Sunday 8:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
nave & online: Zoom
Sunday 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
nave & online: Facebook/website
Tuesday 8:00 p.m. Compline
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. Eucharist
The Grace Church nave is located at the corner of Washington Street and Boulevard in Gainesville, Georgia.
The parish office, open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, is located at 422 Brenau Avenue. Come to the red door that faces Brenau Avenue and ring the bell for access.
Mailing Address: 422 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501
Founded in 1828, Grace Church looks forward to celebrating our Bicenntenial very soon! Over the past five years we have listened, gathered, surveyed, focused, and discerned – asking how the Holy Spirit might be inviting us to grow in our next 200 years. Keeping all of our hopes and dreams in heart and mind, we embarked upon a Bicentennial Capital Campaign for A Future of Grace.
We take our part in the mission of the Church: ‘To restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ,” (BCP, 855). To share in God’s mission, we have discerned three key areas of shared ministry in our community: Prayer, Compassion, and Belonging. These three focus points ground our entire life as a spiritual community and weave together every aspect of the development side of our campaign.
The Bicentennial Campaign is about BELONGING. It’s about what it looks like to belong within the Grace community – as families, adults, children, youth – through all of our worship, programs, and services. It’s also about the physical presence of Grace as a space that belongs to our community as a whole. How can we create and maintain space that exists for and with our neighbors in Gainesville? How can we be a blessing to our own members and to our wider community? How can we make belonging, as a member of the Body of Christ, both tangible and attractive? Individual and communal?
In 1828, a group of Christians came to Gainesville and established an Episcopal community with a vision for the future. In January 2020 we launched a $1.5 million campaign to honor our bicentennial milestone and build on a two-century foundation for Grace Church. Just two months later, with prayerful consideration, the Bicentennial Committee made the decision to suspend the campaign in light of COVID-19 and its impact on our life in and outside of Grace.
We now feel the time is right to renew our capital campaign efforts and prepare for our 2028 Bicentennial Celebration.
As excited as we are to pick back up this important work, we also know that some of Grace’s needs have shifted over the past three years. To better understand these needs, we’ve spent time listening to where we are in our parish’s life through conversations with individuals and groups, as well as with our 2022 survey. Nurturing the lives of our young people and families continues to be a primary goal for the parish.
This makes our hearts happy, as we can think of no better way to step into our third century of shared ministry and prayer than to focus on future generations of Grace. We have more good news to share: We’ve already reached one of our earlier goals, as we’ve increased the Building Reserve Fund to more than $250,000 since 2020. These funds will allow Grace to care for our facilities by planning for maintenance before equipment breaks down or facilities fall into disrepair.
While we recognize the need to reconfigure the nave and expand the narthex and entry space at some point in the future, since we’ve only recently returned to in-person worship, it doesn’t feel like the right time to close down this space.
This shift means we will approach this campaign in two phases, with the first phase being a functional one that focuses on improvements to the Grace Center and other areas outlined below.
The youth of Grace are an integral part to the present life of Grace. Our plan is a complete remodel of the space used by our youth, which will include new hard surface flooring, modular furniture and storage solutions, and the installation of windows along the back wall to allow for natural light.
We will also upgrade the audio and visual technology to allow a better use of technology in youth programs and by other parish and community groups that occasionally utilize the space.
When Grace Church acquired what is now known as Grace Center in 2002, the interior was remodeled, and the parking lot was regraded and repaved. At the time, we did not have enough funds to update the exterior of the building. As part of the Bicentennial campaign, we will create a covered entryway and ADA-compliant walkways into the Grace Center.
Additional details will include new roofing, landscaping, and brick work to tie the building in with the rest of our campus.
Other campus improvements include replacing the 20-year old carpet in Parish Hall and the greeting area, upgrading our 30-year old restrooms in the greeting area, and adding niches for two additional columbarium bays. The walkway through the St. Francis Garden will also be made ADA-accessible and we’ll add new exterior and interior signage, helping visitors find their way.
The campaign to support A Future of Grace has set a goal of raising $1 million from within the Grace family with a commitment from the campaign and church leadership not to incur any long-term indebtedness, unlike past campaigns. While this is good stewardship, it means that unless we meet our goal in gifts and pledges, we will be unable to fully fund these projects.
We celebrate that the parish has already contributed $380,000 toward the goal, including a signature gift from Bob and Linda Fowler for the Sanctuary Plaza.
Please prayerfully consider making your pledge to our campaign using the pledge form linked below.
All pledges may be paid over a three-year period by check, with automatic payments from your bank account, or online. If paying online, choose check or credit card, select “Pledge Contributions” as the transaction type and write “A Future of Grace” in the memo line.
With your help, we will position Grace Episcopal Church as a thriving spiritual community as we step into our third century of shared ministry – with prayer, compassion, and belonging.
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee; and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt, and always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.