the narthex (please check the sell-by-date).

Care Pantries

We collect personal care products (things that food stamps do not cover) for distribution at Vincent Methodist Church and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Newark. Needed items include shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and cleaning supplies. Donations are collected in the narthex.

Nutley Family Service Food Pantry We support Nutley and nearby communities by collecting food and volunteering at their food pantry on Chestnut Street. We also support St. Peter’s Community Pantry, Clifton, and St. Agnes, Little Falls which also has a pet pantry.

Prison Ministry


Prison Bible Study

Each week a group of trained volunteers teaches a Bible Study at Northern State Prison, Newark and Hudson County Correctional Facility, Kearny. Additional volunteers are always needed.

Prison Ministry's Children’s Programs

Prison Visits

Prison Ministry brings children to the Essex County jail to see their mothers or their fathers. The children are also invited to be a part of a monthly program called Learning By Experience where they are given needed support and mentoring through various arts and sciences and cultural enrichment opportunities.

Christmas Gifts

In November and December, we collect holiday gifts for the PATCH children. Details are posted in the narthex and on the web.

Summer Camperbags

In the summer we collect basic camp supplies for children. They participate in a week at a Salvation Army camp. Details for camp needs are posted in the narthex during the drive.

Backpack collection & Party

An important step for starting the school year off right is having the supplies that you need for your schoolwork. Many of our families do not have adequate resources to buy these supplies. In the summer we post in the narthex details of the supplies the

children need. In August, Grace Church hosts a Backpack Party with a motivational speaker.



Bloomfield Animal Shelter

The shelter provides animal control services for various local townships. Volunteers are always needed for cleaning, laundry, grooming, socializing cats and dogs, dog walking, offsite adoption days and many other duties. Volunteer applications are available at the shelter and a brief orientation is provided once per month for new volunteers. Volunteers must be over 18. We welcome the following donations: New/gently used lightweight blankets, towels, liquid laundry detergent/dish detergent, antiseptic wipes, paper towel, toilet paper, small paper plates, Fancy Feast cat food and Pedigree dry or canned dog food & treats. Monetary donations can be made payable to Save the Bloomfield/Bukowski Animal Shelter or SOBAS and given to Nellie Reynolds.

Military Families and Friends (MFFs) Family and friends of the military meet quarterly on Sunday afternoons, at 4pm at Grace Church to offer support and guidance to one another. This is an ecumenical gathering of local families. Speak to the Rector for more information.

Apostles’ House

Apostles’ House is a ministry that provides housing and support for homeless women and their families. The program enables and encourages self-sufficiency. We support Apostles’ House at the holidays, with turkeys or hams.


Habitat for Humanity

Theology of the Hammer and Nail

Volunteers can take part in housing projects in Various NJ Counties and other locations in the United States. Commitments can be as short as 1 day or as long as 6 days. No special skills are needed. Working with volunteers makes for a rewarding day of labor and fellowship. Volunteers must be 16 years or older.

Women have the opportunity to join the "Women Build" group, which is dedicated to empowering & training women to build homes and communities. WB members work in the field, office, or outreach to help families get new affordable homes.


North Porch Baby Shower

In March the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) collects formula, baby wipes, and diapers for distribution to families in need.

Companion relationship with the Diocese of Panama

Grace Church’s companion parish is San Cristobel. We also support a home for girls called Hogar de Niñas.

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

A ministry that provides temporary housing for families, Vincent Methodist Church (across from the Nutley Public Library) houses the guests during their stay. Grace Church acts as the host one week a year at Vincent by preparing the rooms, serving meals, spending time with the guests, and helping with other needs during their one-week stay.

Financial Assistance

The Vestry is charged with giving away a percentage of our budget to worthy organizations. The Rector’s Discretionary Fund hands out money to needy individuals and our Guilds have fund-raisers that raise ½ the money for their ministry and ½ for outreach.

Other Activities

Throughout the year there are other outreach activities that Grace supports: walks for causes, clothing drives, and special solicitations for projects such as Gail’s Angels, an organization that supports families with special needs children whose mothers have cancer. Grace Church is a meeting site for NA, AA, and OA. We also support our seniors at the Nutley Senior Manor, housing sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.


Pastoral Care

Our Mission - That others may know God’s love through us

Call the church office to notify us if you need pastoral care or would like to be involved in the ministry of Pastoral Care. Hospitals and other care facilities DO NOT notify churches when parishioners are admitted.


The Bible and Book Study

On Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. from September through June we have a simple Eucharist followed by a study. At the present time the Study is on Zoom.

Offer a Ride

Some of our parishioners would appreciate a ride to church on Sundays and to special church events. With enough volunteer drivers, the ride would be one-way, and not every week. Rides are arranged in advance according to your schedule.

