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

Vincent Methodist Church Soup Kitchen

Grace Church cooks and serves hot, nutritious meals to low-income individuals and families from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday each month at Vincent Methodist Church, Vincent Place, 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

Periodically we collect personal care products (things that food stamps do not cover) for distribution at Vincent Methodist Church, Nutley, and a halfway house in Newark. Needed items include shampoo, deodorant, soaps, bathroom tissue, and cleaning supplies. Donations are collected in the narthex.

St. Peter’s Haven

Grace Church supports this outreach of St. Peter’s, Clifton by volunteering at their food pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and by unloading a truck of government food supplies on the second Saturday of the month.

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers can take part in housing projects in various NJ communities and other locations. 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.

Family Promise

This is 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.

North Porch

In March the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) collects formula and new and gently-used infant clothing for distribution to families in need.

Prison Ministry

Grace Church is actively involved in ministry to the incarcerated and their families. We have annual drives for school supplies, holiday gifts, and summer camp gear for the children of the incarcerated. We also participate in team teaching a weekly Bible Study at Northern State Prison, Newark.

Military Family and Friends

Family and friends of the military meet quarterly on Sunday afternoons, 4 pm 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.

Bloomfield Animals Shelter

The Wish List includes: gently used large towels, dish and laundry soap, antiseptic wipes, paper towels, Fancy Feast cat food, Pedigree dry and canned dog food, new dog leashed, collars and harnesses.

Daniel's Dream

Daniel's Dream is a rescue run by Joe Dwyer. Monetary donations and gift cards to Petco are appreciated. If you would like to learn more about fostering a dog, please speak to Nellie Reynolds or call the church office.

Pastoral Care

Please call the church office if you are interested in helping, or if you are in need of pastoral care. Hospitals and care facilities do not notify the church when a parishioner is admitted.

“That others may know God’s love through us.”

Church Open for Prayer - The doors are open for prayer daily from 10 am – 1 pm and 5:30 to 6:00 pm. The Memorial Garden is a peaceful place to pray and is always open.

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 Committee 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.

Share-a-Dish - We offer home-cooked dishes 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, share a dish with 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.

Eucharistic Visitor - A Eucharistic Visitor brings the Sacrament to parishioners who are unable to come to church. Visits are made on Sundays following the service, usually once every four to six weeks. Eucharistic Visitors are licensed by the Diocese and require special training. Clergy approval is needed before registering for classes, which are usually held once a year.

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!

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

The Bible and Book Study - On Wednesday evenings from September through June we have a simple Eucharist followed by a study.

Literature - We offer “Forward Day by Day” devotional booklets, as well as other pamphlets to encourage and nourish people in their lives of prayer and faith. 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.

Pastoral Care for the Body and Spirit - We offer exercise, yoga, and ballet classes in the Parish Hall on various evenings. Please call the office for the schedule, or see the back of the Sunday bulletin.

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.

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.