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Sunday morning worship at Grace Episcopal Church remains online. Evening Prayer is offered outdoors on Sunday evenings for a congregation of 50 or less. All are welcome, however registration is required. Please visit our Grace@Home page for the registration link and to see all the ways we are staying connected to one another, to Grace, and to God!

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In 1828, the first few members of Grace Episcopal Church began to meet in homes. Since that time, the parish has grown to be a thriving community of prayer, compassion and belonging in this area. We take seriously our mission “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” (Book of Common Prayer, 855).

Grace Church

Grace Episcopal Church is a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, an area extending from Columbus to Macon, just north of Augusta, and north to the North Carolina and Tennessee borders. The Diocese of Atlanta is a diverse community of parishes and worshiping communities, and Grace is grateful to be a vital spiritual community alongside our many brothers and sisters.

The Episcopal Church finds its roots in the post-revolutionary period, having continued the Anglican Tradition from the Church of England after the war. We are a part of the broader Anglican Communion, a community of 39 autonomous provinces throughout the world with historic links to the Church of England. Each province adapts the practice of Common Prayer, guidance from the Holy Scriptures, and governance with bishops, priests, deacons, and laity in their different contexts.

The Episcopal Church is, in many ways, a community “in the middle.” Our identity is both Catholic and protestant, with a deep appreciation of liturgy and the sacraments; the importance of bishops, priests, and deacons; and a heightened understanding of the importance of the Holy Bible in the life. We “seek and serve Christ in all persons,” and we “honor the dignity of every human being,” as our Baptismal Covenant reminds us (BCP, 304).

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Higginbotham
Rector

Our History

1828

William Henry Hosch, author of A History of Hall County, begins his history of Grace Episcopal Church by noting an Episcopalian named Warren Jourdain came to Gainesvile in the 1820s and purchased land on which the first church for Episcopalians would eventually be built. In 1828, the first few members of Grace Episcopal Church began to meet in private homes.

1859

1860

1889

Bishop Beckwith consecrated the new church with the name of Grace Church, confirmed three, and made an address.

1894

According to a report of the Archdeacon of Atlanta, W. M. Walton, a first class pipe-organ was added, and the chancel front was scheduled to shortly be recast.

@1897-1910

1910

The Rev. Edgar Sherrod, Vicar arrives in Gainesville in January and begins work at Grace. He formally takes charge of the parish on April 1, 1910.

1911

The church bought the home-place of Mr. W.A. Roper on east Washington Street near Boulevard. The people of the city congratulated the membership on having purchased a site to build a new house of worship which was deemed to be quite an addition to the city.

1913

1921

Under the leadership of the Rev. Cobey a covered walk along the front, a vesitbule, and Vestry room were added.

1930

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1954

The first stained glass windows were designed and installed by Lamb Studios, who continues to create our stained glass windows today.

1961

1966-1987

1968

The Schantz Pipe Organ was completed and remained until the early 1990s when the church was expanded. The organ was incorporated into a new organ built for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL in 1995. Daughters of the King is established.

1977

1981

Grace Church parishioners living in Dahlonega organized Grace Chapel in Lumpkin County. The first service was held Nov. 8 in the chapel at Lumpkin County Hospital. In 1988, Grace Chapel officially became St. Elizabeth's Parish.

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1998

The Right Rev. Frank K. Allen, Bishop of Atlanta dedicates and consecrates St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Oakwood, a mission of Grace Church. Mike Freeman, former Associate Rector at Grace, is the new Vicar. St. Gabriel’s began as a mission of Grace Church holding the first service on December 15, 1997.

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