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
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. Eucharist
Ash Wednesday, February 22
12:00 p.m. nave
7:00 p.m. nave & online: Facebook/website
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
February 19 - March 28
You will be hearing a great deal about the community embarking on an intentional five-year plan, given that we will celebrate our Bicentennial in 2028. A key piece of this should be how we understand ourselves in our practice of faith, noting the distinctive gifts of the Anglican/Episcopal Tradition within the much wider and complex Christian faith.
In prior years (read pre-Covid), we would offer introductory classes that sought to lay out key aspects of what it means to be a member, to share a faith, within The Episcopal Church. Much attention would be paid to how to translate from other denominations, etc. Given where we are now, it makes sense to focus even more deeply on what it means to practice Christianity in our daily lives. What particular gifts does The Episcopal Church share with the larger Christian community–and among other faith traditions in the world we all share? And how does our own seeking, our own desire to make meaning in our lives, fuel our interest in learning more about the faith we practice?
This winter and spring, I will offer a reframed class that will offer a space for those who are new to life in The Episcopal Church. The class will also offer everyone a chance to delve more deeply into the substantial questions we all carry with us–all of which orbit around this question of how to make meaning through a practice of faith in the world today. If you are new to the Grace community, I strongly encourage you to attend these sessions as we explore what an intentional practice looks like for you (through confirmation and other means). If you have been a “member” of Grace for decades, even, and actually have not spent time reflecting on the deeper aspects of your spiritual life, I strongly encourage you to attend and share in these intentional conversations.
I will work to weave notes and conversations from my teachers into a (hopefully) cohesive framework for discussion. And we will begin with our own lives, looking at how we can understand our own temperaments and personalities, our own gifts and strengths, through such tools as the enneagram, Myers-Briggs frameworks, and other inventories that can give us language to engage more deeply. I also encourage you to purchase your own copy of The Book of Common Prayer as well as the wonderful resource Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices.
The class will begin on Sunday, February 19 and will last six weeks, meeting in the parish hall from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. I’ll also offer an online option Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM during those weeks for those who may find that format helpful.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or email me.
Blessings to you all,