Worship

Blondia and Merrill lighting Columbarium candles

Each week it takes the creative and administrative gifts of a host of dedicated folks to ensure our worship services come together smoothly and efficiently.

Welcomers greet all who enter the doors of Grace Episcopal Church. They ensure that Grace is a warm, friendly, and accessible church.

Ushers invite us into the sanctuary and ensure worship services run smoothly. They hand out bulletins, make sure guests find a seat, collect the offering, facilitate communion, and help in many other ways.

Lectors participate by reading the Old and New Testaments lessons during worship each week.

The intercessor helps the congregation draw near to God by leading the prayers of the people at each worship service.

St. Anne’s Altar Guild supports the clergy behind the scenes during all eucharistic services as well as funerals, weddings, and baptisms. They provide the elements and ensure the altar is prepared for worship. 

Eucharistic ministers are trained leaders who assist our priests during communion. They can help with a variety of tasks.

Acolytes are youth who assist our priest and eucharistic ministers during worship.

Grace has several opportunities for you to participate in music during our worship services. To learn more, visit the Music page.

Hosts prepare snacks and coffee for the fellowship hour following the 10am service. Individuals, groups of friends, families, and various ministry groups take turns hosting coffee hour.

Faith Formation

We prioritize the faith formation of all ages, especially our children and youth.

The nursery ministry provides our youngest children with their first experiences of welcome, connection, joy, and play at Grace. By caring for the children during worship on Sunday morning, our nursery volunteers also serve the parents of our “littlest Gracefuls.”

Volunteer teachers or helpers use curriculum and lead on a weekly basis. This is for the following age groups:

  • In K-2 Godly Play
  • Grades 3-5
  • Middle School

Facilitates programming for youth, grades 6-12. Leaders also guide fundraising efforts and mission trips. 

Works as part of a team to plan seasonal education opportunities based on the church calendar or needs of the congregation. Varies based on current programming.

Formally trained lay clergy work to provide spiritual direction for individuals on a case by case basis.

Pastoral Care

Grace offers healing on a regular basis at our 10am Sunday services. If you seek pastoral care or counseling, please speak with the church office to schedule a visit or appointment.

The Pastoral Care Team provides a ministry of care, prayer, and a godly presence for people who are admitted into our regional hospitals and care centers, or who are at home and cannot come to church on a regular basis.

Help with the various tasks involved in serving funeral luncheons.

Making phone calls to homebound and those who have not been in church for a while. 

For those interested in visiting the home bound.

Lay Eucharist Visitors bring the Holy Communion to those who are unable to attend worship services.

Laying on of hands during Eucharistic services. 

Women of Grace knits shawls and blankets and small pocket crosses as a reminder of God’s healing touch, flowing through us and giving us strength and courage and peace during the day.

Finance and Stewardship

The Finance Committee’s mission is to help insure the finances of Grace are being used to maintain and enlarge the kingdom of God.

Duties include the following:
• Review Grace’s financial documents and statements to help provide clarity, oversight and recommendations to the Vestry
• Provide input to the annual operating budget process
• Provide input, observations and recommendations to the Vestry on various ongoing financial matters of Grace Church

The committee meets the second Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am.

Contribution record keepers facilitate financial stewardship by posting giving to the church with prayer and discretion. Teams of two meet weekly.

The Stewardship Team helps our church family to grow in their relationship with Jesus through the use of their time, talents, and finances.

The ministry of the Grace Church Foundation is to receive gifts that will perpetuate the ministry at Grace forever and to educate the congregation about different giving tools.

The elected Board of Directors, which manages these funds, meets quarterly on the last Tuesday of the month commencing in January.

Caring for Grace

The Communications Committee works to facilitate and improve the communicates the mission and activities of the church through a variety of media, in print and electronic formats.

Our website team works to manage the content on our website, in addition to our social media outlets.

Office volunteers are the smiling faces (or voices) of welcome to all who enter the office, or contact us by phone, and assist the staff with a variety of clerical tasks. Some volunteers work seasonally or intermittently.

The St. Fiacre’s Garden Guild cares for and maintains the gardens at Grace, including the Garden of Remembrance and Reflection, Brown House, Food Pantry, Jubilee House, and parking lot border gardens.

Manage the lending library, located in the lower level of the parish hall. 

This is one of the most important volunteer roles within the church. There are a wide variety of ways you can serve Grace Church in this area.

Take leadership to maintain a particular area or task within the church. 

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