Grace@Home

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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Grace@Home

This page is our primary landing spot for links and resources for worship, prayer, spiritual formation, and community development at Grace Church during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Diocese of Atlanta has issued regathering protocols for Episcopal parishes in middle and north Georgia. Sunday morning worship will remain online for now, but provisions have been made for in-person outdoor gatherings on Sunday evenings and at other times. Prayer pilgrimages in our nave are also available for those missing a physical connection to our worship space. Keep scrolling for links and details!

Virtual Worship Services

Morning Prayer

Sunday morning services are held on Zoom at 9:00 AM and at 10:45 AM on Facebook Live. You can also view the 10:45 AM service below.

links updated each Thursday

Noonday Prayer

Join us every Wednesday at 12:00 for Noonday Prayer. The service can be found on Facebook or viewed below.

Compline

Join us weekdays at 8:00 PM for community prayers, “Zoompline” (Compline via Zoom), and perhaps more.

Morning Prayer

Sunday, September 20

Morning Prayer: September 20

Join us for worship this Sunday, September 20 We will go live at 10:40 and the service begins at 10:45 AM.

Posted by Grace Episcopal Church on Sunday, September 20, 2020

Noonday Prayer

Wednesday, September 23

Wednesday Noonday Prayer

Posted by Stuart Higginbotham on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In-Person Worship & Prayer

Evening Prayer

A spoken service of Evening Prayer is held outdoors on the Grace Church campus at 6:00 PM on Sundays. Space is limited to 50 total (46 parishioners and 4 worship leaders) and registration is required.

Prayer Pilgrimages

Fr. Stuart is hosting Prayer Pilgrimages in the Grace Church nave on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 – 2:30 PM or 2:30 – 3:00 PM. Space is limited to 10 (8 parishioners and 2 leaders) per session. Registration is required.

Christian Formation

How is the Spirit of Christ encouraging us to continue learning about our faith and practice of prayer? How does our practice nurture and encourage us in our daily lives? We invite all members to explore the richness of their faith and grow in a greater awareness of God’s presence in their lives through some of our fall formation opportunities. Learn more at the links below.

Music

Choirs

All of our choirs have remained active in different ways since March! Choristers and St. Cecilia choir will begin meeting outdoors on 9/23. The Parish Choir has a rotating schedule of in person and virtual gatherings. Email Will Gotmer for more details about all of choirs.

Friends of Music

The Friends of Music program at Grace seeks to cultivate and support the music ministry at Grace by providing special musical services and concerts. The 2020-2021 season will continue in a modified way, kicking off with a live-streamed organ concert by The Chenault Duo on October 24. We hope you’ll tune in!

Spotify Playlists

Our ability to create choral music in person is limited right now, but we can still listen to great music! Our Director of Music, Will Gotmer, is sharing weekly playlists on Spotify with an excellent variety of choral music connected to our liturgical calendar.

Compassion

Pastoral Care

In response to the heightened need to stay in touch with each other during the COVID-19 pandemic, Grace activated an old-school phone tree. We attempted to arrange families, couples, and singles into small clusters based on existing connections. We hope this offers another possibility for passing along prayer requests, good news, and concerns to each other and to the clergy.

The pastoral care team, which includes clergy and lay chaplains, can also help to refer to outside counseling help, where needed. Someone will always be able to respond in an emergency, but the staff is committed to the practice of observing a Sabbath rest to be with family on Friday and Saturday

Contacts

  • Brenda Morgan: email
  • Fr. Stuart: email or 404-788-9365 if you text, please include your name
  • Cynthia: The Rev. Dr. Park will be on sabbatical September 13-December 13

 

Outreach

At the beginning of the pandemic, when we were uncertain about the pandemic’s financial impact on our budget, a team from our Outreach cluster contacted all our agency partners to see what portion of their funding they needed in that quarter. Based on these conversations, we honored every request that was made at that time, even though some of the agencies had reduced their quarterly asks. An added benefit was the fruitful conversations that occurred. Each agency had a clear sense that Grace’s support for their work was as strong as ever.

Thanks be to God, we are pleased to announce here in September that Grace members have faithfully honored their pledge commitments, and our budget is strong! Our team is contacting our agency partners again to see what they need for the remaining quarters of this calendar year. We are also very pleased that additional contributions toward the Rector’s Discretionary Fund have enabled us to respond immediately to other community and parish needs.

So, many thanks to all of you for your diligence in compassion.
Cynthia+

Newcomers & Visitors

Even in these very unusual times, we would like to be able to greet newcomers and visitors to Grace Episcopal Church! If you have recently “visited” us through an online class or worship service, or even just by browsing around our website, we invite you to fill out an online welcome card so we may share additional information about who we are and what we have to offer. We are glad you are here!

Stewardship

Stewardship is the means by which we can give back to the parish as well as the community at large, not only with monetary gifts, but with our gifts of time and talent.

Telling Our Story

Our focus for the 2021 stewardship campaign is Telling Our Story. We have quite a story to tell, don’t we? When making your pledge to the mission and ministry of Grace Church we invite you to share a brief story of your life during these days. How do our stories weave together and open our eyes to see God’s compassionate presence all around us? And how can Grace Church build on the richness of these stories and step even more fully into the years to come as a Christian community?

Giving to Grace

Please send in your pledges, as you are able, in one of the three ways listed below. If you find yourself struggling–financially, spiritually, emotionally, physically–please let us know.

  1. You can use your smartphone to donate to Grace anywhere, anytime from your checking or saving accounts through the VANCO GivePlus Mobile App. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Mail pledge contributions to Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville, Georgia 30501.
  3. Make your contribution online.

If you have any questions or need help contact Reba Page for assistance. Thank you for continuing to support Grace Episcopal Church.

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