Grace@Home

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, to Grace, and to God during the days ahead.

Grace@Home

 

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Grace@Home

Grace Church continues the suspension of all in-person campus events, activities, and worship services for the time being.

My friends, I commend this web page to you as a resource during these days. 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)

– Stuart+

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

Blessings,
The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright
Bishop, The Diocese of Atlanta

Worship

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer will be held on Zoom at 9:00 AM and at 10:45 AM on Facebook Live on Sunday, June 7. You will be able to view the second service on Facebook or here on this page, in the Watch Services section below. Please join us!

Noonday Prayer

Join us every Wednesday at 12:10 on our Facebook page for Noonday Prayer with Dr. Park. The Order of Service for Noonday begins on page 103 in the Book of Common Prayer and can be viewed online at the link below.

Weekday Zoompline

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

Watch Services

Morning Prayer: Sunday, June 7

You will be able to watch Morning Prayer here or on our Facebook page at 10:45 AM on Sunday, June 7.

Noonday Prayer: Wednesday, June 3

Morning Prayer: Sunday, May 31

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!

Christian Formation

For All Ages

Pentecost at Home

Sunday, May 31, is the Feast of Pentecost. It’s the time we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and wonder what she’s up to today in our world and in our lives. Click the button below for more about Pentecost and suggested ways to celebrate at home.

For Kids

Regular Sunday school classes have ended for the 2019-2020 academic year. Watch for information about summer formation opportunities for kids!

Links to Additional Resources


For Youth

Our Youth have finished their Sunday School classes together for the 2019-2020 academic year. Watch for information about summer Zoom gatherings.


For Adults

The Heart of Things

The Heart of Things, a weekly online Zoom class for practicing prayer in times of pandemic, will meet on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM beginning June 2. These pandemic days of heightened anxiety and confusion-even anger and fear-call for a more intentional practice of our faith. How can we think theologically and respond prayerfully to the pressures we face as a spiritual community-even as the global community? How can we lean in, as it were, to the heart of the matter, to the core of things, so we can truly experience that “peace that passes all understanding?”

Centering Prayer

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 sharing time together on Zoom on Mondays at 5:00 PM! All are welcome. The link is located in the ON THE CALENDAR section of the email newsletter.

Prayer Yoga

With many of us still “sheltering in” we will continue Zoom Yoga on Mondays throughout the summer! 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. Link to yoga can be found in the the ON THE CALENDAR section of the email newsletter. New participants welcome and no experience is necessary.

Links to Additional Resources

  • Bishop Curry’s weekly meditation, “Habits of Grace
    Bishop Curry’s Invitation: “As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A new meditation will be posted on Mondays through May.”
  • Sign up to receive a daily online devotional based on the Revised Common Lectionary readings by email, or simply visit the website each day. It contains daily readings and reflections, but also other ways of engaging our faith each day with activities, and links to other resources.
  • Read and comment on today’s Forward Movement Day by Day meditation.
  • Pray the daily office.
  • For People with Bishop Rob Wright is a weekly podcast focused on responding to tough questions of faith. The purpose at its core is to share with all people conversations of life and faith and where they intersect. Jesus is a cool dude. Listen in to hear honest and fearless dialogue with Bishop Wright centered in faith and the understanding of our call to serve the world by sharing the Gospel of Jesus.
  • The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry is a weekly conversation featuring Bishop Curry, podcast host Sandy Milien, and a variety of guests center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love. Conversations are framed by the Way of Love—those seven practices of turning, learning, praying, worshipping, blessing, going and resting – and offer listeners stories and lessons about how they can grow closer to God in daily live.
    Season 3 episode guests include Jen Hatmaker, Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, Teddy Reeves, Jeff Chu, Shann Claiborne and more.

To receive emails with Christian Education reflections at home, contact Cheryl Kelley, the Director of Formation, at ckelley@gracechurchgainesville.org. Some of our resources have licensing restrictions so we are unable to post them publicly.

Pastoral Care

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.

  • Stuart: 404-788-9365
  • Cynthia: 703-888-7263

Giving to Grace

Monetary giving to Grace is another way that we contribute to our shared ministry. It allows us to continue our online formation and worship, as well as pay special attention to our community ministry partnerships during these days. Please continue to 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. Cynthia and Stuart are available to you.

  1. You can now 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.

Weekly Schedule

  • Sundays
    9:00 AM Morning Prayer
    10:45 AM Morning Prayer

  • Mondays
    2:45 PM Chair Yoga
    3:45 PM Flow Yoga
    5:00 PM Centering Prayer
    8:00 PM Zoompline

  • Tuesdays
    10:00 AM The Heart of Things
    8:00 PM Zoompline

  • Wednesdays
    12:10 PM Noonday Prayer
    8:00 PM Zoompline

  • Thursdays
    8:00 PM Zoompline

  • Fridays
    8:00 PM Zoompline