Flower Delivery

A long-time tradition of Grace Church is to deliver the Sunday Altar flowers to people who are ill, homebound or celebrating a very special event. The Flower Guild prepares the bouquets after the 10 am service for delivery that day. Two people are assigned each Sunday to deliver a total of two or three bouquets after church. Deliveries are local and volunteers are asked to deliver once every four to six weeks.

Church Open for Prayer

The doors are usually open for prayer Mon-Fri from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm.

The Memorial Garden is a peaceful place to pray and is always open.

The Labyrinth

All are welcome to walk the Labyrinth; it is always open to the public. Walking a labyrinth is a form of meditation or prayer. There is no single right way to follow the path. It can be used as a way to focus your thoughts on a question or concern, a way to find peace, center yourself, or get in touch with deep seeds of thoughts in your mind. Try entering the path of the labyrinth with a quiet and open mind; walk slowly, perhaps focus on a spiritual question, or repeat a prayer. When you reach the center, pause to reflect, pray, and listen for an answer or for a deeper revelation. Now begin the return journey. Pray or reflect further. Upon exiting, absorb the experience with continued reflection. Finally, give thanks for the opportunity to be in touch with and inspired by something higher than yourself.

Share-a-Dish

We try to offer home-cooked meals to parishioners who are just home from the hospital or coping with the loss of a loved one. This care is a meaningful way to express our concern for them. Please leave your name at the Church Office to let us know that you can, on occasion, prepare a meal for a parishioner. Meals are coordinated in advance. You may also bring a meal and put it in the freezer for use at a later date.

Friendly Visiting

We have a number of shut-ins who would appreciate a card, phone call, or a visit just to keep in touch with the church and the neighborhood around them. It means a lot to know that your presence at church is missed. It is up to the volunteers how often they call or visit. Training provided.

Knitting for Sailors

Calling all knitters! Knitters are needed to make hats and scarves for the Seamen’s Institute located in Port Newark, New Jersey. This active port serves as a temporary home for sailors, many of whom are from more tropical climates. We have the pattern and some wool and needles to get you started. The hats and scarves are very much appreciated by the sailors!

Prayer

Prayer is an important part of Christian life. It strengthens our connection with God and strengthens our community. In Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 5:17) we are reminded that we are to “Pray without ceasing.” Take a few moments every day and offer up in prayer the people you know and even people you do not know who are in special need of God’s love and care.

Morning & Evening Prayer

Morning and Evening Prayer is pastoral care for our own spiritual development, prayer for others, and prayer for the world. Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer is read daily at our church; Morning Prayer according to the reader’s schedule, and Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm most days of the week. You are welcome to attend any of these services. We will also train you if you would like to read it yourself.

Prayer Chain

We have a prayer chain that is now communicated by e-mail. If you would like to make a commitment to pray for people who are facing an operation, acute illness, or in need another way, please send your e-mail address to be included in this ministry.

Prayer List

Parishioners and visitors are welcome to put names on the prayer lists. They are available in the back of the church in the “What can I do to help” notebook. Names remain on for one month. These names are read during daily prayer and at Sunday services. We especially encourage you to mention silently or aloud the names of those for whom you would like to offer up prayer during the “Prayers for the People” in Sunday worship. Those who need long term prayer will be placed on the “Long Term” prayer list. There is also a Military Prayer list to which we encourage you to place deployed or active duty soldiers. We also pray for your pets.

Retreats

We notify the parishioners about various Retreats and Quiet Days that take place around the Diocese or in our parish.

Support for Families of the Military

The Military Family and Friends group meets quarterly on a Sunday afternoon. This group is open to the families of active and recently returned military. Please call the church office for the date of the next meeting.

Pastoral Care for the Body and Spirit

Exercise and yoga classes are held in the Parish Hall on various evenings. Please call the office for the schedule, or see the back of the Sunday bulletin. Art can be offered on Monday evenings as a meditation. Speak to Debra Cook if you are interested.

There are costs associated with these programs.

Hospice Training

Grace Church receives notices from St. Barnabas and Mountainside Hospitals for friendly visitor training. Visitors can make phone calls, visits to the person’s home, or the hospital.

Literature

“Forward Day by Day” devotional booklets, as well as other pamphlets that encourage and nourish people in their lives of prayer and faith are in the Narthex. There is no charge for the materials, but if you would like to place a donation in the wooden outreach box hanging on the wall in the narthex it would be appreciated.

EfM (Education for Ministry)

Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups study the Bible, Theology, Church History, Ethics, Spirituality and Liturgics. A group of at least 6 members study at a local church with an experienced mentor or priest. Participants are given weekly assignments and are responsible for setting their own learning goals. One will spend between two and four hours in study and preparation each week over four years. The program develops informed, thoughtful and knowledgeable Christians.