Sunday 8:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
in-person & online: Zoom
Sunday 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
in-person & online: Facebook/website
Thursday 8:00 p.m. Compline
Grace focuses on the spiritual development and formation of adults, youth and children and offers several educational opportunities. Sunday morning classes begin August 15 and are held between worship services at 9:30 a.m.
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 beginning Monday, August 2, 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
Saturday, July 31
Mark your calendars for Saturday July 31st for our annual Day in the Mountains & Picnic Lunch at Vogel State Park in Blairsville. Since 2004 Grace Church has gathered at the end of the summer to enjoy the cooler mountain air next to Trahlyta Lake for lunch, fellowship, and outdoor fun. Located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest, with an elevation of 2,500 feet, Vogel is a great spot to spend a hot summer day.
We have reserved picnic shelter #2, a wheelchair accessible and shady spot adjacent to Trahlyta Lake, starting at 10:00 AM. The grill will be ready to cook lunch around 1:00 PM. Bring your own meat for the grill, a side dish to share and non-alcoholic beverages of choice. Charcoal for the grill at lunch, ice, plates, cups, napkins, and plastic utensils will be provided. Please note alcoholic beverages are not allowed – per park regulations!
Sit in the shade and visit at the shelter or by the lake, take a walk around the lake, try a canoe or kayak for the first time, swim, build sand castles, bring yard games, etc…. Whatever you choose, there’s something for everyone. We will have; corn hole, a few yard games, several kayaks and a canoe or two available for our use, or you can rent paddle boats, aqua cycles, or stand up paddle boards from the park. Vogel offers a swimming beach, 22 acre Trahlyta Lake & waterfall, two mini golf courses, one of which is ADA accessible, several trails including the easy lake trail. No hiking is required to attend though. We will cleanup from lunch some-time in the afternoon, but the shelter is ours until the evening.
We’ve been wondering how prayer can be nourished by nature, and even how being in nature is prayer! So for those who would like to attend an outdoor church service, a new addition to the picnic this year will be “Church in the Wild.” Meet at shelter #2 at 3:00 PM and we will find a spot in the park to gather for a worship service.
The day typically ends with an 8:00 PM concert at the lake pavilion. M.K. Strother a fiddle player and singer from Washington, GA is scheduled to perform this year. Her music has “a country bend, hinging on bluegrass and old-timey medlies from bygone days.” She also enjoys “performing a wider spectrum that includes country and pop styles of playing.” Bring your own chair, as the sun sets over the top of Blood Mountain. For those planning to stay for the concert, supper is on your own; pack a supper, bring charcoal & supplies to cook on your own or check out the dining in the Blairsville area. There are several picnic tables and smaller grills around the park.
There will be opportunities for short hikes Friday afternoon and evening for those spending Friday night at Vogel in cabins or campsites, reservations available online. Activities typically include a short hike in the park and a night hike around Trahlyta Lake a favorite of the kids. Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult on hikes. Fellowship around a campfire usually follows, or replaces, the concert on Saturday. Please let Jeremy know if you are interested in either of these options when signing up.
Things to consider bringing besides your lunch & supplies: chairs, sunscreen, condiments, non-alcoholic beverages, towel, life jacket, yard games, water shoes, hammocks, kayaks, paddle boards, hiking boots and sticks, etc.
Entry to the park is $5 per vehicle, or with an annual park pass which you can purchase in the park office. You may also check out a park pass, if available, from the library for a maximum of 7 days. To help defray our costs (supplies, shelter rental, etc.) there is a charge of $3 person ($10 family maximum). Please see Jeremy the day of the picnic to pay. Additional fees are charged by the park for boat rentals, mini golf, etc.
For more information or to sign up contact Jeremy Landers by Sunday, July 25. If you’d like to come but won’t know until the last moment, let Jeremy know you are a “maybe” so we can be sure to bring enough supplies.
Important Note: The state parks are still limiting access when the parks become full. If you plan to attend, please make sure to get instructions from Jeremy to give the gate attendant on entry to the park!
This family friendly event is organized by the hike group at the end of each summer for all members of Grace and their friends to enjoy. All are welcome.
Come for the day or come for the weekend. See you at Vogel!