Sunday 8:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
Sunday 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
Christian formation classes for children, youth and adults are offered between worship services at 9:30 a.m.
A nursery is available for children ages 4 and younger from 8 a.m. – noon.
422 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501
Parking is available in lots on Brenau Avenue or along the street. Please enter through the main entrance located on Boulevard or through the St. Francis garden doors off the parking lot at the corner of Brenau Avenue and Boulevard.
Christian Formation is a lifelong process that gives purpose and meaning to our lives as followers of Christ. It involves both the study of sacred texts and engagement with the practices that shape our daily lives. To that end, Grace offers many opportunities for adults – classes, workshops, retreats, symposiums, discussion groups, social activities and more.
We are all on a personal spiritual journey that is enhanced by the companionship of others. Grace Church offers adults several opportunities for learning that meet their individual needs while benefitting from the perspective of others. Sunday morning classes meet weekly from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Our Sunday Forum conversation on civil discourse continues with key conversation points each day.
Sunday, February 17: Fr. Stuart introduced the work of Howard Thurman, a crucial figure in the civil rights movement in the US. Thurman’s deeply contemplative writings helped shape and support the national conversation around human rights and dignity for all. Moments of Thurman’s life were shared, including his formative conversation with Ghandi and his consistent encouragement to ground ourselves in an awareness of God’s presence and the inherent dignity of every human being-the reality of every person being “a beloved child of God.”
Sunday, February 24: We will have a dialogue with Dr. Don Broughton, a parishioner at Grace, who actually worked for Howard Thurman in developing formation opportunities for young people. We’ll hear some of Don’s experiences as we explore the importance of spiritual formation and Christian education.
Sunday, March 3: We will connect the pieces we have explored, from Thomas Keating’s reflections, to the Welcoming Practice with Cynthia Bourgeault and others, to Howard Thurman, and Don’s experiences. These are vital conversations for us to explore together as we come to understand the challenges we face in our society today. Come share in the space!
The Rector’s Sunday Forum meets in the Parish Hall.
Join Callie and Kevin Flack as they lead a new class for parents based on Danny Silk’s Loving your Kids on Purpose. We’ll learn more together about how to bring the principles of the Kingdom of God into our strategies as parents, “so we can spend less time feeling anxious and frustrated and more time enjoying our children.” The class will meet for nine weeks, beginning February 24.
Loving Your Kids on Purpose will meet in room 210 of the children’s wing, just down the hall from the nursery.
Members of this Sunday School class choose a topic, usually a video-based resource, to study for the semester or year. The structure of the class is such that is not essential to be present for all the sessions. Participants are invited to come when able, and all are welcome!
The group has begun a new course from the Great Courses series entitled Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine. The program is a video-based course by Professor Luke Timothy Johnson of Emory University. We will watch the videos together and discuss.
The Seekers meet in the Conference Room of the Grace Center.
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. The group meets in the St. Francis Parlor on Mondays from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Education for Ministry, called EfM for short, is a wonderful program for adults and older teens developed by the School of Theology of the University of the South. The program provides an overview of Christian faith and life through a small group experience. Participants are asked to make a commitment for one academic year, September to May, and during that time meet weekly for several hours. The entire program lasts four years and topics for each year are Old Testament, New Testament, Church history, and theology.
The Daughters of the King is an Order for women in the Episcopal Church. Adopting a Rule of Life based in Prayer and Service, we grow and deepen our relationship with God. Seeking the will of God, we pray daily for unity in Christ’s Church, the spread of Christ’s Kingdom, for God’s blessing on our Order, the clergy, and the spiritual growth of our parish.
We meet the second Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. of each month in the Grace Center Conference Room. Our meetings are open to any women who wish to visit with us. The ministries of our Order are varied, and based upon the needs of our parish, clergy and our Order.
Grace also regularly offers unique retreat, lecture series, women’s studies, and symposium formation opportunities. Learn more about all the adult Christian formation opportunities.