Worship Schedule

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
online: Zoom
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. Eucharist

Sunday mornings at Grace

Find Us

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
Phone: 770-536-0126

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The Art of Taking Refuge

A Time of Rest, Practice, and Reflection

Where online
When Saturday, October 7
Guided by Stuart Higginbotham and Bobbi Patterson
Offered by The Center for Prayer and Spiritual Practice

As uncertainties grow and anxieties wound, how do we recognize God’s wellspring of care for us? How do we listen with hope? How can we ask, “Give me that living water?” As we reflect on our practice of prayer, how is God’s Love offering us refuge? When and why are we intentional about where we find refuge? What nurtures a deeper sense of resilience in our daily lives?

Come share space for prayer, silence, and reflection at a short retreat on Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM via Zoom. Listen to the yearnings of your heart. Poetry, meditation, and guiding questions will be offered as we discover and name our struggles and hopes in the midst of life’s gifts and graces.

There is no cost for this space; please register below on or before Thursday, October 5 to receive the Zoom link.

Retreat Guided by

Bobbi Patterson

The Rev. Bobbi Patterson (she/her), PhD, Professor Emerita at Emory University, cultivates conversation, discovery, and action born at the intersection of contemplative practice and community engagement. Trained academically as an Interdisciplinarian, her research and publications range from women’s embodied spirituality to Christian contemplative traditions to place-based knowledge and pedagogies for earth-care. Building relationships by listening to stories, she supports locally led reflections and acts of adaptive resilience—the ongoing work of staying with troubles to discern adaptive next steps. Her nationally awarded teaching builds on a range of strategies linking learning to work for positive change. An Episcopal priest and member of the Fellowship of St. John the Evangelist, a monastic community, she has studied Buddhist teaching and practices for many years. Her recent book (2020) is Building Resilience Through Contemplative Practice: A Field Manual for Helping Professionals and Volunteers


Stuart Higginbotham

The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, DMin, is an Episcopal priest, author, poet, and retreat leader. He has served as the rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia, for ten years, and he also serves as Assistant Professor in the Practice of Spiritual Formation and Ministry at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is the author of The Heart of a Calling: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness in Congregational Ministry and is the co-editor of Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition. Stuart’s vocation focuses on the intersection of contemplative practice and congregational development, and his writing and reflection draws on the deep potential of poetry and spiritual imagination, as well as insights from Buddhism and prayerful practices and insights from the world’s religious traditions. Much of his writing can be found at www.contemplativereformation.com.


Sponsored by

This mini-retreat space is offered by The Center for Prayer and Spiritual Practice at Grace Episcopal Church. We believe that the renewal of the church as a faithful community must be grounded in the transformation of the heart that comes from deepening our practice of prayer. 


There is no cost for this mini-retreat. Please submit the form below and the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

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