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
Grace focuses on the spiritual development and formation of adults, youth and children and offers several educational opportunities. Sunday morning classes 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, 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
Tuesday, January 18
In response to interests expressed on the survey sent out last year to the men of the church we are initiating “T3” (thirsty third Tuesday) at Tap It, 110 Maple Street, Gainesville (just off the square) on Tuesday, January 18 from 7 until 8:30 PM. We will be following a format called “Pub Theology”, developed by Bryan Berghoef. Although some of you might be familiar with his work, many are not.
The following description is from his book “Pub Theology 101”
So, what is Pub Theology?
In a nutshell, it’s people sitting around a table, talking about issues of faith and philosophy, ethics and ideas over a beverage. It is a safe space, where people can be honest and open about topics of faith, ask any questions, and at the end of the night, know that it’s perfectly fine if we disagree with one another. In other words, this isn’t church, and no one is going to make anyone pray, sign a faith statement, or tithe (though be sure to tip the bartender!). Beer is not a requirement, but in my experience, the neighborhood bar or local craft brewery makes a great setting and having a beer signals that this is a laid-back time, despite the seriousness of the topics to be discussed. If we’re not having fun, then hey, we’ve all got better things to do! That said, make sure attendees know what the non-alcoholic options are, and help everyone feel welcome, regardless of beverage choice (unless it’s a Bud Lite!). Okay, okay, not everyone has to enjoy a micro-brewed craft beer, but make sure you’re at a place where there are plenty of options for all palates.
What Pub Theology Is Not
Pub Theology is not a slick new evangelism program. It is not about gathering a bunch of unwitting ‘unchurched’ folk together and then giving a gospel presentation. Pub Theology is not a lecture, where one expert teaches everyone else and only one opinion is present (though you may, as many groups do, decide to have a guest speaker or even a panel from time to time who share on a topic for a while before group discussion ensues). Pub Theology is not a Bible study at the bar. It is not a Christian ‘small group.’ It is an open conversation, where anyone is able to share their thoughts about life and faith, including atheists, Muslims, Zoroastrians, and everyone in between. An open conversation, by its very nature, will welcome everyone, including non-Christians, humanists, and people of all ethnic, religious and sexual orientations. In other words, Pub Theology seeks to be the welcoming space that churches often claim to be, but generally, for one reason or another, are not.
Berghoef, Bryan. Pub Theology 101: A Guide to Cultivating Meaningful Conversations at the Pub. PubPress. Kindle Edition.
Some might feel threatened by this approach, while others may wholeheartedly embrace it. The people who choose to engage will ultimately decide the direction that the group takes, and how often it meets. While an RSVP is not required it would be helpful to have an idea of the number of possible attendees in order to arrange seating. Please respond via the form below by January 14. Please contact Dave Westfall with any questions.