Grace Episcopal Church has suspended all in-person campus events, activities, and worship services until further notice. Please visit our Grace@Home page to see ways we are staying connected to one another and to Grace during the days ahead.
422 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501
Grace Church has suspended all in-person campus events, activities, and worship services until May 24.
My friends, I commend this web page to you as a resource during these days ahead. Below you will find links and video resources for your worship, prayer, spiritual formation, and community development. It is my prayer that these resources help us all “chart the unknown and new-name the creatures.” (Amos Wilder, Theopoetic: Theology and the Religious Imagination)
In all of this, I encourage you to be on high alert for the Spirit’s blessings in this disruption! The church cannot be cancelled, the church can only adapt! Press on, take care of one another, take care of yourself, God Is Trustworthy! “These present afflictions are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is being revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18
The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright
Bishop, The Diocese of Atlanta
Morning Prayer is moving from Facebook Live to Zoom at 10:45 AM on Sunday, March 29! This will allow us to see each other’s faces and provide the opportunity for more voices to participate in worship. Learn more about Zoom at this link.
Sunday school for the young and young at heart will be moving to Zoom at 9:30 AM on Sunday, March 29. Learn more about Zoom at this link.
Here is last week’s lesson:
Here is a story about how to remember our connection:
Links to Additional Resources
Our Youth (grades 6-12) will gather “as usual” – except of course, nothing is “as usual” right now – on Sundays at 9:30 AM. The leaders recognize how difficult and disappointing it is for so many of our Youth to be missing out on much anticipated events in these last weeks of the school year. We are also sad to be missing out on our in person gatherings. So, for the next few weeks, please join in for a Zoom Sunday school class at 9:30 AM.
Impasse, Imagination, and Contemplation
Fr. Stuart is offering a Facebook live forum on contemplative prayer. How do we understand our practice of prayer as an anchor point in our day–in our lives? These days call for an exploration of the richness of our tradition of prayer and practice. These are days of the heart and soul, days of imagination and community. Join Fr. Stuart on Facebook each weekday at 10:00 AM.
Centering Prayer is a contemplative method of prayer that facilitates opening the mind and heart to God. It includes a time of silent prayer followed by reflection and sharing. Our Centering Prayer group is also moving their shared time together to Zoom and will meet on Mondays at 5:00 PM! All are welcome.
We’re learning all sorts of new things lately, so we’re moving our regular Monday prayer yoga classes to Zoom! Classes are scheduled at the usual time: chair yoga at 2:45 and flow yoga at 3:45 PM. Please join the zoom meeting just prior to your class and mute your feed during class so all can hear the instructor.
Links to Additional Resources
To receive emails with Christian Education reflections at home, contact Cheryl Kelley, the Director of Formation, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of our resources have licensing restrictions so we are unable to post them publicly.
An old-fashioned phone tree has been activated on a parish wide level. By now every household should have received a call, text, or email check in. Please let your contact person know if there is anything Grace can help you with at this time. You may also contact Brenda Morgan with pastoral concerns.
Cynthia and Stuart are available to you all during these days as well, so feel free to reach out. If you text, please include your name in case you are not already in their contact list.
Children of Grace Preschool is also using Facebook to provide virtual enrichment opportunities and to stay connected with the kids.
COG Zooms are starting this week and videos continue to be posted on Facebook. Enjoy Ms. Deborah’s Science experiment as she reviews colors in Spanish!
Here is chapel with Ema Cynthia on March 31.
Grace Church currently uses VANCO for setting up auto draft pledge payments from checking or saving accounts. You can now use your smartphone to donate to Grace anywhere, anytime from your checking or saving accounts through the VANCO GivePlus Mobile App. It only takes a moment to set up an account:
You can also continue to mail pledge contributions to Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville, Georgia 30501 or contribute online. If you have any questions or need help contact Reba Page for assistance. Thank you for continuing to support Grace Episcopal Church.